Choosing the perfect dog for your family isn’t always an easy choice. In a perfect world, any dog you picked would mesh perfectly with your lifestyle. Unfortunately for us, the world isn’t perfect. Dogs are like people: they can be lazy or hyperactive, big or small, neat or messy, grumpy or easy-going. If you’ve got a laid back family and you end up with a high energy dog, it’s going to cause some problems in the long run. Before you decide to get a dog, it’s a good idea to do a little research beforehand to find a breed that will fit in great with your family. It’s important to know the size of each breed, as well as whether they’re safe with kids and other animals, and whether they’re high or low energy. Once you know all of that, you’ve got enough information to make the right choice!

 

Large Kid-Friendly Breeds

Large dogs can get a bad rep sometimes, but the truth is that many large dog breeds are excellent family dogs. They may require some extra effort to look after (particularly those with long, thick coats), but these breeds tend to be devoted, playful, and affectionate. Keep in mind that large breeds require a lot of space! It’s not a good idea to get one if you live in an unsuitably small home. If you have room for a large dog and you want to find one that would fit in great with your family, these breeds are some of the most popular:

  • Labrador Retriever
  • Golden Retriever
  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Scotch (Rough) Collie
  • Great Dane
  • Newfoundland

 

Medium Kid-Friendly Breeds

Medium sized dog breeds require less room than larger breeds, but still require as much (or more) attention. There are a lot of medium breeds that are great for families, but a select few are fantastic with kids of any age. If you’re looking for a medium-sized dog to complete your family, consider the following breeds:

  • Norwegian Elkhound
  • Poodle
  • American Eskimo
  • Bulldog
  • Springer Spaniel
  • Irish Setter

 

Small Kid-Friendly Breeds

Small dogs are one of the most popular types of dog in North America. There is a lot of variety in smaller breeds in appearance and temperament. What’s more, smaller breeds generally require less looking after than larger breeds (although this isn’t always true!). If you’d like to find a smaller dog that’s great with children, here’s a list of a few that meet that criteria:

  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Pug
  • Maltese
  • West Highland White Terrier (Westie)
  • Pomeranian
  • Chihuahua

Breeds Suitable for Multi-Pet Homes

Not every family has just one pet. Some have several different types. It can be tricky to find dogs that are agreeable to other pets (particularly cats, rodents, or birds). They need to be non-aggressive and have an even temperament. A few breeds that fit that bill are:

  • Anatolian Shepherd
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Boston Terrier
  • Corgi
  • German Shepherd
  • Pekingese

 

High Energy Breeds

Some breeds are have a lot more energy than other breeds, which means they require a lot more interaction and attention. High energy breeds can go great with active families, joining them for walks, runs, or any other kind of athletic activity. If you think a high energy dog would be the best for your family, these breeds might have what you’re looking for:

  • Australian Shepherd
  • Airedale Terrier
  • Bearded Collie
  • Beagle
  • Border Collie
  • Dalmation

 

Low Energy Breeds

If your family tends to be more laid-back, a low energy dog might be the best choice for you. Lower energy dogs aren’t lazy, but aren’t as intense as high energy dogs and don’t require as much interaction or exercise. If a low energy breed sounds like a perfect fit for you and your family, take a look at these breeds:

  • Basset Hound
  • Bloodhound
  • Bichon Frise
  • Chow Chow
  • Mastiff
  • Shih Tzu

Take the Time to Make the Right Choice!

Choosing a dog is the same as choosing another member of your family, so it’s not a matter to be taken lightly! You’ve got to remember that regardless of what breed you choose, it’s going to need attention and care. It’s important to find a breed that matches the lifestyle of you and your family. You want a dog that gets along with your other pets, interacts great with kids, and fits in with your energy levels. Once you’ve found the perfect furry companion, your family will be complete!