Looking for a family dog? Every dog breed is adorable as a puppy, but when the dog matures to adulthood it will start to show certain characteristics that may not be very desirable. If you have children you want to find a dog that is friendly with children and gentle. It is important to find a suitable breed that will best suit your family’s lifestyle and activity level. If you are not very active as a family, you certainly do not want to choose a dog that requires a lot of exercise. When it comes to gentle, family-oriented dogs, we have reviewed the top 10 most generous dog breeds worldwide and have counted them down here:
Lassie made the Collie breed famous and the truth is that collies are extremely gentle and predictable. They very rarely bite and can easily be trained. These mild mannered dogs were originally bred to be a herding dog which may be a behavior that manifests itself if you have small children. Collies often try to herd children around, so this behavior should be discouraged. Collies have a long coat that needs to be groomed often.
9. Golden Retriever
These energetic dogs love to play and are a kind, gentle and patient dog. These dogs are very intelligent, easily trained and love children, which makes them a good choice for a family pet. They have a very long full coat that requires a lot of brushing and grooming and they tend to shed quite often.
The beagle has forever been immortalized as Snoopy. The beagle is a very energetic and fun loving animal. The Beagle is wonderful around children and very loyal to families. If you are looking for a medium sized dog (25 pounds) that loves to please its family, this is the one. The beagle is also known to have very few inherited health issues that go with this particular breed.
The boxer is a short haired dog that is extremely energetic. This dog does need a lot of grooming with its short hair because it sheds a lot. The boxer is gentle, great with kids and a very loyal pet for a family.
This dog was originally bred in Hungary as a retriever and a pointer. These dogs make excellent companions for active families and need to receive plenty of attention and exercise every day. The Vizsla is happiest when it has at least one hour of exercise per day and someone to play with to keep him or her busy.
This large black dog has earned the name “nature’s babysitter” because it loves children and is extremely protective of them. This breed is gentle, patient and kind and is best suited to a family that has a large home and can become as large as 154 pounds. These dogs prefer to be inside the house with the family rather than outside. The Newfoundlander is a fantastic swimmer and can save a life in an emergency situation.
4. Miniature Schnauzer
These dogs are a fantastic family pet. They can be stubborn but are very “talkative” and are playful and exuberant. They make very good watchdogs and are perfect for people with allergies because they do not shed. They still need to be brushed regularly and need haircuts. These dogs need regular exercise or they tend to gain weight.
This breed is a “designer hybrid” of the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle. It has gained a lot of popularity in a very short time because it is completely devoted to family. This dog is a great family dog and therapy dog and was originally bred to be a hypoallergenic service dog. Labrodoodles are easy to train and are highly intelligent and eager to please. They get along well with other pets and love children.
Although these dogs are bred for sprinting they don’t require a lot of exercise. They prefer to cuddle up on the couch next to their owner and relax all day if possible. These dogs are extremely gentle, docile, quiet, loyal and make excellent family dogs.
1. Labrador Retriever
This breed is playful, loving, protective, reliable and patient. These dogs have a sweet personality and are very intelligent and easily trained making them the perfect family pet.