Choosing the correct dog for you is worthy of serious planning and consideration, particularly if you have young children. Having an appreciation of where you live, how much time you can spend with a dog and whether you can comfortably cater for their needs is critical before deciding whether to welcome a dog in to your family and which breed is best.
Originally the Boston Terrier was bred for fighting, but have since grown to be known for their kind and affectionate nature. Boston Terriers get along with everyone and can live happily in most types of homes from mansions to maisonettes. They are more suited to a household that is pretty active as they will require more walking and exercise than other dogs on this list, but satisfy them in this area and you’ll have a new best friend.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
One of the cutest dog breeds of them all. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a great dog for families particularly if it’s the first time you will be welcoming a dog into your family or you live in a flat or somewhere without a garden. As more indoor dogs, they tend to be happy either snuggled on the sofa watching television with you or enjoying playtime chasing a ball around the house.
As the nation’s most popular dog, the Labrador is known for it’s affectionate personality and how friendly they are with adults, children and strangers alike. Originally a working breed used to help fisherman, now they are known for their friendly temperament and intelligence – so much so they are used as guide dogs.
Given their history they do require daily exercise of up to an hour, so as long as you can commit to this then you and your Lab should be perfect partners.
Perfect for families who enjoy a more chilled out life. Bulldogs – like all dogs – do need regular walks, but you won’t be out for hours with these dogs – plus, once it’s over they’ll enjoy a nice snooze.
Another great family dog for those who are looking for a less active pet is the Pug. They love a good amount of playtime with children and they are equally happy cuddling up on the sofa. Considerations include being careful when it comes to diet and exercise to ensure they don’t become overweight or that they don’t overheat.
Beagles love company, so you’ll need to make sure that you can spend as much time as possible with them to avoid them getting lonely and potentially destructive. As a hound they have fantastic sense of smell and that teamed with their curiosity can lead them to wander off – so just make sure you’re aware of that when out and about. They’re friendly to everyone they meet, but may require a bit of house training initially, but once those rules are established you’ll have a wonderful partner.
Another of the most affectionate family dogs you’ll meet is the Irish Setter. Happy to be around other dogs and children they are the perfect pet for more active and outdoor families. So long as you can dedicate at least an hour a day for exercise then you’ll have a great companion for the whole family.
Because Newfoundlands are very big dogs (some weigh up to 70kg!) they might not be for everyone. However, they are one of the friendliest, sweetest dogs around. Originally a working dog in the fishing and timber industries in Canada, they are very good swimmers and are known as outdoorsy dogs. If you have the space to keep a large dog like a Newfoundland then they’ll reward you by being great with kids and ultimately a fantastic family pet.
They tend to be less popular than other pointers and retrievers but they are the perfect partners for active and energetic families. Providing Vizslas with enough room and time to exercise is important to make sure they remain healthy both mentally and physically. Plus they’re not only great with kids, but strangers alike – they’d definitely rank amongst the most friendly dogs around!
One of the most popular dogs in the UK, and it is easy to see why. They love to please and will be happy to cozy up with you on the sofa. Happily they can also adapt well to living in flats as long as you ensure they get moderate exercise and keep them mentally stimulated. They love children so make the perfect companion for young and growing families.
We know there will be plenty more than the 10 breeds we’ve highlighted here, so let us know in the comments which breed you think is a great family dog and why.