10 Best Family Dogs Who Are Naturally Kid-Friendly

Adopting a dog is like choosing a brand new family member. It’s not a decision to be taken lightly and proper research should be done for any new fur-baby. When there are kids involved, the decision is even more important. The truth is that some breeds are not great for families with children. They may be naturally nervous or aggressive, or simply prefer low-key home environments. If you’re looking for the best family dog, here are some qualities you need to look for:

  1. Sturdy: Kids aren’t always as gentle as they should be, so you need a dog that will be patient and resilient. This is for both your child’s safety and your dog’s happiness. (“Miniature” or “toy” breeds are known for being nervous and delicate and may not be great choices.)
  2. Energetic: Similar to “sturdy,” the perfect kid-friendly dog breeds have plenty of energy. They need to be able to keep up with the kids without getting exhausted or irritated. Make sure you pick a breed whose needs match your family’s activity level. (Choosing a young dog may help, but breeds like Retrievers and Spaniels are generally known for their high energy levels.)
  3. Intelligent: Although all dogs should be trained, it’s especially important around kids. Your new pet needs to know that no means no as soon as possible for your kids’ safety. (Hunting dogs, like a few on this list, are known for their high intelligence.)
  4. Friendly: This trait is especially hard to quantify and can vary the most by individual pet. However, when looking for a new dog to add to your family, it’s important to select one with a warm and open demeanor. Avoid breeds that are known for being impatient, nervous, or violent.

With those traits in mind, here are the 10 best dogs for families that fit the bill:

1. American Water Spaniel

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The American Water Spaniel is a highly energetic dog originally bred for hunting. These dogs need to spend all day running around if you ever want them to sleep at night (much like kids!). This breed is especially fond of water (hence their name). They are great swimmers and even sport a water-resistant coat. As an added bonus, although these pups are exceptionally warm to their owners, they are wary of strangers, making them great watchdogs.

2. Basset Hound

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Another hunting dog, the Basset Hound is well-known as one of the best family pets. They are a slower-pace hunting dog, making them lazy around the house. Bred as pack dogs, they are loyal to their family and may always be “under foot.” Their medium size (50 – 60 pounds) makes them adaptable to any living space. Bassets Hounds are loving and gentle dogs. The only downside may be that they’re stubborn and training can take patience, so they are best for families with some extra time.

3. Beagle

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Beagles are a small-medium size, energetic, and very friendly. They make great family pets for all of those reasons and more. As a hound, Beagles can be a little stubborn, like Bassets, but they are great active companions for all ages, making them a fantastic choice for most families. Another pack breed, these dogs will bond strongly with their families, adults and children alike.

4. Bernese Mountain Dog

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Bernese Mountain Dogs are known for being large, calm, and goofy. They truly are “gentle giants.” Originally used for farm work, this breed is eager to learn and easy to train. These gentle beasts make great companion animals. However, due to their large size, they are not suitable for living situations with limited space. If you have the space for one, they are an easy choice for their happy-go-lucky demeanor.

5. Boston Terrier

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Nicknamed “The American Gentleman” do to their tuxedo-like markings, these dogs were originally bred as fighting dogs… But don’t write them off just yet! A Boston Terrier is a lover, not a fighter. These dogs are highly intelligent and are full of energy, despite their small, stocky size. They are affectionate and loving, if a little cheeky. Their size, energy, and sturdy build make them great family pets.

6. Brittany

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Brittanys (previously “Brittany Spaniel” before 1982) make great family pets for an active family. These dogs are known to be especially athletic and need constant activity to stay happy. Brittanys are task-oriented dogs, which makes easy to train, but also means that they cannot be left alone for long lengths of time. They are friendly and fun-loving and work best in large families where they can have consistent companionship.

7. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was bred to be the lapdog of the Spaniels. He loves cuddling up and getting belly rubs. This breed is perfect for kids who want to give their pets constant physical attention. But don’t let his calm disposition fool you. The Cavalier retains some of his heritage with a hearty appetite for games and easy-to-train attitude. They are very affectionate and form close bonds with their owners.

8. Curly-Coated Retriever

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Like most Retrievers, the Curly-Coated is one of the most intelligent breeds on the list. Their short, curly coats make them easy to care for, requiring only moderate grooming. A Curly-Coated Retriever is loyal to his family and takes joy in learning and performing in athletic activities. When they’re not running off all that extra energy, these Retrievers love lying next to their owners as gentle companions.

9. Golden Retriever

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Arguably one of the best family dogs ever, the Golden Retriever is your quintessential family dog. They are one of the most popular dog breeds in the US. They are an all-around great pet being smart, even-tempered, easy to train, and friendly. They also require plenty of activity to keep them happy. This breed is another “pack” breed, so they bond quickly with all members of the family. One of the friendliest and most social breeds, most families can’t go wrong with a Golden Retriever.

10. Irish Wolfhound

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Another large breed (up to 180 lbs), the Irish Wolfhound is the second gentle giant on our list. This breed was originally used as a war dog. But much like the Boston Terrier, you would never guess their origins today. Nowadays, the Irish Wolfhound is a highly adaptable breed: ready to play, easy to train, and loyal to the end. Although they need exercise to maintain health, these dogs are pretty happy being giant coach potatoes. If you can accommodate giant size, they make great family pets.

As always, it’s important to remember that every pet is an individual. While every breed has a general personality and disposition, there will always be variations. Proper training, attention, and a healthy environment are necessary for any dog—and your family—to feel happy and safe..


Some rare breeds of dogs that are generally under-rated..

Over the centuries, people have bred dogs to be companions, workers, snugglers, and pets. Because of this, dogs are the most diverse land animals in terms of physical appearance.  While you might know that Labs are squarely-built short-haired retrievers and Dachshunds are short, squat, little badger fighters– there are many rare dogs whose form and function you haven’t yet imagined.

1. Azawakh

The Azawakh is a sighthound that is very rare outside of it’s West African homeland. Known for its agile and feline-like gait,  the Azawakh are timid by nature, but gentle and affectionate once they get to know you.  It is used for hunting gazelles and other fleet animals of the African deserts.


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2. Carolina Dog

Also known as the “American Dingo,” Carolina Dogs are thought to be the oldest canine species in North America, appearing on rock paintings by Native Americans. The Carolina Dogs share DNA with the Australian Dingoes and New Guinea Singing Dogs and even though the breed has been domesticated, there are still wild pups still roaming around.


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3. Catahoula Leopard Dog

Prized by Native Americans for their incredible hunting abilities, these pups have been favorites of famous hunters like Teddy Roosevelt. The Catahoula Leopard Dog is named after the Catahoula Parish in Louisiana, where the breed originated.


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4. Lundehund

Originally used in Norway to hunt for Puffins, the Lundehund has six toes on each foot, prick ears that it can control at will, and the ability to tip its head backward to touch its backbone. The Norwegian Lundehund is unlike any other breed.


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5. Mudi

The Mudi is a mid-sized Hungarian herding dog with a thick, curly coat and smooth face. While they are still rare in the US, the Mudi dogs are gaining popularity with their versatile, energetic attitudes.


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6. Neapolitan Mastiff

Historically bred to fight alongside the Romans wearing body armor and blades so that they could run under and disembowel enemy horses, the Neopolitan Mastiff was almost extinct at the end of WWII. After an Italian painter set up a kennel to protect the enormous pups and bred them with English Mastiffs to diversify the bloodline, the Neopolitan Mastiff has evolved as a breed and one even appeared as Hagrid’s pet dog, Fang, in the Harry Potter movies.


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7. Xoloitzcuintli

Pronounced Sho-lo-eets-quint-lee, the Xoloitzcuintli is usually referred to as the “Mexican Hairless Dog” or just “Xolo.” This breed is so old that it was actually worshiped by the Aztecs. Because many Americans are not familiar with Xolo pups, it has been mistaken for the mythological Chupacabra along the US border states. The Xoloitzcuintli has not been inbred over the years like many other purebreed dogs and it is a very healthy and hardy dog that only requires a bit of moisturizer, sunscreen, and regular bathing.


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8. Salish Wool Dog

Originally from the Washington State/British Columbia area, the Salish Wool Dog is now extinct as a distinct breed. These pups were small with long white hair that the native people sheared (like a sheep) to weave into treasured Salish blankets. The dogs were kept in groups ranging from 12 to about 20 and kept safe on islands or in gated off caves.


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9. Thai Ridgeback

Similar to the Rhodesian Ridgeback, the Thai Ridgeback pup has a line of hair growing in the opposite direction along the spine. These strong-willed, powerful pups are used as livestock guardians in their Asian home.


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10. The Pachón Navarro

With a nose like the double barrels of a shotgun, the Pachón Navarro is an extremely rare Spanish hunting dog that was once believed to have superior sniffing skills. Now breeders know that the Pachón Navarro’s nose is just cosmetically different, they don’t offer any advantage over a regular pup nose.


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11. Tibetan Mastiff

The Tibetan Mastiff is a large, fearless dog traditionally bred to guard herds, flocks, families, and entire villages. One of the massive fluffy pups was also recently sold in China for $1.5 million dollars, and became the most expensive dog ever sold.

Few more facts about your dog you might not be knowing..

Bringing a dog or puppy into your family is a huge decision, and here are some things about man’s best four-legged friend that are sure to be of interest to children (and some adults):

1. An adult dog has 42 teeth.

2. A dog’s sense of smell is more than 1 million times stronger than that of a person.

3. More than 1 in 3 families in the United States owns a dog.

4. Spaying or neutering your dog can help prevent certain types of cancer.

5. If never spayed or neutered, a pair of dogs can produce 66,000 puppies in 6 years.

6. A dog’s sense of hearing is more than 10 times more accurate than that of a person.

7. The average dog can run about 19 miles per hour at full speed.

8. Dogs are mentioned 14 times in the Bible.

9. A dog’s nose print is one of a kind, very similar to a person’s fingerprint.

10. The average body temperature for a dog is 101.2.

11. With an average lifespan of just over 11 years, the typical dog costs $13,500.

12. The only sweat glands a dog has are between its toes.

13. Dogs are omnivorous; they need to eat more than just meat.

14. Dogs have twice as many ear muscles as people.

15. Dogs will be submissive to anyone they feel is higher up in the pack.

16. People have been keeping dogs for pets for 12,000 years.

17. A female dog carries her puppies for about 60 days before they are born.

18. It is a myth dogs are color blind; they actually see color, just not as vividly as a person.

19. Obesity is the number-one health problem in dogs.

20. Seventy percent of people sign their pets name on greeting/holiday cards.

Hope you people enjoyed reading..

Everything About Dogs..

Do you think you know everything about our canine companions? Think again! 

There are more than 150 dog breeds, divided into 8 classes: sporting, hound, working, terrier, toy, non-sporting, herding, and miscellaneous.

Your dog is your best friend but there’s a lot you might not know about him!

Check out these 10 surprising facts about dogs 》》

1) Your dog is as smart as a 2-year-old toddler.

There’s a reason your tot and your pup get along so well: they speak the same language. Or at least, they likely understand roughly the same number of words and gestures — 250!

2) Dogs and cats both slurp water the same way.

This may be hard to believe since dogs are such messy drinkers, but just like cats, our canine friends bend the tip of their tongue and raise liquid in a column up to their mouths.

3) Your dog does have a sense of time — and misses you when you’re gone.

If you think your dog knows when it’s time for dinner or a walk, you’re right! Dogs pick up on our routines and habits, and they also sense how much time has passed. One study showed how dogs responded differently to their owners being gone for different lengths of time.

4) Your dog’s whiskers help him “see” in the dark.

Okay, it’s not quite night-vision or a super power, but those whiskers pick up on even subtle changes in air currents, providing your pup with information about the size, shape, and speed of things nearby. This allows your dog to better sense approaching dangers or prey — even at night.

5) Dogs only have sweat glands in their paws.

More specifically, they are found between their paw pads. That’s why it can help to wet the bottom of their feet on a hot day, and it’s also why dogs rely on panting as a means of cooling down.

6) On average, a dog’s mouth exerts 320 pounds of pressure.

The tests were done on a German shepherd, American pit bull terrier, and Rottweiler. In comparison, human beings exert 120 pounds, white sharks exert 600 pounds, and crocodiles exert a whopping 2,500 pounds! Dogs also have ten more adult teeth than humans — 42 versus 32.

7) Your one year-old pup is as physically mature as a 15-year-old human.

Of course, different breeds age a little differently. Large dogs age faster than small ones. You can get a more exact comparison for your dog using this nifty Dog Age Calculator.

8) Your dog’s sense of smell is 1,000 to 10 million times better than yours.

Depending on the breed, your dog has between 125 million to 300 million scent glands — compared to only 5 million for humans. And the part of your dog’s brain that controls smell is 40 times larger than yours — that’s true, even though the canine brain is much smaller than the human, relative to size. A human’s brain is about 1/40th of their body weight while a dog’s brain is only 1/125th. Don’t feel too smug, though — an ant’s brain is 1/7th its body weight.
9) Dogs can hear 4 times as far as humans.

Puppies may be born deaf, but they quickly surpass our hearing abilities. Dogs can also hear higher pitched sounds, detecting a frequency range of 67 to 45,000 hertz (cycles per second). The human range is from 64 to 23,000 hertz. In both dogs and humans, the upper end of hearing range decreases with age.

10) Your dog can smell your feelings.

Your pup can pick up on subtle changes in your scent, which can help him figure out how you are feeling — such as by smelling your perspiration when you become nervous or fearful. It’s also likely how dogs can detect certain diseases or know that a household member is pregnant.

We hope this list of odd facts about dogs gave you a better appreciation of your best friend. They are truly incredible animals and companions.