Do you like animals? What are some of the best family dogs for kids? Or of course for other members of the family! Is this your first time getting a pup or young dog?

For families of all shapes and sizes there may be a dog for you but this process can need lots of time and potential owners have to be extremely responsible when

When children are around, the adult family members will often talk about “Kindness” and “Personality.” These two qualities will ensure you have a harmonious household. It’s not just about choosing good dog breeds, though it is also about teaching your children to be kind to animals.

Your chosen pet should possess these qualities.

Also, do you want an active dog that needs a lot of exercise or a quiet dog? A gentle dog or a high-maintenance dog? Good around people? Will your pet need regular grooming? Will your children be happy playing with your pet?

What else is important? Are there other ways for your pet to get exercise? The amount of exercise is important when deciding what breed to buy – and that also means the amount of exercise for your children.

And don’t forget for a lovely pet you need lovely pet insurance. You can get a quote from Emerald for that here –

What about Best Family Children??

One thing to bear in mind when looking at buying a pup is also the type of household that you are bringing a young dog into. Make sure that you think your children will enjoy having a pet, and that they understand how to treat a young dog well, how to train it and how to manage the tedious chores that are involved in raising a dog in a family.

If you don’t have the time, the space or the temperament, then please please think about not having a dog…

But if you do think that dog-owing is for you, then the next stage is considering which one to buy.

What does that mean in terms of dog breeds?

When looking for a great family dog there are a variety of breeds to choose from. Here are a few that come highly recommended.

Border Collie

A gentle and affectionate family dog, this breed is intelligent and hardworking too! This makes them perfect for all members of the household.

Labrador Retriever

These dogs love children and will always be loyal to their family and are often referred to as “nanny dogs.” Labrador retrievers are perfect for families because they love children, need little exercise but require lots of attention. They’re also a good choice if you want to get involved in competitive sports such as agility or flyball with your dog and family members, since Labradors have the stamina to compete all day long!

Golden Retriever

A gentle and loving breed who will always be there for you, they are very attentive and love children. On the downside, there is always a lot of hair with a golden retriever and it needs regular grooming, being very golden!


The poodle is a great family pet because of its intelligence, gentleness and tolerance with other dogs. They’re more costly than other breeds, but a poodle has an unbeatable demeanor and are good with children of all ages.


The pugs require a lot less grooming than many other breeds. This makes them ideal for busy families who don’t want to spend time taking care of their pets, but this is also something that can make training the dogs more difficult.


Beagles are very popular throughout Britain’s history an their sense of smell is 44 times that of a human. This has made them the ideal hunting dog and they were popular among key figures like William the Conqueror and Queen Elizabeth I. The Beagle is fun-loving but stubborn which can make training difficult, otherwise, they are wonderful family pat.

Border Terrier

The Border Terrier is a British breed of small, rough-coated terrier that originates from the area of the Anglo-Scottish border. It shares ancestry with the Dandie Dinmont Terrier and Bedlington Terriers, also originating in this region. The dog was traditionally used for hunting foxes and contributed to work on the northern hunts. As all terriers, they can be stubborn but are very loyal.

Other dog breeds that you might consider are a cavalier King Charles spaniel, a cocker spaniel, or a Staffordshire bull terrier.

What personality am I? From cavalier King Charles spaniel to Staffordshire bull terrier….!

So, another point is to match the young dog to your own personality. With so many breeds (we’ve talked about Labrador retriever, Labrador, golden retriever and types of terrier but haven’t even started on cocker spaniel, German shepherds, rescue dogs etc), there will be a dog breed for you. Who doesn’t love a dog playing, being extremely energetic while out on long walks. And you may be different from your children.

How much should I pay?

One other issue that we are seeing with family dogs both during and post-pandemic is the cost of buying a puppy for the first time. which is a significant investment for any household with children.

The cost of purchase has gone up several times over the last year.

A major question on your journey to getting a new puppy will likely be what does it cost for a puppy? The first factor that influences this is the breed of the pup, as more popular breeds like labradoodles and bulldogs will always carry an elevated price tag. It will also depend on the pedigree or whether they’re Kennel Club registered

Another consideration when deciding how much a puppy costs is that most reputable breeders sell puppies for higher prices. This is due to the high quality of care offered by reputable breeders as well as running their business.There are many costs a breeder will have to cover including screenings tests for the parents (if they’re of a breed prone to illness), possible stud services, de-worming and vaccination costs. One thing to watch out when adopting is for low prices as this may indicate potential health issues or care quality.

If you’re not prepared to pay a hefty fee for a puppy, consider adopting one instead. You’ll have to dish out less of your hard-earned cash than if you were going to buy from a breeder. Additionally, your adoption fee will also probably cover microchipping, vaccinations and neutering (providing they’re old enough).

Or there is the option of doing something different and taking on an older dog, for someone who’s getting on in life and just no longer about to look after their pet. On the upside it usually costs less to buy, but of course pet insurance may be more expensive. They will be less energetic, but will still enjoy playing, and have a great personality. You will need to think about health questions, which may be more severe than with a young dog. They may also be better around children who may like a less energetic dog.

So, what can we conclude?

in all honesty, the answer is likely, not much. The main takeaway from thinking about a pet in your household is that you need to do your homework. Perhaps think of a series of adjectives that you would like to see in your dog – loyal, affectionate, active, pedigree or mixed-breed, family dog, affectionate, high energy (low energy??), extremely clean, intelligent, easy to groom, playful etc.

Of course, not all dog will have all of these so then it is a question of working out which of these is the most important. For families, pets can be a wonderful addition and great companions. and tend to add to family happiness, although they do need work.

So, the choice of dog is entirely up to you. With some foresight and research into dog breed or breeds then you can look forward to years of great fun with a family friend who loves you, is loyal and you will have a life of fun ahead.

Family Dogs FAQs

Which dogs make the best family pets?

When choosing a family dog, adults in the household will often clump “Kindness” and “Personality.” These factors are important to ensure children have a harmonious household. One can also teach their children to be kind to animals when selecting this animal.

Your chosen pet should have the qualities that you and your family need.

But there’s more to consider.

Your family will also have different wishes like an active dog or a quiet one. Some will prefer the maintenance type while others want a pet with low grooming needs. Dogs can also be more social but some families enjoy solo pets better. You’ll want to make sure your children are fine with the animal as well as vice versa.

There are also other ways for your pet to get exercise. The amount of exercise is important when deciding which breed to buy – and it means the same thing for children as well. But a god with plenty of energy will need a significant amount of work from the family and that can be quite tiring, particularly if you have young children.

What are the easiest dogs to own?

This all depends on how you and your family define easy! So for example a very active family may find a very quiet dog difficult.

Space is an important factor when it comes to choosing the right dog for your home – if you have a smaller house, deciding on a smaller dog will help give them more room. The age and energy of a potential dog should also be taken into consideration – do they need a very energetic or young animal, or can they manage with slightly older animals?

Time is just as important when it comes to owning a dog – are you able to afford the time necessary for training, constant attention and walks? If not, an older dog that does not require any training may be the better option.

Dogs have been bred for different purposes, so it’s important to consider what family-friendly traits are best for your home when making a purchase.

Which dog has the best temperament?

Again, the make up of your family will be important here.

Your family will have different wishes when it comes to caring for your dog. Some might prefer an active dog, while others may enjoy a low-maintenance pet. Your children can make the process of choosing an ideal dog even more difficult if they’re less than enthusiastic about animals in general or if they don’t get along with pets on an individual basis.

There are also other ways for your pet to get exercise. The amount of exercise is important when deciding which breed to buy – and it means the same thing for children as well. But a good dog with plenty of energy will need a significant amount of work from the family, and that can be quite tiring if you have young children.

What is the #1 dog breed 2020?

There is no right answer to this one. If you want a guard dog, for example, you will naturally choose something different from someone who wants an active pet. Some might prefer an active dog, while others may enjoy a low-maintenance pet. Your children can make the decision as well!

The amount of exercise is important when deciding which breed to buy – and it means the same thing for children as well. But a good dog with plenty of energy will need a significant amount of care in order to stay happy, fit and well.

The most important item here is to get a dog that fits with your own family.

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