12 Best Dog Breeds for Families to Adopt

Airedale Terrier

With the nickname "The King of Terriers," you know this pup is an all-star.

Bergamasco Sheepdog

Their herding instinct is perfect for helping roundup the kids to get ready and go, and while they are generally excellent with children.

Kishu Ken

Now this is a very lovey-dovey pup, according to AKC. The medium-size dog is known for being docile, open to strangers and patient with children.

Segugio Italiano

Hailing from Italy, not only do these dogs like children, they will go to great length to protect them. 


They are good with children, especially those who are willing to play with them as they are puppies at heart.

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

If shedding's really a concern, try one of these cute pups.

Bichon Frise

Their amiable attitude comes with another bonus: a low-shedding coat that makes this playful fluffball all the more perfect for a fun-loving household.

Bernese Mountain Dog

For families that think big, consider a gentle giant like the Bernese Mountain Dog.

Alaskan Malamute

Built to work as sled dogs, these powerful pups need a leader to set a consistent training and exercise regimen. 

Labrador Retriever

They've remained the most popular dog breed for decades for a reason. Labs love kids, adults, other pets — just about everyone. 

Golden Retriever

Another all-American favorite, Golden Retrievers live up to their status as the quintessential family dog.


For those who enjoy more of a laid-back lifestyle, a loyal bulldog might prove a better fit.

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