Dog breeds best suited for families

The ideal dog breed for families will vary based on your lifestyle however, there are some general rules of thumb to follow. If you have children for example then you will want a breed of dog that is not too large or energetic so that they won’t knock over any kids in their way.

You will also want protection dogs that are very obedient so that it doesn’t run amok.  Another consideration before choosing your family pet is whether or not you’re planning on having more children down the line because most dogs are prone to getting jealous when they lose attention from one child only to discover there is another child in the house getting more attention. If this is your situation, you need to pick a breed that is content with being alone most of the time. Keep reading to discover the best dog breeds for families. 


The Goldendoodle is a crossbreed of a poodle and a golden retriever and they are intelligent, energetic, trainable, and friendly dogs that were bred with the sole intention of companionship. These dogs are popular family dogs in Australia and the US and they live up to 15 years old. ABCs Puppy Zs offers a select variety of F1 and F1B Goldendoodles for sale, and you can rest assured that you’re making the best decision for yourself and your family. Goldendoodle’s can have a hard time dealing with separation anxiety and they tend to start misbehaving when they are bored. They get very attached to their owners and can be affected by small life changes. This breed is typically very social and they love being around their owners.  


Originating from China, the pug is a small dog with a distinctly wrinkled face. Their temperament is charming, clever, playful, stubborn, affectionate, and mischievous. They were originally bred to be companions for the wealthy, ruling class in China. Chinese Emperors valued these dogs and considered them to be royal. They were kept in a lap of luxury and were even guarded by soldiers in ancient times. If you leave your pug home alone for too long, they can experience separation anxiety. Anxiety can also arise when there are sudden changes in the household routine although not all pugs will suffer this anxiety.  

Border Collie  

The Border Collie is ranked as the most intelligent dog and this breed is a working and herding breed from the Anglo-Scottish border region. Apart from being highly intelligent, they are also energetic, loyal, keen, alert, athletic, responsive, and energetic and this supports their original purpose which was to herd livestock, more specifically sheep. Sometimes this breed can become fearful of being alone and can become anxious when there is a schedule change. They can also become bored and anxious very easily when away from their family members as well as when they do not receive enough exercise and mental stimulation. These dogs are very social. 

Cocker Spaniel  

The Cocker Spaniel has a very distinct shiny coat of golden fur and long droopy ears and is a breed of gun dog. They are playful, affectionate, faithful, friendly, quiet, and trainable. They were originally bred to be hunting dogs but after WW2, they were bred for pets. These dogs suffer from severe separation anxiety and want to be around their owners every minute during the day. Cocker Spaniels are gentle dogs that are easy-going, lively, and affectionate towards children as well as other animals. They are also very sociable and all-around happy dogs.  


The Newfoundland dog is a large breed of dog that is gentle, sweet-tempered, and trainable. This breed was originally used as a working dog to help fisherman pull their nets as well as haul wood from forests. If you have a Newfoundland dog that is left alone often and is not given adequate amounts of exercise and mental stimulation, they suffer from separation anxiety which will lead to destructive behavior which will manifest as tearing things around the house such as baseboards, furniture, and floors, etc. Overall, these dogs are very friendly and easy-going.  

All of these breeds mentioned are great around children and will make a wonderful addition to your family however, they are all prone to suffering from social anxiety if left alone for too long so make sure you keep that in mind and always mentally stimulate your dog.

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