10 Dogs That Make Great Pets

These are a list of dogs that make great pets because they are brilliant with children and gaurding your house. None of these dogs have a wicked streak and they wont compete for affection or attention making them the choice of pet to have in your home.

Number 1 : ST Bernard


St Bernard’s are the most placid dog in the world they were originally bread to be rescue dogs in the mountainous regions of Sweden and Norway. They have a built in caring mechanism and would travel to the ends of the Earth for you. St Bernard’s are very playful despite their lazy image if they are in the mood for playing your best to play along with them or they will get very upset and get in a huff and sulk in a corner. They are not afraid to show you how they feel either. If they want some thing they are also very vocal and smart despite their dopey appearance, mine kicks the fridge when she wants something from it, stares at the sink and moans when it wants fresh water which is important because they slobber alot when they drink. Big Ears also wants to go outside when you give her a treat because she knows she makes a mess when shes eating and knocks on the door when she wants to get back inside. They are a very funny dog to have as a pet but your heart would be broken cleaning up after them, so you would want plenty of time on your hands to put the cushions back on the couch or remake the bed.

Number 2 : Labrador


Labradors are the most loyal dogs in the world when you own one and have kids you will find that out for yourself. When I was young my brother and I had one and we gave it an awful-time pulling its tail, its ears teasing it with food covering it with flour and eggs and the dog just sat there as if to say do your worst I still love you. For years we annoyed it and we never phased it one bit, when we got older round 9 and 10 years old it followed us everywhere and our parents always knew where we were by just calling the dog. April wouldn’t let any one but our friends into the garden when we were in it playing, none of the older boys, sales men or even our parents friends got near us, I guess because they were bigger than us she saw them as a threat. Labradors are very protective and motherly of babies when they cry all they want is peace and happiness, they are also very intelligent you could train them to do almost anything. If your looking for a new dog I would strongly recommend you consider a Labrador.

Number 3 : New Found-land 


 Newfoundland’s are the closest thing to a bear that a family can own, like the St Bernard they are a rescue dog. They were used originally for rescuing people from lakes they are very strong swimmers they could even pull a small boat with 5 or 6 people on it to the shore. Their temperament is very much like a Labrador but like a St Bernard they will need alot of attention in grooming and cleaning up after them. After their puppy stages they get very serious like a Labrador as in respect of what can they do for you next, they are not happy unless they know that they are of some use to you, if they are not active they get lazy same as any working dog really. New Foundland’s are great with children too, they have the same motherly instinct as a Labrador and are very protective of their territory. I haven’t owned one of these yet but they ar on my to do list.

Number 4 : German Pointer


A German Pointer is a great dog to own they are very playful and they are a very happy dog. These dogs were originally bread as a gun dog, the dog doesn’t hunt its self they are known for pointing in the direction of where the game has fallen or where it has landed. When the dog is not hunting its the happiest dog on the planet even if you never use it for hunting. These dogs are also great with children but they have only one drawback, their tail. Most of the people that own them cut the tail off which I am strongly against. I have owned one of these dogs when I was little, we had her the same time as the Labrador and we kept the tail. Sue’s tail could cut paper in half when she was wagging it so it stung a little when you got hit with it, other than that she was a great dog. German Pointers get real excited over the littlest of things so if you have small toddlers in the house just keep them away from the dogs tail. There is no harm in introducing the dogs tail to the child at the age of 6 or so. With great excitement comes bad observation skills, these dogs don’t mind walking into doors or crashing into walls to get its prize such as a Frisbee or a ball but they soon learn. They are highly intelligent and make a great loyal pet.

Number 5 : Collies


There are two different types of collies there is the Collie that we all associate with Lassie and there is the Border Collie that we associate with the crazy dog in the field chasing sheep. Only for the colours and the sense of pride there is very little between these two dogs. These are the masterminds of the dog world their problem solving skills are better than any other dog, these dogs more less train themselves. Collies will try and out smart you, and they are very sneaky and stealthy. As temperament goes they are very loyal, loving and protective of kids. Having these dogs on your property is like having a full squad of special forces guarding your house, intruders wont know that they are there until its to late. If your worried about your property at all I strongly recommend one of these teamed up with a German Shepard.

Number 6 : Dalmatian


Dalmatians are a peculiar looking dog but they are very sweet in their temperament and they are very loyal and loving. Every Dalmatians spots are different so the one you get will be unique. Dalmatians also have a Whipple tail like the German Pointers, so like them you will have to watch that around infants. The difference is with Dalmatians they don’t get so frantic when they get excited. Dalmatians are very playful when they are in the puppy stage but after about three years they get very sensible and become great guard dogs. Their loyalty is unquestionable and they love watching over children. If you are looking for a great family friend a Dalmatian is the dog for you.

Number 7 : Siberian Husky


A Siberian Husky is like owning your own wolf in fact they are just like wolves minus the hunting and killing instinct. Everyone wants to own a wolf and these dogs have all the characteristics, they howl and look like a wolf and even act like wolves. When they are howling they like to be up high when they are doing it firstly because sound will travel further but most of all because they like to be seen. Siberian Huskies are very protective of anything smaller than them and they are particularly fond of children and pups. Huskies are a very proud dog so it is very rare that you will get a bad photograph of them, they know that they are a beautiful dog and they are not shy to let it show. I myself am looking for one of these dogs at the moment because they are very playful all the way through their lives, and very loyal and clever.

Number 8 : German Shepherd


German Shepherd’s have a bad reputation because people regard them as coal yard dogs or warehouse guards. People think of these dogs when they are looking for a guard dog, yes they will guard an area, they will do the job but they are more of a family pet. German Shepherd’s like being around people more so than being caged off and treated as a vicious dog. These dogs have to be trained to be vicious. German Shepherd’s were bread for guarding sheep from foxes and other predators, so they have the caring and motherly instinct. These dogs are the best dogs for watching over children, they are also very protective of things smaller than them, even if you had rabbits they would be their best friend. These are also one of the dogs on my to get list.

Number 9 : Basset Hound 


Basset Hounds are the most adorable dogs that I can think of, the reason for this is because they they are so sad and miserable looking. Basset Hounds are the most trusting dog in the world and they are great with children, as you can see from the image above they love hardship its not because they like to be tortured its just they couldn’t be bothered fighting back. Basset Hounds wouldn’t be the best of guard dogs but they will bark to alert you if there are strangers around. Basset Hounds became a world wide name after the cartoon Droopy D where we saw the dog as a detective that couldn’t be bothered to chase criminals but it always worked out for him in the end eventually. If you are looking for a dog but don’t want a big clumsy oaf of a mutt then a Basset Hound is for you.

Number 10 : Great Dane


If your looking for a monster of a dog that will challenge you on almost everything then you need a Great Dane. Great Danes are the biggest messers of the dog world and rarely do what they are told outdoors, indoors they will follow and obey orders because they know they are your guest in your house but outside they are a different dog altogether. Great Danes are not bold dogs they won’t start fights with other dogs or chase people such as the postman or things like that, they just want to have fun. These dogs love anything smaller than them which is most of the worlds population and get real protective of smaller dogs in distress. Great Danes love children and most children love Great Dane’s just for the fact that they are huge, around children these dogs are on their best behaviour and they will guard them with their lives. Great Danes are yet another one of my to own list and I would strongly recommend you getting one if you have the space and time they need.

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User Comments
  1. Aiyanna

    On January 28, 2011 at 12:22 am

    I had a Great Swiss Mountain Dog and he was a cousin of the Saint Bernard… The best I ever had….
    Mum has a Saint Bernard and she is a cheeky thing who behaves like human and even sits on a sofa like a human (paws on ground and bottom on sofa)!!! They have very good tempraments… Loving and protective too… :-)
    Had one Labrador and she was a real wild thing, returned her to her habitat!!!

  2. Linvio

    On January 28, 2011 at 2:29 am

    how lovely…

  3. observer1

    On January 28, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Lots of good info

  4. Brenda Nelson

    On January 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    I agree with Labs, Retrievers tend to make good pets for families, however I dont agree with Huskies or Collies or Dalmations so high on the list.
    Border collies (there are also rough collies, bearded collies, and smooth collies) are VERY intelligent – they will DESTROY a home if not given enough Mental stimulation – they are dogs bred to herd – they need to be kept busy or will find things to do.

    Huskies are Spitz breeds, often not good with young children – very independant, no “guard” dog about them..

    And Dalmations are also super smart – they too will destroy a home if not kept busy.

    With all dogs it is important to note your lifestyle matches the needs of the dogs. Its an interesting list.. but not for most lifestyles.

  5. Westbrook

    On January 28, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Nice opinions of these dogs. Thanks for sharing.

  6. eddiego65

    On January 28, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Dogs make lovely pets. Too bad we’re not allowed to have pets in our apartment.

  7. Melody

    On January 29, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Nice post, I love dog lovers. For me, I’ve never met a dog I didn’t like. That is probably created the meetup group, ‘people who love dogs too much’, ;) ), really!

  8. Tulan

    On January 29, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Interesting information about dogs and your pictures are very good.

  9. diane mccloskey

    On January 29, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    very informative and well-written! you have a good sense of humor that comes through in your work…or at least this one! well done!

  10. Francois Hagnere

    On January 30, 2011 at 6:50 am

    Hello Stephen, What a wonderful article. Very well written. Great job, my friend. Thank you.

  11. Moses Ingram

    On January 30, 2011 at 10:13 am

    I like this article and the pictures are great. I like animals, especially cats and dogs.

  12. tonywriter

    On January 30, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    cute pets and great info Thanks for sharing mate

  13. Ann Yo

    On January 30, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Excellent information, I like reading your article and thanks for sharing it. 5 star rating plus recommendation!

  14. djbtol

    On January 30, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Of course most of those dogs will require the large size bag of dog food.

  15. AWritingSighting

    On January 30, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    We had a Labrador that became afflicted with hip dysplasia. Its a common malady for labs I believe. He became so immobile that we had no choice but to put him down :( .
    Your information about the dogs not competing for attention is helpful. We had springer spaniel who was that way and we loved him! Thanks again for article.

  16. Dog guy

    On January 30, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    I have to tell you, the person that wrote this article is a moron. The facts about his chosen dogs are wrong. Check other sources.

    Don’t listen to this morn if you are looking for a pet dog.

  17. Saxenadhi

    On January 30, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    great article

  18. Tess

    On January 30, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    It was difficult to get past your atrocious spelling and grammar… but aside from that it was fairly informative.

    I feel you left Belgian Shepherds out of the mix, as well. I had one growing up and he was the smartest and most loyal dog ever. He knew far too many tricks for his own good.

  19. baffled

    On January 30, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    I hope this article was written by a child because it sounds like a child wrote it. It\’s just bad. And wrong. (It\’s spelled shepherd, not shephard, btw.)

    Please don\’t listen to this person when selecting a dog breed for your family, s/he has no clue. Seriously, no clue at all. Like Dog guy said, check other sources.

    The pictures are cute, I\’ll give the author that much.

  20. baffled

    On January 30, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    I hope this article was written by a child because it sounds like a child wrote it. It\\\’s just bad. And wrong. (It\\\’s spelled shepherd, not shephard, btw.)

    Please don\\\’t listen to this person when selecting a dog breed for your family, s/he has no clue. Seriously, no clue at all. Like Dog guy said, check other sources.

    The pictures are cute, I\\\’ll give the author that much.

  21. Karen

    On January 30, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    While I\’m sure the writer had good intentions, some of these dogs are NOT good for first-time dog owners. I have worked with dogs for over 20 years, and I can tell you that Siberian Huskies and German Shepherds are definitely not for everyone; they require much training and need to know that YOU are in charge. (Siberian Huskies are notorious escape artists, too.) Newfies, Great Danes and St. Bernards are HUGE dogs, and while they are good with children, their size must be taken into account; they are best with older children. Basset Hounds and Collies are generally laid back dogs, but Border Collies are the most hyperactive dog I have ever witnessed; smart as can be, but they need lots of exercise. Pointers are also great dogs, but in my experience they do not do well with smaller house pets.
    Dalmations are iffy; I have seen good and bad. They can be very quick to snap if aggravated. Labs are basically good dogs, also loads of energy and need much exercise. Really, this list should have been titled \”My Favorite Dog Breeds\”; responsible pet ownership requires much research.

  22. Teri Dreshner

    On January 30, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    The dogs are so super cute! =)

  23. Karen

    On January 31, 2011 at 12:00 am

    …and FYI, in my experience, the top ten dogs that do well as family pets are:
    1. Golden Retriever (excellent dogs, very smart)
    2. Bichon Frise
    3. Beagle
    4. Shih-Tzu
    5. Boxer
    6. Old English Bulldog
    7. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
    8. Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie)
    9. Labrador Retriever
    10. Collie

  24. lonelyplanet

    On January 31, 2011 at 6:43 am

    Wow…I love pets.

  25. aprilsong

    On January 31, 2011 at 6:48 am

    so lovely and cute dogs.

  26. Ralph Brandt

    On January 31, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Love it. I run with a search and rescue in Ephrata PA (MIDSRAR.com) – we have search dogs so we all have some love for dogs. Thanks.

  27. Ruby Hawk

    On January 31, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    You do have some cuties here.

  28. pruelpo

    On February 1, 2011 at 5:45 am

    Well done dude. great article full of information. Nice sharing.

  29. Anna Ski

    On February 1, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Fantastic article on dogs.

    Nice to know how they serve their owners.

    I have a rottweiller and he lives up to his

    He is a pain sometimes but most of the
    time he is good.

  30. dloriginal

    On February 1, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    This is a great article on dogs. Yes, maybe some of these dogs may not be good for first time owners, but, out of all the breeds I have had I loved the Newfoundland dog the best. A very kind dog, loving and smart.

  31. Barb Taylor

    On February 3, 2011 at 12:39 am

    You have written a very comprehensive and interesting article here which I found a joy to read. I’m sure it will help people choose the right dog that would fit into their family.
    Thanks for putting it all together here, and I think the photos are fantastic!

  32. Rana Sinha

    On February 3, 2011 at 2:21 am

    Nice article. We have a Daxie in our family.

  33. Magic Quill

    On February 3, 2011 at 2:30 am

    lovely dogs, cute pictures!

  34. Petalm

    On February 3, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Good suggestions.

  35. treasures306

    On February 3, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Great information about dogs that make good pets, love the pictures too! Thanks

  36. Tiki33

    On February 9, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Great article! I love dogs and you’re right these are some of the best. Thank you for sharing this I loved it.

  37. AlisonStuart

    On February 10, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Beautiful article.Well presented with wonderful photos. Thank you for sharing.

  38. Purnomosidhi

    On February 16, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    They are all nice. BTW, it is beautiful article.

  39. Beverly

    On February 21, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    We have a German Shepherd and she does protect little dogs when we take her to the dog park! So funny to watch her!

  40. Sharon

    On March 9, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    What about the Westie? They make great pets. We have one and you couldn’t find a more friendly and intelligent animal.

  41. Bridget

    On March 30, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    It’s not a bad article, though I am a bit alarmed that you included Borders in your list. Love ‘em though I do, they’re not a dog that I’d recommend for a family with younger children, or inexperienced dog owners. I should also add that you should always mention that every dog is different, and not every breed works for every household. For instance, my sister had a lab that was highly aggressive and energetic lab that she didn’t train or exercise. She eventually got rid of the dog because it was becoming a danger to her two young sons.

  42. Clinton

    On March 31, 2011 at 5:02 am

    A few of the previous comments were a bit harsh to say the least. It may be true that a few of the breeds bring the risk of being temperamental, too energetic, or just a bit aggressive. I would only say thats true for some Collie breeds and Dalmatians. Anybody can train most of these dogs with ease especially German Shepherds (and 99% of the time huskies as well). German Shepherds are extremely trainable and good pets to have around. People are too focused on reputations but like someone else mentioned, it ALL depends on how the dog is trained. If a dog is neglected or trained to be mean, yeah it will probably be mean. It shouldn’t be assumed that all dogs of that particular breed will behave in the same manner.

  43. heather

    On October 17, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    AWWW I have a lab when I come home from college he gets so excited to see me I love it, he is the BEST dog in the world!!!

  44. anonymous

    On March 22, 2012 at 7:20 am

    this is helpful. I am moveing out to newcastle next year and can’t take my lab with me cause my siblings will miss him to much. so because I’m leaving my beloved chocolate lab behind my pop said I can get two new puppies:) I am looking at boarder collie and dalmation. and this information was great for the positive side of them!! thanks .

  45. emily

    On April 9, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I found for sale a siberian husky saint bernard for really cheap would it be a good guard dog or a lazy dog. I have hurd that st bernards are lazy good for love dogs is that true or will they fight for you?

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