What are The Best Family Dogs? – What are The Worst Family Dogs?

Dogs are a great addition to the family, but if you get the wrong dog it can also turn into a nightmare situation. So what are the best family dogs to get? And what are the worst family dogs?

Dogs are beautiful creatures that seem to have been designed for us human beings for comfort, companionship, love and lots of laughter – in most cases anyway. I am a firm believer that a dog will react in accordance to it’s owner – if the owner shouts at it all the time or does not pay it enough attention, then in all likelihood it is likely to either turn aggressive or strive to get your attention. It is true that there are some breeds that are not recommended for families and these worst family dogs include:

  • Dalmatians
  • Chihuahua
  • Chow Chow
  • Rottweiler
  • Pit-bull

Dalmatians here will surprise many people out there, mainly because of the positive portrayal of the breed in 101 Dalmatians, in my opinion anyway. However, dalmatians are known for suffering with deafness and this is not recommended for families with young children as they may startle the dog accidentally, causing the dog to bite out.

The Chow Chow look very pleasant from a distance but if you get close, you will understand why it is on the list of worst family dogs. Their temper is like that of a teenager who has just hit puberty, and they will not stop at biting you. They are well known for their bullying behaviour, not just towards other dogs but towards humans as well. Definitely one to avoid for children of any age until they are teenagers.

Rottweilers are generally breed poorly which can result in unpredictable puppies, and ultimately dogs. I have known a couple of rottweilers, both of which have been extremely unpredictable but were raised by experienced dog owners. They just snap, and unfortunately you cannot have these around children.

I have known some lovely Pit-bulls and it’s unfortunate that they have extremely bad press at the current time, and once again they also have poor breeding quality. They are not very patient and again they will just “snap”, meaning that they are unlikely to be a good family pet.

To be honest with you I’ve never been near a Chihuahua, mainly because of all I have read about them. They are nervous, snappy, territorial, and they will bite if they want to. Young children will want to pick them up – something they do not like, and thus I would give it a miss.

Warning: Now I’m not saying that every “worst family dog” and every ” best family dogs” are going to be accurate in what I have said. It’s the same with everything – one size does not fit all. I know dog walkers who own one of the “worst dogs” and they have a couple of kids and they get on great, likewise someone with a retriever has to be wary with it around her son. Think about it carefully before you choose a dog, check out it’s breeding history and the breeder and gather some opinions on the breed prior to buying.

Best Family Dogs

  • Golden Retriever
  • Labrador
  • Beagle
  • Newfoundland
  • Irish Setter

The Golden Retriever is an elegant breed – most of the time except when they are rolling around in the mud! They are the “perfect” breed if ever there was such a thing. They are not too aggressive but not timid like other breeds. If they were a person they would be a teacher as they are patient – perfect for being around children. Loves fun walks that involves games, so you can kill two birds with one stone and exercise the dog and the children.

Labs are a great family dog, I’ve had a couple myself and they really are great with children. They don’t mind children climbing all over them and taking their toys, they like to run, and they are protective as well.

My last three dogs have all been Irish Setters. I love them enormously. They are so “full of it” and they get so excited, it’s literally like having another child in the house. On walks they like to socialize with other dogs, but they also like to greet other people, and children also. The only downside is that they needs lots of exercise a day, I take mine 4 times a day for 30 minutes a throw and they just run round and round in circles. They are bonkers but they wouldn’t hurt a fly.

If you have a big house then consider a Newfoundland, they are just gorgeous – plus they are excellent swimmers and have saved lives before when swimmers have been in trouble. They are patient, gentle and love children, plus big cuddles.

Beagles are great for families as they are sturdy which for young children is a real bonus. They get along with other pets.

I hope this information will help you when deciding what dog to get that is best for your family, and which dogs not to consider.

Further Reading:

Eight Superb Reasons To Get A Dog

The Best Dog Quotes

Why Dogs Are Better Than Men!

How To Get Your Dog To Stop Eating Poo

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User Comments
  1. jennifer eiffel01

    On May 14, 2012 at 1:48 am

    I will concur chuhuahuas are bad family dogs. I lost mine to an eagle last year and before that incident I still have scars over half my leg. But I stilladored her!

  2. rajaryanme

    On May 14, 2012 at 8:23 am

    A good share I enjoyed the reading.

  3. Emmie

    On May 14, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Thank you both pattiann and rajaryanme.

    I’m sorry about your chihuahua, pattiann, and it’s natural to love a pet whatever it’s temperment. What was her name?

  4. papaleng

    On May 15, 2012 at 4:09 am

    Golden Retriever, I do have one .

  5. Emmie

    On May 15, 2012 at 6:33 am

    Golden Retrievers are lovely, papaleng – as I am sure you will know :)

  6. goldie77

    On May 17, 2012 at 6:22 am

    I have two labradors and can agree that they are excellent family pets -adorable, biddable, playful, loving and can easily be trained. I would say they’re better than Irish setters because Irish setters, although gentle and affectionate are a bit too highly strung

  7. Siddharth

    On May 18, 2012 at 2:19 am

    what about doberman?

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