CDSchuk asked in PetsDogs · 1 decade ago

Anyone know of a good family dog breed?

Looking for a breed that will do well in a house with a back yard. Also, I have two kids and a wife that hates dog hair. Looking for a laid-back breed that is also relatively easy to train.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Many dog breeds are very family oriented. Some breeds to consider are:

    Golden Retrevier:The golden retreiver is an excellent choice for families that enjoy lots of outdoor activities. Though originally developed to help hunt birds, the golden rapidly proved himself as a loyal and devoted family member.

    Pembroke Welsh corgi. At about 25 pounds, the Pembroke Welsh corgi is a popular pet. This stocky short tailed breed needs daily exercise and loves romping with the kids. They are best with older kids (over 6 or 7 years) as some dogs can be bossy and possessive.

    West Highland white terrier. This small white terrier is playful and loveable but does require some exercise to keep him happy. The Westie is a good watch dog and faithful friend that needs some grooming to keep his coat mat and tangle free. The Westie can be an excellent dog for older children. They tend not to be tolerant of children's accidental mistreatments. They are often not recommended for households with children under the age of ten.

    Irish setter. This beautiful red dog was originally developed to help with hunting but early on, the breed showed his natural aptitude as a companion. Loved by many and always eager to please, the Irish setter is a part of many families.

    Schnauzer. The schnauzer is a wonderful family pet. Eager to please and to keep the family safe, this breed usually requires regular grooming and daily exercise. This breed thrives on human companionship and is available in three different sizes.

    Labrador retriever. The lab is a popular choice for active families, especially those that enjoy water sports. The labrador seems to have boundless energy to keep up with the kids as well as natural protective instincts. Though originally developed to help hunt birds, the lab is also a loyal and devoted family member.

    Poodle. The poodle is an intelligent and friendly dog that craves human companionship. Happiest when allowed to run and play, the poodle is well known for being low shed, and comes in three different sizes to suit any taste.

    Airedale:A sturdy dog, the airedale takes his job as a family friend and protector seriously. Willing to join in the fun anytime, the airedale always keeps a watchful eye out for any potential dangers.

    Basset hound. With his sad droopy eyes, you may think the basset is a lazy hound. But, as soon as kids are around, this dog will jump right in and keep up with the best of them.

    Beagle. The beagle may be an active breed but he fits in well with very active families. Needing a good place to sleep and plenty of games to play, this breed can easily join any family.

    Shih tzu. Originally bred as a companion animal for royalty, the shih tzu still enjoys a life a luxury. Not too proud to get down and dirty with the kids, this dog loves nothing better than sharing time with people, even if that means getting dressed up for a tea party.

    Boxer. The boxer may look a bit intimidating but he is actually a sweet and friendly dog. A natural guardian, the boxer prefers to spend his time with people than with other canines. Though this breed can do well in quiet homes, he can also thrive in busy active families.

    Cairn terrier. Despite their small size, the cairn terrier is a tough little dog. This breed does well in any living environment as long as there are people around. As a terrier, this breed does need exercise and a romp in the park or running with the neighborhood kids suits him just fine.

    Collie. Forever connected to "Lassie", the collie is considered by many to be one of the best family pets. Intelligent yet patient, the collie is loved by families all over the world.

    Boston terrier. The Boston is a small black and white terrier that loves to make you laugh. After brief periods of activity, the Boston loves to curl up on the sofa while you read a good book. Obedient and loyal, the Boston is a good watch dog and loyal family pet, especially for the not so active families.

    Newfoundland. This gentle giant may drool a little too much for some people but has made a wonderful big protective teddy bear for many lucky children. Because of his size, families with very young children may want to wait a few years but those families who enjoy life near water can rest easy with this dog near by.

    Pomeranian. This little fluffball looks just like a tiny fox. Weighing around 5 pounds, the Pom is an adorable breed that thrives on human companionship. Requiring little space, the Pom is great for a family with older children.

    Pug. Not at all pugnacious, the pug is an affectionate, loveable, even-tempered breed with great charm and dignity. Pugs love being part of the family. They are playful companions for children and will happily curl up on your lap for a nap.

    Whippet. Whippets are quiet, gentle and loyal. This dog tends to greet strangers with a kiss and loves children. The also love to chase things so should always be kept on a leash or in a secure yard when venturing

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  • 12345
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    1 decade ago

    I notice alot suggested Labs and German Shepherds. While they are both great family dogs, both are high shedding breeds.

    They are also both high energy breeds. A backyard alone will not cut it for these dogs. They need a long walk and an opportunity to run EVERYDAY. They need mental stimulation of different areas and smells, along with training.

    Remember when you are looking for a breed to take into consideration energy level and intelligence. A bored dog can be extremely destructive and it can also lead to behavior problems.

    Far too many people take home a Lab pup thinking it is a perfect faimily dog. Problem is they don't take the time to train the dog and exercise it properly. What they end up with is an 70-90lb ball of energy that knocks the kids over and chews everything in the house. They do have the potential to be a perfect family dog but it does take work.


    Don't fall for the Labradoodle or Goldendoodle scam. They are not guaranteed to inherit the low shedding coat of the poodle As a matter of fact, only about 30% do. No breeder has been able to successfully reproduce that trait consistantly. You may end up with one with a low shedding coat, or you could end up with a high shedder. There is no way of telling as a pup.

    Source(s): owned by 2 GSDs and a Lab
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    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Regardless of the size of your back yard dogs need structured pack exercise (aka, walking) and need to be with their family. You.

    Seeing some other answers

    American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers (both Pit Bull type dogs) are laid back clowns, are good with kids and have short hair. They are not easy to train, not for the first time dog owner and not always good with small animals.

    GSDs are also not easy to train and they have crazy amounts of hair.

    Golden Retrievers are easy to train but I tell you from personal experience that the hair is ridiculous. All year round.

    Labs have medium coats, are pretty easy to train, laid back and good family dogs. Since they were bred as hunting dogs human companionship is especially important, so is exercise.

    Try Animal Planet's breed selector quiz.

    Add: Terriers may be small but they are prone to Little Dog Syndrome - an affliction caused by owners letting them do whatever they want because it's "cute". They are also high energy and even though they don't make the news, there are a lot of bites to children from these small breeds. In a study done several years ago the top three aggressive breeds were small. Dachshund, Chihuahua, and Jack Russel Terrier.

    Don't get one of these breeds unless you can be absolutely devoted to excercise and discipline:

    Huskies: Akita, Malamute, Spitz, Husky, Samoyed. Also called "Northern" or "Spitz" breeds.

    Pit Bulls: American Pit Bull Terrier American Staffordshire Terrier, Bull Terrier, Bull Mastiff, Boxer, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bulldog, Cane Corso

    German Shepherd

    Doberman Pinscher

    Chow Chow


    Mixes can be a crap shoot, I personally love Pit/Lab mixes. Try going to your local shelter and seeing who you like.

    Source(s): Owner of an American Staffordshire Terrier and a Golden Retriever/Samoyed mix, mother of two.
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  • 3 years ago

    I'm definitely bias here but golden retrievers and labs are hands down the sweetest dogs. A few of my friends have malteses and bichons which they love (if you are looking for a small breed that doesn't shed). But ultimately I would go for a Labrador or just look at the shelter for a friendly dog.

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    5 years ago
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  • 1 decade ago

    Labs are good family dogs but they shed. After that are mutts. They are easy going and usually laid back as long as you get a good combination.

    I would recommend cockapoos ( cocker spaniel, poodle mix) they do not shed. The other one that is a good choice is sch-noodles. The are a schnauzer poodle mix. Neither of these shed, they are good family dogs, easy to train and very laid back. They do not need a lot of exercise but do like to be walked. You can get these at shelters. Do not go to a breeder. They are just adding to the over population of animals. Also a shelter will have dogs for considerably less money. They have been checked over by a vet and are current on all shots. They will also be on some type of Heart-worm preventative.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Labs and Golden Retrievers are excellent family pets and do well with children. Labs generally tend to have shorter hair than Golden Retrievers so I would get a Lab, or a Lab-mix. Both of these dogs are also easily trained. Take care and good luck.

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  • M M
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Try the website for Dogs 101!

    And while labs are wonderful dogs they SHED.

    They have a soft undercoat and your wife will be finding hair drifting around the house like fuzzy snow.

    A short hair breed is best.

    I had a beagle and he was a sweet, smart, kid-friendly pal.

    If you can find a beagle crossbreed at the animal shelter you'll prolly get a healthier animal. Puppy farms will only give you a dog that has health probs cruelly bred into them.

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  • 1 decade ago

    If your wife hates hair look into poodles, schnauzers, irish, spanish, or Portuguese water dogs or most other hypo allergenic breeds.

    The water dogs however do require extensive exercise.

    If it wasn't for the hair labs and retrievers have great temperments so you may consider getting a mixed breed of a labradoodle or goldendoodle to reduce hair

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  • 1 decade ago

    Pit bull. A very loving calm laid back dog. I am 61 this is my first pb a rescue, a very smart dog and protective of the family. Great with the grand kid she will lick though. I wish I had tried out a pb before.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Corgis are great family dogs, smaller than labs and shepherds, but with loyal, loving, playful personalities and sweet faces.

    They're great with kids and aren't the escape artists you expect from some breeds. Look them up and read about them. They're a great breed!

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