Skip to Main Content

Some of The Best Dog Breeds For Families

An obvious choice for a new family dog may be the trusty golden retriever, but there are a number of other breeds that can make fabulous family pets too. Here are a few family friendly dog breeds you may not have thought of, from our Memphis vets.  


Picking a Dog Breed for Your Family

If you're trying to decide on the right breed of dog for your family, it's important to look beyond the cuteness factor and consider more important factors such as the overall temperament of the breed and how much space and exercise the breed requires to be content.

Take your time to find a dog that suits the space you live in, as well as the energy level of your family, and how much time each family member is willing to commit to training your new canine companion.

To help get you off to a good start picking the dog breed that is best for your family, here are a few of our favorite breeds:

Pug

  • Your family will love these adorable little characters! Pugs are pretty happy to just eat and sleep. If your kids are small, or lower energy and would appreciate a dog that will play with them indoors then curl up beside them to watch tv, a pug may be the right breed for your family. Typically weighing around 15 lbs, this is a breed that doesn't need much space, and only requires a couple of short walks each day to be happy.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

  • Weighing in at between 10-18 lbs, the portable size of this lively but gentle breed makes it the ideal breed for smaller homes or apartments. Cavaliers tend to get along well with kids and other dogs, loving to play and snuggle in equal measure. This breed is sweet natured and can make great pets for kids of many ages and energy levels.

Boston Terrier

  • At just under 25 pounds, these people-loving bundles of fun come with their own easy to care for "tuxedo" coats. Happy to play with the kids and go for short walks, this charming dog breed adapts well to apartment living and makes a great companion for kids of all ages.

Beagle

  • The medium sized beagle typically weighs in at between 18-30 lbs and adores spending time with its people, playing games, and going for walks. These smart and loving dogs can make terrific family pets provided that they get plenty of family interaction and exercise. Beagles are not appropriate for families who are out of the house a lot. 

English Bulldog

  • English bulldogs weigh in at about 50-55 lbs, and tend to be less energetic than many other breeds, making it suitable for apartments and smaller homes. These people loving dogs seek out social interactions with their family and are happy to just cuddle-up on the couch to watch a movie and relax. English bulldogs are a sweet, gentle and dependable breed that can make excellent family pets.

Irish Setter

  • This strikingly beautiful breed typically weighs in at around 65 lbs and can make a great family pet. These dogs are lively, intelligent and have a great sense of mischief. Irish Setters love to chase balls, go for long runs, but also enjoy playing in the back yard with children. If you have high-energy kids, they will love spending time with an Irish Setter!

The Mutt

  • Your ideal family dog may be patiently waiting for you at the local animal shelter. Mixed-breed Mutts can make loving and loyal family dogs! These dogs can be as good with children as purebred dogs, and tend to be less susceptible to genetic diseases, and less expensive. Take your time to visit local animal shelters and be patient in your search for the right Mutt for your family. Often shelter workers can provide you with a doggie report card which lays out all of the known personality quirks of any given dog. 

Once you have found the best dog for your family, remember that regular wellness exams and up-to-date immunizations are essential for keeping your new fur-baby happy and healthy. Our Wellness Plans can help make routine appointments more affordable. Visit our Wellness Plans page to find out more.

Best dog breeds for families, Cordova Animal Hospital

Looking for a vet in Cordova and greater Memphis area?

We're always accepting new patients, so contact our veterinary hospital today to book your pet's first appointment.

Contact Us

Related Articles View All

The Benefits of Pet Wellness Plans & Other Considerations

Pet Wellness Plans are 'bundled' veterinary services that include the annual preventive services your pet needs, at a discounted rate, then divided into 12 easy-to-manage monthly payments. Today, our Cordova vets discuss the benefits of Wellness Plans and some things to consider.

A Pet Parent's Guide to Leaving Your Dog Alone

Sooner or later we all need to leave our dogs alone while we head out to run errands, earn a living or spend time with friends. But how long can you safely leave your dog alone? Our Cordova vets explain.

Medical Boarding for Pets - What You Need to Know

At Germantown Parkway Animal Hospital we understand how stressful it can be to find a great place to leave your pet while you're away. This is especially true if your dog or cat is unwell, recovering from an accident or surgery, or is elderly and requires extra care, but that's where medical boarding comes in.

Heatstroke Symptoms in dogs & What To Do

While hot sunny days can be a real treat for many of us, warmer days mean an increase in the risk of heatstroke for our pets. Heatstroke can be a fatal condition so it's important for pet parents to know the signs of heatstroke in dogs, and what to do if your dog has heatstroke. Our Cordova vets explain...

PhoneContact