Best Family Dogs

Best family dogs can be determined by a number of different factors. We will look at the best family dog to be around the family socially.
Great dogs for kids come in all shapes and sizes but lets start with one of the best on the planet. 

Labrador

Labrador

Male are between 65 and 80 pounds

Females are between 55 to 70 pounds

Labs lifespan is between 10- 15 years on average
Very high energy

Fun Fact: Labs are the most popular dog in the U.S., UK, and Canada

Best way to train a Labrador

Labradors are friendly dogs and have a reputation for being friendly. They’re not known as being watch dogs but excellent family dogs. That is probably why they are so popular in different countries.

They’re very high energy dogs and that can cause a lot of issues for dog owners. Our readers exercise their dogs at least once a day. This kind of dog requires that you get them out twice a day for 3 to 4 years.

Obedience training will come in handy for this dog. They listen very well and are easy to train. Using our repetition training model will serve you well.

German Shepard

German Shepherd

Male are between 65-90 pounds

Females between 50-70 pounds

Lifespan is between 10-14 years

Fun Fact: Second most popular dog behind Labradors and one of the most used dogs for police units to search for drugs and military units looking to prevent bomb threats.

How to train a German Shepard

As a part of the herding group you should give this dog a job to do. That can be herding or something that is mentally and physically draining. They are the main dog you see in police K-9 units.

German Shepard is a very smart dog breed. Starting obedience training from the time they enter the home will yield quick results. Giving constant leadership and consistent rules will ensure that your dog will grow up and be the best family dog.

Because of their high prey drive and energy requirements we recommend that you exercise twice a day and find a good job for the Shepard.

Bull Dog

Bulldog

Males are between 50 to 55 pounds

Females are between 40 to 50 pounds

Lifespan is around 7-10 years

Fun Fact: Bulldogs are from England and because they have large heads most are born via C-section

How to Train a Bulldog

Despite being adorable and cuddly a Bulldog is difficult to train for the average dog owner. A reputation with being stubborn and hardheaded you should begin obedience training right away and have a lot of patience with the process.

Exercising a Bulldog will help train them in every area. These dogs will have a medium level of energy at best and that’s exciting. If the dog is lower energy and you are exercising them twice a day in the first two years you will end up having a great dog after months and months of training.

Bulldogs like to chew on items so make sure you exercise and give them an outlet to chew on items that you give them.

Rottweiler (Best Family Dogs)

Males between 110-130

Females between 70-110

Lifespan 8-11 years

Fun Fact: Rottweilers breed standards were established in 1900 and it is almost identical today from what it was then.

How to Train a Rottweiler

Rottweilers are very smart dogs and are easy to train. A great house dog and outside guard dog. This dog is an all-around stud.

Exercising this dog is extremely important. Once you can exercise the Rottweiler and are consistent over time you will be able to train behavior and obedience without any issues.

Once you relax or slack on the exercise and mental stimulation you will start seeing behavior issues again. That can appear at age 6 so make sure you continue to exercise the dogs into their old age.

Taking them out twice per day will work wonders.

Golden Retriever

Males 65-75 pounds

Females 55 to 70 pounds

Lifespan 9-11 years

Fun Fact: Fifth most popular dog in the world

How to Train a Golden Retriever

A golden retriever is one of the best family dogs. They are not known to bite but do an outstanding job of barking. Smart, obedient, and playful this dog is one of the best to consider when getting a dog.

The one area that people must take seriously is that these dogs are known for being energetic in their youth. Make sure you are committed to at least one session per day but two for serious inquires.

Obedience training shouldn’t be an issue at all. Long as you take the time to teach the commands and socialize the dog you will never have a problem training with a golden retriever.

Beagle

Beagle

Males 20-25 pounds

Females 18-23 pounds

Lifespan 13-16 years

Fun Fact: Eighth most popular dog in the world

How to Train a Beagle

Despite their small size these little guys are hard to train for the average dog owner. Learning the basics of how to train a dog will come in handy. There is one area where people are failing to fulfill this dog breed.

These dogs have a high energy level until they reach their senior age. When they are young you need to make sure you hit the trial and hit it often. This will help you immensely in learning how to lead and train your dog when you get them in the right state of mind.

Obedience will depend on if you can tame that high energy. Once you deal with that issue and then train obedience the sky is the limit. First things first and the first thing will always be exercise.

Pug

Pug

How to train a Pug

 Males 14-20 pounds

Females 14-16 pounds

Lifespan 10-15 years

Fun Fact: A pug’s tail has two curls when pure bread

How to Train a Pug

Pugs aren’t the easiest dog to train. They are given low train ability marks due to their constant independence and stubborn mentality. Putting a Pug on the Train Your Own Dogs training course from day one can help right away.

The reason people will find it hard to train this dog is because of the energy level. Left unchecked you can guarantee there will be hell to pay. They write the check in the form of not listening and running around full of energy.

Make sure you have a solid exercise program to check that energy and remain consistent with it throughout the early ages of their life. In addition, the obedience must be done daily, and you can train this dog without question.

Boxer

Males 60 to 70 pounds

Females 55 to 60 pounds

Lifespan 10-12 years

Fun Fact: Ninth most popular dog

How to Train a Boxer

Boxers are known to get along with other people. They have formed a reputation with being out of control with other dogs. Although both can be true or false depending on the dog strong leadership will be needed to train both at once.

Boxers are very high energy dogs. There is no way around it. These dogs will act like puppies for many years into adulthood. Displaying this type of behavior in their 4th year of age before slowly down some.

If you want a boxer and a trained one you have very few options but to train them aggressively. Daily output on the trail will help the family and dog exist in a normal fashion.

Due to the high energy this dog will be fun to train for obedience and isn’t known for being stubborn just a little silly.

Standard Poodle

Standard Poodle

Males 45-55 pounds

Females 40 to 50 pounds

Lifespan 10-12 years

Fun Fact: Poodles were bred for hunting!

How to Train a Standard Poodle

A standard poodle is an extremely intelligent dog and is easy to master obedience training and basic commands. Their smaller poodles aren’t in the same category.

Poodles are a very high energy level dog and match the fun fact of being a dog built for hunting. Make sure you are running, walking, and putting these guys on the treadmill often and mixing up those combinations.

After a few years the Poodle will require less exercise but while they’re young we would recommend twice per day.

Pit Bull Terrier

Pit bull

Males 35-60 pounds

Females 30-50 pounds

Life Span 12-15 years

Fun Fact American Temper Test Society ranks their temperament as very good

How to Train a Pit Bull

Pit Bulls have a bad reputation instead of the owners. Pit Bulls are wonderful pets that get along great with other dogs and humans.

Pit Bulls are extremely energetic and should have a constant outlet for this energy. The reason so many of these dogs develop bad behavior is because people do a poor job of providing a natural exercise regimen.

You can easily train a pit to follow commands. Repetition is the mother of all learning and with all dogs on this list they are no exception.

Mastiff

Males 160-230 pounds

Females 120-170 pounds

Lifespan 10-12 years

Fun Fact: Evidence of their existence goes as far back as 6,500 years ago

How to Train a Mastiff

Mastiffs are one of the few dogs on the list that don’t have a high energy level. Their low level energy make them a great option for someone who isn’t looking to exercise their dog a lot just to have them behave in a normal fashion.

They’re not known as an easy dog to train. Experts will have an easy time teaching them and it will become more difficult as the skill level of the trainer decreases.

Chihuahua

Chihuahua

Males 3-6 pounds

Females 3-6 pounds

Lifespan 13-20 years

Fun Fact: Chihuahua’s name comes from a state called Chihuahua in Mexico

How to Train a Chihuahua

Contrary to belief Chihuahua can be trained easy by someone who takes the time to train them. They can make an excellent companion. They have so much more to offer than just ankle biting.

Very high energy dogs that needs a daily workout. Twice if you are seriously about training.

Dalmatian

Males 40 to 70 pounds

Females 35 to 50 pounds

Life Span 10-14 years

How to Train a Dalmatian

Dalmatians are very trainable and make for a great first dog for anyone. They have a great reputation and continue to be an ambassador for all breeds.

These dogs need a lot of exercise. They’re energetic and very playful for many years after they become adult dogs. You should probably really make the commitment if you have some small children because they can knock them down just being themselves.

Conclusion on Best Family Dogs

What we learned from all the breeds is that they all need a lot of exercise. These dogs all have different levels of energy and come from different backgrounds, but they all have this one activity in common.

When looking for a new family dog you want to make sure you are ready to fulfill these basic needs from the moment you begin the relationship.

Understanding the basic characteristics of exercise requirements and trainability will let you know what kind of challenge you will have.

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