Choosing the Right Companion to Enhance Your Family

Choosing the Right Companion to Enhance Your Family
Written by Noelle Kelly

Every loving family needs a dog to enhance their family life. Choosing the right furry friend for your family to love, cherish, feed, and respect is essential not only to the well being of your family but to the dog you choose. Some dog breeds have a temperament that is more family friendly than other breeds of dogs.

Today, we are going to make choosing your new family friend easier. We are going to narrow the list down to the five best breeds of family dogs. With no more time wasted, let us start counting down the five best dog breeds for families:

Labrador Retriever

Yes, the good old lab comes in as the number one best dog breed for families. The Labrador Retriever, and also the Snowy Pines White Labradors breed is playful, loving, tolerant, patient, protective and loyal but at the same time docile and easy going. The breed is friendly, outgoing, very affectionate and loves children.

They are so easy to train and highly intelligent. Labs need daily exercise, but they love to swim, take run with you or any other activity you are doing. Their hair is short, so they are easy to maintain and keep clean.

They are a medium to large size dog and prefer to be indoors interacting with their family and not be left out in the cold. When a lab looks at you in the face with their kind, nurturing face, their eyes sparkle. There just cannot be enough good said about America’s most popular dog, the Labrador Retriever.


The Newfoundland is said to be one of the most intelligent breeds of dog in the world. They are known for being a “babysitter” or “nanny.” This sweet-tempered breed loves children and is protective of their family.

The Newfoundland breed is known as a great swimmer and has even saved the lives of drowning victims. They like to stay in the house with their family and not be left out in the yard. They are a larger dog, but lots of love can come out of this big bundle of dog.

Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is extremely patient even though they are very intelligent. Their other attributes are they are kind and loyal in nature.
They love to play with balls and flying disks.

A Golden Retriever needs a fair amount of care because they need to be brushed at least twice a week and need a good amount of exercise. This breed likes to be inside the house with their family. Golden Retrievers make great family pets.

Great Dane

Great Danes are the gentle giants of the dog world. Danes make terrific family pets. They are kind, smart, and affectionate even though their stature is confident, stately and intimidating. They are very loyal and protective of their family. Great Danes have been known to carry small children away from danger by their diaper.

The Great Dane breed is easy to take care of. They do tend to drool a bit. Just keep a towel handy. They love to be inside with their family and get very lonely and sad if they are left outdoors by themselves for too long. A Great Dane is a welcome addition to any loving family.


The sturdy little bulldog is excellent for kids that want to play rough. The breed is known for being calm, friendly and loyal. Bulldogs are friendly and compact, so if you live in an apartment or smaller home, this breed is a good choice.

The bulldog does need a little more maintenance than other breeds. A dog from this breed needs the dirt cleaned out of their wrinkles and brushing their compact teeth, but other than that they are great for busy family life. The love, affection, and loyalty the breed give their family are worth a little time and energy in maintenance.

Now you know the five best dog breeds for your family so you can choose your new furry companion. When choosing a pet for your family, remember to choose your family’s new friend from a reputable source, for years of happiness.

In a recent survey of dog owners across America, it reported that 69% of dog owners reported an increase in physical activities during their leisure time. Your new dog will get your family out there to exercise and play outside together.

Take note on allergies as well

Another criterion you should take into consideration when deciding which dog to go for is related to allergies. If anyone in your family suffers from dog-related allergies, then this list of the best hypoallergenic dogs should come in handy.

Additionally, your family will reminisce and share memories with and about their dog for the rest of their lives. Gather the kids, get in the car and find your family a loyal, furry companion. You won’t regret the companionship your new friend gives your family.

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About the author

Noelle Kelly

Noelle is a freelance writer working for a variety of businesses across Australia. With a portfolio of work spanning a plethora of countries, industries and companies, she is always looking to broaden her understanding of the business landscape.

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