It should come as no surprise to learn that man’s best friend is also America’s favorite pet. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 36.5% of households have a dog. But different breeds are better suited for different households, and this is a very important consideration for families with children.
There are many factors to consider when picking the right breed. Does your family live in a big house in the country or a small apartment in the city? Are you an active and outgoing bunch, or would exercising with your dog become a tedious chore? Are your children young or old? Breeds have different personalities and require different levels of care and attention, so it’s worth doing your homework. After all, your dog will become a member of the family.
And when you come home from a bad day at work and the dog comes bounding to the door, or when you wake up after a good night’s sleep to find your pup in bed beside you, you’ll be glad whatever breed you chose.
To identify which breeds are best for families, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the American Kennel Club’s list of best family dogs, with information related to each breed’s personality, suitability for children, trainability, size, and life expectancy.