Some of the friendliest dog breeds are the golden retriever, Labrador retriever, bulldog, beagle and bull terrier. The only medium-size dogs on the list, both the golden and Labrador retrievers are known as family-oriented dogs.
Retrievers get along well with children and other pets. They are protective, but their trusting nature extends to strangers as well. They are one of the most trainable service dogs and can be trained to protect children as well.
A bulldog is a relaxed and good-natured dog that fits well with most families with small kids and pets. Its short, wrinkly face may look tough, but a bulldog is a patient animal that can put up with a lot. This dog is not fussy about his dwelling and has low energy, so he would not mind living in a small apartment.
Playful and full of energy, the beagle makes a suitable companion for families with rambunctious kids or other pets. This small dog also makes a good companion dog.
Bull terriers are patient dogs that stay calm even if manhandled by rambunctious children. Friendly and easygoing, bull terriers are happy as long as they are with their family. They get along well with children, strangers and other pets.