Although the best breed for an individual family may vary, Labradors and golden retrievers are excellent choices for families with young children. For quieter families with a lower energy level, English bulldogs may be a good choice.
Retrievers are smart, friendly and active, which makes them a good fit for busy families. Poodles are also a good choice for similar reasons, and they come in miniature sizes for families that prefer smaller dogs. Irish setters and Newfoundlands are also popular working breeds that have good temperaments for families with young children. Newfoundlands are known for drooling a lot, so they may not be a good choice for families who do not want to have to do additional cleaning. Beagles are another good choice for families that prefer a smaller dog, although they can be quite active and have a loud howl.
Families should carefully consider their activity levels and lifestyles before selecting a breed. This is the best way to get a dog that is a good fit for the home. Active families generally need more energetic dogs, while families who do not participate in many dog-friendly sports or activities may do better with a calmer dog. Older dogs from the shelter can also be a good fit for families with young children as they are often calmer, have some training and have been temperament-tested before adoption.