Family-friendly dog breeds include Bull Dog, Bull Terrier, Labrador Retriever, and Newfoundland. Bulldogs are sturdy and make a good fit for rambunctious kids. Bull Terriers are energetic, intelligent and friendly. Labrador Retrievers are protective, playful and loving. Newfoundlands are large, furry dogs that tend to watch over family members.
Other breeds to consider are Beagle, Collie, Vizsla and Irish Settler. Standard Poodles, which are gentle and smart, can be good for family members with allergies. Mixed-breed dogs can also be a good choice. Families with young children should avoid small dogs that can be easily injured, such as Chihuahuas or Yorkies.