Family Dog Breeds: Finding Your Ideal Companion

Living with pets is beneficial for everyone, but especially for children. Children who grow up with dogs from their earliest childhood learn very positive values:

  1. They develop a more responsible behavior. They understand that a dog requires care and attention. Depending on their age, they can take on different tasks related to animal care: ensuring they have clean water, feeding them, brushing them, taking them for walks, and playing with them.
  2. They learn to love and respect animals. By perceiving that the dog responds to this affection and care positively, the foundations of respect for animals and nature are laid.
  3. Their social and emotional development increases. Children who live with pets feel greater compassion and empathy, foster joy, and learn to overcome many common childhood fears. By embracing their dog, they find support and relief in situations of fear or sadness.

There are some dog breeds especially suitable for living with children, who love to play with them, protect and care for them, and allow all sorts of "doggy" antics without a hint of displeasure.

What are the best dog breeds for you and your family

Poodle (Standard)

Standard Poodle

The Standard Poodle is the largest of the poodle breeds. It measures between 19 and 26 inches in height and typically weighs between 44 and 71 lb. It is a live dog that can be used for hunting or as a family pet. If well cared for and fed, it will typically live between 10 and 13 years. If bred, you can expect it to give birth to between 3 and 8 puppies at a time.

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Border Collie

Border Collie

The Border Collie is a British herding dog that was created by crossing the Harlequin, Bearded Collie, Smithfield and bob-tailed sheep-dog. It is a medium-sized dog that does not exceed 22 inches and its weight varies between 28 and 55 pounds. The Border Collie has a long fluffy coat that is mostly black with white markings on the muzzle, neck, chest and belly.

To properly care for this breed, you will need to brush their coat daily. Bathing should also be done semi-regularly or as needed. Because of the thickness of their coat, it is important to check them regularly for ticks and other parasites. The herding nature and high prey level of this breed of dog requires that they stay active and entertained.

Some of the activities this dog enjoys include agility competitions, breeding, running and hunting. Some of the health problems you will want to watch for include: joint problems, progressive retinal atrophy and neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis.

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Tibetan Terrier

Terrier tibétain - Tibetan Terrier

The Tibetan Terrier, also known as the Dhokhi Apso, is a non-sporting dog breed that originated in Tibet. It is a natural breed that has developed the necessary characteristics and features to survive the harsh climate of the Himalayas.

The Tibetan Terrier is a small to medium sized dog breed that measures between 14 and 17 inches and weighs between 17 and 29 pounds. Tibetan Terriers have a long, fluffy coat that comes in a variety of colors. They are a friendly breed that gets along well with children and other pets, as long as they have been raised with them or have been properly socialized and trained.

English Setter

Setter anglais - English setter

The English Setter, also called the Lavrack Setter, is an English breed of hunting dog. It is one of the oldest breeds of hunting dog in the world, having been developed by crossing pointers with spaniels.

This breed, the English Setter, is medium-sized, measuring between 25 and 28 inches in height, and usually weighing between 65 and 80 pounds. They have short, dense fur coats, except on the underside of the body, legs, and tail, where they have feathers. They come in a variety of color combinations, including liver and white, black and white, lemon belton and white, orange belton and white, blue belton and tan, and tricolor. This is a relatively healthy breed, with the only thing to watch for being hip dysplasia.

West Highland White Terrier

West Highland White Terrier

The West Highland White Terrier (westie), also known as the Poltalloch Terrier, is a Scottish terrier breed. They were originally developed as vermin hunters. Today, this breed is a popular family pet.

The West Highland White Terrier is a small, friendly dog that stands between 10 and 12 inches tall and weighs between 15 and 22 pounds. They have a double coat that consists of a wire topcoat and a soft undercoat, and are always white. They're fun-loving and fairly hardy, making them excellent companions for children.


Brittany dog

Épagneul Breton - Brittany dog

The Brittany, also known as the Epagneul Breton, is a French breed that can be dated back to about 150 A.D. It is a medium-sized dog that measures between 17 and 20 inches and weighs between 28 and 40 pounds. They have a medium length coat, dense and wavy, with bangs on the legs. They come in several color combinations: roan, tricolor patterns, orange and white, and liver and white.

This breed needs a lot of attention to stay happy and out of trouble. Therefore, you should exercise your Brittany at least once a day. If you spend a lot of time away from home, it is a good idea to provide him with a playmate. To care for their coat, you should brush them twice a week. Their toenails grow quickly, so you should trim them weekly. They can have sensitive feet and can be resistant to trimming. To help reduce this sensitivity, you should teach your Brittany puppy to be calm and quiet while his feet are being handled.



The Komondor is a Hungarian dog that has been used to protect sheep flocks from predators for centuries. It is believed to descend from Russian sheepdogs, and its earliest known ancestor can be traced back to 1555. Today, this exotic-looking breed is primarily used as a working dog.

The Komondor is a large working dog that measures between 25 and 31 inches in height and weighs between 80 and 120 pounds. They have a white coat that is long and feared. This is a rather rare breed that can often be mistaken for a dog that has not been properly groomed. 

However, this husky look is what is natural for this breed. To care for the coat of this unique breed, never brush the hair. Instead, gently part the hair into strands as the length increases. If you are new to this breed, you can have a professional groomer do this for you, or at least have them show you what to do.


The best dog breeds for you and your family will ultimately depend on your lifestyle and preferences. If you have an active lifestyle, consider breeds that are known for being high energy and good running partners, such as retrievers, border collies, or jack Russell terriers. 

If you live in a smaller space, such as an apartment, smaller breeds like pugs or shih tzus may be a better fit. And if you have young children, breeds that are known for being gentle and good with kids, such as golden retrievers or labradors, are always a safe bet. Ultimately, the best way to find the perfect breed for your family is to do your research and visit a variety of breeders to meet different kinds of dogs.

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