The 7 best breeds for family life

Team BB, 22nd August 2018

When it comes to choosing the perfect dog breed, there are a number of factors that you have to take into consideration to make sure that you find the right pooch. The most important thing is that you settle on a breed that’s suited to your lifestyle. This means that you’ll be able to give your dog the best life possible, while also ensuring that they have a positive effect on you too.

We’ve already outlined how to choose the best dog if you live in a big bustling city, but in this post, we’ll be looking at the dogs that are perfect for family life. It’s true that - with the right amount of training - almost any dog can settle perfectly into family life. Despite that, some breeds are just more predisposed to spending their time around lots of people. Plus, they can put up with kids who just love playing with them.

Without further ado, here are Butternut’s best dog breeds for family life.

Labrador Retriever

There’s a reason Labradors have, until recently, been the most popular dogs in the country for years; this breed is super friendly, really playful and absolutely great with the whole family. They also make up a majority of service dogs in the UK showing that they just love being around people.

They are a fairly large breed and need plenty of exercise - but that’s always a great excuse for plenty of family bonding. Intelligent and highly adventurous, this breed is the perfect walking companion for any precocious youngsters who can’t wait to get out and explore.

If your children have never had a dog before, this breed is a great introduction to a wooftastic tradition.

Bichon Frise

If a Labrador is a little on the large side for your family, why not consider a Bichon Frise? These tiny balls of white fur are about as friendly as a toy dog can be. Sociable with both humans and other dogs, they are also very loving towards children.

Little Bichons are also able to quickly pick up tricks, making them a true delight for any kids who just can’t wait to take on the role of teacher. Remember though, while they do tend to be sociable, if you do have youngsters they may take a little warming to. It’s always best to start socialising the Bichon early to make sure that they fall in love with your kids as quickly as your kids will fall in love with them.

St Bernard

On the other hand, if you think that bigger is always better, you may want to consider a St Bernard. Huge, fluffy and incredibly friendly, these loving boulders of fluff will knock your family off their feet - in more ways than one.

Bred to be mountain rescue dogs, St Bernards have a natural affinity for people and are absolutely fantastic at reading emotions. They’ll make you and your children feel as happy as can be thanks to their incredible loyalty and very caring nature.

Even better, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more patient dog; the St Bernard is likely to put up with your kids better than you can. That said, make sure to tell your children not to climb on them - they may be as big as a Shetland Pony but that doesn’t mean they should be treated like one.

The only potential drawback of introducing a St Bernard to their family is their size. Be sure to let any kids who might play with one of these loveable hounds that they have to be careful. While they’re almost never aggressive, they can be clumsy and there will no doubt be a few times when they forget how big they are and end up knocking someone over.


Beagles are a medium-small breed that thrive on companionship. They just love spending time around the family and, as hunting dogs, they can’t think of anything better than being a part of a big pack (of humans).

Beagles need a fair amount of exercise, so if you’re a family that loves to go on country walks, this breed is perfect - just be aware that if a good scent takes them, they’ll be off! Once your back home, a beagle will be a constant source of entertainment for kids, who will love playing all the games that beagles will throw at them.

If you’re thinking about introducing a Snoopy to your family of Woodstocks and Charlie Browns, you’re certainly on the right track!

Hungarian Vizsla

This one is for the energetic family. If trail running, mountain biking and hiking are part and parcel of your family days out, then you’ll find a Vizsla to be the perfect companion. They may not be a household names but these gorgeous Hungarian dogs are a great option for active families.

Loyal, obedient and intelligent, they’re easy to train and will quickly learn how to behave around kids. Vizslas are also renowned for the bonds they form with their families. These dogs don’t like to be left alone and will always remain a faithful companion for the whole family.

As we’ve mentioned, Vizslas are great family dogs, but they do need a lot of exercise. If you and your kids would rather spend your free time lazing around, these Hungarian beauties probably aren’t for you.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Because of how they look, some people may find themselves unwilling to choose a Staffy, but these dogs absolutely love family life. Due to their fondness for children, Staffies earned themselves the nanny dog nickname early on - of course, like any breed, that doesn’t mean that the dogs should be left alone with small children.

Staffordshire bull terriers are some of the most loyal dogs out there and love family life. They’re friendly and playful, but can be a little stubborn at times. Whatever the case, they are a perfect family pet who you’ll quickly fall in love with.

It’s also worth noting that Staffies are consistently one of the most common breeds to wind up in dog shelters. Rather than heading to a breeder, find your nearest dog shelter and give a Staffie in need a new, loving family home.

Nothing makes a family happier than a good meal and your family pooch is no different. Once you’ve found the perfect family companion, why not try a Butternut meal?

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