Dogs that are good with families

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  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: white, cream, black, red, gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: willful, aloof
An ancient breed, Canaans are loving and loyal with their families but aloof with strangers. They are highly intelligent and a good fit for experienced dog owners.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, blue, gray, brown / chocolate / liver, gold / yellow, red
  • patterns: bicolor, merle, brindle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, playful, gentle
Equal parts sweet, smart, and single-minded when on a scent, the American leopard hound is an energetic, medium-to-large treeing dog who loves to be outside.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, white, brown / chocolate / liver, red
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, flecked / ticked / speckled, spotted
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful
Rugged, intelligent, and bred specifically to work closely with humans, English springer spaniels are people-pleasing family dogs who can get along with a variety of other animals and in many living situations.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: high prey drive, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: white, gray, fawn
  • patterns: brindle, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: gentle, playful, anxious
The Jindo is a loyal, alert dog that originated in South Korea. This breed enjoys a lot of physical activity (hiking is his favorite!) with his family.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: requires lots of grooming, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant
  • colors: gold / yellow, black, red
  • patterns: brindle
  • coat length/texture: long, wiry
  • temperament: friendly, willful, playful
The Scottish terrier is among the oldest, best established, most recognizable breeds in the world. Tenacious and intelligent, these dogs can be great companions to the right owner.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: tendency to chew, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, cold weather tolerant, loves water, good hiking companion, good for first-time pet owners
  • colors: white
  • patterns: flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, playful, aloof
Mellow but never boring, the rare Clumber spaniel is a large love bug who adores attention and makes a delightful companion in any home where fur and drool are welcome.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, loves water, cold weather tolerant, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, white, brown / chocolate / liver, gold / yellow
  • patterns: tricolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, playful, aloof
Entlebucher mountain dogs are energetic workers and enthusiastic companions. The breed, while rare in the U.S., is a great fit for active pet parents who want a smart dog that loves to be on the go.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, brown / chocolate / liver, blue, white, red, gold / yellow
  • patterns: bicolor, black and tan, sable, blue and tan, tricolor
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
Intelligent and naturally curious, English cocker spaniels are compact hunting dogs bred to flush and retrieve game. These cheerful pups also make great family pets—kids and seniors alike will find a loyal companion in the English cocker.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: good hiking companion, easy to groom, strong loyalty tendencies, high prey drive
  • colors: red, fawn, black, white, blue, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, brindle, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, outgoing, anxious
Greyhounds are gentle, graceful dogs who are known for their sweet temperament and sprinting capabilities. These regal hounds enjoy the comforts of life and make excellent family pets.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, tolerates being alone, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: cream, blue
  • patterns: brindle
  • coat length/texture: medium, wiry
  • temperament: friendly, willful, playful, outgoing
Glen of Imaal terriers are independent, fun-loving dogs with big personalities. Learn more about living with these intelligent Irish pups.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, red, gold / yellow, cream, fawn, black, gray, white
  • patterns: bicolor, sable, black and tan, liver and tan
  • coat length/texture: curly, medium
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, anxious
Schnoodles are “teddy bear” dogs who are beloved for their calm demeanor, high level of intelligence, and low-allergen coats.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, gray, white, blue, gold / yellow, red, brown / chocolate / liver, cream
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, sable, spotted, brindle
  • coat length/texture: hairless, short
  • temperament: friendly, willful, playful
The Peruvian inca orchid is an intelligent, graceful dog that enjoys human companionship and an athletic lifestyle. Learn more about living with this often-hairless breed.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies, easy to groom, cold weather tolerant, high prey drive, easy to train
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: medium, wiry
  • temperament: gentle, aloof, willful, playful
The Chesapeake Bay retriever, the only American-bred retriever, is a loyal family dog who loves a job, whether that’s hunting, hiking, or splashing around in the cold water of his namesake. 
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, fawn, gray, white
  • patterns: brindle, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium, curly
  • temperament: willful, outgoing, playful
The pumi may look like a teddy bear that’s come to life, but these brainy dogs are more than mere fluff. Find out more about these Hungarian herders with a comically endearing appearance.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies, tendency to chew, easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive
  • colors: black, gray, red, blue, fawn, white, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, brindle, tuxedo, black and tan, blue and tan, liver and tan
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, willful, playful
American pit bull terriers are affectionate, loving, and energetic pups that make wonderful family dogs. Learn more about caring for pit bulls, a sweet and misunderstood breed.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, brown / chocolate / liver, white
  • patterns: bicolor, brindle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: willful, outgoing, playful
American bulldogs might surprise you with their devotion, task management, playfulness, and courage. Sure, they’re terrific working dogs—but they also have a sweet, sensitive side that makes them good family dogs.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: fawn
  • patterns: bicolor, brindle
  • coat length/texture: medium, wiry
  • temperament: friendly, willful
Berger Picards are a loving and active dog. They're fairly rare, especially outside of France, but have won the hearts of many with their big ears, sweet eyes, and silly nature.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: good hiking companion, requires lots of grooming, cold weather tolerant
  • colors: blue, white, gray, fawn, black
  • patterns: bicolor, merle
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, outgoing
Old English sheepdogs are intelligent, agile dogs with heavy, fluffy coats who are happiest when they are with their human family. Find out if the Old English sheepdog might be the right pet for your lifestyle.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, tendency to chew, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good for first-time pet owners, high potential for weight gain, highly territorial
  • colors: white, cream
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, outgoing, friendly, playful, protective
American Eskimo dogs are intelligent, energetic pups with fluffy white coats. They are easily trainable and highly loyal to their owners.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, tolerates being alone, high prey drive, loves water, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, gray, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short, wiry
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
Jagdterriers are smart, capable hunting dogs developed in Germany. If you're an outdoor enthusiast and an experienced dog owner, a jagdterrier could be the perfect companion.