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Some of the Best Dogs For Family Life

Some of the Best Dogs For Family Life

Parents often consider golden retrievers the ideal family dog, but many other breeds can also make great family pets. Our Jackson veterinarians have some recommendations for family-friendly dog breeds.

Picking the Best Dog Breed for Your Family

When choosing a dog breed for your family, don't base your decision solely on cuteness. Consider important factors such as the breed's overall temperament and exercise needs that will determine its contentment in your living space.

Take your time to find a dog that is a good fit for your living space, your family's energy level, and the amount of time each family member can dedicate to training the dog.

To assist you in choosing the best dog breed for family life, here are some of our favorite breeds:

English Bulldog

English bulldogs weigh around 50-55 lbs and have lower energy levels than other dog breeds, making them a good fit for smaller living spaces like apartments. They are affectionate and enjoy spending time with their family, often happy to snuggle on the couch for a movie night. English bulldogs have a pleasant and reliable temperament, making them a great choice for a family pet.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Weighing between 10-18 lbs, the lively yet gentle nature of Cavalier dogs makes them suitable for smaller living spaces like apartments. They have a friendly disposition and get along well with kids and other dogs, offering a playful and affectionate companion for children of various ages and energy levels.

Boston Terrier

These delightful dogs weigh 25 pounds or less, have a people-loving nature, and sport easy-to-care-for "tuxedo" coats. They are content playing with children and going on short walks, making them a great fit for apartment living. Their charming demeanor makes them a wonderful companion for kids of all ages.

Irish Setter

If you're looking for a larger breed, consider the stunningly beautiful Irish setter, weighing around 65 lbs, which can make an excellent family pet. These dogs enjoy playful antics. They love chasing balls, going for runs, and playing with children in the backyard. An Irish Setter would make a great companion if you have high-energy kids!


The Beagle is an excellent medium-sized dog for families, weighing between 18-30 lbs, and enjoys spending time with its people, playing games, and going for walks. These smart and affectionate dogs can make wonderful family pets if they receive plenty of interaction and exercise. Beagles may only be suitable for families that spend a little bit of time outside the home.


These adorable little characters, Pugs, will surely bring your family joy! Pugs are content with eating and sleeping and are ideal for families with small or low-energy children who enjoy indoor playtime and snuggles while watching TV. Weighing around 15 lbs, this breed doesn't require much space and is satisfied with a few short daily walks.

The Mutt

Your family's ideal dog may already be waiting for you at the local animal shelter. Mixed-breed mutts can be just as loving and loyal as purebred dogs, and have fewer genetic health issues, making them a more affordable option. If you're considering a mutt for your family, take your time to visit local animal shelters and be patient in your search for the right fit. Shelter workers can provide a doggie report card outlining the dog's personality quirks to help decide.

After finding the perfect family pet, remember that preventive veterinary care is crucial to ensure your furry friend's long and healthy life. If your new family member is due for their annual checkup, give us a call to schedule an appointment. We are passionate about keeping Jackson pets healthy.

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