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The top 20 family dogs

Looking for a faithful four-legged friend that will be adored by everyone in the family? A dog that can cope well with (the sometimes unpredictable behaviour of) children, changes and the hustle and bustle of an everyday family? Look here for an overview of 20 dogs that fit perfectly into family life.

Miniature pinscher

Miniature Pinscher Specifications

5/5
3/5
5/5

Characteristics Miniature Pinscher

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
3/5
Energy level
5/5

The Miniature Pinscher is also called the "King of small dogs". The animal is brave and has a very watchful character. Although this dog is not large, it is certainly not a defenceless lapdog. The dog has a funny character and its fearlessness sometimes even makes it a bit touching. Make no mistake though: the Miniature Pinscher is a real dog that needs a clear leader!

Saint Bernard

Saint Bernard specifications

5/5
5/5
3/5

Characteristics Saint Bernard

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
3/5

Perhaps the Saint Bernard is one of the best-known dog breeds there is. The Saint Bernard has a sweet, good nature. Of course, the dog's image also plays a major role. After all, the dog is known as a rescue dog. It is probably for this reason that the dog can be seen in many famous films. Nowadays, the Saint Bernard is probably best known for its loyalty, patience and care for children. However, this does not mean that the Saint Bernard is a softy. The animal is enormously strong, muscular and has an impressive appearance if necessary.

Pekinese

Pekinese specifications

5/5
3/5
3/5

Characteristics Pekinese

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
3/5
Energy level
3/5

The Pekinese is a dog of Chinese origin. The dog was once a companion for the Chinese nobility. However, the dog is not just a lapdog. They are extremely watchful, brave and alert. If they think something is being taken from them, or if they think their owner is in danger, they will intervene. This can put the dog in danger, because no matter how brave it is, it is still a small dog. Larger dogs may be irritated by the brave behaviour of this little four-legged friend.

Doberman Pinscher

Specifications Doberman Pinscher

5/5
5/5
5/5

Characteristics Doberman Pinscher

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
5/5

The Doberman Pinscher is one of the few dog species whose name refers to the person who "created" the breed. The Doberman Pinscher was in fact bred in the 19th century by Louis Dobermann. Dobermann wanted a dog that could protect him. This was necessary, because Dobermann was a bailiff. It must have happened regularly that defaulters threatened him. To feel safer he bred the Doberman Pinscher. It is not exactly known from which species the Doberman Pinscher originally descended. The dog does show some typical similarities with Rottweilers and German Pinschers.

Bolonka

Specifications Bolonka

5/5
3/5
3/5

Features Bolonka

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
3/5
Energy level
3/5

The Bolonka is a dog of Russian origin. It is quite rare for a Russian dog to be bred as a companion animal. However, the Bolonka is one of the few exceptions. The Bolonka is a small dog with an easy character. It is friendly and can easily adapt to new circumstances. A characteristic feature of this breed is that it is hypoallergenic.

Tibetan Terrier

Specifications Tibetan terrier

5/5
3/5
4/5

Characteristics Tibetan terrier

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
3/5
Energy level
4/5

The name of the Tibetan terrier is somewhat misleading. The dog is not a terrier. He has been given this name in the past and it has stuck to him. The Tibetan terrier is cheerful and is a real family dog. He is good with small children and pets. Hunting small animals, which you would expect from a terrier, is not in his nature.

Komondor

Specifications Komondor

5/5
3/5
3/5

Characteristics Komondor

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
3/5
Energy level
3/5

The Komondor is a dog with the appearance of a show model. The coat of this dog can become extremely long. Yet this Hungarian dog was certainly not a model. For years, the dog has served as a very successful watchdog.

Glen Terrier

Glen terrier specifications

5/5
3/5
3/5

Characteristics Glen terrier

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
3/5
Energy level
3/5

The Glen terrier is a small dog with a very lively character. The dog has a double coat and is rough-haired. The animal is a real family dog and its endearing appearance can make it look like a lap dog. But make no mistake! The dog was originally bred as a hunting dog and that character is still present in the animal. It needs space to expend its energy.

Boerboel

Boerboel Specifications

5/5
4/5
3/5

Characteristics Boerboel

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
4/5
Energy level
3/5

The Boerboel is one of the few dogs with a Dutch name. However, the dog was not bred in the Netherlands, but in South Africa. The dog really has the character of a watchdog. The dog has a dedicated character. He takes good care of the family that he has to protect. However, you mustn't joke with the Boerboel. He takes his job very seriously.

Jack Russell

Jack Russell specifications

5/5
3/5
5/5

Characteristics Jack Russell

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
3/5
Energy level
5/5

The Jack Russell is one of the nicest family dogs around. It has a lot of energy and can amuse itself when it has the space. However, he is also very fond of the family in which he grows up. He is always in for a stroke on his beautiful head, a walk, or a game of frolic. In addition, the Jack Russell is very curious. He will regularly come to see what his owner is doing now.

Great Dane

Great Dane specifications

5/5
3/5
4/5

Characteristics Great Dane

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
3/5
Energy level
4/5

The Great Dane can be a bit intimidating at first sight. However, you should not be put off by this. The Great Dane is in fact a large dog with a sweet character. It is a real companion animal and for that reason it does not like to be alone. Therefore, the dog can be kept as a family dog.

Boston Terrier

Specifications Boston Terrier

5/5
5/5
4/5

Characteristics Boston Terrier

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
4/5

The Boston Terrier is a small dog, but one with a distinct profile. The dog is, unlike some other small dogsquite sturdy and quite strong. The animal was bred in the United States. Unfortunately, the dog was mainly kept for martial arts. Nowadays, the dog is a pleasant four-legged companion who delights his owner with his presence.

Butterfly dog

Specifications Butterfly dog

5/5
5/5
4/5

Characteristics Butterfly dog

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
4/5

The butterfly dog is a cute dog with a beautiful long, silky coat. The animal is cheerful and fits well in a family. In general, the dogs good with children. However, it is important to explain to children how they should play with the dog. The Butterfly dog is a small animal and quite fragile. When the game gets too wild, he tends to defend himself.

Kuvasz

Kuvasz specifications

5/5
3/5
3/5

Characteristics Kuvasz

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
3/5
Energy level
3/5

In the Netherlands, you do not see the Kuvasz very often. This is actually a pity because it is a beautiful dog. Yet it is not very surprising that few people own this dog. Throughout history, owning this dog has been a special privilege. Actually, it was only for the nobility to own this dog. They kept the dog as bodyguards.

Havanese

Havanese specifications

5/5
5/5
3/5

Characteristics Havanese

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
3/5

One of the best dogs From South America is the Havanese. The animal originally comes from Cuba and came to Europe in the 18th century. The animal has a beautiful coat. However, that advantage also has a disadvantage: he needs to be brushed (almost) daily. The animal has an unbridled energy and is always in for a diversion. As soon as they notice that someone is paying attention to them, nothing is too much trouble.

Dogue de Bordeaux

Bordeaux Dog specifications

5/5
3/5
3/5

Characteristics Bordeaux Dog

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
3/5
Energy level
3/5

The Bordeaux Dog is perhaps one of the most beautiful dogs that there is, but at the same time has a rather sad history. The Bordeaux Dog has a powerful appearance, a sweet head and is quite athletic. The dog is considered a sweet family dog, which is very fond of its owner and family members.

Tornjak

Tornjak specifications

5/5
3/5
3/5

Characteristics Tornjak

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
3/5
Energy level
3/5

The Tornjak is a breed with a very long history. Documents have been found dating back more than 1000 years in which the breed is described. However, the breed has an even longer history, possibly the dog was already used by the Romans. The Tornjak is a stocky dog with a sturdy build. However, if the animal is healthy, it is in a good condition and extremely strong. This breed can easily be used as a watchdog. However, this also has a disadvantage. The animal is very suspicious towards people it does not know.

Scottish Terrier

Specifications Scottish terrier

5/5
3/5
3/5

Characteristics Scottish terrier

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
3/5
Energy level
3/5

As aloof as the Scottish terrier can be to strangers, he is as loyal to his owner. This intelligent terrier is therefore not without reason a favourite housemate of many families. Although the Scottish Terrier can easily adapt to almost every living circumstance, it is important to keep in mind that this four-legged friend has a lot of energy and needs to be able to use it.

German Shepherd Dog

German Shepherd Dog Specifications

5/5
5/5
5/5

Characteristics German Shepherd Dog

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
5/5

The German Shepherd Dog is one of the most well-known dogs. At the same time, it is one of the most difficult dogs to describe. The dog has many different characteristics. On the one hand, the dog is large, powerful and reasonably fast. On the other hand, the dog is also brave, will not hesitate to show aggression if necessary and can scare his opponents. At the same time, the dog can be extremely sweet and good with children (if raised properly). In short: the German Shepherd is a beautiful dog, with many (sometimes contradictory) characteristics.

West Highland White Terrier

Specifications West Highland White Terrier

5/5
5/5
4/5

Characteristics West Highland White Terrier

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
4/5

The West Highland White Terrier is also affectionately called the "Westie". With its dense, snow-white coat and dark eyes, the dog has something endearing. It is hard not to have a soft spot for this dog. Although the dog has short legs, it is quite fast and agile. It has to be, because in the past this dog was not just a companion animal. It was also a hunter!

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