Having children is only part of the equation, how much time and exercise can you give the dog? How much time can you give to care for the dog? (long haired dogs need daily brushing) Do you stay home with your kids or is the dog going to be in a crate 8-9 hours a day? Do you live where the dog is going to have a yard or are you in an apartment. There are several sites that have quizzes that you can take to find the right breed for your family, just do an online search one. If you have time to exercise a dog Boxers are the best! Since you do have small children I suggest you rescue a dog that is past the puppy stage of biting and is already housebroken. And there are many mixed breeds at shelters and there are rescues for specific breeds. Any quality shelter/rescue will match you with a dog to match your family. Good luck in your search and I hope you get your new furkid soon!
The size of your family isn't the only thing you need to consider .. You also have to consider what you can offer a dog.
If you get a dog, will be be tied up in the back yard and neglected .. or will it be able to roam throughout your home and actually be an active part of the family, and offered good quality attention and exercise?
There are so many factors involved when choosing a pet .. time and space are at the top of the list when it comes to priorities ... not just size and breed.
Once you have decided that .. then I implore you to check out your local pet rescue or shelter for what could be a wonderful addition to your family. A dog that not only needs a home and love .. but one that soo much to offer your home and your family.
Depends on the amount of space you have and the activity level of your family. Great Danes are very low key and ideal for a family pet but require space because of their large frame. They also require a larger monetary investment for food and veterinary costs as shots are based on weight. Smaller dogs tend to not do well young children. Labs and retrievers are nice, but can have temperament issues from over breeding. You know your situation so use that to figure out what dog will fit your family.
A lab. Hours of enjoyment for the kids. We had four boys and although he wasn't brought up as a hunting dog he certainly became one. He was definitely a blessing...never growled or even acted like he would hurt anyone. Next dog will be a lab again!