Dogs from the ASPCA and other places such as this can make very good family pets. And humane societies can help you pick out the right dog for you.
Dogs I've always liked are English Springer Spaniels (because an Uncle of mine had this most wonderful sweet dog ever that was a ESS) and some Chihuahuas.
I wouldn't recommend a small dog like a Chi for a family though. If your family has kids/you have kids, kids can be rough on the poor dogs. And Chihuahuas can have attitude problems because of their protectiveness/territoral issues. My grandmother's dog is part Chi but she got the good side/character of the breed. She's very active, sweet, and way too smart for her owners and cute. My grandparents spoil her too much. Her only bad behavior is she barks whenever she wants attention or food. That's my grandparents fault cause they always give in eventually, lol. That and I can't get her to do anything except "give paw" without her wanting a treat, which is my fault.
Avoid treats when training your dog!
Medium sized dogs are probably ideal for families. Not too big, not too small.
if you want a good answer then tell me... do you want a sleepy and adorable dog...or an energetic and loving dog! tell me and ill answer! sleepy and adorable= basset hound, energetic and loving dog=golden retriever, small, hyper, and bonds with one special person in the family= Yorkie terrier! :) have fun
There are numerous variables that goes into deciding what breed of Dog will best suit your family.
Do you have an active family? Do you like to swim or go out on boats? Hike? Want a guard dog? Want an active dog or one that will sit quietly? Do you want to perform events with it (frisbee)? Do you want a dog that you can carry around? Do you have children? Are they calm or rough and tumble? Do they need a babysitter or a dog that will play as hard as they do? Is there anyone in the house allergic to dogs (there are breeds which are hypoallergenic)? Do you live in an apartment?
These are just a very few variables that need consideration before getting a dog or puppy. Find a good website that will ask questions, collect your answers and give you a few choices of the best dogs for your family.
But don't forget - although there are purebred dogs at the Humane Society or the county pound, there are many mixed breed dogs there that would make loyal, loving family companions.
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Personally, I love pitbulls, I#039;d recommend them to every body despite what you hear. BUT, you must know their bloodlines, preferably an ADBA registered dog. Know what your getting! You get what you pay for.
Pitbulls are lovable, playful, energetic, athletic, beautiful, protective, anyone looks good walking a well trained pit, good work dog.... in general, the only thing a pitbull can't do after it grows is be a " teacup dog" or a " toy dog " lol...
Once the entire family is all about it, It, will be all about the family, GUARANTEED!
Hey, hey you guys all forgot all of us mixed breeds at Animal Services. Just because my parents did the nasty late one night doesn't make us bad dogs. Lots of us have the good traits of both. Come down, bring the family and meet us. That little hot chihuahua two pens down is really hot, but boy she has a temper. Now me I'm a Pitt Bull, I will be your best friend, we will go for walks, play ball, the kids can sleep on me, pull my ears, did I say I will be your best friend and lap dog? All we, yes we meaning you, me and the family (yeah Dad can't stay home while Mom takes me) need is some training, but then all dogs need training, that hot chihuahua needs an awful lot of training. Come down and visit talk to those nice people who take us for walks and throw balls to find out about us before we have to take that final walk. Bye for now.
Golden retrievers are the best especially with kids and young children they are also good watch dogs, never attack anyone, love people to death, barely bark, and are super loyal and ultra easy to train