Family dog breeds
Are you looking for a friendly and gentle playmate for the kids? Family-friendly dog breeds have been steadfastly loving and caring for their human pack for generations, and today there more choices than ever when it comes to choosing the right breed for your family.
To make it easy for you, we have put together a list of family dog breeds in Australia that are regarded as suitable for children of all ages. We’ve excluded many of the tiniest breeds as they are just too fragile for young kids to play with, as well as the very big breeds which can accidently knock over and injure small children. However, many of the breeds we haven’t included may be well-suited to families with older kids.
Before bringing a new member into your family, it’s important to do your research and make sure they are a good match for your lifestyle. Learn more about each breed’s history, temperament, common breed diseases and conditions and lots of other interesting facts to guide you to choose the right family dog for you and your family!
If you’re interested in looking at the most popular breeds for families, see Top 10 Dog Breeds For Families.
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Staffordshire Bull Terrier
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, also known as an English Staffy, is an English terrier. Breeders originally the English Staffy from the English Bulldog and a number of Old English Terrier breeds resulting in a very muscular, tenacious and loyal animal.
The Standard Poodle is a large and lively dog, known for its thick, tightly curled coat, high intelligence and enthusiastic nature.
The Welsh Terrier (a.k.a. Welshie) is a small-medium dog similar in appearance to the Airedale Terrier and some claim it is the oldest breed native to the UK in existence today.
The Whippet is a medium-sized domesticated dog of the sighthound type. Lean, long-limbed with a short coat and highly athletic, it is often mistaken for its cousin the Greyhound.