If you have young children and are looking to add a puppy to your family, here are the breeds that should top your list – and those you should avoid.
Plenty of us decided to welcome new four-legged friends into our homes in the last few years – according to the Kennel Club figures dog ownership has soared to record levels.
There are a whopping 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to choose from, alongside numerous crossbreeds, so there’s plenty of thinking to do before you select your family’s latest addition.
There’s even academic guidance to seek out, with Psychologist Stanley Coren’s book ‘The Intelligence of Dogs’ ranking breeds by instincts, obedience, and the ability to adapt.
One thing worth considering before making a decision is that certain breeds of dog get on really well with children, while others are really only suitable for grownups.
So, here are the 10 breeds of dog that make perfect pets for families with young children – and those that should be avoided.
1. Labrador Retriever
When it comes to the dogs most suited to families with youngsters, there's one particular top dog. Not content with just being the most popular dog in the UK, the Labrador Retriever is also the most child-friendly - thanks to their gentle, loving and outgoing nature. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
A more compact size family hound, Beagles tend to get on very well with children and love to play. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
3. Golden Retriever
Another gundog famed for it's placid nature, intelligence and good humour, the Golden Retriever is a perfect family pooch. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
4. Irish Setter
The noble-looking Irish Setter is an outgoing and sweet-natured breed that loves big long walks and plenty of cuddles. Photo: Canva/Getty Images