10 Best Large Dog Breeds for Families with Kids

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If you want to get a dog but have children, it is important to choose the right breed.

There are certain dogs that are better than others for families. This list will help you with narrowing down your options.

10 Best Large Dog Breeds for Families with Kids

1. Boxer – Great for Families with Kids

The Boxer is an excellent family dog for a number of reasons. These dogs have a silly personality that makes for endless entertainment. They do goofy things like “sing” when you play the harmonica, howling like a wolf.


  • These dogs are very protective and make great guard dogs with their powerful bark.
  • They are easy to train, especially from an early age.
  • You and your kids will have tons of fun playing with them.


  • Boxers don’t like to be left alone and tend to develop separation anxiety.

2. Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is among the most popular dogs for families. This is at least partially due to the very amiable demeanor of this breed. You will quickly find that Goldens are very loyal and can be trusted like no other breed. You can also count on these dogs to randomly bring you dead animals like birds from outside.


  • Goldens are incredibly affectionate and protective of small children.
  • They are independent and don’t need to be entertained constantly.
  • You can always count on them for a good game of fetch.


  • These dogs do tend to develop hip problems as they get older.

3. Belgian Sheepdog

The Belgian Sheepdog comes from Belgium (as the name suggests), and can grow up to 66 pounds and just over 2 feet tall. These dogs are definitely good around people, including small children. They are very playful and in tune with the feelings of others around them.


  • These dogs come in a variety of coats and colors.
  • They are extremely smart and learn how to obey commands easily.
  • They’ll always keep a watchful eye over your children.


  • Belgian Sheepdogs can be a bit unruly unless they are properly trained.

4. Newfoundland

The Newfoundland dog comes from England, and it can grow up to 150 pounds with a maximum height of 29 inches. This breed is generally very sweet and kind with a gentle temperament. This is why it has become such a popular family dog with people in the UK and all over the world. These dogs are beautiful but they do drool a lot, so keep some paper towels handy!

5. Bernese Mountain Dog

The Bernese Mountain Dog comes from the Swiss Alps. It was introduced to Switzerland by the Romans thousands of years ago. These dogs have a lifespan of just 6 to 8 years, but they are extremely affectionate and loyal. They can grow up to 110 pounds and 28 inches tall.


  • These dogs tend to be very patient, which is great for kids in particular.
  • They can be trained to perform a variety of tasks without much effort on your part.
  • The playful demeanor of these dogs makes them a lot of fun to be around.


  • This breed often has issues with anxiety attacks, which can be difficult to manage.

6. Great Dane

The Great Dane is well known for its massive size, growing up to 32 inches tall and 200 pounds. Despite the overwhelming stature of these dogs, they are known for being incredibly loving and friendly. Originally from Germany, this breed has an average lifespan of 8 to 10 years.


  • The Great Dane’s coat is fairly short and therefore doesn’t require a lot of grooming.
  • Your kids will have endless hours of fun playing with them.
  • These dogs are very protective and will guard your home well.


  • The constant slobbering can definitely get annoying after a while.

7. German Shorthaired Pointer

The German Shorthaired Pointer has been used by hunters since the 1800s. These dogs are known for their smooth black and brown or black and white coats. With a maximum height of 23 inches and a weight of up to 60 pounds, these dogs tend to be fairly large.


  • These dogs are very active, so you and your kids can play with them for hours on end.
  • They are very adaptable and can live just about anywhere without any issues.
  • There isn’t a ton of grooming required to maintain their coat.


  • Making sure these dogs get enough physical activity each day can be exhausting.
  • These dogs tend to develop problems with epilepsy/seizures.

8. Great Pyrenees

The Great Pyrenees, sometimes called the Pyrenean Mountain Dog, can grow up to 120 pounds and 32 inches tall. It has a very brave but friendly temperament that does well in families with small children.

9. Hovawart

The Hovawart is another big child-free dog that comes from Germany. It has an extremely even-tempered, reserved demeanor that is well-suited to people with kids. This breed can grow up to 88 pounds and 28 inches tall.

These dogs were once used by farmers to watch over their livestock. They are a very protective and loyal breed, making them perfect for this particular job.


  • These dogs usually don’t have any problems getting along with other pets.
  • You can exercise with them to your heart’s content.
  • They can be trained very easily.


  • Their coats are somewhat high maintenance.

10. Kuvasz

The Kuvasz dog has been used since ancient times for a number of physically demanding tasks. It has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years and can grow up to 110 pounds and 30 inches tall. This is a very protective and loyal breed. It is also known for being highly intelligent and exceptionally patient.


  • They have a nice silly and playful demeanor.
  • Quiet demeanor indoors.
  • Makes for an excellent guard dog.


  • Their barking can get pretty loud and irritating if not properly trained.


  • The Akita is one of the most loyal and even-tempered dogs, making it an excellent choice for most families.
  • The Golden Retriever is a very friendly and devoted breed that does exceptionally well with children of all ages.
  • The Belgian Sheepdog can get fairly large and is challenging to handle for a number of reasons. It is, however, a very friendly breed that jives well with kids.
  • The Newfoundland is a very big breed of dog that is incredibly popular with all sorts of people due to its sweet overall demeanor.
  • The Great Dane is another big dog that is known for its loving nature.
  • The German Shorthaired Pointer is highly affectionate and can be trained fairly easy from a young age.
  • The Great Pyrenees is extremely protective and perfect for families with children.
  • The Hovawart is a powerful yet gentle dog that will watch over your children with a diligent eye.
  • The Kuvasz is a very smart breed of dog that is incredibly patient, which is a great thing when kids are around.
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Hi! I'm Anna and I´m a certified cynologist (KAU, ACW). Handler, blue cross volunteer, owner of Chinese crested kennel "Salvador Dali" and breedless friend called Fenya. "I can't imagine my life without dogs and I totally support the idea #AdoptDontShop".