Golden retrievers are loyal, intelligent and have great temperaments. Did we mention they're also totally adorable? These sweet pups top our list for the best family dogs because they're highly trainable and are a long-standing family favorite. Please note: If you're not into picking up large tumbleweed-like dust bunnies, retrievers may not be the best fit for you—they're known for excessive shedding!
Searching for the best dogs for kids? It's true: While most dogs are cute and cuddly, not all are great around young children. It's important to consider size, temperament and energy levels when considering bringing a new furry friend home, and it's smart to do your research before running out to local places to adopt a dog (adopt, don't shop!) and pet stores.
Narrow your search by reading up on our list of the best dogs for kids, including small dogs for kids. You'll also want to consider how much space you really have at home, since larger breeds tend to need more room.
P.S. Already found your perfect pooch? These pet supply stores will make sure they're properly outfitted with the best dog food, pet gear and more. Searching for other great family pets? Try our guide to the best pets for kids.