10 Family-Friendly Large Dog Breeds

Labrador Retriever

Labrador retrievers are adorable, loving, and enthusiastic. They're America's favorite breed year after year.

German shepherd

German shepherds have traditionally hunted and herded. This breed is loyal and caring, making it the ideal family dog for active families.

Golden retriever

Golden retrievers as the perfect family dog. Golden retrievers are popular search and rescue, therapy, and comfort dogs.

Bernese mountain dogs

Bernese mountain dogs are quite protective yet not aggressive. They're nice with smaller kids and adore family activities despite their size.


Boxers are affectionate dogs despite their rough reputation. Boxers love positive attention but can be exuberant.

Alaskan Malamutexer

Alaskan Malamutes are gentle giants that would make great pets for active families. This breed is friendly by nature. 


Goldendoodles are nearly hypoallergenic. This breed is smart, athletic, loving, and good with kids and pets.

Basset Hound

Basset hounds weigh about as much as Siberian huskies and goldendoodles. They are loyal and devoted to their families.

Great Dane

The Great Dane is a gentle giant, calm and faithful. Great Danes love kids, but they may knock them over with a bump.


Rotties were originally designed to herd calves using their hefty bodies. Rottweilers may be overprotective of their children and intervene.