10 Best Large Dog Breeds for Families

Labrador Retriever Labrador retrievers are beloved for their affectionate, loving personalities and unending enthusiasm. They are America's most beloved breed, consistently ranking at the top of the charts year after year. Labs are known for their intelligence and good temperament.

German Shepherd German shepherds have been used in Germany for centuries as herding and hunting animals. They are trained as service dogs because of their intelligence, hardworking nature and willingness to help. They are loyal and affectionate, making them a great choice for active families.

Golden Retriever Golden retrievers make the perfect family dog in TV and movies. You can see them in "Full House" (1990s) and "Air Bud" (film franchise). It is well-known for their intelligence and sweetness. The golden retriever is another top choice for therapy, comfort, rescue, or therapy dogs.

Bernese Mountain Dog Berners, Bernies, Bernese mountain dogs, whatever you call them, this Swiss dog will do anything to save those stranded in the Alps. They are extremely protective but not aggressive towards people. They are large but gentle with children younger then them.

Boxer  Boxers, despite their intimidating name, are actually very sweet and affectionate dogs. Although boxers are very responsive to positive attention, they can get a little excited. Training is also an option if your boxer jumps on people or you have young children. Boxers are known for their ability to get along with children and have an instinct to protect their family.

Alaskan Malamute Although they were initially designed to hunt large prey like bears and seals, Alaskan Malamutes can adapt to domestic life. They are friendly and will always greet strangers with kindness. They are a great guard dog.

Golden doodle If you or someone in your household has allergies, consider bringing home a goldendoodle. The goldendoodles' poodle heritage means that they are hypoallergenic, but no dog is perfect. This breed is intelligent, athletic, affectionate and great with children.

Basset Hound A basset hound may not seem like a large breed but their average weight places them alongside Siberian Huskies or golden retrievers, just to name two. They are loyal and committed to their families, despite being stubborn basset hounds.

Great Dane The Great Dane, a gentle giant in the canine world, is calm, loyal and weighs in at around 200 pounds. These king-sized dogs are gentle and require only a few walks each day after they have outgrown puppyhood. Although Great Danes are great with children, they can also knock over a child by just bumping into one.

Rottweiler Rottweilers can be playful and affectionate. Rottweilers are sometimes criticized for being too affectionate. They are great family dogs, even if your children have grown up. Like many breeds of Rotties, they were originally bred to herd cattle. Their large and strong bodies help steer cattle in the right direction.