10 Best Large Dog Breeds for Families

Labrador Retriever Labrador retrievers are loved for their loving, caring personalities and their unending enthusiasm. They are the most loved breed in America, ranking consistently at the top of the list year after year. Labs are well-known for their intelligence, good temperament, and great intelligence. 

German Shepherd German shepherds have been used for many years as hunting and herding animals in Germany. Because of their intelligence, hardworking nature, and willingness to help, they are often trained to be service dogs. This breed is the ideal choice for active families, as they are loyal and affectionate. 

Golden Retriever In movies and TV, golden retrievers are the ideal family dog. They can be seen in everything from "Full House" in the 1990s to "Air Bud" the movie franchise. The intelligence and sweetness of golden retrievers is well-known. Another top choice for comfort, therapy, search and rescue or therapy dogs is the golden retriever. 

Bernese Mountain Dog Berners, Bernies or Bernese mountain dog, however you want to call them, this Swiss breed will risk everything to rescue those stranded in Alps. They are incredibly protective, but not aggressive with people. Despite being large, they are gentle with children younger than them and enjoy participating in family activities. 

Boxer  Despite their tough-guy name, boxers are actually incredibly sweet, attention-loving dogs. Boxers respond extremely well to positive attention but can be a bit excitable—so consider training if you have very young kids or if your boxer tends to jump on people. Boxers often get along very well with children and possess an instinct to protect the family. 

Alaskan Malamute While they were originally developed to hunt large prey such as bears and seals in the wild, Alaskan Malamutes today are gentle giants who can be easily adapted to domestic life. They are friendly and will greet strangers with kindness. This makes them a good guard dog. 

Golden doodle Consider bringing home a goldendoodle if you have allergies or someone in your family. Although no dog is 100% hypoallergenic , the goldendoodles are close to it, due to their poodle heritage. This breed is smart, athletic, affectionate, and good with children as well as other pets. 

Basset Hound Although a basset hound might not appear to be a large breed, their average weight puts them among Siberian Huskies and golden retrievers , just to name a few. Although basset hounds are known for being stubborn, they are also loyal and dedicated to their families. 

Great Dane Calm, loyal, and clocking in at 200 pounds fully grown, the Great Dane is the gentle giant of the canine world. But don't let their massive stature fool you—these king-sized pooches are calm and only require a few walks per day once they're out of puppyhood. Great Danes love children, although they can knock over a child simply by bumping into one. 

Rottweiler Rottweilers are playful and affectionate. Rottweilers can sometimes be criticized for being too affectionate. However, they are great family dogs if your children are older. Rotties, like many breeds, were originally bred to herd cattle. They use their bulky and sturdy bodies to push cattle in the right direction.