Cavalier King Charles Spaniel  These adorable companions are a combination of the small size of a toy dog and the athletic spirit of a sport dog. They are gentle, sweet and easy-going, even with children and other dogs. They are a joy to be around, with their flowing locks and heart-melting expressions. 

Bernese Mountain Dog  If you are looking for a family that is big-thinking, the Bernese Mountain Dog might be the right choice. Although they can weigh up to 100 pounds, the Bernese Mountain Dog is a gentle, sweet pet that is known for being gentle with children. 

Alaskan Malamute  Alaskan Malamutes are loyal and will do whatever it takes to please their family, whether they be canine or human. These powerful dogs are built to be sled dogs and require a leader to establish a regular training and exercise program. (Now's your chance to pick up skijoring.) You will be rewarded with a friendly, loyal face and a feather duster of tail.

Boston Terrier These people-oriented dogs weigh in at less than 25 pounds and wear "tuxedos" coats that are low-maintenance. Boston Terriers, as their name implies, are able to adapt to apartment living very well. However they will still enjoy walks around the block and playing fetch with the children. 

Labrador Retriever  For decades, they have been the most loved dog breed. Labs are great with children, adults, and pets of all kinds. They are a sweet and friendly breed that is a good friend to anyone they meet. However, don't underestimate the energy level of their high energy. They need to be exercised every day and can gain up to 80 pounds. 

Golden Retriever  Golden Retrievers are another American favorite. They live up to their reputation as the ideal family dog. They are quick learners and require lots of exercise. They'll be happy to provide companionship and lots of laughter in return. 

Bulldog  A loyal bulldog may be a better choice for those who prefer a more laid-back lifestyle. These gentle dogs love to sleep and enjoy regular walks. Although their wrinkled mugs may be appealing to you, they can overheat in warm climates due to their short snouts. 

Pug  Pugs are just like humans in that they love to sleep and eat. They must be fed a healthy diet ( No table scraps allowed!), and they should get plenty of exercise. But if you are looking for a companion to cuddle up on the couch and watch movies, look no further. This breed is only 15 pounds and doesn't require a large yard, but he does enjoy playing with his kids.

Beagle The companionship of a beagle is what they need. Long days won't work for them. If they smell a compelling scent, the small-sized hounds could be daring escape artists.

Irish Setter  Imagine walking among these beautiful beauties in your neighborhood. The Irish Setters are a show-stopper, but they are also gifted athletes as members of the sporting group. A healthy lifestyle and a large supply of tennis balls is essential. This partner will motivate the whole family to move. 

French Bulldog  These quiet, low-maintenance dogs are great for city dwellers. They are distinguished by their smaller stature and trademark "bat ears", which distinguish them from larger bulldogs. Frenchies are known for their alert, playful nature and easygoing adaptability.

Brussels Griffon  The Brussels Griffon is one of the smallest breeds of AKC dogs. It can't do as much roughhousing than some of the more sturdy breeds. If your children are open to gentle play, the Brussels Griffon will be a great pet. It is loyal and intelligent, with lots of personality.

Newfoundland  The Newfoundland, on the other hand, can weigh in at between 100 and 150 pounds. They are gentle giants who excel in swimming but have also been known for their patience and attentive nature. If you have the space, their sweet disposition will win you over.

Collie  The smartest dog breed, the collie, is a top choice. If you've ever seen Lassie then you will understand why. Collie loyalty is unmatched and they love children. Are you concerned about all that fur? For those who are more cautious about grooming, there are two types of Collies: "Rough" and "Smooth".

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier  These adorable pups are great for shedding. Although no dog can be 100% allergen-free, the silky-haired terriers have what is known as hypoallergenic hair. This makes them a great choice for people with mild fur allergies. Wheatens are active and affectionate pets who love to chase anything that moves.

Poodle The ultimate custom dog, the Poodle is it. There are three sizes: standard, mini, and toy. They also come in three colors: black, white, and apricot. They are mistakenly thought to be pity dogs. However, their fluffy hypoallergenic coat shows that they are a brainiac who was bred for action. A flamboyant, showy hairstyle (derived from their original hunting dog purpose) is not a necessity. The majority of owners choose the "sporting cut", which requires less maintenance.

Bichon Frise  Be careful not to lump them with other small-white dog breeds. According to the AKC, Bichons "operate under an assumption that there are no strangers, but friends they haven’t yet met," This playful fluffball is perfect for any family that values fun and a friendly attitude. 

Vizsla  The Vizla is a great choice if you are looking for a sport dog that's unique and different from the standard Labrador or Golden Retriever. The Vizla is a pointer born and bred to thrive on exercise, but it can also be affectionate and sensitive when it's not working. This dog will bond with its owner in close knit relationships. 

Cocker Spaniel  The Cocker Spaniel is the smallest member in the sporting group. It has the sweetest ears and the most gentle expression. Cocker Spaniels are small but active and thrive on regular walks. They also enjoy lots of playtime with other dogs or with their children.

OUR PICK: A Mutt  Mutts may not be considered an official breed, but they are still adorable and loving. For help in finding a loving mixed breed dog that will fit your family's needs and lifestyle, please contact your local rescue. Adopting a dog not only provides a permanent home but also allows for the creation of a shelter to house another pup in need.