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32 Popular Dog Breeds for Children and Families

Here you will find popular dog breeds in every size and weight!

Golden Retrievers, French Bulldogs, Dachshunds, Maltese, Border Collies and Havanese are the most popular dog breeds. Whether small or large, all dogs in our list are particularly sweet and suitable for beginners. They're also child-friendly, which makes them wonderful family dogs.

Which Dog Breed Is Right for Me?

A dog breed should fit your lifestyle. Most people are interested in beginner dog breeds because they're easier to train. Or in small dog breeds that don't shed and do well in an apartment. Before buying one, it's also very important for first-timers to know how much exercise and training a breed needs. For people with allergies, a hypoallergenic breed may be appropriate.

32 Best Dog Breeds

From here you'll find the best dog breeds for families and children - sorted by size. For each breed there is a profile featuring size, weight, character, appearance, characteristics, temperament, behavior plus beautiful pictures. You'll also find out which types of dogs shed little and which breeds are calm and bark little.

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Please note: each dog has its own personality, so this information only provides a rough characterization of the breed. Also, every dog breed has individual needs. There are dogs that demand a lot of exercise, others require considerable grooming. Smart dogs call for challenging tasks, otherwise they get bored. You should be aware of the breeds' specific needs before buying a dog.

The Most Popular Dog Breeds in the USA

The American Kennel Club has not yet released any puppy statistics for 2022. The most recent is from 2021. The ten breeds that were most frequently registered are: Labrador Retriever, French Bulldog, Golden Retriever, German Shepherd, Poodle, Bulldog, Beagle, Rottweiler, German Shorthaired Pointer and Dachshund.

How Many Dog Breeds Are There?

There are over 200 dog breeds. It's even said that there are around 800 breeds in the world.

Dog Breed Groups

Dog breeds are divided into different groups. There are terriers (e.g. Jack Russell Terrier), retrievers (e.g. Golden or Labrador), flsuhing dogs (e.g. Cocker Spaniel), water dogs, companion dogs (eg Bichon Frisé, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Chihuahua, French Bulldog etc.) and a few other groups (e.g. hounds and herding dogs).

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