6 Most Family-Friendly Dog Breeds

Requirements for picking a dog breed are based on various circumstances. For instance, if you live alone in an apartment, you might want a dog that is quiet and doesn't need a whole lot of space. If you want a dog to guard your home, you might want to pick a breed that is protective and loud. And if you're bringing a dog into a home of children, you most definitely want to pick the most family-friendly possible. Here are six, according to PetMD.

6. Vizsla

This lesser-known breed might not be your first choice when it comes to picking a dog, but you should really consider a Vizsla for your family. The breed is said to be obedient, energetic, loyal, and gentle.

5. Newfoundland

Despite their large and sometimes intimidating size, the Newfoundland is nicknamed "Nature's Babysitter." These dogs love children, are gentle, sweet, and have even been known to save children from drowning (they also love water). Newfoundlands prefer to be inside rather than kept out.

4. Poodle

Poodles are known to be very intelligent and gentle dogs. Both the miniature and standard sizes have similar sweet temperaments, giving you more of a choice with one breed. They enjoy playing with kids, and are even hypoallergenic for any possible allergies in the house.

3. Irish Setter

​The Irish Setter is playful and loves being around people of all ages. They get separation anxiety easily, so they prefer to be around a big family rather than left alone. They're a great match for energetic kids.

2. Golden Retriever

​Golden Retrievers are believed to be one of the best breeds for children, as they are both gentle and playful, as well as patient. This dog needs a lot of exercise, so growing up alongside kids is a great match.

1. Labrador Retriever

It's no surprise the Labrador Retriever is number one on this list, as they've even been ​named the most popular dog breed.​ These dogs are playful, patient, and loving. They also require a lot of exercise, which can be perfect for a big family.