10 Best Family Dog Breeds

Image Gallery: Dogs A good dog is more than a pet -- it's another family member! See more pictures of dogs.

So, it's time to get a family dog. Just like there's no typical family, there's no typical family dog. A family with three kids and a farmhouse outside of Nashville, Tenn., needs a very different dog from a young couple with a new baby in Brooklyn, N.Y.

There are many important factors to consider about your family's lifestyle before deciding which breed will be the best fit. How much time do you have to devote to the dog? Will there be people around during the week, or is the house empty for most of the day? Is there someone in the family who regularly goes for runs and long hikes, or is everyone happy on the couch watching DVDs?

Coming up is a list of 10 great dogs for any family situation.