Family Dogs

Family dogs are dogs that are great for kids of all ages. Find out which types of dogs will fit best in your home.

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Kids and dogs go together like, well, PB and J. Add these fun games in to the mix and everybody's happy.

By John Perritano

Choosing the perfect dog for your family isn't as simple as picking the cutest dog you can find. Here are 10 things to keep in mind.

By Emilie Sennebogen

Can a dog that'll hunt also be a good family companion? We've got five that fit the bill.

By Kim Williamson


Some older dogs may be set in their ways, which may not include being nice to kids. Here are some things to look for when considering an adult dog.

By Emilie Sennebogen

The benefits of fostering can far outweigh the sadness of saying goodbye, but you have to set some boundaries first.

By Emilie Sennebogen

Just because a breed of dog is categorized as "toy" doesn't mean it wants to be treated like a toy by your toddler. Are Maltese patient with children?

By Debra Ronca

If dogs are man's best friends, should they spend as much time indoors as humans do? Read on to learn when your pup should -- and should not -- be kept indoors.

By Heather Kolich


A new pup can quickly become the family member you never knew you were missing. Before you rush out to buy chew toys, however, it's important to know what kind of pooch will mesh with your family!

By Alia Hoyt

Can you find a dog that is alert enough to be a guard dog but also gentle enough for children? Check out our list of 10 family guard dogs.

By Colleen Cancio

When most people see large dogs, they get out of the way fast. Some breeds, however, are gentle enough to fit right with the family -- especially the kids.

By Linda C. Brinson

Not too big, not too small, a medium-sized dog might be a perfect addition to your family. We've got a list of the top 5 breeds to consider.

By Kim Williamson


Looking for a loyal, playful dog that will fit on your kid's lap instead of taking up the whole couch? We've got five pint-sized picks for you.

By Joy H. Montgomery

Dalmatians are highly energetic and protective. They need owners that will stay active, so couch potatoes need not apply.

By Sara Elliott

Can you teach an old dog new tricks? With clicker training, old and young pups alike will follow your commands, even if they've had behavior problems in the past.

By Amy Feinstein

A dog isn't just a pet -- it's a member of the family! Whether your brood is into vegging or hiking, there's a dog to complement your lifestyle and family dynamic.

By Gallagher Flinn


As the expression goes, let sleeping dogs lie. But aren't you just a little curious about what's happening when your fast-asleep pup starts thrashing around and whimpering? Is your dog dreaming?

By Jessika Toothman

Animals are often credited with knowing when a thunderstorm is coming, but what about a physiological one? Can a dog warn you that you're about to have a seizure?

By Alia Hoyt

Learn the history and ideas in common behind most methods of dog training, including one of the most popular methods today: Clicker training.

By Hannah Harris

The relationship between people and dogs goes back at least 15,000 years. Have you ever wondered exactly how dogs evolved, and why they come in such a wide variety of shapes and sizes? Find out about our canine companions.

By Hannah Harris