Do These Picks Make Your Best Big Family Dog List?


First of all, I realize we cover rescue dogs here and many are mixed breeds. That said, ultimately all rescues have dominating DNA. Therefore the odds of them being more purebred is always possible. Do you see any of the following qualities in your big family dog?

The Rhodesian Ridgeback

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My oldest son’s Rhodesian Ridgeback is a rescue dog and the family loves him! Ridgebacks are even-tempered, intelligent family protectors, and great hunting partners. Bred to hunt lions, they are known as the African lion hound.

The Irish Wolfhound Is A Big Family Dog

Originally used as a war dog, the Irish Wolfhound, is a highly adaptable breed. They are always ready to play, easy to train, and loyal to the end. Although they need exercise to maintain health, these dogs enjoy being giant couch potatoes. If you can accommodate a big family dog, this could be your pick.

The Bernese Mountain Dog


Bernese Mountain Dogs are known for being good-natured and calm. These gentle giants make great family dogs because they’re eager to learn and easy to train. However, due to their large size, they are not suitable for living situations with limited space. If you have the space to accommodate, they are an easy choice for their happy-go-lucky demeanor.

The Golden Retriever


Arguably, the Golden Retriever is your perfect family dog. They are considered smart, even-tempered, easy to train, and friendly. They also require plenty of activity to keep them happy. This “pack” breed bonds quickly with all members of the family. One of the friendliest and most social breeds, most families can’t go wrong with a Golden Retriever. Here are some fun facts about Golden Retrievers 

The German Shorthaired Pointer

The even-tempered German Shorthaired Pointer has high energy and stamina making them amazing hunting dogs. We raised several GSPs, our Sam, was a Duel Champion in Show and Field. Though known for being a one-person dog, GSPs make great family dogs.

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever

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Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are loyal companions. They love your personal attention and put up with roughhousing from children; as long as the children like to play too. These are extremely bright dogs in the retriever family.

The Labrador Retriever

These dogs have a nonaggressive easy going behavior, therefore they are great family-dogs who love children and love to please. Labrador’s gentle ways, adaptability, and high intelligence make them a top pick as a big family dog.

The Curly-Coated Retriever

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Like many Retrievers, the Curly-Coated is one of the most intelligent breeds in this big family dog selection. Their short, curly coats make them easy to care for, requiring only moderate grooming. Curly-Coated Retrievers take great joy in learning and performing in athletic activities. When finished running off all that extra energy, they love lying next to their owners as gentle companions.

Most noteworthy, it’s important to remember that every rescue dog is an individual. Consequently, they bring old baggage to their new forever-homes. Therefore, proper training, a healthy environment, and a loving owner are beneficial for your big family dog to feel happy and safe.

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What do you consider to be the best big family dog?