It would depend on your family and age of your children. Big dogs can accidentally knock down a small child not meaning too. I have a boxer and they are often a little more high strung then others listed. He is friendly and loves everyone but being hyper he could knock a little one over not meaning too. I had a cocker who liked to bite. My opinion would be a lab or newfie. But then again would depend on the family for sure.
Depends on what size of dog you want but you usually can't go wrong with a Lab. They say Boxers are great family dogs and I love them but their average life span isn't long enough for me. A lab mix from the shelter would be great if you don't want a puppy. I see so many lab mixes at the adoption shop in our mall. All very sweet dogs.
Your kids are a good age for a dog in my opinion. Not too small to understand how to treat a dog.
Speaking as a person who has owned 5 labradors icluding one that lived to be 14 years old I would say a lab!! Im partial to Yellow labs myself but I dont really think color makes that much difference (yellows tend to be better watch dogs than blacks and I like Chocolates just because they are different!) A Lab is probably your safest bet if you have children ( im assuming you do since you said FAMILY) it really depends on what you like. I mean I have had several German Sheperds and i wouldnt be afraid for my kids to play wiht them all day!! Thing about labs is they WILL Bounce of the walls until they are around 4 or 5 years old!!!! but all that said i think labs are great dogs!!
My pick is BOXER!!!!!! Speaking from experience...our Boxer passed away a few years back :-(....we got her as a pup. My first son and her were born 4 days apart...so they grew up together...during that time I had a daughter and another son eight yrs after. She was awesome with all 3 of my kids...including as them being infants. She would lay on the floor and she would let them climb all over her. Only for her to come up and lick their faces. She acted like a little mother to them. My kids are now 13, 11 & 4.....and they miss her like there is no tomorrow...I would love to have another one, only reason we wont is so we feel that we didnt replace her....so we now have a german shepard pup. Our Boxer (KC) died at the age of 10.
We just lost our Rotti. He was the sweetest most gentle lidog in the world. My daugher got him as a birthday gift 10 years ago from her boyfriend. The dog came to live withus after our daughter was transferred. He was our shadow, protector and friend. A big mush. We also would like info on Newfoundlands. Pros and Cons
Boxers drool too much for my taste, and have a face only their mother can love. Newfoundlands are way too big for the average home. Cocker Spaniels are too yappy and needy, and those ears, donít get me started on those ears. Better have a bucket of Otomax handy if you want one. Shih Tzu wont last long in my house. It will be stepped on or crashed to death in no time, and needs way too much grooming.
I have a Boxer and a Chocolate Lab.. they are both awesome dogs! They are both GREAT with kids and they are BIG family dogs. very loyal! I've had a cocker spaniel in my past, they are good dogs, but they're prone to many health problems..
Cockers are awesome family dogs, I grew up having 2 of them. Although both had health problems especially our last one, ear & eye infections and all. Other than that, I think Labs are excellent family dogs as well, I own a choc lab.