The 9 Best Giant Dogs for Families

Labrador Retriever

Labrador retrievers are lovable and enthusiastic. Labs are smart and friendly. They're easy to teach and make great hunting buddies.

Golden Retriever

Scottish golden retrievers are medium-sized dogs with golden coats. Golden retrievers are known for their kind eyes, devotion, and zest for life.

German Shepherd

German shepherds are hunter-herders. They work as police, SAR, and military service dogs. This breed is loyal and affectionate, good for active families.

Bernese Mountain Dog

Large, medium-coated Bernese mountain dog from Switzerland. Berners are loving and good with kids and other pets. Fun, protective, and not violent.


Despite reputation, boxers are affectionate. Consider training if your boxer jumps on children or others. Boxers like kids and instinctively guard families.


Goldendoodle sizes vary per parent poodle. Non-shedding poodles have hypoallergenic curls. Smart, athletic, kid- and pet-friendly Goldendoodles.

Basset Hound

Basset Hounds have floppy ears, short legs, a big nose, and wrinkled skin. Bloodhounds outtrack Bassets. Unique silky ears, hair, and personality.


The Rottweiler is a big, confident dog. Smooth trot, muscular hindquarters. The Roman mastiff-descended Rottie makes a good playmate and companion.

Great Dane

Great Danes have tall statures, huge heads and mouthparts, long limbs, slender bodies, and short fur. These canines are kind.

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