So, you’ve finally convinced your spouse (or maybe you were the one who was convinced) that it’s time to add a furry friend to the family? That is going to be an exciting and life-changing milestone! As with all big decisions, there is a lot of thought and research needed, most especially when you have kids to consider. Dogs can be a child’s best friend and most loyal protector, but proper parenting is needed to teach children how to interact with dogs and vice versa. Other factors like the breed’s temperament, energy level, size, and care required need to be clear to ensure they matches the time, energy, and commitment you are willing to put in. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the information available, so we’ve gathered a basic list of family-friendly dog breeds to serve as a take-off point for your further reading.