Top 25 Most Popular Family-Friendly Dogs

15. Bichon Frise


Happy-go-lucky and vivacious, the energetic Bichon puts a smile on the face of everyone it meets, says PetMD. Fluffy white and puffy fir will need constant grooming, according to PetMD, but the complete lack of shedding and sweet nature of this dog make it an ideal pet for families with children.

Dog Breed Info reminds owners that small dogs can easily develop Small Dog Syndrome when they believe they are the head of the pack and should have rules to keep them from developing this. They can become snappy, obsessive and form separation anxiety if Small Dog Syndrome is allowed to develop, warns Dog Breed Info. With children and small dogs this is always a concern, according to Dog Breed Info, so allow older children to be part of the training process and very young children shouldn’t be unsupervised.

These dogs may live in an apartment, but should be frequently exercised to keep them from getting bored or displaying behavior problems, Dog Breed Info reminds potential families. PetMD finds that the Bichon enjoys an average lifespan of 12-15 years, but may suffer from hyperadrenocorticism, allergies, patellar luxation, cataract, canine hip dysplasia or liver disease.

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The Bichon Frise cannot live as an outdoor dog, says PetMD, but will require lively games, a romp in the yard or short leash-led walks on a daily basis. Brushing and combing will be needed to keep the puffball fur dirt-free and un-matted, according to PetMD.

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