Best-Bet Breeds

Your pet should be a family companion, not a family catastrophe. So look for a pet that's good-natured and unintimidating. The following animals are considered by a variety of experts to be low in aggressive tendencies. (Keep in mind, however, that any individual animal may show aggressive traits.)


  • Boston terrier
  • Collie
  • English setter
  • Golden retriever
  • Labrador retriever
  • Pug
  • Samoyed
  • Standard poodle


  • American wirehair
  • American shorthair
  • Birman
  • Burmese
  • Japanese bobtail
  • Maine coon
  • Manx
  • Sphynx

Copyright © 2004. Reprinted with permission from the March 2001 issue of Parents magazine.

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