Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever
Why It's a Winner
So many people gravitate to these friendly dogs that the American Kennel Club ranks them as the two most popular breeds. They can be great for infants because they're soft-mouthed and gentle. Plus, they're usually not bothered by noise or crying.
These breeds need plenty of space to play and lots of exercise, making them an excellent match for athletic families.
Word of Caution
Retrievers love to chew on objects, although early training usually prevents that problem. The high demand for these breeds can make it tough to find a healthy retriever with a good temperament.