What are the best dogs for kids?  What are the best family dogs?

These are both really common questions.  The good news is there are quite a few excellent family dog breeds.  Cavoodles, Spoodles, Groodles, Beagliers, Poochons all make good family dogs.  They’re all great dogs for kids.  

When it comes to choosing the breed most suitable to your family and your lifestyle there are a few things you need to think about and ask your self.

How old are your children?

Some dog breeds are large and some small.  Larger breeds can be too boisterous for some smaller kids and may accidentally knock them over in which case you should choose a smaller more gentle breed like a Cavoodle or Spoodle rather than a large breed like a Great Dane or German Shepherd.  

How large is your yard?

Obviously smaller dog breeds like Cavoodles, Poochons and Spoodles etc. don’t require as much space as say a Standard Groodle however contrary to common belief, larger breeds don’t actually require a massive amount of space but rather they really need more exercise if they don’t have a large yard.  Groodles for example are not a working breed like a Husky or Kelpie so although they will benefit from a daily walk their energy levels are much lower than a working breed which is just one of the reason why Groodles make such good family dogs.  

How active is your family?

Do you go for long walks or runs?  Do you want a dog that can keep up with you during a bike ride?  If so you should consider a a medium to larger breed.  Groodles, Spoodles and Beagliers will all be able to keep up with an active family.  

Short haired Breeds or a Low to Non-Shedding Breed?

Any breed with a short coat will shed hair.  Beagliers, Puggles and Pugaliers all shed hair.  If you want a dog that doesn’t shed hair than consider  Cavoodles, Groodles, Spoodles, Moodles, Poochons or other Poodle Cross.  The advantage of a non-shedding coat is that you won’t have hair all over your house or clothes.  The down side of a non-shedding coat is the routine clipping (usually every 6 to 10 weeks).  Once clipped the coat is actually very easy to maintain with the occasional brush.  


This is probably the most important thing to think about when choosing you family dog.  In the past dogs were breed to do a job.  Herding livestock, hunting game, baiting, rodent control, etc. were some of the jobs dogs were bred for.  These days dogs a primarily bred to be companions.  Modern designer breeds like Cavoodles, Spoodles, Groodles, Beaglier etc. have been breed to be good dogs for kids and families.  

Cavoodles, Spoodles, Groodles, Beagliers and Poochons have become some of the most popular family dogs in Australia due to their excellent temperament, good health and low maintenance.  Unfortunately this has also lead to them being bred by unscrupulous breeders like puppy farms and backyard breeders.  Although puppies from backyarders and puppy farms may seem cheap, puppies that come from such places will often have serious health and behavioural issues leading to very expensive veterinary bills and a lot of heartache for their owners.  Puppy farmers and backyard breeders don’t health screen their dogs and will breed any dogs regardless of the outcome.   More information about Puppy Farms here

Our main focus at Chevromist Kennels is to breed the best family dogs.  Our breeding programs focus on three major aspects,

  • Breeding Healthy DNA Health Tested puppies
  • Temperament (The majority of our puppies go to family homes with children)
  • A carefully planned Breeding Program which is overseen by Michael.  Michael has been involved in dog breeding all his life. He completed his degree in Animal Science with a focus on genetics, then went on to complete his Honours work in immunology through Melbourne University’s Dept of Medicine and the CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory.   

Below is a list of the best family dogs.  


30+ DNA Health Tested

Cavoodles are a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle.  Most Cavoodles are either toy size or miniature size.  Toys are smaller than Mini’s but the Mini’s are still small dogs.  We’ve found that the majority of Cavoodle breeders breed the first cross Cavoodle i.e. one parent is a purebred Cavalier and the other parent is a purebred Poodle, either toy or miniature which is what will determine weather the offspring will then be toy sized Cavoodles or miniature sized Cavoodles Read more




Groodles, also know as a Goldendoodles are relatively recent additions to Poodle crossbreds.  They are the beautiful result of crossing a Poodle with a Golden Retriever.  Similar to the Labradoodle, the Groodle also offers the benefits of high intelligence and a potentially low-shedding, low dander coat.  Read more




The Beaglier is an attractive little dog with loads of character and personality.  It shares the beautiful features of the parent breeds, the Beagle and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.  Deliberately bred to be healthy and good tempered, the Beaglier is quickly becoming one of the more popular small designer breeds in Australia.  Read more



For decades the Spoodle has been a popular dog.  Spoodles can be either English or American.  The English is the more common of the two and is the result of a cross between a Poodle and an English Cocker Spaniel.  The American Spoodle is a cross between the Poodle and the American Cocker Spaniel.  In the USA the Spoodle is also know as the Cockapoo.  Read more



Cute Poochon hugThe Poochon (also known as the Bichoodle), is created by the crossing of two breeds: Bichon Frise and Poodle. They are commonly referred to as “designer dogs” and have become popular companions.  The ideal Poochon should be robust, well-proportioned, and hardy. They are small in stature, possess a sturdy appearance, and exhibit a sweet expression.  They are a Non Shedding breed.  Read more



Pugaliers are a cross between a Pug and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.  They have the basic appearance of a Pug but breeders have deliberately bred them to have a slighty longer nose to make breathing easier.  Their ears are longer than those of a Pug due to the Cavalier Influence.  They grow to be larger than the Pug.  Read more



Combining two popular small breeds, the Puggle has emerged as a designer breed with all round appeal.  Puggles have a distinctive face, a calm disposition and a sturdy build, yet is still small enough to live in an apartment.   They are also known as Pugle, Chinese Begeule or “Miniature Mastiffs”.   Read more


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