11. Labrador Retriever
For years Labrador Retrievers have been ranked as one of the most popular family dogs in the United States. They are athletic and playful dogs who are suitable for all. They are calm and patient with small children and gentle with the elderly. This is why, they are often the dog of choice when it comes to training for assistance dogs. They are also trained frequently to aid the blind and autistic people, act as therapy dogs and help the government with screening and detection. If you need an outgoing, trainable, pleasant and kind dog, labs make great candidates!