With hundreds of dog breeds available, selecting a dog is not as easy as choosing the cutest dog in the window. Instead, you want to choose the breed by its energy level, size, temperament and disposition.

For those parents who want to be extra safe, consider these dog breeds when choosing a dog for your family.

Collie

Collies make wonderful family pets. These beautiful breed are not only intelligent, they are also gentle and devoted. They love to please their owners and get along great with children. Collies were originally bred as a herding dog, and they may try to herd your children as they play.

Newfoundland

Newfoundland has been dubbed as “nature’s nannies” because of their love for children and is very protective of them. Large and sweet, these large dogs love to keep watch of their family. You’ll quickly fall in love with these gigantic furballs.

Beagle

Energetic and affectionate, Charlie Brown’s best friend is an ideal dog for families with active kids. They are gentle, sweet and loving with children. Plus, they are never too tired to play games. Your kids are sure to wear out before they do. However, these dogs are a bit high maintenance when it comes to bathing and brushing. They shed a lot too.

Bulldog

As intimidating as they look, bulldogs are loving and gentle dogs. They are affectionate sweethearts and are great for families with active kids. While bulldogs are not very energetic, they have a sturdy built. Weighing about 50 pounds, these dogs can take anything that rambunctious kid throws at them. They are also known for their courage and guarding capabilities.

While these dogs are known to be good with children, they should never be left unattended. Make sure they are supervised by an adult at all times. Remember, all dogs have sharp, pointy teeth, strong jaws and may bite in stressful circumstances.