If they want a social family dog, I would recommend a Siberian Husky. As long as they don't want a dog with protective instincts, because a Sibe would open the door to an intruder. On average, they're wonderful with kids and dogs and they don't tend to have many health problems. And they're very clean dogs and easy to maintain, despite the appearance of all that fur. Of course, they do have some faults, like their desire to run, so owners must be careful about fencing and not leaving them to their own devices. Here's the good and the bad from the Siberian Husky Club of America:

http://www.shca.org/shcahp2a.htm

http://www.shca.org/shcahp2b.htm
_________________________
Sandy

RATCHX SG Wisp v Schneiden Fels BH RA NAP OJP CAA CGCA TKN TC HIC
SG Chase v Mittelwest BH
SG Flame v Nummer-Eins TKN HIC