10 great dog breeds with kids
Dogs are a great addition to any family. If you are planning to start a family, or already have children, you may be concerned about which breed might be right for you. We have selected 10 breeds that are known for their ability to bond well with children.
Always do your research to ensure that your activity level and climate match well with the breed you choose, and enjoy your new fur baby.
Pugs are sweet, goofy and adorable little dogs that love to play and snuggle. For families looking for a smaller dog, Pugs are a great choice. If you are looking for a dog that can play for hours on end and run all summer, then pugs are not the best choice – their smooth faces and tender palate make it difficult to breathe in the heat but their loving natures and sturdy build make them a great choice as a quiet family pet.
2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Another small dog that is a great choice for families with young children is the Cavalier. These adorable dogs were bred to be adoptable dogs by British royalty so they do best with a family who are more than happy to give them lots of attention. They are sweet, loyal dogs who can easily indulge in daily bouts of active play, but are always willing to snuggle up. Although considered a toy breed, they are one of the largest in this rating – making them tough enough for a busy household.
3. English Bulldog
These stocky dogs were intentionally bred with an emphasis on phasing out aggressive traits. English Bulldogs are loving and affectionate dogs, and they develop deep bonds with their families – children in particular. Although they are not a particularly active breed, they are loyal and loyal. When they are small, they are calm and strong, which makes them a great choice if you are looking for a medium sized dog.
For families looking for a small, strong and high-energy dog, the Beagle is the perfect place for you. While Beagles need plenty of exercise and activity to keep them happy, they have a soft, loving and affectionate side that helps them adapt well to young children. However, due to their natural curiosity and very occasional sense of smell, a fenced yard or dedicated running line is essential to their safety.
5. Labrador Retriever
Labrador Retrievers have always been one of the most popular family dogs, and they can suit families of all energy levels. Young Labs are often clumsy and sweet, but have higher energy levels and need more activity. Old Labs are generally considered mellow and happy to wait for the tummy to turn. Labs can be prone to hip dysplasia, so if it’s at all possible, find out if their parents were Ben-Hip certified or underwent other orthotic tests. He also has a tendency to overeat, so watching his diet will make him thicker.
6. Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers are known for their long, flowing coats and friendly natures. Because of their tendency to put mats near their tails and chests if they are not brushed regularly, overlaying their coats is a must, so teach your children how to gently groom your dog. Goldens are sweet, patient dogs that roam around children. They need a lot of activity, but are exceptionally fun and love to play.
7. Standard Poodle
While all poodles (standard, miniature, and toy) are technically the same breed differing only in size, we would prefer the more consistent standard size for a family with young children. Poodles are one of the smartest of all dog breeds (surprise!) and are also fun and affectionate dogs. Their coats require regular grooming so they are not a low maintenance breed, but their serious intelligence and friendliness makes the extra care worthwhile.
8. The boxer
Boxers are medium-sized, rugged dogs with a strong affinity for their families. If you want a dog that is afraid of strangers, you will be loving and gentle with your children. They are an active breed, so they will need plenty of activity around the house to prevent them from developing bad habits.
If you are looking for a large dog, then the Newfoundland is for you. These giants are sweet, affectionate, and highly adaptable. Although you wouldn’t expect a large dog to happily adjust to apartment life, Newfies are low energy and happy to hang out with them just about anywhere. Good nature Newfoundlands are natural swimmers who do not do well with high temperatures, so it is best for families who live in warmer climates to find a better dog in their area – as long as they have a pool nearby you are not happy to let a dog’s hair fall out daily.
While you’ll never know exactly what you’re getting when you’re dealing with a mutt, you can’t forget that sometimes it’s not the best breed of dog (or every breed). Due to the vitality of hybrids, mutants are often stronger and healthier than purebred breeds. Make sure to calm any puppy by trying to gently hold them on their back (they shouldn’t feel relaxed and distressed), shake their keys (they shouldn’t let out loud or sudden movements), and shake them. By trying (there shouldn’t be any sign of food aggression). If your potential puppy passes these tests, you should be happy knowing that whatever breed you get, your dog is well-behaved.