Some dogs may tolerate children in the home, but these breeds won’t only be your child’s pet – they’ll become their confidant, playmate, and best friend! If you have children, or are planning on having any someday, consider adopting one of these breeds and watch them quickly become more “sibling” than “pet!” The following breeds are the best dog breeds for children and families according to experienced owners.
#1 – Boxer
One of the Boxers’ most distinctive qualities is its love for children. They are a people oriented breed and prefer to have their pack close by. Energetic and affectionate, the Boxer needs to have plenty of exercise and playful interaction.
#2 – Mastiff
This good natured giant bonds instantly with its family and loves to be around his people. Gentle with children, this breed makes an ideal family pet. When he feels his pack is threatened, a Mastiff will most likely knock an intruder to the ground and lay on them until assistance arrives.
#3 – Old English Sheepdog
This working dog is considered affectionate and loving, although there may be an instinct to herd its family; this might not be so bad if the kiddos are running late for school. The AKC described this breed as athletic filled with clownish energy.
#4 – Labrador Retriever
Another popular breed is the Labrador Retriever. This eager to please breed is bouncy and enjoys playing with her pack members. She loves to swim and frolic in the water or on the land. Parents would benefit from a Labrador’s athletic tendencies; she would wear the children out faster.
#5 – Dalmatian
People oriented and lover of fun and play, the spotted Dalmatian would be an incredible addition to any family. Energetic, this breed loves to run with the kids all day long and snuggle with them at night. If the home includes horses, even better; the Dalmatian has a symbiotic relationship with horses.
#6 – Dogue de Bordeaux
If an owner can get past the drooling nature of this lovable breed, the Dogue de Bordeaux sports a calm temperament, is loyal to its pack and affectionate to a fault. Gentle with the children, this French Mastiff will also be protective of the family it loves.
#7 – Golden Retriever
Active, energetic and friendly these are just a few words to describe one of the most popular breeds in the United States. Goldens are intelligent, eager to please and love to play and run with children. The “Buddy” franchise movies aid in keeping the Golden Retriever a popular choice among families.
#8 – American Staffordshire Terrier
Extremely loyal, this breed loves nothing more than to be part of a family. At the turn of the 20th century, the Staffordshire Terrier was the number one family dog in the country and was the poster dog for WWI. Pete from the “Little Rascals” short movies was an Am Staff.
#9 – Newfoundland
Don’t let their size be intimidating, these gentle giants are wonderful family dogs. Referred to as a workhorse, this dog would love nothing more than to pull around the kiddos in a sled on the snow. Nana from the story of Peter Pan was a Newfie.
#10 – Mutts!
Don’t forget about mixed breeds! Make it a family event to go to a shelter and pick a loving, loyal family mutt! Just remember that in general, mid to large size mixed breed are a much better fit for families with children.
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