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8 Best Dog Breeds For Families With Children

Written by: Scott H
Scott Haiduc is the Director of Publishing for iHeartDogs, iHeartCats and The Hero Company. When not working, Scott spends his time on the farm, taking care of his animals and crops.Read more
| Published on January 11, 2017

When it comes to choosing the right dog breed for you and your family, there are a lot of things to consider. While all dogs are individuals, there are some benefits to getting a dog whose breed you know is generally good with children. Most dogs are friendly, so your choices aren’t limited to this list, but these breeds are known for being particularly kid-friendly. Hopefully we can help you narrow down your list of dogs suitable for families with children of all ages.

#1 – Labrador Retriever

America’s favorite dog breed, the Labrador Retriever is popular with good reason. This breed is very social and active, making it an excellent choice for families looking for an even-tempered, happy dog that gets along well with friends and strangers alike. This breed is known for being an excellent choice for children of all ages, as they are playful but not overbearing.

#2 – Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever has a social and playful temperament similar to the Labrador and is probably an equally good choice for families with children. This breed is very friendly, eager to please and enjoys spending time with their humans regardless of the activity involved. They are an excellent choice for children of all ages, as they are not reactive dogs and really just want to have fun with their people.

#3 – Beagle

For families looking for a smaller dog, the Beagle is one of the best choices. Beagles are very social dogs that are very hardy despite their smaller stature. They are moderately active, easy maintenance dogs that enjoy spending time with their families. They are fun-loving dogs that make good playmates for children of all ages.

#4 – Collie

As we might imagine from the Lassie series, Collies are known for being great with children of all ages. This herding breed is moderately active but very social and eager to please. They are graceful dogs, but sturdy and tolerant of children. They are even-tempered and not prone to chase or “herd” children like many other herding breeds are known to do.

#5 – Pug

Another smaller breed that makes a great companion is the Pug. Pugs are very happy, jolly dogs that enjoy spending time with their families. Although not the most active breed, they are playful and clownish dogs that have a slight mischievous side. Despite their size, they are sturdy dogs and tolerant of children.

#6 – Newfoundland

This gentle giant was bred as a water rescue dog, swimming in freezing temperatures to save drowning or stranded victims. Because of this, their temperaments need to be extremely docile. While their size might be imposing, they are extremely social and sensitive dogs that are an excellent choice for families with children. Active, playful and friendly, the Newfoundland is aware of its size and is surprisingly gentle with children of all ages.

#7 – Irish Setter

The Irish Setter is an active, intelligent and affectionate breed. They are outgoing and ready for adventure, making them a great choice for active families with children. One of the most active breeds on this list, regular exercise is required for them to be tolerable members of the household. That said, if provided necessary requirements, they make outstanding companions for children of all ages.

#8 – Bulldog

The Bulldog is a social, goofy dog that enjoys being with their family and meeting strangers of all ages. They are quite lazy but full of personality, making them a great choice for those looking for a couch potato. Bulldogs are sturdy and enjoy playing with children. They are very loyal and dignified dogs, but are quite clownish and amusing around those that know them well.

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