If you’re looking for a dog to grow up with your kids, nothing beats a larger breed for patience and durability. Remember that you should always teach your kids how to treat dogs and you should never leave a dog unsupervised with small children. With that in mind, here are the 10 best large breeds for kids.
#1 – Labrador Retriever
The most popular breed in the United States since 1991 and one of the most popular dogs in the world, the Lab is the ideal family companion. They have plenty of energy, they are highly trainable, and they love to please their people. There’s a reason Labs are also the most popular breed for use as service dogs!
#2 – Newfoundland
Looking more like a bear than a dog, the Newfie may seem a surprising choice for a family dog if you aren’t familiar with the breed. These giant dogs are smart, calm, and loyal. They typically weigh 120-175 pounds, and they shed a lot, but they are often referred to as the “nanny dog.” Nana in “Peter Pan” is a Newfie.
#3 – Boxer
The clowns of the the dog world, Boxers love kids. They might be too boisterous for small children, but they make great playmates for kids big enough not to be easily knocked over by the Boxer’s enthusiasm.
#4 – Golden Retriever
This friendly breed is easy to train as long as they get enough exercise. They’re another breed that’s popular as a service animal due to their loving personalities. Do expect some shedding.
#5 – English Bulldog
These friendly, goofy dogs are known for their tendency to form strong bonds with children. They have lower exercise requirements than some of the other breeds on this list, making them perfect for families who are somewhat less active.
#6 – English Mastiff
These enormous dogs are very gentle, loving, and loyal. Generally regarded as the heaviest dog breed in the world (the heaviest dog on record was a Mastiff who weighed 343 pounds), they tend to be protective of their families.
#7 – Bull Terrier
Bull Terriers are instantly recognizable for their egg-shaped head. They can be stubborn but are very fun-loving and generally love children. They need lots of exercise but minimal grooming.
#8 – American Staffordshire Terrier
One of the breeds often referred to as Pit Bulls, Amstaffs are people-friendly and loyal. They do best when they have a job to do. As with any breed, training is crucial to having a well-adjusted dog.
#9 – Saint Bernard
These giant dogs rescued people in the Alps for centuries. Saint Bernards are sweet, gentle, calm, loyal and affectionate. Their greatest threat to children is usually only knocking them down accidentally.
#10 – Basset Hound
Although short, the Basset’s heavyset bone structure and weight classify them as large dogs. They’re friendly, playful, outgoing, and tolerant of children. They are prone to serious injuries as a result of their long body and short legs combined with a heavy bone structure.
Interested in something smaller? Check out The 10 Best Small Dogs For Kids!