Children and Dogs: Which Breeds Are Best?

Dogs might be man’s best friend, but which dog is right for kids? Children and dogs can become great friends, but only if you find the right breed for your family.

Bringing a dog into your home can be an amazing experience, but it can also benefit kids, helping them learn responsibility, keep them active, and provide them with a loving companion.

If you’re thinking about buying or adopting a dog, how can you know which type of dog will be best for the kids? To learn more, keep reading to find some of the best breeds for kids, based on their personality, intelligence, and gentleness.


One of the most child-friendly dogs has to be the labrador. These beautiful dogs were originally bred as hunting dogs, to retrieve ducks, but are now one of the most popular pets in the world.

This breed is loyal, protective, friendly, and loving—they love nothing more than a game of fetch or a nap on the couch. They are easy to train as well, great for busy families.

Labs are content with kids, even if they’re being used as a pillow or a little one is tugging on their ear. These sweet pets are patient and loving, ideal for young kids.

Presa Canario

The Presa Canario may not be as well-known as some breeds, but they are fantastic pets and great for kids.

Despite their large size, they are gentle and kind, with a guarding instinct—so they’re sure to keep your home safe.

These dogs love to be active and they are easy to train, so they are great companions for family walks or just playing in the backyard with the kids. As long as they are trained and socialized from a young age, they’ll be a top companion for your kids!

Golden Retriever

Is there anything sweeter than the goofy face of a golden retriever? These gorgeous dogs are similar to labs, with a beautiful disposition that makes them one of the best family dog breeds.

This breed is obedient as well, so it can be fun to get older kids to help with the training, a great way for the whole family to develop a bond with your new pet.

They are affectionate and sweet, but they do require a lot of exercise. If you’re going to commit to a larger dog like a lab or a golden, it helps to have a fenced-in backyard, giving them plenty of space to run around and exercise.


A poodle is a fantastic dog, as they come in several sizes. Whether you want a standard poodle, which is quite large, or the tiny toy size, you can find a poodle that will fit your needs and household.

Smaller poodles can be great for families living in apartments, since you can tire them out pretty quickly, even without a backyard.

Poodles, and poodle crossbreeds, are smart and fiercely loyal to their family—they love nothing more than bring part of your pack, going for walks, or taking a nap on your lap.

They are extremely smart too, so your kids are sure to love teaching your poodle to do tricks or agility games.

One consideration with poodles is that their hair keeps growing, so you’ll need to take your pet for regular grooming. However, one advantage of their coat is that it has fewer allergens than other breeds, so poodles are often a good choice if your kids have allergies.


Pugs are small and cute, but certainly aren’t delicate like some breeds! They are a great breed for families who want a hearty and playful dog that isn’t too big.

This breed is smart and tends to learn quickly, so they will be easy to housebreak and train. They’re also low maintenance, not requiring too much exercise or grooming, and they also love to snuggle up to you on the sofa.


Sometimes, the best breeds of dogs are mutts! Adopting a dog from a shelter can be an inexpensive way to get a family pet and you’re also helping a dog in need to find a new home.

Many mixed-breed dogs contain the best qualities of both of their breeds. Plus, many of them have had a hard life, and just want to be loved and taken in by a caring family.

Any reputable adoption agency should be able to tell you about the dog’s history and temperament around kids, recommending the dogs that would be best for kids.

Border Collie

The sweet and smart border collie is another amazing family dog. They are loving, happy dogs who simply want to please their owners, so they will quickly become a part of your family.

Collies also love exercise and playing, so are great companions for active kids.

However, with their long fur, this breed will also regularly grooming to stay healthy and free from knots.

Children and Dogs Are a Match Made in Heaven

Children and dogs go together perfectly! They’re both sweet, loving, and kind, so your kids are sure to be thrilled at the idea of getting a dog.

To get started, research breeds in more details and then decide which type of dog is best for your family. Do you want to bring home a puppy or adopt an older dog?

It may take some time to find the ideal pet, but soon you and your family will be loving the new addition to your household!

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