Best 5 Dog Breeds To Have Around Children

by Emma W.R. on August 3, 2016


So your kids have been bugging you for what seems like forever to get a dog. You’ve put it off for as long as you could, but now it’s finally that time. Dogs can be great for kids: they’re a source of unconditional love and they help teach your kids about responsibility and taking care of another living thing. The decision on which breed to get is pretty important. The dog needs to be gentle with children, sturdy enough to handle the heavy-handed pets and hugs they can dish out and most importantly fit in with your family’s lifestyle.  Need some help with your decision? Here’s a list of what I consider to be the 5 best dog breeds to have around children.

  1. Labrador Retriever -This is one of the most popular dog breeds, and for good reason — the Labrador Retriever is playful, patient, loving, protective, and reliable. In fact, its sweet personality and intelligence is only matched by its beauty.
  1. Golden Retriever– Not as big as the Lab, the Golden Retriever is a confident, smart, kind, and loyal dog. Neither aggressive nor timid, the Golden Retriever is extremely patient, which is perfect for kids. While it does need a lot of exercise, its love of play makes this an easy thing to achieve.
  1. Bichon Frise – Happy-go-lucky and vivacious, the energetic Bichon puts a smile on the face of everyone it meets. Its fluffy white and puffy fur will need constant grooming, but the complete lack of shedding and sweet nature of this dog make it an ideal pet for children with allergies.
  1. Poodle – This is a very smart and gentle dog. It’s also great for kids with allergies, as it sheds very little; it does, however, require scheduled grooming. This is a proud and elegant dog that is both caring and loyal. The Poodle’s good nature, friendly demeanor, and patience make it an excellent companion for small children.
  1. Collie– How could you not want “Lassie” to play with your kids and watch out for them? Gentle and devoted, Collies are a mild-mannered friend to all.  They love nothing more than to make their humans happy, and it’s really not a stretch to imagine that you could train yours to alert you to a fire in the barn, or to remind you that you’ve left your cell phone on the dining room table before rushing off to work with a well-timed bark and whine.


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Sammie May 8, 2018 at 12:22 pm

Picking the right dog for your lifestyle is very important. If you’re super busy there is no way a working dog can live happily with your family. They need a purpose and something to drain their energy each day.


Priscilla January 29, 2018 at 1:54 pm

I love dogs! I grew up around all different kinds of dogs. My daughter is an only child and is always asking me for a brother or sister. We recently got her a schnauzer. He is adorable and so playful. She loves him and finally has stopped asking me for a sibling. Dogs are truly part of the family!


Kiera March 24, 2017 at 11:20 am

I love our Malti-Poo also! He is the BEST companion and is great with adults and with kids. Golden Retrievers have always been known to be great family pets, and I love them. But the shedding would end up bothering me too much.


Wendy February 13, 2017 at 3:56 pm

A poodle? Those are the most vicious dogs imaginable!! They are nippy and impatient and horrendous with children! Prima-donna pets.


Brandy January 30, 2017 at 1:33 pm

My neighbor had a golden retriever when I was growing up. She was the sweetest dog you’d ever meet. I used to steal her all the time. So easy-going and didn’t mind an annoying little kid bugging her!


Jasmin January 16, 2017 at 12:15 pm

I find it is also important who the owner is and how they raise their dog. You could get the friendlist breed there is, but with a bad owner they become a bad dog.


Emme January 11, 2017 at 9:18 am

I love dogs, but I wouldn’t be sharing my ice cream cone with one like that little girl! That dog in the photo looks just like my new pup.


Jennifer January 10, 2017 at 10:18 am

I always had various kinds of terriers growing up. They were hyper little dogs, but so friendly and fun to play with.


Carol October 12, 2016 at 8:29 am

Before we decided on getting our dog, we helped the local dog pound by taking a different dog to spend the weekend with us. We did this for a month and a half before we decided on our Layla, a Golden Retriever. The pound was happy for our help too.


Jain Czar October 11, 2016 at 2:24 pm

I always had great child experience with Shepards growing up, specifically Shepard/husky mutts. Mine fought off a pitbull once! (I have no problem with pitbulls btw)


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Mina September 29, 2016 at 10:14 am

Collie dogs are my favorite! They are just so playful and energetic! They are truly to be a joy around and very affectionate. My second favorite breed are Pomeranians because they’re just so cute and tiny.


Cindy Williams September 26, 2016 at 4:33 pm

I truly believe that Golden Retrievers make a great family pet. They are very lovable and loyal dogs. The funny thing is they are very big dogs and they think they’re lap dogs.


Tony September 26, 2016 at 12:43 pm

French bulldogs, and surprising to most, cane korso and pitbulls. For some reason they really see children as their siblings and will go the extra mile to protect them. From experience of having them they show they’re intelligent enough to know when to be gentle enough to play with kids without hurting them in the process. Great family pets to have, I highly recommend them.


Susan Nicola September 23, 2016 at 11:35 am

A friend of mine has a Boston Terrier, and says they are wonderful with children. She did a lot of researching before purchasing this breed, because she has 2 children. You really should research, because it’s sad when people just purchase a dog by the look. They’re all cute when they’re puppies, but you have to find out their dispositions. It’s hard on the dog, to give it back.


Jean Lawrence September 21, 2016 at 11:27 am

I believe the best dogs to have are mixed breeds. They seem to have such warm personalities, especially when you get them from a shelter. All they want is love and attention. I have 2 dachshunds now and they have such strong personalities, and they are really not good with children. I would read a lot about dogs before making that final decision.


Elle September 1, 2016 at 9:46 am

I love scruffy smaller dogs. Eagerly waiting for the day I can finally get my own dog.


Mary G. August 30, 2016 at 3:29 pm

I don’t agree that all labs are good with children. My husband and I adopted a yellow lab from a friend and he did NOT like our kids. They were 4 and 6 at the time and all they wanted to do was play, but he just growled at them. However, he was quite fond of my hubby and followed him everywhere which he found very annoying. We ended up giving the dog to an older male friend who lived alone and they got along very well.


Chloe August 30, 2016 at 9:13 am

French bulldogs are also great family dogs. They were bred as companions and are alert but not too boisterous. Perfect breed for families who have more time to cuddle and les time to exercise the dog, since they require little physical activity. They are also known to be very protective of their “baby” or “child” but are easily trained to get along with all small children. I personally LOVE my Frenchie and wouldn’t change him for the world!


Nicole August 17, 2016 at 11:58 am

I grew up with a Bichon mix and he was an amazing family dog!


Cary W August 4, 2016 at 3:14 pm

What a great article. I always wanted a dog growing up and was never allowed to have one. Now that I do have one (an adorable Malti-Poo), I realize more than ever before how important it is to choose the right breed for your family. For us, a large, shedding dog would never have worked out; but a small, hair dog, that likes to play and is also happy to sit on the couch and cuddle is perfect for us! Having a dog teaches unconditional love and instills responsibility in children.


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