We have a rule here on Earth; every kid has got to have a dog. It’s true. One of the fondest memories in life is growing up with a dog. Let’s find out which are the best dog breeds for kids.
We always urge our viewers to give mutts a chance. Adopting an adult shelter dog gives the ultimate advantage of seeing how your dog will behave before you take him or her home.
A shelter dog that instantly takes to your kids will likely be fond of your kids in a family environment. You also have the benefit of talking with workers who have handled the dogs.
Many also have foster programs that place dogs in families who can then make recommendations about the type of home the pup is best suited for.
Overall, I believe that a shelter is the best place to start for anyone searching for a family dog. Since many dogs on the rest of this list are popular, there’s a good chance you’ll even find one of them there.
Collies are Legends from their herding skills to their talents on the Silver Screen. Collies are strong, loyal, affectionate, responsive, and fast.
They are devoted to the entire family, eager to please, housetrain easily, and need less grooming than you’d think for a dog with so much hair.
A Collie is for the kids stuck on the couch playing video games. It would be best suited for an active family as they are high-energy and love to move around. They need active exercise every day but are more than happy to chill during evening family time.
The Newfoundland is not a small dog. At weights up to 150 pounds, this breed might not be well suited for all families, especially those with small children. Not that it would try to hurt them, but when you are that big, accidents of the clumsy kind happen.
Newfs are famously good companions. They are easily trained, sweet, patient, devoted, and great with children and other dogs.
They need exercise though. Newfs like to use their big powerful bodies to romp. A big yard would be best. Some weekly brushing is required to keep your Newf looking its best.
Shih Tzu – Best Dog Breeds for Kids
A dog that might be better suited for families with smaller kids and smaller yards is the Shih Tzu.
The Shih Tzu is an ideal small dog. It’s lively and alert, yet rarely nervous or snappy. And despite its small size, the Shih Tzu has no trouble holding its own when playing with children and keeping up with an active family.
The Shih Tzu’s long, luxurious coat is certainly beautiful, but it can also be a lot of work to maintain. If you’re considering a Shih Tzu, keep in mind that it does require regular grooming. Keeping your dog in a puppy cut can greatly reduce the amount of brushing your kids have to endure.
Despite its high maintenance, the Shih Tzu has an infinitely loving and loyal nature.
Pug – Best Dog Breeds for Kids
The Pug is often described as a lot of dog in a small space. This sturdy, compact dog is known as the canine world’s clowns because it has a great sense of humor and likes to show off.
Originally bred to be a lap dog, the Pug thrives on human companionship, including that from children.
The Pug is playful, outgoing, trustworthy, and loyal, so it’s tough to go wrong with a pug as a family pet.
A possible concern for potential pug parents is that this breed sheds a lot, which may be problematic for allergy sufferers. Also, it may be prone to health issues that can be tough on both your heart and your bank account.
The outgoing and trainable Irish Setter is great for active families, as it is high-energy and loves spending time outdoors.
Outgoing, sweet-natured, active, and trainable, the Irish Setter is a top mid-sized family dog at around 70 pounds. Irish Setters are good with active older children, but they can be too rambunctious for toddlers. It’s all too easy for an Irish Setter, like other bigger dogs, to accidentally knock a small child down.
Who’s good with smaller children? A smaller dog. And who’s one of the best among smaller dogs? The Beagle.
You can’t go wrong with the mischievous Beagle. The smallest of the scent hounds, the Beagle was originally bred to hunt, although now many only hunt snacks.
The Beagle is very gentle and even-tempered. The Beagle is also noted for making a very poor guard dog because of its openness to meeting everybody. The Beagle makes an excellent companion for children. Even Charlie Brown had his Beagle, Snoopy.
The Beagle is happy, easy-going, intelligent, and naturally social. But, it tends to be naughty. If it’s left alone too long, your Beagle will entertain itself.
Big or small, every dog should have a Kong Classic. There’s a reason this classic is still going strong. The Kong Classic is ultra-durable, stuffable, chewable, and fetchable. Use it to feed meals, keep a bored dog busy, or help your pup feel better about potentially scary situations such as being left alone or crate training.
Golden Retriever – Best Dog Breeds for Kids
There is a very good reason the Golden Retriever makes so many appearances on Animal Facts, it’s popular. Also for good reason. The Golden Retriever very well might be the perfect family pet.
Bred to work closely with hunters, the Golden is about as close to a companion dog as mid to large-sized dogs get.
They tend to be calm, trusting, and eager to please. All of these qualities make them the ideal family pet, especially if you have school-age children. On the other hand, these same attributes render them basically useless as guard dogs.
Want to know more. We’ve got plenty of other videos featuring Goldens.
The Frenchie is an adaptable “bat-eared” dog suitable for any home environment, as long as it has air conditioning. Your Frenchie is intelligent with a powerful drive to play. It’s lively and social with a doggie demeanor that stands out among dog breeds.
The French Bulldog’s heavy bones and fearless nature make it an excellent choice for homes with children, and it requires little exercise and grooming.
Labrador Retriever – Best Dog Breeds for Kids
As far as traits that make them great dogs go, the Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever are nearly inseparable.
The Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog in the United States for a reason. The breed is friendly, patient, and trainable. It is extremely versatile, doing everything including hunting, showing, dock diving, tracking, obedience, even assistance dog work. Then again, so is the Golden.
Both are active high-spirited dogs that need lots of exercise. The Lab would prefer that exercise happen in or near the water.
But, if there were a dog that was perfect for older, active kids. It would most certainly be the Lab.
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