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Top 10 Best Dog Breeds for Families with Young Children

Who doesn’t love dogs? They’ve been man’s best friends for thousands of years, possibly tens of thousands, and that shows no signs of stopping.

Being close to dogs for so long has led to some remarkable changes in them. For instance, we now have several different breeds that look almost nothing like the wolves they evolved from.

Not only that, but some dogs don’t act like others. Some are more athletic, or smarter, or more protective. Some dogs have a reputation for being better with children than others.

With that in mind, here are some of the best dog breeds for families with young kids.

A Note On Mixed Breeds

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There’s a lot of hype about purebred dogs, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with having a mixed breed. In fact, purebred dogs need to be bred in such a specific way to meet standards that it’s lead to inbreeding and a greater chance of health problems.

That being said, the standard we use to measure dog breeds does have a few uses. Knowing about the breeds allows us to understand mixed breeds and what goes into them.

For instance, if you live in an apartment and need a quieter, less active dog, you should probably be wary of dogs with a lot of hunting or sporting DNA in them. Also, if you need a small dog, don’t go for a dog whose parents were larger breeds.

1. Golden Retriever

golden retriever best dog breed for kids

Golden Retrievers are the quintessential dog breed, the type that encompasses everything people associate with dogs. They’re loyal, playful, friendly and smart.

They were originally bred by duck hunters to fetch prey their owners had shot down. This means that this dog has plenty of energy, and will likely have no trouble keeping up with a growing child.

2. Beagle

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These dogs are small and very family-oriented. Like Golden Retrievers, they’re very active and should keep your kids busy for most of the day.

Unlike some other breeds, Beagles never quite lost their pack instinct, so they don’t do well when left alone. The upside is that this same trait helps them get along well with other pets.

Please note that they’re also a hunting dog at heart, so keep them away from smaller pets, like gerbils and birds.

You may also need a fenced-in yard because these dogs are natural explorers and may dig things up or wander away from the yard.

Since Beagles are smaller dogs, you may want to study up on how to raise a smaller dog.

3. Labrador Retriever

lab retriever best dog breed family kids

The Labrador Retriever is the most popular breed in the country, and it’s not hard to see why. Much like the Beagle and Golden Retriever, they are very active and friendly with people and dogs alike.

This dog may need a little training to be comfortable around kids, but they’re famous for being easy to train.

4. Bulldog

Despite their permanent ‘unamused’ look, Bulldogs are known for being one of the most carefree dogs out there. They’re not quite as active as some of the other dogs on this list, but they still need some exercise.

These dogs can be somewhat aggressive around strangers and other pets, but they’ll adjust before too long. They also don’t do well in warm climates, though, so try to keep them in cooler temperatures for most of the day.

5. Newfoundland

Newfoundland is one of the biggest dog breeds in the world. The males, which are bigger than females, can be over two feet tall at the shoulder and weigh 150 pounds.

The good news is that these dogs don’t flaunt their size a lot. They’re fairly sweet creatures and kind to old friends and strangers alike. Training them is also not much of a hassle.

6. Boxer

Boxers are large dogs, so they can look intimidating. They also drool a lot and can suffer from more health problems than other breeds.

Much like the Newfoundland, Boxers are gentle giants. High energy levels and patient natures make them perfect for kids. 

They’re also the protective type, so you can be sure your loved ones are safe with a Boxer in the house.

7. Collie

The first thing that comes to mind when you see this dog is Lassie. Collies are very personable and great with children. 

High intelligence is also part of their makeup, as is loyalty. Some play a role as guard dogs or watchdogs, but they’re not prone to violence.

8. Bichon Frise

Bichons are cute, playful dogs that don’t shed. Grooming is required regularly, though.

If possible, you shouldn’t pick these dogs if your kids like to play outside a lot. You may also not want to put them with younger kids since they’re smaller dogs and may be prone to injury.

9. Irish Setter

Irish Setters are beautiful animals with lush red coats. Irish Setters are best known for their energy as well as their intelligence.

It can be stubborn at times, but training as a whole should not be too difficult. As if all of that weren’t enough, they’re also pretty clean as far as dogs go, so you won’t need to clean up after them too much.

10. Boston Terrier

Boston Terriers are funny, friendly dogs that tend to do just as well in cities as they do in small towns. Intelligence and kindness are a huge part of its DNA, though they do tend to cause trouble every now and then. 

If you want to know more about the Boston Terrier, this useful article by Flynn and Friends is a great place to look.

Best Dog Breeds for Families

There are plenty of safe and friendly dog breeds out there that are perfect for families. We’ve mentioned only some of the best dog breeds in this article, but there are a lot more out there. We encourage you to do more research on your own if you’re interested.

We must tell you that breed information isn’t always accurate when it comes to personality. Nurture is definitely more important than nature, so even the most friendly breed can become vicious if treated poorly and vice versa.

Adopting from a shelter is more humane and will give you a little more information about how the animal acts,  so it may be better to go down that route.

If you want to know more about pets and how to care for them, please visit our site. Maybe you’re not a dog person or even a cat person. No problem.

We can even offer help if you own a rabbit.


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