Choosing which dog breed to bring home can be a difficult decision, because well, they’re all just so darn adorable. There are purebreds, mixed breeds, dogs that are small enough to fit in your bag, large dogs that make for great cuddlers, and even dogs that look like bears. But no matter which one you prefer, if you have children — or are hoping to add some to your family in the future — you’ll want to know which dog breeds are good with kids.
Kids, no matter their age, can be a little rough when playing with the family pet, which is why you’ll want to bring home a dog that is patient enough to tolerate tail pulling and being followed around incessantly. You'll also want a dog that's clam and won't scare (or worse, attack) your little one. The best dog breeds for kids are also going to offer unconditional love and teach children responsibilities, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC). Taking care of a pet can help your kids understand that their actions matter to their dog’s wellbeing, while developing compassion and respect.
So if you're trying to find the best furry friend for your family, check out these dogs that are great with kids. Some of these dogs will offer them comfort, others will play with them endlessly, and others will be naturally protective of the kids.
This very energetic pup would do great with equally active kids. According to the AKC, they should get at least one hour of play time every day and are one of the friendliest breeds out there.
According to Dog Time, the Border Terrier gets along with big families and is friendly towards strangers. This will guarantee that they'll get used to all of your kid's friends when they come over after school.
The Boston Terrier would be a good choice if you're looking for a breed that gets along with kids and other dogs. Not only do they adapt well to their surroundings, but, according to VetStreet, they can become your family's best friend.
Boxers are one of the silliest breeds in this list. According to Vet Street, they are big goofs when surrounded by humans, but can also be protective of their family.
Bull Terriers are all-around very friendly dogs, according to Dog Time. They love spending time with humans and other animals. Not only that, but they also love to go on walks and play in the backyard.
If you're looking for a dog who doesn't need a lot of playtime or exercise, the Bulldog would be the perfect choice. Vet Street notes that, due to their heavy bodies and sensitivity to heat, they prefer to stay indoors, lounging around with the kids.
According to the AKC, this sweet-faced dog is very affectionate towards kids and other dogs if properly socialized. They're also very energetic and would love to go hiking with you or camping with the kids.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniels is sweet, happy, trusting, and easygoing. They especially love being lap dogs, according to Vet Street, making them the best cuddle buddies.
The Collie is known for its undying loyalty to its family and foreseeing an owners' needs, as Vet Street notes. This means they'll come to you when you need them and keep their distance if you've had a long day and want to be alone.
The Dachshund is friendliest towards kids and tends to be weary of strangers. According to Vet Street, they're also great apartment companions who can tolerate being alone for a couple of hours.
Not only are French Bulldogs great for families living in apartments, according to Dog Time, but they are great dogs for first-time pet owners. They take well to training and are pretty easygoing.
The Golden Retriever is universally known as one of the most kid-friendly breeds out there, according to Vet Street. They're gentle, kind, and love to spend time with their families.
Labs are described by the AKC as sturdy and friendly breeds, so you know that the kids' roughhousing won't bother them too much.
If you live in an area where it's cold all year-round and are looking for a big dog that the kids can cuddle, the Newdfoundland is the breed for you.
But be warned, you'll need to groom them almost every day.
Papillons are mainly known for their innate ability to be the perfect companion dog. According to the AKC, they'll love spending time with you and the kids, curling up on laps, and running around the house.
Don't be fooled by the stereotypes surrounding this breed. Poodles are energetic and very smart. The AKC also notes that they come in a variety of sizes so you can adopt one that fits right in your home.
These bug-eyed cuties were bred to be companions, according to Vet Street. They prefer to spend most of their time with their human family, so don't be afraid to take them on errands with you.
The ACK notes that the Weimaraner is very friendly and obedient, making it a really good family dog. Its size also makes it the perfect companion for kids who love to roll around in the mud, playing all day.