Many newbie pet parents find keeping the peace between their child and their dog to be especially challenging. This is especially the case when the dog came into their lives before the child. For those who already have kids and who would like to add a furry, four-legged member into their homes, choosing a suitable dog can be easy. We have 10 of the best dog breeds that you can bring home if you have kids in your family. Here they are.
1. Golden Retriever
Confident and smart, loyal and very kind, the Golden Retriever tops our list of the best breeds of dogs for kids. It is forever playful and is well-known for its remarkable patience. It loves playing with kids, although they should never be allowed to play with very small children without your supervision. This is not because they might snap, but the Goldie is not exactly a small dog that can comfortably fit in your baby’s open legs when he is sitting. Its size can be quite a risk for smaller kids.
However, when it comes to older children, the Golden Retriever’s zest for life is a perfect match for the enthusiasm, eagerness, and playfulness of school-aged children. It is obedient and very affectionate, too. Above all, its friendliness is second to none.
2. Labrador Retriever
America’s four-legged darling also happens to be the champion in the hearts of many kids. It has the soulful eyes of its cousin, the Golden retriever, but with a more muscular and more robust built. The Lab is an intelligent breed, making them ideal for kids. They can be trained to perform a number of tricks which your kid can easily command the Lab to perform.
If you have a young swimmer in the family, the Lab is the perfect companion. After all, they were bred purposely to retrieve the nets of their fisherman masters from the freezing waters of St. John in Canada. They have shorter coats, too, making them a lot easier to groom. You can even teach your kid how to properly groom his or her Lab and pave the way for a healthier and stronger bond between your kid and the dog.
The French love the Poodle as their own, although this dog is regarded by the American and British kennel associations as a German original. Regardless, the elegant and playful Poodle with its often-lavish frou-frou coat is one of the best companions for kids. These dogs are very witty, having been judged as the planet’s second most intelligent breed. Unfortunately, its association with the circus makes a lot of people believe that the Poodle is nothing more than a clownish dog.
There are three sizes of Poodles so it is best to choose one that is perfect for your kid. Regardless of its size, however, a Poodle is a playful and very obedient canine that loves nothing more than pleasing its master; even the youngest one in your family. They’re perfect for asthmatic kids as well as these dogs don’t really shed that much, although frequent grooming is still a must.
If you can train it to respond to your commands more than what its scenting abilities dictate, the Beagle can be a great pet for kids. It is just of the right size; neither too small nor too big. And it has boundless energy that is typically bundled with playfulness and zest. When socialized and trained, this dog breed is a great companion for kids especially those who love the outdoors.
Beagles are defined by their happiness and friendliness, although their very nosy attitude can sometimes get in the way. Regardless, when it comes to dogs for kids, the Beagle is one of the best. Otherwise, how else would Charlie Brown get through his childhood without Snoopy by his side? Beagles make good friends with other pets, too, although its hunting instincts may not be ideal for those with birds in the house, unless it’s Woodstock.
While the Newfoundland is most famous for its swimming abilities, it also has one of the most adorable nicknames in the dog planet. This dog is aptly called the “nature’s babysitter” primarily because of its special affinity to young members of its human family. It is gentle, patient, and kind, the same characteristics that make it highly prized among families with kids.
However, given its size, you should never leave them alone with your small baby. The Newfoundland absolutely adores the little ones in the family, but one very simple mistake could literally crush your baby. These dogs are large and their waterproof coat can suffocate young children if not adequately supervised. Nonetheless, they’re one of the best four-legged nannies and playmates for kids.
6. Rough Collie
If you’ve followed the exploits of Lassie or Disney films that feature the cousin of the venerable super-smart working dog, the Border Collie, then you’ll know that the Rough Collie is one of your best choices if you have kids at home. This breed is highly predictable and they are pretty well-known for their exceptional temperament. You won’t see them misbehaving or even playing rough with kids or even other dogs.
While the Rough Collie doesn’t have the superior canine IQ of the shepherding Border Collie, it is very trainable. This is crucial since the herding instinct of a Collie is still pretty strong in Lassie’s brethren. Train it well and you’d be surprised at just how affectionate and playful the Collie can be with your kids.
Most folks consider the English Bulldog or simply Bulldog as having the face that only the most devout mom could love. But underneath its chubby, flat, and grumpy face is a heart that can never be questioned. Bulldogs are some of the most adorable hounds on the planet. They are very sturdy and very patient when it comes to children playing rough with them. These dogs don’t really mind being roughhoused.
Its loyalty never questioned and its friendliness always valued, the Bulldog makes its way as a great pet for children not only for its sturdiness amidst kids’ roughhousing but more so because of its mild temperament and gentle demeanor. It requires a more meticulous kind of care, however, as it tends to easily overheat alongside its penchant for snoring and drooling.
8. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Playful, loving, and easy-going, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is an oversized toy dog that is perfect for your little bundle of joy. They are best known for being comforter dogs, enjoying nothing less than following their masters and jumping on their laps whenever they see an opportunity. Most Cavs have a sweet and endearing temperament. However, there are those that are not fully trained and can become really stubborn and hard-changing.
This dog loves long walks so it’s best suited for outgoing older kids. They’ve got a knack for flushing birds, so an older and stronger child is often best to keep the Cavalier King Charles well on its leash. It is friendly and docile and will love the attention that kids can give. It is forever trusting and its happiness is often expressed in those beautiful and dark almond-shaped eyes.
Not everyone believes that the Boxer rightfully belongs in this list of the best dog breeds for children. However, because of their sometimes silly but mostly sweet behavior, Boxers are the perfect partners in crime of young kids who are out to have a good time in the backyard. If the Poodle is described as the star clown in the circus, the Boxer is undoubtedly the four-legged jester in any family.
Forever playful, the Boxer is not without the exceptional patience of a Bulldog. They love the company of kids and will never hesitate to protect their small and young wards against anything that they perceive as a threat. Its courage is unmatched, its loyalty unfathomable, and its affection for its family hardly ever questioned.
10. Old English Sheepdog
Underneath the shaggy coat of the Old English Sheepdog is a gentle disposition that is perfect for playful kids. Its love for its people is highly commendable. And even if you won’t see its eyes from under that shaggy coat, you’ll know that it is brimming with pride every time it gets the chance to play with children or to simply accompany them in their backyard adventures.
However, be mindful that this is a herding dog. If not properly trained it will “herd” your kids and their playmates just like what they have been doing for many centuries in the fair green fields of the English countryside. With that shaggy coat, you’ll definitely have your hands full when it comes to grooming. Regardless, you can always enlist the assistance of your kid. Your dog will love your kiddo all the more.
Is your dog in this list? If not, don’t worry as you can still keep the peace between your child and your dog. Proper training and socialization are critical and so is your active supervision.