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The Best Dogs for Babies 

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Updated June 14, 2019 4.9k votes 632 voters 17.2k views 39 items

For many children, some of the most cherished moments from their childhood are the good times spent with happy, loyal dog. Pups are not just a pet to be fed, walked, and washed on a daily basis. These dogs actually become members of the family -- and for good reason. Dogs are intelligent, energetic, and friendly, giving as much love to your family as you give to each other. The qualities of a good dog are all amazing qualities to impart on your baby. With the right dog, your baby will learn responsibility at a young age, while getting all the extra love they’d ever need. This list is the answer to the question, “What are the best dog breeds for babies and infants?”

This list includes large loving dogs, like golden retrievers and collies, to the most obedient small breeds, such as corgis and terriers. The dogs on this list have strong qualities like intelligence, loyalty, and friendliness to people of all ages but are especially gentle and patient, making their temperament perfect around babies.

What puppies would get along great with your infant child? Your choice in dog will, of course, depend on individual and family taste. However, it’s important to look for a dog who can get along with humans at any age, show obedience, and give all the love a person could ever need. This list covers the sort of dogs you’d want around your beloved baby, and many of these pups are also the best dog breeds for kids of any age.

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Golden Retriever is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dogs for Babies
The Golden Retriever is a large-sized gun dog that retrieve shot waterfowl, such as ducks and upland game birds, during hunting and shooting parties. They were named 'retriever' because of their ...more
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Labrador Retriever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dogs for Babies
The Labrador Retriever, or just Labrador, is a large type of retriever-gun dog. The Labrador is one of the most popular breeds of dog in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.A ...more
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German Shepherd Dog is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dogs for Babies
The German Shepherd (German: Deutscher Schäferhund, German pronunciation: [ˈʃɛːfɐˌhʊnt]) is a breed of medium to big-sized working dog that originated in Germany. In the English language, ...more
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Newfoundland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dogs for Babies
The Newfoundland dog is a large working dog. They can be either black, brown, or white-and-black (called Landseer). However, in the Dominion of Newfoundland, before it became part of the ...more
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St. Bernard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dogs for Babies
The St. Bernard or St Bernard (UK: , US: ) is a breed of very large working dog from the western Alps in Italy and Switzerland. They were originally bred for rescue by the hospice of the Great ...more
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Great Pyrenees is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dogs for Babies
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Pitbull is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dogs for Babies
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Collie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dogs for Babies
Collies form a distinctive type of herding dogs, including many related landraces and standardised breeds. The type originated in Scotland and Northern England. Collies are medium-sized, fairly ...more
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Beagle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dogs for Babies
The beagle is a breed of small hound that is similar in appearance to the much larger foxhound. The beagle is a scent hound, developed primarily for hunting hare (beagling). With a great sense ...more
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Great Dane is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dogs for Babies
The Great Dane is a German breed of domestic dog known for its giant size.The record holder for the tallest dog ever is a Great Dane called Zeus (died September 2014; aged 5), that measured ...more
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Welsh Corgi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dogs for Babies
The Welsh Corgi, sometimes known as just a Corgi (, Welsh for "dwarf dog"; plural "Corgis" or occasionally the etymologically consistent "Corgwn"; ), is a small ...more
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Shetland Sheepdog is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dogs for Babies
Shetland Sheepdog
The Shetland Sheepdog, often known as the Sheltie, is a breed of herding dog that originated in the Shetland Islands of Scotland. The original name was Shetland Collie, but this caused ...more
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Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dogs for Babies
The Bulldog is a medium-sized breed of dog commonly referred to as the English Bulldog or British Bulldog. Other Bulldog breeds include the American Bulldog, Old English Bulldog, Olde English ...more
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Irish Setter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dogs for Babies
The Irish Setter (Irish: sotar rua, literally "red setter") is a setter, a breed of gundog, and family dog. The term Irish Setter is commonly used to encompass the show-bred dog ...more
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Bernese Mountain Dog is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dogs for Babies
The Bernese Mountain Dog (German: Berner Sennenhund) is a large-sized breed of dog, one of the four breeds of Sennenhund-type dogs from the Swiss Alps. Bred from crosses of Mastiffs and ...more
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Pug is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dogs for Babies
The pug is a breed of dog with physically distinctive features of a wrinkly, short-muzzled face, and curled tail. The breed has a fine, glossy coat that comes in a variety of colours, most often ...more
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Kuvasz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dogs for Babies
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The Kuvasz (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈkuvɒs]), is an ancient breed of livestock dog of Hungarian origin. Mention of the breed can be found in old Hungarian texts. They have historically been ...more
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English Cocker Spaniel ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dogs for Babies
The English Cocker Spaniel is a breed of gun dog. It is noteworthy for producing one of the most varied numbers of pups in a litter among all dog breeds. The English Cocker Spaniel is an active, ...more
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Boston Terrier is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dogs for Babies
The Boston Terrier is a breed of dog originating in the United States of America. This "American Gentleman" was accepted in 1893 by the American Kennel Club as a non-sporting breed. ...more
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Bloodhound is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dogs for Babies
The Bloodhound is a large scent hound, originally bred for hunting deer, wild boar and, since the Middle Ages, for tracking people. Believed to be descended from hounds once kept at the Abbey of ...more
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American Eskimo Dog is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dogs for Babies
The American Eskimo Dog is a breed of companion dog, originating in Germany. The American Eskimo is a member of the Spitz family. The breed's progenitors were German Spitz, but due to ...more
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English Mastiff is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dogs for Babies
The English Mastiff is a breed of extremely large dog. National kennel clubs, including the KC and the AKC, refer to the breed as simply the Mastiff. They perhaps descended from the ancient ...more
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Boxer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dogs for Babies
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The Boxer is a medium-sized, short-haired breed of dog, developed in Germany. The coat is smooth and tight-fitting; colors are fawn brindled or white, with or without white markings. Boxers are ...more
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Poodle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dogs for Babies
Poodles are a group of formal dog breeds, the Standard Poodle, Miniature Poodle and Toy Poodle. The origin of the breed is still discussed, with a prominent dispute over whether the poodle ...more
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Scottish Terrier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dogs for Babies
The Scottish Terrier (Scottish Gaelic: Abhag Albannach; also known as the Aberdeen Terrier), popularly called the Scottie, is a breed of dog. Initially one of the highland breeds of terrier that ...more