The best dogs for kids are not just some of the best family dogs but some of the best and most popular dog breeds out there. These dogs have incredible patience, are gentle with the little ones, and can help teach children about responsibility. Additionally, many claim that raising children with dogs can help improve the self esteem of the child and help them with cooperation and social skills.
While many might think that small dog breeds would be better with small children, the opposite is often true. Breeds like the golden retriever, labrador retriever, Irish setter, and boxer are among the top dog breeds for children. These large dogs are gentle giants and great about tolerating the tormenting of children without backlash.
Of course many smaller dogs are also great for kids. The poodle is a popular choice for family dogs as is the beagle, shih tzu, Havanese and pug. For a family living in an apartment or one that simply does not want a larger dog, these breeds are solid choices and among the best apartment dogs. On the other hand, chihuahuas or yorkies are smaller breeds that are not especially recommended for children.
When selecting a great family dog, it's important to consider a variety of factors. That's where a mixed breed or mutt can often be a great choice of the combination of dog characteristics a family might be seeking in their ideal dog. Also, as mixed breed dogs are often the first to land in a shelter, giving a rescued mutt a forever home can change your life and the life of the dog as well. Whichever breed of dog you select, it's crucial to think the decision over thoroughly before making a commitment to any dog, but this list of the best dog breeds for families will help you start the decision making process. And if you're looking for dogs that are specifically good around infants, be sure to check out our list on the best dogs for babies.
- 1The Golden Retriever is a large-sized gun dog that retrieve shot waterfowl, such as ducks and... more
- 2The Labrador Retriever, or just Labrador, is a large type of retriever-gun dog. The Labrador... more
Mixed Breed or Mutt
- 4The beagle is a breed of small hound that is similar in appearance to the much larger... more
- 5Collies form a distinctive type of herding dogs, including many related landraces and... more
- 6The Boxer is a medium-sized, short-haired breed of dog, developed in Germany. The coat is... more
- 7The German Shepherd (German: Deutscher Schäferhund, German pronunciation: [ˈʃɛːfɐˌhʊnt]) is a... more
- 9The Border Collie is a working and herding dog breed developed in the Scottish borders for... more
- 10The Newfoundland dog is a large working dog. They can be either black, brown, or... more
- 11The St. Bernard or St Bernard (UK: , US: ) is a breed of very large working dog from the... more
- 12The King Charles Spaniel (also known as the English Toy Spaniel) is a small dog breed of the... more
- 13A Labradoodle () is a planned mating crossbreed dog created by crossing the Labrador retriever... more
- 14The Siberian Husky (Russian: Сибирский хаски, tr. Sibirskiy khaski) is a medium size working... more
- 15The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) is a purebred dog breed recognized by the United Kennel... more
- 16The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, also known as a "Stafford" or "Staffie", is a breed of... more
- 17The Australian Shepherd, often known simply as the "Aussie", is a medium-sized breed of dog... more
- 18A Bichon Frise ( or ; from French: bichon à poil frisé, French pronunciation: [biʃɔ̃ fʁize],... more
- 19The Great Dane is a German breed of domestic dog known for its giant size.The record holder... more
- 20The English Springer Spaniel is a breed of gun dog in the Spaniel family traditionally used... more
- 21The Old English Sheepdog (OES) is a large breed of dog that emerged in England from early... more
- 22The pug is a breed of dog with physically distinctive features of a wrinkly, short-muzzled... more
- 23The Irish Setter (Irish: sotar rua, literally "red setter") is a setter, a breed of gundog,... more
- 24The Boston Terrier is a breed of dog originating in the United States of America. This... more
- 25The Bulldog is a medium-sized breed of dog commonly referred to as the English Bulldog or... more