Everyone has their favorite dog breed, but what's the best breed to bring into your home if you have kids? Of course, the very best thing you can do is adopt a dog, making sure that the animal is good with kids beforehand. But if you have your heart set on a particular breed, there are definitely some dogs that are better in families than others. Vote your favorite kid-friendly breed up and add any you see missing. While you're at it, take a look at those sometimes considered to be more dangerous dog breeds.
The coolest dog breeds for families aren't always the best ones as they're not always the most "Pinteresting" or "Instagramable" breeds, but that's for a reason. You need a safe breed that's easy to take care of that you can count on anyone taking care of. That's why we used part of the the top 10 dogs for children to build this list, because it should include dogs that any part of the family should be able to care for.
1 7,531 2,974 Golden Retriever This dog has been the #1 family dog for decades. They are patient, good-tempered and loving. They are easy to train and people-lovers to the extreme. These dogs get big, tho... up to 80lbs, and they have a lot of hair. They are also dogs that need plenty of exercise.
2 9,234 2,134
3 6,579 2,557 greatgeezer added German Shepherd Dog
4 3,845 2,514 zxray added St. Bernard
5 4,744 2,112
6 3,835 2,173
7 4,442 2,561 zxray added Beagle
8 4,538 2,129
9 4,174 1,941 greatgeezer added Boxer
10 7,721 2,601 cubbybear2005 added American Pit Bull Terrier
11 4,076 1,843 Uzoamaka Obasi added Siberian Husky
12 2,590 2,170 Randolph Strauss added Miniature Schnauzer
13 2,579 1,835 PeteBoyle added Welsh Corgi
14 3,149 1,426 zxray added Border Collie
15 2,582 1,578
16 2,184 1,639 zxray added Basset Hound
17 2,153 1,414
18 3,646 1,946 dubier added Rottweiller
19 2,879 1,475 SHEBANDIT added English Mastiff
20 1,588 1,321 Blowfish added English Springer Spaniel
21 3,046 1,590 zxray added Bulldog
22 1,870 1,933 MarianneVenegoni added Yorkshire Terrier Beautiful loyal dog
23 1,683 1,423 MangoStarkey added Weimaraner
24 1,864 945 Jedirainsberger added French Bulldog
25 2,060 1,482 MikeHatfill added Boston Terrier
26 1,638 1,112 slantsix added German Shorthaired Pointer If a Vizsla had brains it would be a GSP.
27 2,232 1,214 gamedemon24 added American Staffordshire Terrier Loyal, friendly, happy, although not overly intelligent.
28 4,483 1,785 Pit Bull Terrier The sad story of this breed should not deter you from bringing it into your family. Like any dog on this list, or any dog anywhere, ever - these animals can be mistreated and taught to do bad things. I would have put this dog much higher on the list, but for the fact that people mistrust it. Don't. This dog was known for a century as the "Nanny Dog" because of how people-centric it is. You only have to meet one Bull Terrier to know how happy and thrilled they are to be around people. They must be socialized properly with other dogs (just like all the dogs on this list) but they will always be about their family first. They are highly energetic and not great for very young children (they would just knock them over in their enthusiasm) unless they are already mature animals. I have two kids and two pits, and there have never been better, more awesome dogs. They both let my kids do unspeakable things to them with the patience of saints.
29 1,928 918 Jedirainsberger added American Bulldog
30 1,534 1,591 Uzoamaka Obasi added Poodle
31 1,746 1,448 MärkjaKlumpfiskur added Dachshund
32 1,662 898 TsvetelinIgnatov added Basenji, Bullmastiff, Shetland Sheepdog, Coton de Tulear, Wonder Dogs, Great Pyrennes
33 1,175 942 mikadecleen added Belgian Shepherd Malinois
34 1,948 1,281 Lady Wretch added Doberman Pinscher The Most Amazing, Sweet, Strong, Smart and Loving creatures on this earth!
35 1,055 880 but chickens double d added Old English Sheepdog
36 1,879 1,390 IanT.Sebas added Pug
37 1,144 920 CraigNykiel added Vizsla Devoted, great with kids, athletic and regal
38 1,347 1,196 Bichon Frise This is a sweet, loving, happy dog - but needs older kids as it tends not to deal well with very little children poking and pulling on it. The size of this dog makes it suitable for families in small living spaces, and while it needs exercise like any dog it doesn't needs the high levels that the working dogs require. Note that, like many of these small, white-haired breeds, it is prone to skin problems and requires daily brushing.
39 1,255 1,356 MarianneVenegoni added Shih Tzu Sweet docile dog