8 of the Best Dog Breeds for Kids

Pet care & safety

The thought of bringing a new dog home is an exciting time. However, when you have children in the home, you will want to be cautious when it comes to the breed you choose. While there are some breeds that you should steer clear of with kids, there are plenty of child-friendly dog breeds that will make the perfect addition to your home.

1. Beagle

The majority of Beagles have a calm temperament and make an ideal choice for families. If you have a fenced-in backyard, your child and Beagle will get along great as Beagles love to roam around outdoors. Not only do Beagles fit in with kids, but they are also great with other pets so you don’t have to worry about your other furry family members.

2. American Eskimo Dog

This breed loves to join in on family fun. If you’re looking for a companion, you’ll have just that in this dog. An American Eskimo or “Eskie” will reach between 10-30 pounds, can be full of attitude, but is a beautiful dog with a white coat and black eyes who will love you and your family.

3. Newfoundland

Newfoundlands have the nickname “Nature’s Babysitter.” They are considered to be one of the most intelligent breeds. Better yet, they love children and tend to protect them. With a kind, patient, and loving personality, you can’t go wrong with this breed (unless, of course, you won’t be able to deal with all the drool.) Keep in mind that Newfoundlands will be best for families who have large open spaces.

4. Bernedoodle

Loyal and gentle with a clever and goofy touch, this type of dog is a great companion for your child and family. This dog is part Poodle and Bernese Mountain Dog. They tend to be active, which is great for young children who have a lot of energy.

5. Labrador Retriever

This breed is America’s most popular dog breed. Labrador Retrievers are high-spirited pups who make ideal companions. They love to show affection and are great for families who are seeking a medium or large dog.

6. Bearded Collie

The Bearded Collie was developed in Scotland. Originally, this breed was meant to herd cattle and sheep no matter the weather or terrain. Today they are loving companions who make perfect family pets. With their obedience, they make great dogs for kids.

7. Golden Retriever

With such confidence and loyalty, the Golden Retriever is perfect for families. They don’t generally show aggression. In fact, they are extremely patient. Golden Retrievers may not need a lot of exercise, but they sure love to play, which will be great for your kids.

8. German Shepherd

This breed is also one of America’s most popular dogs. They are not only known as working dogs, but they are highly intelligent. German Shepherds show so much devotion to their owners. They excel at almost anything they are trained to do. Faithfulness and companionship are both traits you’ll find in this breed.