The 6 Best Dogs for Kids and Families

A list of family-friendly breeds to make your decision less ruff.

If you’re looking for a new four-legged member for your family, you’ll need to choose the perfect breed based on a few different factors and qualities.

First, the dog should have an easygoing temperament and be eager to please; calm dogs make perfect family dogs. You also need to consider the size of your family home, as well as your lifestyle choices.

If there isn’t anyone at home for much of the day, you’ll need a dog who doesn’t need constant attention and won’t find it difficult being left alone. If you only have a small home and garden, you’ll need to choose a smaller dog breed so they have enough space.

It’s important to look beyond their appearance, and choose a dog that’s well-suited to chaotic family life.


Everyone’s smiling!

Labradors are one of the friendliest and most rewarding family dogs. They get on well with children of all ages, from babies to teenagers.

Thousands of families have regular Labradors, so if your family is looking for a one-of-a-kind dog with a different appearance, you could choose a different color variety such as the Silver Labrador, still with the placid temperament of regular Lab.

Labradors are really intelligent, and quick to train which is a vital trait for any family dog. This means that even young children will be able to give them commands which they will obey.

They’re fantastic at playing with young children and don’t tend to be very rough. They will also love to play with older children and teenagers.


Say “treats!”

Beagles have a very calm temperament, too, which makes them an excellent family choice. These dogs love being outside, so if you’re an active family that loves to be out on trails, this dog makes the perfect companion.

Their original purpose was to be used as hunting dogs, which makes them game for playing games with your children, such as hide and seek or treasure hunts.

Beagles are quite smart and easy to train and they also get on well with other family pets. If you need a low-maintenance family dog, however, this might not be the best choice as they do shed and need regular grooming.


The look of love.

This gentle giant is known as the Mother Teresa of dogs. They tend to be very good with children or all ages, and are very loving and protective towards them.

Despite their huge size, they have an extremely gentle temperament and they are very easy to train. They’re quite intelligent so will easily pick up new commands, and even any tricks which your kids want to teach them.

This dog would suit a family that has a large garden and home for them to explore due to their size. They do tend to drool a lot though, so if this is a problem for you, you’ll need to consider a different breed.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Snuggle buddies.

This peaceful and polite dog has a very sweet-natured temper and is very eager to please their owners, making them the ideal family pet.

They are a very playful breed and will love to play with your children out in the garden or around the house.

These dogs are well-suited to families that live in the city or in the countryside, as they are very adaptable.

It’s important to bear in mind that this dog loves human companionship and, therefore, wouldn’t be suited to a family home where there is no one at home during the working week.


Pug sandwich.

Pugs are a really patient dog breed, a trait which makes them an excellent family pet. They will tolerate young children a lot better than most dog breeds, and are extremely unlikely to nip or bite.

Again, like the other breeds, they are highly intelligent, which makes training them a breeze.

They love having lots of love and attention, so if your family has someone at home most of the time, this would be a perfect addition to your family.

Pugs have a lot of personality packed into a small body — they love to play games and be silly, which can be really amusing for the whole family.

Bichon Frise

Dutifully waving.

If you would like a cute teddy bear-looking dog for your household, then this breed might just be the best choice for your family.

They are a great all-around dog, with a fun and playful temperament, and not only do they get along well with children, but they also get along well with other dogs.

If your children have allergies, this also makes a great choice as they are hypoallergenic — meaning they shed less than most dogs and are less likely to trigger an allergic reactions.

Keep in mind that they will require a lot of grooming and have small bladders, so they will need to be walked, or have access to a yard, frequently!

How to Choose the Perfect Family Dog

Hopefully, you now have a good idea as to how to choose a dog that suits your family.

It’s also just as important that you teach your children how to behave and act around your dog, as it is to choose the right breed.

Young children should never be left alone with the family pet, and should be taught to play gently with them. Older children should be taught to maintain family rules with the dog, and make sure they don’t overuse their dogs name so that they disassociate with it.

Having a family pet can teach our children empathy, unconditional love, and well as build on responsibility and confidence.



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