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Top 10 Best Dog Breeds for Children

The decision to add a new dog to the family should never be taken lightly.  Animals require time, money, care, and love over the entire course of their lives, and pet Top 10 Best Dog Breedsownership can be a bit of a roller coaster ride.  One minute you are convinced that your puppy is the most well-mannered individual ever to grace a home, and the next you find yourself cleaning up a mess that surely had to originate from an animal ten times its size.

One way to reduce the inevitable frustrations associated with dog ownership is to pick a breed that fits with your lifestyle.  This is especially important if you have children since you will be asking your dog to play several roles within the family – a patient playmate, protector, jogging buddy- the possibilities are endless.

Let’s take a look at the potential pros and cons of the ten top family-friendly dog breeds.

Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Irish Setters, and Collies

Pros:  All of these breeds have a gentle nature and a willingness to withstand the occasional tug on a tail or ear.

Cons:  These are all big dogs that require a lot of exercise to ward off weight gain and boredom.  Goldens, Irish Setters, and Collies require regular grooming to maintain their coats.  Labs have shorter coats, but they still shed a lot.


Pros:  Boxers are true family dogs, capable of bonding with multiple people and thriving when given a lot of attention.  They also have very short coats that are easy to maintain.

Cons:  Boxers are medium to large in size and do require a significant amount of exercise.

Poodles and Schnauzers

Pros:  Both of these breeds come in three sizes (toy, miniature, and standard for poodles and miniature, standard, and giant for schnauzers) so finding one to fit your home and lifestyle should be easy.  They also shed very little.

Cons:  Very small dogs (i.e. toy poodles) may not be suitable for young children, and both of these breeds do require regular grooming.


Pros:  Beagles are small but tough and love to play.  They do shed but because of their size, they do not produce the amount of hair that larger breeds can.

Cons:  Many beagles are loud and may not be the best choice if you have neighbors that might complain about the noise.


Pros:  Newfies are extremely gentle, and because of their immense size they can handle a bit more rough and tumble play than some other breeds.

Cons:  Newfoundlands are huge, weighing between 100 and 150 pounds, and they shed copious amounts of fur.


Pros:  Mutts come in all shapes, sizes and temperaments, so you should be able to find one that fits your lifestyle.

Cons:  Potential owners must get to know an individual dog in order to understand its needs and tendencies.

If you are new to dog ownership, always make sure to do some research so that you find the best breed or mix of breeds for your family.

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{ 14 comments… add one }
  • Ronnie Brown January 17, 2012, 5:36 pm

    You left out one of the best “family dogs” we had the pleasure of enjoying for 18 years…a dachshund!

    • Maryanna January 18, 2012, 8:51 am

      I got my first Dachshund 18 years ago and have two now. I wouldn’t trade them for anything. I never knew how loving and loyal they are. At times they do bark a bit as all small dogs tend to but mostly when they hear something and that’s what you want to let you know. So go out and get a Dachshund they are wonderful.

  • Mo January 18, 2012, 9:26 am

    Dachshunds are great dogs but this article is about dogs that are good for children. Doxies and children are not necessarily a good match. it depends on how small the dog is and how young the children are. People automatically think small dogs and small kids are a perfect fit but often they are not as small children can injure small dogs without meaning to. Dachshunds have to be treated with care due to their backs and can be very nippy esp. when pestered by small children. I think Pugs make great family dogs. They are so cute, easy going and funny

  • amanda January 18, 2012, 10:27 am

    i can definitely agree with boxers. we absolutely loved ours, he was one of the kids, and we miss him a lot.

  • dana January 18, 2012, 11:22 am

    i agree we had a boxer and was the best dog we have ever had and he loves kids lost him this year to cancer he was 4 yrs old RIP DUKE MISS U ALOT 11-7-2011

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  • Denise teeters January 18, 2012, 12:17 pm

    English bull dog are best for kids. Although I love my boxers and they will protect my kids when they are out at play noone comes up our drive they will stop them. And the high energy world good with all of us and our jack russell.

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  • Brandy January 18, 2012, 1:43 pm

    I have 2 dachshunds and they are wonderful with my 2 boys and any other kids that come over to the house.. They are very protective of the kids and protective of whatever food the kids are carrying..LOL

  • Gary January 20, 2012, 11:21 pm

    You forgot the gentlest of them all, English Setters

    • Tangela March 29, 2017, 2:07 am

      Surispring to think of something like that

  • Patricia January 20, 2012, 11:21 pm

    Never ever get a Westie Dog with children…

  • John January 23, 2012, 1:10 pm

    Dobies are the best .They will guard and protect children as well as other family members

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