Top 10 Best Dog Breeds for Kids


Dog Breeds for Kids

Has your child been begging for a dog?  Growing up with pets is a great experience and can create lasting memories as well as help teach responsibility.  Choosing a family dog is serious business, though.  While we truly encourage rescuing, we understand that some really want a purebred. Almost any bred can be great with kids, provided they have received proper socialization, training and supervision. But let’s take a look at a few of the breeds that stand out for doing well with kids.  And… just because we say they are good with kids and families doesn’t mean they are good for your family.  Thoroughly research the breeds before making your decision.


Boxers make great family dogs.  They love children and the rest of their pack and are very affectionate.  These handsome dogs are very smart, highly trainable (many are used as Seeing Eye dogs for the blind), and ranked by the AKC as one of the most popular dogs in America. It’s an energetic dog that loves play interactions.


Bulldogs are sweet and affectionate.  They mellow as they age, making a great companion for children.  The AKC notes that this breed builds close relationships with children and is well loved by families for this reason.


Beagles love to play, so they make great dogs for active families.  Beagles are smart, friendly, and get along well with other pets.  A good natured breed that is amicable towards everyone.

Best dog breeds for kids
A Mastiff can make a great sleeping buddy

Surprisingly, the mastiff makes a great family dog.  He loves people and is gentle with kids.  He makes a great watch dog by their grandeur appearance alone.  Better suited for larger kids because of their size they could easily knock down very young kids.


These large, shaggy dogs are sweet, intelligent and loving.  They live, on average, 10 years.  They are very social and welcome guests with glee.  They are great with everyone, children included.


Even if your kids don’t fall in the well like Timmy, a collie is a great pet for all family members.  They are gentle, easily trained, unaggressive, love to please, and protective.

Old English Sheepdog

Bred as a working dog, this shaggy guy will be a great addition to any family.  The sheepdog is friendly, sweet, smart, and athletic.  He loves to run and play so families who are very active are a good fit.


You may never have heard of this breed, but the Vizsla is kind, gentle, loving, and athletic.  This make Vizsla a good choice for active families – and we’re not kidding – these dogs thrive on being active.  Vizsla are confident and smart and learn quickly.

Labrador Retriever

Labradors are sweet, affectionate, smart, and energetic.  They love their human family and are very active swimmers.  They make a great all around family pet. Tolerant and social – this breed has been an all-time favorite.

Bichon Frise

This is another energetic breed.  The white, fluffy coat needs a lot of attention, but the Bichon Frise does not shed – therefore makes it a great breed for allergy suffers. This dog thrives on companionship and always wants to be around the family.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of all breeds that are suitable for homes with children, but this will give a good starting point.  Any of these dogs will make a great family pet, and remember – all pets no matter the type or size all require a commitment to their care and training.

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WagBrag’s co-founder, Russ Boles, has a deep history in animal rescue and welfare. For the past 12 years, Russ has served in various roles with Atlanta-based animal advocacy organizations focused on rescue, training and education. In addition, Russ led a local rescue volunteer team into New Orleans immediately after Hurricane Katrina, assisting in efforts to rescue and care for stranded animals. This experience changed his life, and animal rescue and advocacy will always be a part of everything he does.