10 of the best Dog Breeds for Kids


If you have children, it’s important to find a dog breed with the right characteristics to suit them. While personalities, sizes, and energy levels vary from dog to dog, certain breeds are more likely than others to have traits ideal for kids. Here are 10 of the best dog breeds for kids:


Bulldogs have a patient, devoted, affectionate temperament that is sure to win favor with the kids. They also have a sturdy build, making them good for kids who like to roughhouse. Bulldogs also get along well with other dogs because of their patient and docile nature. Although they are easygoing and love to take naps, Bulldogs also enjoy brisk walks and regular exercise.


Boxers are playful and energetic, making them perfect companions for active kids. At the same time, they are patient and affectionate. Boxers are a people-oriented breed, so they love to be close to their pack. They are also excellent guard dogs, facing their threats with courage.


Beagles’ small size and playful personality that make them an ideal fit for kids. If you have kids that enjoy the outdoors, beagles are a great breed because they love to explore. Since they were originally kept as hunting dogs, beagles love to play and won’t tire out easily. Beagles usually get along with other dogs; however, they are prone to shedding, so they will need to be bathed and brushed often.


Mastiffs are large, good-natured family dogs that love to bond with their pack. They have a gentle temperament, making them perfect for kids. Mastiffs are also highly protective of their families and have a natural wariness of strangers. This means they have to be trained from an early age to be around people.


Not only are Newfoundlands one of the most intelligent breeds, they are also incredibly gentle and love kids. Newfoundlands prefer families with large, open spaces, but they should not be let outside alone because they want to be with their pack. They are also easily trained, and known to be workhorses who would love to pull your kids’ sled through the snow.

Bull Terrier

Although Bull Terriers are sometimes unfairly labeled as aggressive, they were bred to be companions to children and adults. They are friendly and have a high pain tolerance, so young children learning to play are perfect companions. Bull Terriers have a tendency to be mischievous, however, so make sure you keep them well fed and exercised.


There are many different breeds of Collie to choose from, including Bearded Collies and Boarder Collies, but Boarder Collies are the most well-known. Collies have a gentle, predictable demeanor and can be easily trained. They love to please their owners and be around children.

Labrador Retriever

For good reason, Labrador Retrievers are one of the most popular dog breeds. They are playful, affectionate, protective, and loving. They are also highly intelligent and can easily be trained. Labrador Retrievers are very active and require a lot of exercise, so they’re perfect for rambunctious kids.

Golden retriever

Golden retrievers are smart, loyal, caring and affectionate. They are also very patient, making them a perfect choice for kids. Although Golden Retrievers don’t need much exercise, they love to play, especially retrieving games. Although they are adapted to living outdoors, they prefer to be inside with their humans most of the time.


Last but not least, mutts are some of the best options for kid friendly dogs because they combine the best traits of two or more breeds. When you go to the shelter, make sure you get to know the dog a bit before deciding if it’s a good fit for your family. Mid to large -sized mutts generally work the best for families with kids.