The Most Friendly Dog Breeds For Children

most friendly dog breeds for children

The kids have pleaded long enough, and you’ve finally said the magic “yes” to getting a dog.

Though now that the “can we get a dog?” question is out-of-the-way, you are onto the next hurdle of “what breed of dog should we get?”

The top priority here is to pick one that will get along well with your kids, and one of the best ways to do this is to look into dog breeds that are inherently friendly toward children.

Here are some of the most friendly dog breeds for children:

Labrador Retriever

labrador retreiver

Energetic and playful, a lab is a good dog breed for both older and younger kids. They take well to training, only need a weekly brushing to keep them clean, and are very active.

They are also gentle dogs, even being known to be able to carry raw eggs in their mouths without breaking them!

Combine that with their uncanny ability to get along with both people and other animals alike, it’s no wonder they are one of the most popular breeds of dogs for families in America.


newfoundland dog

Don’t let their big size fool you; Newfoundlands are wonderful with children.

Patient, affectionate, protective, and very intelligent, your Newfoundland will become your childrens’ large, fluffy guardian angel and favorite playmate.

Your kids will also have the added bonus of having essentially a workhorse as a pet because Newfoundlands can pull your kids in sleds or wagons. Talk about a pet bargain!


boxer dog

Boxers are the extroverts of the dog world.

They love being around people, especially children, preferring to stay close with the “pack” and bond with everyone.

Playful but gentle, their goofy personality will charm both child and adult alike. They have high energy levels, and do best with kids that like to play outside.

If you are looking for a dog that will stay by your child’s side as they grow up, the boxer is the breed for you.


white poodle

If you’re worried about you or your child’s allergies, you might want to look into some non-shedding breeds like the poodle.

Coming in the standard and miniature breed, you have the option of choosing which size you feel would best match your children’s needs and living environment.

Friendly and active, they can be great playmates for your kids.

They are a tad high maintenance though, needing frequent visits to the groomers to keep their coat in good condition, and the miniature poodle breed may be too delicate for smaller children.


beagle puppy

Although they are not always accompanied with little yellow birds named Woodstock, beagles are known for being great with children.

Their small but sturdy size means they won’t accidentally knock your children over when playing and will be able to keep up with their energy levels for hours.

Aside from a tendency to chase other animals, they are affable with people and pets alike.

Their calm, friendly demeanor will also make them both you and your child’s best friend.

Golden Retriever

golden retriever with tongue out

Have energetic kids? They will love a golden retriever.

These dogs are active and bursting with energy, loving nothing better than to play or run with children.

They also don’t bark as much as other dogs and enjoy being inside with their families just as much as they enjoy being outside.

Loving, loyal, and smart, they are a fun-loving breed of dog that will become a lifetime companion for everyone in the whole family.

Which of The Most Friendly Dog Breeds is Right For Your Family?

Now that you’ve got more info on the most friendly dog breeds, you’re one step closer to welcoming a new furry friend into your home.

Leave a comment below to let us know which of these dog breeds you think would be the best for your child.

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