Best Dogs for Kids

What are the “Best Family Dogs”? Families need good family dogs that are great with kids, and do not require too much exercise, and easy to train.

Top 10 Family Dogs

#10 Bulldog


Bulldogs are just broad sturdy love bugs. They would love to just be the center of all, the family’s attention. Patient and docile, this dog gets along with kids and pets alike. Learn how to train a Bulldog to be the perfect family pet and companion.

#9  Beagle


Beagles are high energy, so they love to play with kids of all ages! The Beagle is smart and friendly and is quite trainable. They shed, so brushing is a necessity, but all around, the Beagle lives up to its “Snoopy” reputation.

#8  Bull Terrier

Bull Terrier
Bull Terrier

These dogs are often given a bad rap, but they are really loyal, intelligent and great for families (yes, even with children who should be taught on the topic  ‘how to treat a family pet’ regardless of the breed or even species). The Bull Terrier is sturdy and good natured.

#7  Collie


Lassie is an American icon for good reason. Gentle and protective, Collies are hard working and sweet. They love kids. Collie’s are obedient and are easy to train. However, they do need grooming.

#6  Newfoundland

Kids Love Newfoundland

Remember Nana from Peter Pan? A patient babysitter, the Newfoundland is a great family pet. These dogs love children and are kind and gentle and protective as well. They are quite large, and look like a bear. They can pull small carts with kids or other items, even a Christmas tree. They need room to move.

#5  Vizsla

Hungarian Vizsla
Hungarian Vizsla

What is a Vizsla? Answer – a lively energetic family dog. This breed smells less dog-like than others. Vizslas are quick to learn and love doing tricks. They are perfect as older kids’ companions. Teens will love a jog with pet!

#4  Irish Setter

Irish Setter
Irish Setter

Irish Setters are beautiful to behold with their coat that wows in color (red) and texture! Besides their beauty these dogs are great playmates for kids with tons of energy because they need exercise Irish Setters need a big yard or lots of walk time.

#3  Poodle


Poodles are the most popular family dogs for a reason. The non shedding dog won’t coat your couch with dog hair, though it needs grooming. Poodles are very intelligent and were originally bred for working. They are loyal and great with kids because of their gentle nature.

#2  Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers
Labrador Retrievers

Labs are just a bundle of love. These dogs are patient and have a kind personality while also being protective. Labrador Retrievers are ranked as the most popular dog breed by the American Kennel Club.

#1  Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

This is a gentle, intelligent and tolerant friend. Although “Goldies” need a lot of exercise, kids love the play time as much as their energetic friend! Golden Retrievers love to please so training them is fun.

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Historical Perspective:
Top 10 Dog Breeds For Kids

by allTop Ten
Top 10 Dog Breeds For Kids:
10. Bull Terrier
9. Irish Setter
8. Vizsla
7. Newfoundland
6. Collie
5. Bulldog
4. Beagle
3. Poodle
2. Labrador Retriever
1. Golden Retriever
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