20 of the Best Dog Breeds for Toddlers

Collies

Dogs are the most amazing pets, especially for children. But not all dog breeds are very good with kids. To some, this might not come as a surprise. To others, however, this news might be a little shocking. After all, dogs are supposed to be man’s best friend, so they should love kids, right? Well, not so much. Some dogs are just not as tolerant of kids as others, and some dog breeds prefer kids when they are a bit older. Not all dogs are great with kids, and that’s a big deal. This is especially true if you have toddlers or smaller kids in the house. They can be a bit aggressive, overwhelming and not always particularly gentle when it comes to dogs. They certainly do not intend to be rough with animals, but they’re just kids who are at an age that doesn’t allow for them to know any better. With that said, perhaps we need to help our future dog owners with toddlers know which animals are best or them.

Poodle

Poodles

These are very intelligent dogs. Poodles have a lot to offer in every aspect, not just their love of small kids. They are very patient and kind, and that makes them wonderful pets when it comes to families with small kids. They love kids, have a lot of patience and are very motherly toward them. This makes them even more amazing than most breeds around toddlers, who can be a bit overwhelming in every aspect.

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Vizsla

Vizsla

Few people ever consider this breed a good one for families and for kids. It is known primarily as a hunting dog, and that’s where people tend to be a little bit wrong. They are not dogs that are bred solely for hunting, but they are dogs that get along very well with small kids. It is a breed that is loving and playful, and they love children that want to play with them and keep them company. They make great dogs for small kids because they are so active, and they love an active child.

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Collie

Collie

Well, hello, Lassie. Of course the Collie is the best dog for kids. Well, it’s one of the best. This is a dog with plenty of patience, love, and affection for toddlers. It loves those in its family, and it is very affectionate and very protective of those it calls its own. It’s a dog that will do anything to protect its kids, and it’s also very patient with small kids that love to hang on it and want to be a little bit too overly loving with it.

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beagle

Beagle

Who does not love a beagle? This is a dog breed that is very sweet, very loving and very kind. It’s one that has an affinity for kids that is overwhelming. Very gentle and patient, these are the kinds of dogs that always end up becoming the best friend your child has always wanted. You will not regret a dog like this in your house with toddlers present. It loves to be around your small kids, and it loves to be near those who love it back.

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Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

This is a dog that loves activity and a little bit of a crazy lifestyle. It loves to play and have fun, and living in a noisy and kind of crazy household is not a problem for this particular breed. It’s protective and very loving for kids, especially when they are small. This breed almost takes toddlers under its wing and makes them their own, and they are one of the most popular family dogs in the world because of their loving nature with small kids.

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English Bulldog

English Bulldog

This is a dog that generally has no issue with toddlers whatsoever. It might look like a breed that is a bit intimidating and very scary, but it is not. In fact, this is a breed that is actually anything but. It’s sweet and tolerant, patient and loving. It’s a great dog to have in the house if you have toddlers present. It’s gentle, and it has a great habit of forming an immediate and very strong bond with small kids.

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pug

Pug

Many people tend to forget that the Pug is great with kids. Sure, it’s a little lazy, but that might be the reason it is such a good dog for kids. It is a dog that doesn’t want to have a very active lifestyle most days, but it does love to cuddle. When kids want to play with it, it’s not going to want them to go away, but it is going to want them to stop what they are doing and play with him. It’s a family dog all the way, and it’s great for toddlers.

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irish setter

Irish Setter

This is a sweet dog, and it’s very sweet with kids. It is one that is loving and kind, friendly and protective, and it loves small kids. If you have toddlers and are in the market for a dog that is both intelligent and kind, fun and loving, this is the dog for you. This is a breed that is going to give you the kind of love and affection that you deserve with small kids in the house, and it’s also one that has a lot of patience, which is necessary.

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newfoundland

Newfoundland

This might not be a breed you hear much about, but it’s a great one to have around the house with small kids. Sure, it’s a breed that is very large in comparison to toddlers, but it’s also one that is that is very sweet and loving. Protective of small kids, this is a dog that spends the vast majority of his time sitting around watching them and making sure that they don’t get into much trouble.

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bichon frise

Bichon Frise

There will always be those who are much happier with a smaller dog in the house with toddlers, and there is nothing wrong with that. Small dogs are great with kids, and the Bichon Frise is one of those. This is a dog that is patient and calm, protective and loving. It has an almost motherly instinct when it comes to small children, and it is also a breed that is very playful and loving with small kids.

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Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

This breed is often called the best breed for families with toddlers. It’s friendly and sweet, but it also has a lot of patience and it seems to know that a small child with a little bit of a rough exterior is not an enemy. This is a dog with long hair, but it’s not one that’s going to end up hurting a small child for being on top of it or pulling it, because it seems to know that this is a loving touch that just hasn’t been perfected or refined at this age.

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pit bull

Pit Bull

Sure, there are always going to be those that say that the pit bull is not a dog for kids, but it is. In fact, this is a dog that is so loving and tolerant and patient with kids that it was once known as the nanny dog. It’s so good with them that, in fact, this breed is one that makes itself so present in a child’s life that you will never have to worry that anyone or anything will hurt your kids because your dog will die before allowing it to happen.

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boxer

Boxers

These dogs might look intimidating to some, but they are not at all unless you are a person looking to get too close to a child with a boxer that does not know you. This is not a dog that’s about to let anyone near his or her kids, no matter their age. They are very gentle and sweet, and they make it a habit to keep their kids close to their lives for a very good reason. These are dogs that are great with kids of any age.

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bull terrier

Bull Terrier

You know the dog from Target? That’s a bull terrier, and it loves kids. This is a very gentle breed, despite the fact that it almost looks anything but. It’s one that is good with small kids, is not bothered by the fact that small kids can be a bit rough around the edges, and it’s one that is very kind to those it loves the most. The bull terrier is sweet, and we love it very much for families with toddlers.

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bernese mountain dog

Bernese Mountain Dog

Yes, we know this is a very, very large dog. But it’s also a very sweet, very friendly dog. This is a dog that is known for being so affectionate that it’s almost simple to forget that it’s a big dog. It loves to spend time with toddlers, and it is almost so gentle with them that you would think that it knows how fragile that a baby or a toddler really is. We love this dog for families, and we wish everyone else did, too.

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great dane

Great Dane

Another big dog, the Great Dane is one that has a lot of patience and a lot of friendliness when it comes to toddlers. My brother and I grew up with two of these gorgeous dogs, and they were everything to us. They were never anything but gentle as far as I can remember, and my brother was only a baby when we got them. These are intelligent animals, but they do tend to believe that they are lap dogs all the way, so watch out for that.

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mastiff

Mastiff

The mastiff is huge, but it’s sweet. It is a dog that is big, but it’s got a big personality. Very friendly and kind, this is a breed that loves small children and is so affectionate and gentle with them. Protective and very motherly, the mastiff is the kind of dog that you want around your kids because you know they will always be safe.

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German Shepherd

German Shepherd

Big and beautiful, this is one of the most intelligent dogs in the world. Known for its ability to do police and tactical work, the German Shepherd is a dog that is great for families. May people do not realize just how good they are with small kids, but they are. They are so good with them that many people never give up this breed because they know it will get along with everyone, anytime.

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Labradoodle

Labradoodle

A cross between a Labrador retriever and a poodle, this is a very intelligent dog. It’s also one that is made out of two breeds that are both very toddler friendly, so it’s going to get the best of both worlds in that aspect. We love the labradoodle because it is so sweet and so loving. It’s a dog that you know you want to keep around for a long time, and that is what makes it so good with kids.

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Small and cute, this is one of the most adorable dogs you will ever encounter, and for good reason. But what is even more amazing about this breed is that it’s one that gets along splendidly with kids. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel loves kids, especially toddlers. You will find that it’s one of the best dogs to have in your family, and you will very likely never want another breed.

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