Have you always wanted a dog but you just had a child? Or you put off having a dog because you have children? There are many people in the same boat and often times people don’t pull the trigger on having a dog because of their children. But there are dog breeds out there that are extremely child friendly so don’t hesitate! With the help of PetMD, here are the top ten dog breeds for children….
The Bulldog – Curious, sweet and absolutely hilarious, it has a very comical personality and loves to clown around. It is bright and easygoing. The Frenchie gets along fairly well with strangers and other animals and enjoys being with its owner.
The Beagle – Originally kept as hunting dogs, Beagles fit well in homes with active kids, as they are sturdily built and are never too tired to play a game. They are also smart and very friendly. The Beagle is a sturdy, hardy little hound dog that looks like a miniature Foxhound. The body is squarely-built while the skull is fairly long and slightly domed.
The Bull Terrier – Unfairly branded as an aggressive breed, the Bull Terrier was actually bred to be a companion dog — friendly and loving towards grown-ups and kids alike. They also have a high threshold for pain which makes playing with kids a bit easier. You know how kids can be! If you thought Pit Bulls were dangerous you’d be right but it’s because of how they’re treated, not because of their original breed usage.
The Collie – This is the dog breed that people know as “Lassie.” Collies are easily trainable and rarely aggressive. Plus they’re just so darned beautiful don’t you think?
The Newfoundland – Well, if your nickname is “nature’s babysitter” then you’re bound to be safe for kids. Large and sweet would be the best description. Plus when they stick out those tongues it’s just too cute isn’t it? Perfect for playing with the kids.
The Vizsla – This may be a breed you haven’t heard of before, but because of its need for regular exercise, it’s actually one best dog breeds for active and energetic families with older kids. So if you’ve got kids constantly running around the house then you might want to keep a Vizsla around.
The Irish Setter – Known for its red coat, the Irish Setter is playful, energetic, loves being around people, and plays well with children. This dog is also highly trainable. Once trained they are perfect for playing with children and can even engage in games like fetch or chess ( just kidding about chess!).
The Poodle – Poodles are one of the smartest dogs breeds on the planet making them trainable. They are also known to be extremely loyal to their owners.
The Labrador Retriever – This is one of the most popular dog breeds in the U.S., and for good reason. The Labrador Retriever is playful, patient, loving, protective and reliable. They’re also known as one of the sweetest dog breeds.
The Golden Retriever – Not as big in size as the Lab, the Golden Retriever is a confident, smart, kind and loyal dog. Neither aggressive nor timid, the Golden Retriever is extremely patient, which is perfect for kids.