It’s easy to fall in love with a puppy, but when choosing a dog for your family you need to keep some things in mind. That puppy is going to become a dog, it won’t always be so small and adorable. Do you have room for a large breed dog, or time to groom a long haired dog? It is also important to keep in mind the general energy level and temperament of a breed. Is the breed known for being high-strung, or easily annoyed? Now, just because the breed is known for some unappealing trait, doesn’t mean that every dog of that breed will display that trait. Every dog has its own personality, but some breeds just have a higher risk factor for certain negative traits.
We’ve rounded up 5 of the best breeds of dogs that you could welcome into a family with kids. Some of these breeds do better with older kids, but all of these breeds are known to be great family dogs, even if a few are more popular than others. We’re sure you’ll find the perfect dog breed for your family in this list.
1.) The Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever is among the most popular family pets and for a good reason. These dogs are known for being highly intelligent, playful and patient. Their patience makes them a great choice for families with young children, who are still learning how to treat animals nicely. They are bold and curious, but obedient. These traits combined with their eagerness to please, makes them easy to train. Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercise, but their love of playing and running makes exercise easy to accomplish. Golden retrievers are medium sized dogs and do better with a backyard to explore, but they can be just as happy with no yard, as long as they are walked frequently.
2.) The Beagle
Beagles are short, sturdily built dogs and are often considered a small breed. They were originally kept as hunting dogs and are naturally very active. Beagles have a unique bark that is even humorous when they are young. They fit well in small homes, and don’t need much room to be happy, as long as they are walked regularly. Beagles are a good match for active kids, they don’t tire easily and they’re always up for a game. Known for being smart and friendly, beagles usually get along well with other pets, although they may start a friendly game of “chase” once in a while. Beagles tend to shed a lot and need regular brushing.
3.) The Bull Dog
The bull dog is considered a large breed dog, but they do great in small homes. They are patient, sturdy dogs, which makes them great for kids who like to roughhouse. The bull dog will see nothing wrong with a little bit of rough play and will remain gentle while playing. They are by no means energetic and a round of play will promptly be followed by a nap, this lack of energy makes them the perfect dogs for limited space and small yards. As long as a bull dog has enough room to sprawl out and lounge, he’ll be happy. Bull dogs are known as a docile and loyal breed and they get along great with other pets.
4.) The Newfoundland
The Newfoundland is a gentle giant and has been called nature’s babysitter. They are smart, loyal and patient, making them a good choice for kids of any age. While they prefer cuddling over rough housing, they do enjoy playing and they do better in homes with a lot of space to roam. They need space to be happy. They are known to drool and shed quite a bit, but they do not make good outside dogs. Newfoundland’s like to be inside with their families and are very pack orientated dogs. These dogs are exceptional swimmers and have even been known to rescue drowning people.
5.) The Bull Terrier
Last, but not least on our list is the Bull Terrier. Bull Terriers were once popular family pets, but were unfairly branded as an aggressive breed. Contrary to that label, Bull Terriers were bred to be companion animals. These dogs are great with children both young and old. They are sturdy dogs, with an above average threshold for pain, making them great for young, or hyper children.
The Bull Terrier is a hyper dog and needs a lot of play time, they do better in homes with large backyards. Their rambunctiousness makes them a great choice for large families, they love having many people to play with. Another bonus of Bull Terriers is that their short coats need little maintenance and they don’t shed much. This breed of dog is very protective of its family.
So now that you know a thing or two about kid-friendly dogs, choosing one for your home and your family should be a little bit simpler. Also, keep in mind that mutts from the pound are a fantastic option, as they are often more docile and well-tempered. Good luck for bringing a new dog home!
Dr. Pippa Elliott BVMS, MRCVS, is a veterinarian with over two decades of experience treating cats and dogs. She is also a research contributor and a pet medical insurance specialist at https://www.petinsuranceu.com. When she’s not working, she’s relaxing at home in London with a house full of her own beloved pets.