15 Best Dog Breeds for Kids and Families

Boxer  Boxers are playful dogs who enjoy playing with children. It is a lively dog that can play toe to toe with children. Children will love its playful, innocent personality. Sometimes it can be clumsy and knock over children, so make sure to keep your toddlers safe.

Labrador Retriever Labradors make loyal family pets. They are calm and gentle, but they can be aggressive. They are friendly, outgoing, gentle, intelligent, and kind dogs. They are great with children and other pets. They will tolerate children touching, patting or prodding them. Families with young children will find their relaxed demeanor a huge plus.

Golden Retriever A golden retriever looks a lot like a Labrador retriever, but with a longer hair. They are very similar in temperament: they are gentle, calm, patient, tolerant, and not aggressive. If this breed doesn't have a way to harness its energy, it can become hyperactive and difficult to manage.

Poodle Poodles are intelligent and possess a wonderful temperament. Poodles are energetic and can often match a child's. Poodles are affectionate, cuddly and gentle. You have the option of choosing between a toy, standard, or miniature poodle. Families with children will prefer the larger standard poodle.

Bichon Frise The little cotton ball of a dog is a joy to play with and not too hyper. It is charming, affectionate, and has the energy to match any child's endless spirit. It's a small dog that doesn't overwhelm or intimidate children. It might warn children if they are too rambunctious, or rough.

Beagle Beagles were the favorite dog breed of "Snoopy." These dogs are smart, friendly, and small enough to be suitable for children. Although some dogs can be quite high-strung they are very responsive to training. They enjoy being with people, even children.

Cairn Terrier These little dogs are very friendly with children. They are also popularized on the big screen, as Toto from "The Wizard of Oz" is an example. They can be tolerant of all kinds of things and keep up with children. They are gentle and affectionate with children, making them a great choice for families. Although smaller dogs are less able to handle roughhousing, the Cairn Terrier seems to be a great dog for them.

German Shepherd Although this breed is loyal and protective, it must be trained well. German shepherds are playful, especially when they are younger. While they can be gentle and sweet with their families, they are cautious of strangers. They are intelligent and can be trained to do anything.

Shetland Sheepdog Shelties look a lot like "Lassie" dogs, or collies. They are gentle, calm, and tolerant dogs that get along well with all ages and sizes of children. Shelties love human company. Although playful, shelties are good with children and can be trained to overcome their natural tendency to herd or nip.

Pug Pugs love to play with children. Flat-faced brachycephalic dogs (flat-faced) should not be overworked as they are prone to heat. Short play sessions, rest and snuggling with their humans are ideal for this puppy. This dog has a lower energy level and is a great companion for cuddling or as a lap dog.

Irish Setter Irish setters can be energetic and playful, but are great playmates for older children. This dog is a great companion for families who love to go on walks with them.

Boston Terrier These dogs are small- to medium-sized and weigh in at around 25 pounds. They can live in apartments fine and can adapt to city life. Boston terriers can be non-aggressive and love to play with children.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Cavs are friendly. These tiny, friendly dogs are small enough to get along with children and dogs. They are playful and affectionate.

Bulldog Like pugs or boxers, bulldogs are another brachycephalic dog breed. They should be able to rest when they get too active, especially on hot days. The bulldog will happily play for a few minutes, but then will go to sleep. They are gentle and sweet dogs that will accept a little roughhousing from children.

Mixed-Breed Dogs Mutts are intelligent and well-balanced dogs. A mixed breed can make a wonderful dog. There are many sizes and types of mixed breeds. Mixes can be more physically healthy than purebred dogs, and they are less strung. You can also save a dog's life from death row or in shelters.