Poodle Poodles can be misunderstood as a reserved and sophisticated breed, but they are very social and playful dogs. This intelligent breed is great for kids, regardless of their size preference (standard, mini, or toy). A poodle is a happy, energetic dog that will feel right at home with his loving family.

Basset Hound The sleepy-eyed basset dog is a great choice for those who like to take things at their own pace. They are calm and easygoing dogs. The dog's floppy ears will delight children and make him a great family dog. As long as you don’t mind some drooling, that is.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel The Cavalier is easy to fall in love, thanks to their beautiful eyes and caramel-colored long coat. The Cavalier's willingness to spend time with people makes them a great choice for families that have a stay-at home parent. They are friendly lap dogs and are a great friend. Their cheerful personality is a big hit with children.

Beagle Do you want a more active family? You might be interested in the playful and upbeat beagle. The beagle's small size makes them ideal companions on family road trips and is well-suited to families who enjoy outdoor activities. Be sure to teach your children to not leave food out. Beavers are very food-driven and will grab any food left behind. 

Boxer Boxers are playful and easy-going, and they love to have a good time in the great outdoors. Although they are playful, boxers can be patient around children. They are loyal and alert, and they attach to their family very closely. 

Pug Perhaps your family is unable to accommodate the physical demands of an active dog. The pug is the answer. He is charming and small, but he will not be running a marathon any time soon. Although his exercise requirements are minimal he is still a playful firecracker who loves to have fun and play. They are very affectionate and will follow their owners wherever they go. 

Havanese Havanese is a people-oriented dog who loves children. He is close to his family and easy to please. This breed is for you if you are up to the task of keeping his beautiful locks in good condition. You can also ask your children to help you with the daily brushing. 

Shih Tzu Shih Tzus were bred as companion dogs and have an incredibly sweet disposition, making them a wonderful choice for families with children. They are adorable! Other pros include their small size, low exercise requirements, and adaptability to apartment life. 

Vizsla This handsome breed makes a great companion for older children who can get him all the exercise he needs. Vizslas are energetic and full of life, which your children will love. These dogs are affectionately known as the "Velcro vizsla", and thrive on human companionship. 

Boston Terrier The little, tuxedo-clad man is a hit with families with children. The Boston terrier is playful and not too loud. They are loyal companions and love to be loved. 

Newfoundland These gentle giants of dog world are known for being very well-mannered with children. Many positive characteristics make a Newfoundland a loving, gentle, sweet, loyal and loving dog. A Newfoundland's protective nature makes them excellent watchdogs. A Newfie can be a great addition to your family if you aren't bothered by his large size and extra saliva. 

English Bulldog The iconic English bulldog is a great personality. He is affectionate, calm, and enjoys being around children. This breed is great for families who live a relaxed lifestyle and are not in hurry. 

Border Collie A border collie is a great choice for families with children who can channel his energy and keep him busy. The border collie excels in a variety of activities, including agility, frisbee, and herding.