While choosing a specific breed of dog is never 100 percent guaranteed to be the right fit for your family, choosing a dog breed that is well established for being kid friendly is a good place to start. Here’s a list of the 10 best dog breeds for families with children.
This is a dog who will tolerate all the ear and tail pulling! Golden Retrievers are very hands-on dogs. They’re up for wrestling on the living room floor, rolling around in the back yard. They don’t bark too much, they are one of the least destructive dogs breeds, and most certainly one of the most playful.
This is an extremely popular breed in America. Labs are easy to train and easy to housebreak. They learn rules quickly, and they love to play. They do have a pretty high demand for affection, but little kids are the surest way to provide that…they’ll play with the kids all day long!
This breed is large – they run about 140 pounds. But they are pretty easy-going dogs. They generally are not aggressive with kids or people or other dogs. They don’t learn as fast as Golden or Labrador Retrievers, but they do catch on, especially to housebreaking training. This breed is quite affectionate– so be ready for some sloppy kisses!
This breed is nice if you don’t have a particularly active family. Basset hounds don’t get excited easily, and tend to be less playful. They generally aren’t a high-activity dog. They do bark a bit, and they tend to take a little longer to catch on to housebreaking training. But if you are a patient person, a Basset Hound can become a great pet for your family.
I saw something recently about a new breed of collie that has short hair. You might check into that if you like the personality of a Collie but don’t want the long coat to contend with. On the plus side, a Collie is a breed that will protect your children. They really are like Lassie, “Timmy fell into the well!” LOL. A Collie will play with the kids, but its bigger priority is to protect them. Collies are not as affectionate as other breeds – they are quite independent. But they’re smart and easily trained, and easy to housebreak as well.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
This breed is similar to other retrievers in that they are easy to train and housebreak. They are devoted dogs and love their owners…they’ll demand affection. They are good playmates for your children, as well as protectors. The down side to this breed is they tend to be more destructive – eating a couch pillow, for example. LOL!
Most people have never heard of this breed. This breed is in the bird-dog family. They make a great family pet in that they are not aggressive. They generally do not make a good watchdog – but they are playful and won’t destroy stuff. They’re a great pet!
This breed is easy to train and housebreak, is very active, and super playful. These active dogs will demand almost constant affection. They love attention and they’ll be very loving toward you. They are a protective breed, so they may show some aggression when it comes to your home and family. And they are a great alarm!
English Springer Spaniel
This breed loves to play and truly enjoys affection. They are easily trainable, but a downside is that they tend to be easily excited. They bark a bit more than other breeds, and can also be destructive (due to their excitability). But if you’re willing to spend time and attention on this breed, they’ll make a terrific pet.
These dogs are intelligent, alert, playful and always up for fun! They don’t make the best watchdogs, and are a bit difficult to train, but once trained they are beyond loyal and a ton of fun!
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