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Best Dog Breeds for Kids

Beagle licking the face of a little girl making it one of the best dog breeds for kids

Dogs have long been a staple to the modern family that can bring joy and companionship to the whole crew. But how do you know what breed best suits your family? There are a few factors you must think of when selecting the perfect pup for your family.

Size: The size of a dog can be important and you need to take a step back and look at what will work best. Smaller dogs are perfect for cuddlers and smaller homes and back yards, however, if your kids are roughhorsers and you have a big back yard a larger sized dog may be the perfect fit!

Energy: Some dog breeds are known to run and sniff for hours while others are more happy snoozing on the couch. Make sure you fit your lifestyle and have people who can cuddle or walk the dog depending on its needs.

Personality: If you are looking for a dog that will behave in public or one that will be silly around the house there are different traits each breed has that could affect this.

Knowing this we can finally find you the best dog breeds for your kids and family.

Labrador Retriever

Yellow lab with its tongue out

The classic lab, everyone knows this breed is full of gentle giants. Though not the biggest dog these guys can grow up to 80 pounds and need their fair share of snacks and exercise. Labs are known for their loyalty and will form a special bond with every member of the family while also being easy going and gentle around kids making them an all-star family dog.

Golden Retriever

golden retriever running through a park next to flowers

Much like the lab, this breed is a staple in America as one of the more popular breeds. They are fun loving energetic pals that will always bring a good time. These dogs can grow to a bigger size but not quite as big as the Labradors. Golden retrievers are also amazing at comforting and helping to make them great service and support dogs as well. If you're looking for a super sweet goofball these dogs will do their best to fit right in as a great dog for kids.  


Bulldog playing with a yellow ball in a grass yard

Opposite of the other two this dog is a napper! The bulldog is both gentle and playful feeling just at home on the couch as it is on a walk. These dogs are smaller in size and can overheat easily due to their short snout but only in super hot conditions. Short and stout these dogs are great for any family and will be happy no matter what as long as you are there with them. They need a healthier diet as well due to their nature to become overweight, Coconut oil is great for this breed!

French Bulldog

French bulldog jumping up on a park table

Cousin to the bulldog these sweet little dogs are low maintenance and easy going. Slightly smaller the french bulldog is the perfect inner-city dweller not needing a huge backyard,  good on walks, and known to be quiet. The French bulldog is playful, easygoing, and one of the best dog breeds for kids.   


Brown boxer looking happy in a field of grass

Another popular dog breed in America the Boxer is known for its energetic bouncy personality. These pups are slightly bigger and muscular needing a lot of space and many walks to keep them happy. If your family is a rowdy bunch that likes fitness you can't go wrong with a Boxer.


silver WEIMARANER in a wheat field

This German sporting dog is a very entertaining breed. Weimaraner are energetic and incredibly smart dogs that need room to play and toys that will test their brain. These dogs are perfect for energetic families and will be incredible companions to all members of the household.

The Bichon

White Bichon in a park during a sunset

The Bichon is a little fluff of joy! Smaller in size these dogs are friendly in any situation and love people no matter what. They are both easy going and playful at the same time, and one added bonus to these cuties is that they are hypoallergenic and low shedding making them great for any household.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in a field of grass

With the softest ears of the list, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a smaller breed that loves to please. These dogs don't need a ton of exercise though they do love to sniff about from time to time. King Charles Spaniel is another one of the best dog breeds for kids and usually get along with other pets as well.

The Mutt

A mutt on a dog bed out in the yard

Often times animal shelters may have the perfect fit for your family if you take the time to look. Mutts can be great for families and it all depends on what needs your family has. The great thing about this group is that they can have multiple breed traits and make a perfect furry friend that your family can adopt and love.

No matter the breed all dogs are great and will be a part of the family they are brought into. These breeds are just a handful that is popular for their traits but may not be your ideal puppy breed. This is OK! Finding a dog that you love is the most important part because they will love you and your family back unconditionally no matter the breed.

Meet The Author 

Grant Withers

Canine Specialist & Writer

Grant is an award-winning writer for SitStay with a passion for pets and especially dogs! Grant loves writing about furry little goofballs and aims to educate pet parents about anything and everything regarding their dogs.

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