Best Dog Breeds for Families With Kids

3 min read
Jan 27, 2022

Dogs are an important part of many people's families, and pet parents often treat their pup like one of their own. However, when it comes to adding a furry addition to your family, it's important to think carefully.

If you have children or plan on having a family, be sure you're looking for a dog breed that is good with kids. You should also be aware of some of the other challenges that come with raising a dog as a part of your family. Below are some examples of breeds that can be great for families with children.

Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever is one of the United States’ most popular dog breeds. The Labrador Retriever finds family extremely important. If you choose a Labrador Retriever to be a part of your family, be certain to include him or her in your family activities. They feel the need to be a part of their “pack” at all times. They enjoy spending time with you whether on a car ride or simply sitting with you as you watch television.

Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is one of the United States’ most popular dog breeds. Why? The Golden Retriever is an excellent breed to choose for a family setting. The Golden Retriever is extremely friendly and learns quickly. They are also very good with children and those with special needs.


The Beagle is a common pet among households in the United States. They are known for their social, energetic behavior. The Beagle is also known to be extremely playful and affectionate.                                      

Basset Hound

The Basset Hound is extremely laid back. He or she can get along well with everyone - from people to other animals. They do not become excited often, but may show energy if they detect a scent they like. Although they are extremely calm, they make excellent watchdogs.

German Shepherd

The German Shepherd is one of the most popular dog breeds in America. They are extremely intelligent and capable of partnering with humans to complete difficult tasks. German Shepherds are extremely courageous and devoted to his or her pet parent as well as their family or ‘pack.’ German Shepherds are seen working alongside police officers, military, search and rescue and those with disabilities.

Cocker Spaniel

The Cocker Spaniel is an extremely affectionate, gentle breed. Their trusting personality makes them a great fit for families who have small children, other pets, or elderly individuals. When properly socialized, this breed is an excellent family dog. If not properly socialized, this dog can be extremely sensitive and possess a fear of strangers.


The Poodle is known for being extremely loyal, loving and intelligent. These dogs are also extremely protective of their family. If a strange person begins approaching your house, he or she will alert you immediately. Poodles are extremely affectionate but take a while to warm up to new people.

Cairn Terrier

The Cairn Terrier is great for families that prefer a smaller dog. Cairns are about 10 inches tall and weigh about 13 pounds.  They are good with children, and tend to have a lot of energy for running around outdoors.


The Pug is an extremely playful, energetic dog who requires a great deal of attention. Pugs are very close to their families and expect to be with them at all times. They are a true “center-of-attention” dog and may develop behavior disorders if ignored. They are known to be good watchdogs; however, they are not big “barkers.” They are very good with other animals and play well with small children.

Irish Setter

The Irish Setter is instantly recognized by their gorgeous, red, flowing coats.  These Setters love being around people, especially children. Playful and energetic, Irish Setters are a good match for kids who are full of energy, and love to play and run around.

Dog Breeds That Aren’t Good for Kids

Dogs that like to be “in charge” and don’t respond easily to training may be difficult to raise alongside children. Toy dogs can also be injured easily by children who don’t understand exactly how fragile they are.  Remember, the breed of the dog is not necessarily the only factor that determines if they are a good fit for young children. The personality and history of a dog also play large roles.

Considerations Before Getting a Family Dog

Before getting a dog, it's important to think consider the habits, behaviors and emotions of your children.  Consider how well your kids do around animals.  If you have younger, energetic children, then getting a dog with good energy levels that is ok being physically handled is important.  While pets can be a good way to teach children responsibility, especially if they have to take on some of the pet’s care themselves, a dog that snaps out of fear will not be a good match. Finding the right dog for your family is all about patience, research, and timing.  Whoever you bring home will surely become a well-loved member of your family.  After adopting your new family member, be sure to sign them up for dog insurance to protect their health and future.

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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances. 

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