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Best Dog Breeds for Kids

So you are looking for a dog to add to your family, but are worried that your choice may not be correct, since you have small children around. You want to find a dog that will not only protect your child, but who will enjoy playing like only a kid can do.

Since there are over 170 breeds registered by the AKC, you will probably find just about as many recommendations, with each breed recommended as being the best dog. Below you will find our (you guessed it!) recommendations to help you choose the best dog breed for kids. Perhaps one of these dog breeds is also the one you were thinking of yourself.

Golden Retriever

Best Dog Breeds for Kids

Golden Retrievers do extremely well with children. They have a high tolerance of some of the things kids do. They are well mannered, but playful. Because of their size and energy, though, it is possible they can unintentionally knock over a small child, so they may be more suitable for older children (6 years old and up). As with any dog, never leave her unmonitored with a child in the room.


Bulldogs are tremendously sturdy, and can take just about anything kids can do with them. It will put up with a lot while maintaining an even temper. Bulldogs love children and are easy to train as a family dog. This dog is an extremely low maintenance dog, but needs to remain with family... do not leave him outdoors.

Bull Terrier

Bull Terriers are able to take a lot of rough play while remaining calm. They can take the man handling sometimes employed by young kids, while returning their unwavering love. These dogs can be rambunctious, so once again are only recommended for kids 6 years old or older.


Beagles make great companions to your kids. They are small enough that they won't inadvertently knock your child down while playing, yet big enough to take the playing with sometimes clumsy kids.


I hope you enjoyed these recommendations, however brief. I have provided links for each recommended breed if you want more information on that type of dog. You can also find a lot more information on many different dog breeds by selecting "Dog Breeds" on our menu.

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