When selecting a dog to be a good companion for your children, there are a number of factors to be considered. With so many breeds out there, how do you know which is right for your family?

First, let’s start with the ideal traits of a kid-friendly dog:

  • Gentle with Children
  • Friendly
  • Sturdy (kids can play rough)
  • Intelligent
  • Energetic

In no particular order, here are 10 dog breeds that are great with kids:


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Traits: Obedient, Playful, Intelligent


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Traits: Energetic, Friendly, Sturdy



Traits: Gentle, Friendly, Dependable

4. Bull Terrier

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Traits: Loving, Loyal, Active 

5. Labrador Retriever

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Traits: Kind, Trusting, Eager to Please

6. Boston Terrier

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Traits: Intelligent, Friendly, Lively

7. Newfoundland

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Traits: Sweet-tempered, Gentle, Trainable

8. Basset Hound

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Traits: Devoted, Friendly, Affectionate

9. Boxer


Traits: Playful, Loyal, Brave

10. Bernese Mountain Dog

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Traits: Intelligent, Affectionate, Easy-going

10 Not So Kid-friendly Dogs:

  • Rottweiler
  • Akita
  • Siberian Husky
  • Bullmastiff
  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Shih Tzu
  • Chow Chow
  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • Pit Bull
  • Australian Shepherd

Dogs in general are loyal, loving animals. Bringing a new dog into your home is a long-term commitment, and at the end of the day the decision you make is based on what is right for your family.