As a rule, children and dogs typically get along just fine, although some dog breeds fare better than others when it comes to patience with children. Here are great breeds of dog to get if you have children and want to add a dog to your household successfully.
Labrador Retrievers are not only America’s favorite dog, but these gentle giants are great with children. Smart, easily trained, and gentle, these children loving dogs are a great addition to your family. Just be sure that your children do not play too roughly with even the gentlest dog, as a dog poked in the eye may react with a snap.
A Golden Retriever is another family favorite. This gentle dog loves to play with children, and in general has a calm demeanor. Larger dogs as a whole fare better with children than smaller dogs, such as a Toy Poodle or a Pomeranian, as larger breeds tend to not view children as a threat or something to fear. As a result, a larger breed of dog can be played with without feeling attacked more often than a smaller breed of dog, and a larger dog in general just enjoys children more.
Boxers are great, patient dogs for children. They are protective as well, but not to the point of true aggression. These beautiful dogs are strong, but gentle, easily trained, and have a quiet demeanor that tolerates noisy kids quite well. This macho dog will watch your kids out in the yard and play with them all day long, without you having to fear your dog getting impatient at or snapping at your children. In my experience, Boxers make one of the best family dogs I have ever seen.
A Beagle is a fun choice for children, as this baying pooch is a hyper, active dog that will follow the children anywhere. If your family is prepared for a dog that needs lots of attention, a Beagle can be a great choice for your kids, as beagles are eager to be around people who want to play and be active.
I personally love Australian Shepherds, and they are great dogs for kids. If you want a dog that will protect your children and play with them, cuddle with them, and even play hide and seek with them, an Australian Shepherd is a great bet. This smart, loyal, yet gentle breed treats children like part of a flock of sheep, keeping the children in line while protecting them without being too aggressive with strangers. These dogs are also very active and smart, and are always up for learning tricks and play time.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are gaining in popularity, and it’s easy to see why. These large, beautiful dogs are so gentle it’s amazing. They are smart and generally love children, tolerating ear pulling, poking fingers, and children riding on them without reacting in snapping or dodging. For a beginner dog, this large breed is a great dog for children, and is truly a patient, gentle dog.
Every dog is different, but larger breeds in general tend to be more tolerant around children than smaller breeds. In the end, though, it depends on how you allow your children to play with your dog, and close monitoring of your dog and children together will ensure a deep bond that can last a very long time. While every individual dog may be different, some breeds of dog just do better with children as a whole than others.