I’ve had dogs all of my life. Mostly a sporting breed for my own family. They seemed to fit in well with all of the activity, distance running and just the general busy nature of my large family and household. They also could stand to be trampled on a time or two!
It seems that most of my friends with families are dog lovers as well. This has made for some fun outings which included both kids and dogs. All of these experiences have helped me obtain some good knowledge regarding kid friendly dog breeds. Some of the following breeds have been owned by myself and many of my friends with families, but they’ve all been great dogs for kids.
As I said, I’m more of a big dog fan. However, a couple of my mom friends opted to go small and adopt a Bichon Frise into the family. I think this choice was great for the families involved. These dogs are very happy around kids, and have a great tolerance level for a busy house. I’ve seen a few of these cute canines dressed up by the kids, then strolled around in the stroller. This makes for great play dates for girls, giving them hours of fun. They also don’t shed.
My friend with the dachshund has had this breed for her entire life. Her parents always had these dogs, and she has followed suit with the same breed. From what I’ve witnessed at her house, they’re great with kids as well. They are very affectionate dogs which like to sit on your lap,cuddle and pass out kisses. They also don’t shed and require little grooming. I’m actually considering going with this breed for all of these reasons. Especially the grooming/shedding issue.
From what my mom friend with a Maltese said, I really don’t think one of these fragile dogs would last in my busy house. Someone would likely mow it down, but they are great for smaller families. They are fragile as puppies so they need to be handled gently while they’re young. However as they age they can withstand more rough and tumble time. Her kids have a great time grooming and brushing their Maltese, and they are free of shedding.
These are great family dogs. They love kids and lots of exercise. Which is why I do consider them when it comes time to get another dog, but I’ve never actually had one yet. However, my brother in law loves the two he has. They’re great with his tween and teen boys, and are a great fit for their active home. They do shed a significant amount, especially as the weather warms up. I know a couple of these guys that were awesome Frisbee players…a great pass time for older kids with this type of dog.
Source: Personal Experience