Deciding which breed of dog to make a part of your family is a huge decision. Choosing one that is known for getting along with small children is of paramount importance.
As we all know, many dog breeds are not kid-friendly. Dogs that are going into homes with kids should exhibit patience, be gentle and good natured and be able to tolerate some rough play by children.
Here are five breeds that rank among the best choices for families with children, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC) and PetMD.
Golden Retrievers are happy, reliable, trustworthy, calm, friendly, gentle and very playful. They’re very eager to please and love the company of other dogs and humans. These dogs are also one of the least destructive breeds while, at the same time, one of the most playful. Their main asset is extreme patience around children.
Beagles are outgoing, joyful, energetic, good natured and lively dogs. They traveled in packs for hundreds of years so they naturally enjoy the company of other dogs and humans. These hounds always want to be where the action is and are very loving.
Because of the even temperament and trainability of Labrador Retrievers, millions of Americans own a them as a pets. This breed has a great aptitude to please its master and excels as guide dogs for the blind, as part of search-and-rescue teams or in narcotics detection with law enforcement. They are affectionate, friendly, and family oriented. Labrador Retrievers exhibit great tolerance around children and are known for being protective of their owners.
The Poodle is an elegant, intelligent and active dog who loves to be part of the family. They excel at obedience, agility and being a loving companion. They are exceptionally smart, active and excels in obedience training.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, which originated in England, is known by the affectionate nickname, “The Children’s Nursemaid” or “The Nanny Dog”. They are well known for their tolerance of, and affection for children. They make a perfect addition to a family.
More information on these breeds and many others can be found at American Kennel Club.
Animal Planet offers a tool that helps people select the breed that best suits their household:
Animal Planet Breed Selector