These gentle and calm dogs are all too happy to be combed and brushed. However, they’re less enthusiastic about games, such as tug of war, and rough-and-tumble play. These dogs are a good match for a more urban lifestyle and a sensitive child.
These dogs are extremely popular thanks to their gentle, caring temperaments. They’re also very bright, making them extremely easy to train. They’re also tolerant when it comes to kids – although they might not like it, Golden Retrievers are apathetic to young children pulling on their ears or tugging their tails. This makes them some of the best family dogs that you can find.
3. Labrador Retriever
They might look large and unruly, but Labs are famous for being child-friendly. This breed of dog has an insatiable appetite for playing and is well suited for an active outdoor lifestyle and children who like to run about, throw balls, and play Frisbee.
These adorable dogs thrive on companionship. They make excellent family dogs because they are loving by nature, love to play, and have fun and goofy personalities. Therefore, if you want a dog that loves to be surrounded by people, you cannot go wrong with a beagle. However, if your house is empty during the day, it’s best to choose another breed.
5. Irish Setter
Does your family enjoy a good group jog or a game of beach Frisbee? If so, then an Irish Setter is the perfect dog breed for you. Regal to look at and extremely energetic, these dogs have a long lifespan, so they can grow up with your kids. They make great companions, enjoy being around children, and have lively dispositions. They also love to play with balls and toys.
6. French Bulldogs
French Bulldogs, or Frenchies, as they’re affectionately known as, are small in size, but big in personality. Known for being affectionate, French Bulldogs were bred to be companion dogs. They’re a great choice for apartment dwellers as they don’t mind being in small spaces. They also love being around children.
If you make a boxer a part of your family, you’ll never feel unprotected again. These dogs are fiercely loyal and protective of those who they love. These energetic dogs have calm dispositions, but love to play. They need a lot of exercise, but they tend to overheat, so don’t push them too hard in hot weather.
8. Bichon Frise
These are some of the friendliest dogs on the planet. Affectionate and playful, the Bichon Frise is a great playmate for energetic children. Their tiny size makes them a great city dog, provided you take them out for regular walks.
9. Cocker Spaniel
These dogs are loving, gentle, extremely smart, love to be around children, and always do their best to put themselves in the middle of the action. They also tend to make fantastic therapy dogs and are a great choice if you have an anxious or special needs child. However, they’re prone to ear infections, so keeping them well cleaned and groomed is essential.
Do you have a child that suffers from allergies? If so, poodles are the perfect dog for your family. While no breed of dog is completely hypoallergenic, Poodles come close because they appear to produce fewer allergens. They’re also available in three sizes – standard, miniature, and toy –and an abundance of colors. These cute goofballs are smart, easy to train, adapt well to new situations, and adore children.
Their cute squashed faces and affectionate nature makes Pugs a popular dog for kids who prefer gentle play to roughhousing. These playful dogs were bred to be lap dogs and absolutely adore being around people. They’re clever, quiet, and make for great family pets.
Short or long-haired Chihuahuas are the smallest of all dog breeds. They adore children and are extremely loyal to their families. They love being indoors and aren’t big fans of very cold weather. They’re very easy to train and love the lap of the person who shows them the most affection.
These make great pets for older children. They’re sweet beyond belief, extremely protective, and are easily trained. They are known to be mischievous, charming, and playful. They need a lot of exercise and love.
This is the national dog of Cuba. They have enthusiastic personalities and love people of all ages. They are very social and outgoing. They’re a toy breed, so they’re not a great fit for rough-and-tumble play, but they’re absolutely perfect for families that are looking for a silly and outgoing friend for their child.