8 Best Dog Breeds For Kids

Golden retriever 

Goldens are very bright and easy to train. They're also stoic when it comes to kids. "While they may not like it, golden retrievers tend to be apathetic to young kids pulling on their ears or tugging at their tails. 

Labrador retriever 

They look large-and-in-charge, but Labs are famously child-friendly, making them one of the best family dogs. "The Labrador retriever is a reliable family pet," says Dr. Emmett. 

Rescue dogs 

Many rescue dogs, who are waiting for their forever home, are gentle, loving, and grateful to be found by a wonderful family with kids, plus, some have even already been potty-trained. 


According to the American Kennel Club, these charmers are among the best dogs for kids and best dog breeds for families because they are loving by nature, love to play, and have goofy personalities. 

Irish setter 

Regal to look at and energetic beyond words, this breed grows to be large, around 50 to 70 pounds, and has a long lifespan, so they can grow up with your kids. 

French bulldog 

Frenchies, as they are affectionately known, are diminutive in size, but big in personality. Known for their affectionate natures and silly "bat" ears, French bulldogs were bred to be companion dogs. 


Fiercely loyal and protective of those who love them, these energetic, medium-sized dogs have calm dispositions, but love to play, making them one of the best dogs for kids with high energy. 

Bichon frise 

These little bundles of low-shedding fur are some of the friendliest dogs on the planet and is one of the best dog breeds for families. Sweet, affectionate, and playful, the bichon frise is a fantastic playmate for energetic children. 

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