Top 10 Dog Breeds for Kids and Families

Dogs can teach kids compassion, cooperation and responsibility amongst other important lessons. Dogs do this whilst also being the best playmates that any child could ask for.

Before you adopt any dog, it’s important to do the research into what kind of dog breed will fit into your family and your lifestyle. Here at The Pet Embassy, we have done the research for you to help you in finding the perfect pup.

Please note that like any breed round up, all the following choices are subjective and are far from being exhaustive. We know there are many other wonderful dog breeds that could have made the list and the list is in no particular order!

If you have a dog whose breed appears on our “Top 10 Dog Breeds for Kids and Families” list or if you think your dog breed should have been on here, please let us know in the comments section below!

The Pet Embassy’s “Top 10 Dog Breeds for Kids and Families”

Golden Retriever

Top 10 Dog Breeds for Kids and Families
A beautiful Golden Retriever sitting on the grass. Photo by Mithul Varshan from Pexels

Size: Large

Temperament: Confident, Gentle and Intelligent

Golden Retrievers are a real family dog and thrive in households a number of households, including those with children and other smaller animals. The Golden Retriever is one of the most intelligent dog breeds and their intelligence allows them to be easily trained. Their kind and caring nature, combined with their intelligence make the Golden Retriever one of the best dog breeds for beginners.

The Golden Retriever is known for being a great dog breed for kids and families. They have an instinct for protecting their pack from anything dangerous so they are great to take to the park with your children as they are another pair of watchful eyes!

The Golden Retriever needs a good amount of exercise everyday as they are one of the most active dog breeds in the world. We would recommend dog games to keep this particular breed physically and mentally stimulated.

If you have children, we would recommend letting the Golden Retriever play in the yard with them as it is a great way for them both to let out some steam and stretch their legs.

The Golden Retriever is one of our favorite large dog breeds and one of the best working dog breeds.

Labrador Retriever

Top 10 Dog Breeds for Kids and Families
A lovely Labrador Retriever puppy enjoying some exercise. Image by Sven Lachmann from Pixabay

Size: Large

Temperament: Energetic, Intelligent and Tenacious

Just like the Golden Retriever, Labrador Retrievers make great pets for first-time dog owners due to their affectionate and loyal natures. The Labrador is one of the most intelligent dog breeds in the world and they are frequently trained to aid those with blindness or autism.

The Labrador Retriever is a calm and gentle dog breed that have a lot of time for children and other smaller pets. They understand that they may be bigger than other pets and they are intelligent enough to play gentle when around smaller animals and children. These qualities mean that the Labrador Retriever is a one of the best dog breeds for kids and families.

In addition, Labrador Retrievers are one of the best dog breeds for seniors. Labrador Retrievers are one of the most loyal dog breeds to their family, and develop bonds with each member, not just with one person.

Labrador Retrievers are one of the most active dog breeds and need around an hour exercise every day. This could be running, swimming, or fetch. They are an intelligent dog breed who get great satisfaction out of releasing their energy in fun ways.

Labrador Retrievers are a double-coated dog breed therefore they require regular grooming to keep their coats nice and healthy. Their coat should be brushed regularly as this can alert you to health and skin problems such as hot spots, hair loss or dry skin.

In addition, Labrador Retrievers are one of our favorite large dog breeds as well as one of our top working dog breeds.

Poodle

Top 10 Dog Breeds for Kids and Families
A lovely Poodle puppy plays on the grass. Image by carah_ from Pixabay

Size: Medium

Temperament: Active, Instinctual and Intelligent 

The Poodle is a well-known and versatile breed that can come in miniature, toy or standard size. Poodles are one of the most active dog breeds as well as a family dog that responds well to training and are able to thrive in a number of households, they are one of the best dog breeds for kids and families.

Their easy going nature and ability to learn makes them one of the best dog breeds for beginners as well as one of the best dog breeds for seniors.

The Poodle is one of the smartest dog breeds in the world. Their intelligence, playful nature and the fact that they are one of the most energetic dog breeds means that obedience training is essential in keeping your Poodle mentally and physically stimulated. In addition, they also should be taken for exercise daily and they enjoy and excel at dog games due to their intelligent nature. The Poodle is one of our favorite medium dog breeds.

The Poodle is one of the longest living dog breeds and they can live for about 12 to 15 years, but note that toy and miniature varieties usually outlast standard poodles. All variations of the Poodle are amongst the longest living dog breeds.

Poodles are hypoallergenic and the Toy Poodle features on our favorite small hypoallergenic dog breeds.

Border Collie 

Top 10 Dog Breeds for Kids and Families
A Border Collie running wild through water. Photo by 825545 from Pixabay

Size: Medium

Temperament:  Energetic, Intelligent and Tenacious

Border Collies are a real family dog. The Border Collie is one of the smartest dog breeds in the world as well as one of the most loyal dog breeds. They have ranked as the smartest dog breed in the world in many studies. With this level of intellect comes deep loyalty to their masters as long as they are mentally and physically stimulated. They are a friendly breed who love to play, which makes them one of our favourite medium dog breeds.

As the Border Collie is one of the most active dog breeds in the world they need lots of space to run, a big back yard or a farm is the best place for them after all they were originally bred for herding livestock!

The Border Collie could become very bored in a small apartment or somewhere where they could not let their mind and legs run free. They also thoroughly enjoy playing games with children, which makes the Border Collie one of the best dog breeds for kids and families.

Also, the Border Collie is one of the best herding dog breeds.

Pug

Top 10 Dog Breeds for Kids and Families
A Beautiful Brown pug basking in the sunlight. Photo by Burst from Pexels

Size: Small

Temperament: Charming, Playful and Sociable 

The Pug’s face, with deep wrinkles around big, dark eyes and a flat round face, can’t help but make you smile. It is thought that the Pug’s name stems from the Latin word for “fist” as their face resembles a human fist.

The Pug is a lazy dog for a lazy person, in fact, they are so lazy they are one of our least active dog breeds, they are happy to remain snuggled on the couch for hours as long as they are getting their attention, which is why they are a great dog breed for seniors

Pugs are a sweet dog breed and generally get along with everyone and everything, meaning they are one of the best dog breeds for kids and families and they also get along with other dogs. 

The Pug is a great dog breed for beginners and first time dog owners who live a less active lifestyle.

Even though the coats are short, Pugs are a double-coated breed. Pugs are typically fawn-coloured or black. The coat is short and smooth, however, pugs still shed a lot. Additionally, the Pug’s bulging eyes need special attention. Because they protrude, the eyes are vulnerable to injury and irritation from soaps and chemicals.

In addition, the Pug is one of our favorite small dog breeds.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Top 10 Dog Breeds for Kids and Families
A beautiful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel sitting on the grass. Photo by Mark Plötz from Pexels

Size: Small

Temperament: Affectionate, Patient and Playful

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel a family dog that is smart and very easy to train. They are willing to try whatever it is you want them to do and respond really well to food rewards and positive reinforcement. They are gentle and sweet and love pleasing their owner, which makes them a wonderful addition to a family with children.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is one of the least active dog breeds and as such they are a docile and lazy dog breed that does not usually show any aggression or bark at new people or dogs. This qualities make them one of the best dog breeds for seniors.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel are great playmates for children as they enjoy playing fetch, being taught new tricks or simply sitting on the children’s lap when they watch television or read a book, which also means the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is one of the best dog breeds for apartments.

In addition, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is one of our favorite small dog breeds.

Newfoundland

Top 10 Dog Breeds for Kids and Families
Newfoundland sits on snow. Photo by 4598242 from Pixabay

Size: Large

Temperament: Gentle, Intelligent and Trainable.

Newfoundland is a large dog breed and is considered one of the most intelligent dog breeds in the world. They are naturally gentle and friendly with children and they are extremely protective of their family and have a deep love for children. Many fans of this breed say they are a “natural-born babysitter”, reiterating this point, is Nana, the fictional newfoundland who was employed as a nanny by the Darling family in Peter Pan?

This particular dog breed is a great swimmer and will come to the rescue whenever they are needed. There are many accounts of the Newfoundland’s heroism. They have rescued many children from the cold waters of the Atlantic and saved many people following a shipwreck.

The Newfoundland’s long, heavy coat seems to attract a lot of dirt and mud. They are extremely skilled at bringing dirt throughout the house, so you will need to alot of grooming to keep their coat clean and dirt free.

Labradoodle

Top 10 Dog Breeds for Kids and Families
A Labradoodle puppy sits on the grass and leaves. Picture by Bru-nO from Pixabay.

Size: Medium

Temperament: Friendly, Intelligent and Trainable.

Labradoodles are an intentional mix between Poodles and Labrador Retrievers. They were originally bred to be a hypoallergenic dog breed as well as to be trained as guide dogs for visually-impaired people. A Labradoodle is at their happiest when they’re with the people that they love and they will shower their family with affection and devotion. They have the energy of the Labrador Retriever and the work ethic of both the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle.

Just like their ancestors they are extremely affectionate and one of the best dog breeds for kids and families. They are calm and quiet whilst at your side when you are indoors, but at a moment’s notice, the Labradoodle is ready to play a game of fetch or go on an adventure. They are also very good with other dogs and pets, however, just like most dog breeds, they need the proper training and socialisation to reach their potential for living with other animals.

The Labradoodle is one of our favourite medium dog breeds.

Beagle

Top 10 Dog Breeds for Kids and Families
Close up of a beautiful Beagle lying on the carpet. Photo by Timo Piredda from Pexels


Size:  Medium

Temperament: Caring, Curious and Energetic

The Beagle is one of the most loyal dog breeds in the world. The Beagle is a loving dog breed that want to please their owner making them one of the best family dogs. Their loving nature means that they find it easy to bond with everyone in the family and consider them pack members. The Beagle is a great dog breeds for kids and families.

Beagles are a playful breed and their sturdy, compact frame allows them to be one of the best dogs for kids and families, and they can play without fear of injury to both themselves or the children.

Due to the Beagles small size they require less upkeep then some of the bigger dogs. They can be happy in a flat as long as they are walked regularly. A back garden would be preferable, but be aware, a Beagle may wander off when it is following its nose so it is much safer if there is a fence!

The Beagle’s short coat requires regular bathing and daily brushing. Naturally, other care includes a balanced diet and regular exercise to prevent obesity. The Beagle is one of the longest living dog breeds, living up to 12-15 years.

In addition, Beagles are one of our favourite medium dog breeds.

Papillon

Top 10 Dog Breeds for Kids and Families
A brown Papillon dog on a walk. Image by sterou70 from Pixabay

Size: Small

Temperament: Alert, Energetic and Friendly

Don’t let this small frame fool you. The Papillon is a sturdy little dog that enjoys a moderately active lifestyle. They are a happy and friendly dog breed that will thrive in a variety of households. The Papillion is one of the most intelligent dog breeds as well as being outgoing and energetic dog breed that loves to be with people and give kisses to anyone who comes close enough, therefore, they are great dog breed for kids and families.

Their energy level and their desire to please makes them an easy dog to train and a great companion to your children and your family. However, Papillons can become a bit stubborn if they are allowed to show that behaviour early in their development, therefore, early training is recommended.

While their high energy level and inquisitive nature means they need a lot of exercise, they can amuse themselves with balls and other toys easily. Despite their fluffy coat, they have minimal shedding.

The Papillon is one of the longest living dog breeds. Papillons live up to 15 years old, although some are known to have lived for 18 years. Unfortunately, and despite their relatively long lifespans, Papillons are vulnerable to a number of different health problems, so be sure to work closely with your vet as your Papillon ages.

Is your dog breed featured in our “Top 10 Dog Breeds for Kids and Families” list? Let us know in the comment section below.

Many of these dogs also feature in our other posts so why not read them below!

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Top 10 Most Energetic Dog Breeds for Active People

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Top 10 Favorite Small Dog Breeds to Keep You Company

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Top 10 Best Dog Breeds for Apartments and Smaller Living Spaces

Top 10 Longest Living Dog Breeds to Fill Your Home With Love

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Top 10 Favorite Medium Dog Breeds That Encompass The Best of Both Worlds

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