Good Dog Breeds for Children

If you have a small child and are considering the addition of a dog into your family, you should look for a dog that is known for being good with children. While it’s true that each dog has its own personality and any dog can be aggressive in certain situations, there are some breeds that seem to fare better with children than other breeds. Some popular dog breeds that are known to be kid friendly dogs are:

Labrador and Golden Retrievers: Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers are generally very kid friendly dogs. They are very smart dogs and will enjoy learning new tricks to do with the family. They will also love to play fetch in the yard with your kids. They do require a lot of exercise and will keep your child running around the yard for hours.

Beagle: The Beagle is a smaller dog that has a lot of energy and will make a great companion for your child. They do require a lot of training, but are generally more than willing to learn.

Collie: The Collie is a very smart, gentle dog that is usually very tolerable of children. They will be a loyal companion for your child and will enjoy learning new ways to please the family.

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Border Collie: The Border Collie is a fun and very smart dog. It will make a good pet for your child. One thing about a Border Collie is that they are herding dogs and may try to “herd” your children around the backyard by nipping at their heels. The Border Collie is one of the most intelligent of all dog breeds and can learn that this is not acceptable. They are also great for agility training, your child can make an agility course in the yard and teach the dog to go through it!

Boxer: The Boxer is a kid friendly dog that will love affection from your child. The Boxer may even become protective of your child.

English Springer Spaniel: The English Springer Spaniel is good with children and has a lot of energy that your child can help it burn off. They are intelligent dogs that love to please their owners.

It’s important to remember that any dog may bite. Dogs may bite if they are in pain, startled, feel threatened or for various reasons. Children should learn to respect all dogs and should not be left unsupervised with any dog.

DISCLAIMER: The information on this site is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian or doctor. Should you think that your pet needs medical attention, please contact your local veterinarian.  
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