Best Dog Breeds for Children

If you have a family choosing a dog as a new member is always a good idea but then you have to think about which breed would be suitable. Let us take a look at the best dog breeds for children and find out why they are better than the others.

You need a dog you can trust around your children and one that has lifestyle requirements close to your own so it won’t be a burden for you to take care of the new pet.

Is a Puppy or an Adult the Best Choice?

Just like small children, a puppy requires a lot more attention and you need to be careful about their behavior or they will become quite unstable when they grow older. The first four months in a puppy’s life are really important for his overall development and you will need to train him even after that for a year or so.

If you intend to leave your child to take care of a puppy because you don’t have the time to do it then it is probably a much better idea to get an adult dog.

Children with Special Needs

If you have a child with special needs there are some assistance dogs that were trained to help children with autism, diabetes or epilepsy.

There are many organizations that train companion dogs for children and you should definitely find out if there is one in your vicinity; otherwise you can hire a private trainer to help train the dog. If you have children with special needs you have to be particularly careful on the temperament of the dog.

You don’t necessarily need to get a pure breed because a cross-breed takes the best qualities of each of them. With these ideas in mind let us find out which are the best breeds for your home.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

This small dog is ideal for homes because you won’t need to take him on long walks, grooming is required only once every six weeks and they are really great with children. They aren’t as active as most of the other small breeds and you can train them just as easily as other dogs but they don’t require as much attention to prevent boredom.

They love attention and they are loyal to their owners but they are sometimes prone to ear, dental and heart problems so you might want to have an insurance for your pet too if you decide to get this breed.

Bichon Frise

Charming, playful and well mannered, these dogs seem to be always happy and thus they will make your days better. They are quite intelligent despite their small size and really independent. They are sociable with humans and other pets too, so if you have more than one dog, you won’t have too many problems with him.

The coat needs regular brushing and you will need to clip it at least once every two months. When it comes to exercise they require moderate activity and they can use most of their energy playing with children, so you don’t have to take too much care of him.

Maltese Terrier

The small toy dog has been around for a long time and they were bred to be companion dogs, making them very lively and playful. If they learn to socialize from an early age they will be great with anyone you bring over.

They prefer enclosed spaces and thus are wonderful if you live in the city. You will need a lot of training for them but the grooming is only required once every six weeks so you don’t have to worry about shedding too much.

Golden Retriever

They are larger than the ones we talked about before and are a hunting breed but they are one of the most popular family dog options, making them a perfect choice for your pet. They are really gentle and very easy to train, while when it comes to children they are quite careful.

The retriever is a good watchdog and likes attention a lot so you need to keep him constantly entertained or he will start destroying things. The long coat requires daily brushing and you will need to give them a lot of exercise especially when they are young.


These dogs are a popular choice if you have a really active family since they are intelligent, sturdy and optimistic. They love to spend time outdoors and you will have to walk them quite a lot. They require little maintenance and don’t have any significant health problems.

Airedale Terrier

They are a bit larger than most terriers and they were used as guide dogs, police dogs and even war dogs in the past. They like to chase other animals so you need to be careful with that and they require training.

When it comes to keeping them interested you don’t have to do a lot of work and taking them out on walks will suffice. The double coat doesn’t shed too much but they need regular brushing and clipping at least once every two months.

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Jennifer Pitts

Jennifer Pitts

I love pets and I love animals. I have 2 dogs and 3 cats and it's not enough for me.

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