If you want a dog but you have younger kids around, you should choose a dog breed that’s friendly and affectionate towards children (and the whole family as well!)
No wonder this is America’s #1 dog! It is very bright, highly trainable, friendly (even to complete strangers), even-tempered, and highly tolerant and gentle around kids. No wonder Golden Retrievers are the quintessential family dog!
It’s pretty much the same as the Golden Retriever — intelligent, easy to train, calm, friendly and an excellent companion for kids and other members of the family!
Another smart dog, the poodle is also gentle as well as obedient and playful with kids. The Standard Poodle is friendly around familiar people, while the Miniature Poodle have the tendency to devote themselves to one person only. Nevertheless, both types are energetic and friendly with kids as well as with other pets.
The red-coated Irish Setter is energetic, playful, which makes them perfect playmates for active kids. It’s also trainable, friendly and loves being around people.
Primarily a hunting dog, the Basset Hound also makes a great family pet. It’s a loyal, gentle, and loving dog, if a bit stubborn. Its size also makes it adaptable to smaller living spaces. This slow-pacing, leisurely dog may not be for more active kids although it can be at times very playful.
Another gentle giant, the Newfoundland is also intelligent, patient, courageous and kind dog who is also protective of its human masters, including kids. It is a working dog, a water dog, and a retriever, so it can do many tasks that range from retrieving toys from the pond to even saving children from drowning.
This breed rose to popularity due to the success of the novel Lassie Come-Home, which gave birth to many “Lassie” TV and film adaptations.
Actually, Collies are not limited to the “Lassie” breed (which is actually a Rough Collie type). There are other types of Collies such as the Welsh Sheepdog, Border Collie (which is the most intelligent dog in the world), and Shetland Sheepdog with only subtle differences in temperament. But generally, Collies make great companions for any children. These adorable dogs are smart, trainable, not aggressive, kind and gentle — they exhibit good behavior overall. But as herding dogs, collies have the tendency to herd your kids, so some training is required to tone this behavior down.
Bull Terriers get a bad and undeserved reputation as an aggressive animal. But contrary to popular notion, the Bull Terrier was really bred to be a companion dog. It is actually a gentle, friendly and loving dog, and makes for a good house dog although it can be stubborn and mischievous at times when it comes to encountering smaller dog breeds and other pets. Plus, it loves being with children! Bull terriers are physically tough and tolerant to pain, thus they are perfect for some rough-and-tumble play with kids.
Their small size, calmness, friendliness, gentle disposition and love for playing and for the outdoors will make them perfect companions for active kids. Since beagles are bred as hunting dogs, they have the tendency to chase, but their sturdiness means they’ll never get tired of playing.
The bulldog may look menacing but it is in fact a docile, friendly, gentle and loyal pooch. It is comfortable in any housing environment, and gets along well with children, other dogs and other pets, even towards strangers! It means that a bulldog is quite a social animal. However, it is usually a lazy type of breed, so you should encourage it to have a daily exercise, like all dogs. The bulldog is more content with just sitting around, so it will also make a perfect couch companion!