Five Dog Breeds Best for Kids
This breed of dog is actually known for its sweet disposition. Not all of them will be as sweet as they are famous for, of course, but if you find a reliable breeder and select a “kid” puppy you can have a dog on your hand that is willing to please, at all costs!
This dog was originally bred to work in the water and their calm personalities have come about as a pleasant side effect. They are so nice, in fact, that will not even work as guard dogs. They are rarely nervous or timid and will follow their kids anywhere.
Goldens are rated fourth in The Intelligence of Dogs. They are pretty easy to train since they really seem to want to please their owners, and are usually good in agility competitions or working as rescue dogs and guide dogs. If you can handle a big dog, but not a giant, this is an excellent choice for the family and for the kids.
This giant of a dog has become famous because of his calm attitude and mellow nature. He is strong, like a lot of giant breed dogs, but is good around the house and can put up with almost any kid.
(You have to be very careful with small kids, though, as this dog may knock them down without even realizing it.)
Newfies have a short life expectancy, like many other giant dogs, usually only about 8 to 10 years. They have some health problems like hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and heart disease. If you don´t mind a dog that is going to go swimming with your kids and come in to the house dripping and covered in mud, this breed is an excellent choice. Every kid should grow up with a dog like a Newfie. He might even save one of your kids someday!
This is not a good breed to select if there are little kids in the family as they can be rambunctious and knock a kid down out of joy. It wouldn’t be out of meanness, however. If you have older kids, especially the energetic types that don´t want to sit around and watch old sitcoms and game shows, this is a great choice.
The Weimaraner is athletic and will keep your kids hopping. He is not a giant like a Newfie but is still a pretty big dog, in the 60-80 pound range, and has a short coat so does not require any special grooming-if your kids want to take him for winter activities he needs to wear a coat, and don´t forget the ear muffs and mittens. During more mild days he can compete in agility competitions, obedience trials, and any other activities you can think of. Just make sure that the entire family is willing to train him, and make sure the kids are going to keep him busy.
If you avoid some of the things that lead to bloat (like feeding him huge meals, feeding him only once a day, or feeding him from a raised bowl) this active breed of dog is a great pet and really likes kids.
This dog has a lot going for him. He does not shed much, so as long as he is groomed regularly he can even be kept in a household with a picky type who doesn’t like dog hair. The dogs can serve as watch dogs since they are always on the alert, but are usually more interested in barking than biting. As with all dogs, you should have a good breeder evaluate the personality before you bring it home, but most of them will do well with kids in the household.
Older kids will enjoy life with a Miniature Schnauzer because they can compete in agility trials, tracking trials, and even flyball competitions. They like to sleep, of course, but have enough energy to keep your kids busy and active. In fact, if you are searching for an easy to care for watchdog that will play with your kids, this breed of dog is a great choice.
West Highland Terrier
This is the only very small dog on the list. I realize that a lot of families that are looking for dogs need a small breed to live in their homes or apartments, but most of the small dogs are not really suited for small children. The Westie, in my experience, makes a great exception to the rule, but many others will only recommend this dog for children over ten years of age.
If you decide to find a dog from this breed, make sure you have a long discussion with the kids. All dog breeds can be hurt if the child gets too rambunctious but this is a lot more likely to happen with a smaller breed like the Westie. Don´t let it happen with your dog. She is a cute little animal and a great companion but will not put up with having her ears and tail pulled. Your Westie might have some health problems, and some conditions can be aggravated by rough handling. If you handle her correctly, though, and make sure she has plenty of exercise and mental stimulation, this breed of dog can have a long lifespan and will love to spend all of that time with the kids.
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Which dog breed do you think your kids will enjoy most?
Questions & Answers
My 11-year-old grandson is severely autistic and nonverbal. I’m looking for a medium to large size puppy. He is a sweet child. He knows to throw his iPad if he gets upset. He also wears shoes with braces on his legs which help him to walk. We are looking for a companion dog for both him and his single mother, who is very lonely. Can you help me with suggestions?
A lot of dog breeds do well with autistic kids. Dogs do not require verbal communication and often can establish a bond when the rest of us cannot.
To determine what breed would be best, I think you need to look at other factors. Are they in an apartment or a house? Is barking a big issue?
I would not recommend anything small like a Maltese or Chihuahua because of your comment about throwing his iPad. A medium sized dog would be best, preferably something affectionate that will want to lie around with him.
A Brittany would be great if there is enough space. The Cavalier and the Bichon are also good choices.
Just look into other requirements. Many dogs will be happy to be his companion.
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