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Five Dog Breeds Best For Kids

Updated on October 05, 2016
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Dr Mark is a veterinarian in Brazil. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

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Golden Retrievers even love to play with kids.Golden Retrievers love to play ball.Golden Retrievers love to play in the water.But like all dogs, Golden Retrievers like to sleep.
Golden Retrievers even love to play with kids.
Golden Retrievers even love to play with kids. | Source
Golden Retrievers love to play ball.
Golden Retrievers love to play ball. | Source
Golden Retrievers love to play in the water.
Golden Retrievers love to play in the water. | Source
But like all dogs, Golden Retrievers like to sleep.
But like all dogs, Golden Retrievers like to sleep. | Source

Golden Retriever

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.

A Golden Retriever puppy.
A Golden Retriever puppy. | Source
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Little Newfoundland puppies are cute.But Newfoundlands grow up big, fast.
Little Newfoundland puppies are cute.
Little Newfoundland puppies are cute. | Source
But Newfoundlands grow up big, fast.
But Newfoundlands grow up big, fast. | Source

Newfoundland

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!

A Newfoundland jumping to the rescue.
A Newfoundland jumping to the rescue. | Source
Don´t forget that Newfoundlands can get big!
Don´t forget that Newfoundlands can get big! | Source
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Weimaraners love active kids.Weimaraners are alert and active dogs.Weimaraners are alert almost all of the time.But Weimaraners also love kids who act as pillows!
Weimaraners love active kids.
Weimaraners love active kids. | Source
Weimaraners are alert and active dogs.
Weimaraners are alert and active dogs. | Source
Weimaraners are alert almost all of the time.
Weimaraners are alert almost all of the time. | Source
But Weimaraners also love kids who act as pillows!
But Weimaraners also love kids who act as pillows! | Source

Weimaraner

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.

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If you find a Miniature Shnauzer for your kids, bring him home when still young.Exercise your Miniature Schnauzer in the fields.Exercise you Miniature Schnauzer on the beach.Your Miniature Schnauzer can make a great dog for the kids, with plenty of exercise.
If you find a Miniature Shnauzer for your kids, bring him home when still young.
If you find a Miniature Shnauzer for your kids, bring him home when still young. | Source
Exercise your Miniature Schnauzer in the fields.
Exercise your Miniature Schnauzer in the fields. | Source
Exercise you Miniature Schnauzer on the beach.
Exercise you Miniature Schnauzer on the beach. | Source
Your Miniature Schnauzer can make a great dog for the kids, with plenty of exercise.
Your Miniature Schnauzer can make a great dog for the kids, with plenty of exercise. | Source

Miniature Schnauzer

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.

A Miniature Schnauzer puppy.
A Miniature Schnauzer puppy. | Source
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Westies are great with kids as long as they have time for other activities.Westies like playing.Westies like sleeping.Westies like hiding out.And of course, West Highland Terriers need time to hang out and just check things out.
Westies are great with kids as long as they have time for other activities.
Westies are great with kids as long as they have time for other activities. | Source
Westies like playing.
Westies like playing. | Source
Westies like sleeping.
Westies like sleeping. | Source
Westies like hiding out.
Westies like hiding out. | Source
And of course, West Highland Terriers need time to hang out and just check things out.
And of course, West Highland Terriers need time to hang out and just check things out. | Source

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.

Which dog breed do you think your kids will enjoy most?

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No matter what dog breed or mixture you choose, you need to learn more.
No matter what dog breed or mixture you choose, you need to learn more. | Source

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      Heidis mom 5 months ago

      You missed one with the Standard Poodle. Smart, playful, engaging, empathetic, sociable and even temperment. We have had ours since the grandchildren were small and she knew exactly what was too much around each age. Whisper kisses on babies faces and big licks on the grown ups. She loves kids, other dogs and anyone who will look into her eyes, scratch her ears and throw a ball. The breeder bred for temperment not show quality but boy, is she pretty!

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      lex 20 months ago

      We got our Westie right before I turned 12. I'm 24 now and he is still trucking. I could not have had a better dog growing up. Energetic enough that we could go on long walks and play for ours in the yard, but then turn around and spend a rainy day snuggled together watching movies. Super affectionate and friendly to everyone. A bit of a watchdog, he does like to bark. Also he is sure he is a big dog, his best friend is a lab and he does not realize he is smaller. I miss him everyday now that I no longer live at home and I recommend Westies to everyone.

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      It reflects my snooty French ancestry.

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      Dr Mark 3 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      A lot of people disagree on the Westie. Like you saw with the Newfie, however, almost everyone agrees with that dog.

      Thanks for commenting. I got a good laugh when I noticed your handle!!!

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      I agree with most of your dog comments. As a letter carrier I believe I have developed a fairly accurate "sixth sense" about dogs. I met my first Newfoundland just the other day and although they are huge dogs they do have a gentle personality. I have been told that Schnauzers are very protective animals. The only slight disagreement I would take with you is on the West Highland Terrier. They are a little bit too high strung for my taste. Good hub!

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      I remember the bio you wrote. You are fortunate, a special little dog.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Believe it or not I have a Min Pin that is great with everybody. My son is married and doesn't live at home but we fell in love with his dog anyway. My little Min Pin used to bully him.

      Have a good week!

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Hi Mary sorry to hear about your St. Bernard. They are great dogs but just don't live long enough. I hope you find another that is good with your grandson.

      Thanks for coming by and voting.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      This was a very helpful hub. My son's St. Bernard just passed away and we miss him terribly. He was wonderful with my 3 yr. old grandson and any other little ones that happened around him. Gentle giants are often a surprise.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Hi Barb thanks for the great Newfie comments! A really great dog.

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 4 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @DrMark1961...Thanks so much for sharing this information that includes the Newfie as a great dog for kids! It's true! People too many times think, small child, small dog, and the fact is, some smaller breeds just aren't suited to little children.

      I had a Newfie, Ebony, who passed away in 2009, and I still miss her loads and loads. She loved to swim and was wonderful with small children and had almost a nursemaid attitute toward them. One of the best bonding breeds is a Newfie. And, yes, they will pull everyone out of the pool!

      Animal Planet also lists the Newfie as a great dog for children.

      Your photos are terrific!

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Jaye that sounds really special. I am sure there are people out there who will disagree with the Min Schnauzer on this list, so your comment really makes a good point.

      wetnosedogs, I dont think ANYONE is going to disagree about the Golden. I have heard of a few angry dogs but most of them are just like the dog that belonged to your son. My dog is like your crew, fine around kids--I´m sure she likes it when things quiet down and she can go back to her normal routine, though.

      Thank you both for coming by and commenting!

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      My mini Schnauzer loves my great-grandchildren, and gets very happy when they come to visit. One of my fondest memories is of my g-granddaughter, Gabriella, when she was about three years old. She was gently hand-feeding my dog tiny bits of treat by hand. She had no fear of her fingers being grazed by teeth in the transition, and it was a precious sight. Wish I'd gotten it on video....

      Very good hub, with info that anyone with children (or grandchildren) should consider before getting a pet.

      Jaye

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      I voted golden retriever though kids are grown now. But my son got an eight year old golden retriever-the owner couldn't keep her no more. My son took her and loved that dog. When she died, he was crushed, although she only lived about 2 more years.

      Although my dogs are not the breeds you hubbed about, they are ok with kids. When the family comes to visit and there's grandbabies yelling and crawling around, the dogs are fine. When they have had enough, they find their places for peace. They are well behaved for not always being around kids so much.

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