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Dog Breeds Good with Children

Dog Breeds Good with Children

Parents getting a dog for the first time are worried whether the breed is compatible with children or not. Here are some child-friendly breeds that can become great friends and protectors to your precious bundles of joy...
DogAppy Staff
No parent would like to have a pet who will harm their children, and whenever they look for a dog, they go for breeds with whom they can trust their children, and who will keep their children safe. If you are a parent who is worried about which dog to get, then here is just the list for you!

Child-friendly Breeds

Dogs are loyal friends, and it's not without reason that they are called 'man's best friend'. But, there are some dogs who, when it comes to children, become quite ferocious, and this trait is almost always genetic. Some dogs have a very high prey drive, and may see children as potential prey. On the other hand, there some breeds that see children as someone to protect, or a playmate.

Golden Retriever/Labrador Retriever
The Golden Retriever is one of the best dogs that families with children can have. They are playful, easy to train, highly intelligent, and also make excellent watchdogs. They have no trouble forming attachments with children as well as other pets in the house, and get along well with just about everyone.

Pugs are cute and friendly, and relatively low-maintenance. Their small size and playful nature makes them a favorite with all children.

Beagles are quite intelligent and extremely loyal, and their small size also lessens their threat to children. You can leave your beagle alone with your child, since their playfulness and drive to protect their playmates will keep your child safe.

Aussie Bulldogs
If you are looking for large dogs, then Aussie bulldogs are an excellent option. They may look scary, but they are superb around children, and they also make good guard dogs or watchdogs.

Greyhounds are intelligent and one can train them easily. They are also loyal and loving, and are excellent around children. Though they have a fierce predatory drive, its never directed at their owners. They are excellent kid-friendly guard dogs.

A bloodhound is the best answer. They are known for their great sense of smell, and can smell out things even days old; that is why they are so popular among police forces. But this does not stop them from being friendly with children.

Here are some more kid-friendly dog breeds:
  • English Bulldog
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Poodle
  • Whippet
  • Boxer
  • Basset Hound
  • Bearded Collie
  • American Water Spaniel
  • Border Collie
  • Belgian Sheepdog
  • Afghan Hound
  • St Bernard
  • Borzoi
  • Irish Setter
  • Pointer
  • English Setter
If your kids pull their tail or tease these dogs, then don't blame your dog if they snap at your child. Teach your children how to play with the dog, and where to draw the line. Dogs will generally tolerate minor mistakes from their owners, but repeated mishandling―although innocent―won't go down well. These dogs will not only keep your house safe and secured, but even your children will be safe when they are with them. But be careful about the size of the dog, and see to it that they do not shed much.