If you’re looking to acquire a new dog this year—maybe as a jaw-dropping gift for the whole family—you’ll want to spend time considering the right dog for your needs. Different dog breeds have different strengths and weaknesses, and for that reason, some dog breeds are better equipped to be placed in families with children than other dog breeds. Though it’s always important to supervise new dogs when you have them around children, and though dogs always need training, some dog breeds may be a better natural fit with your family than others. So before you pick a dog at random and order the collar to match, here are some great family-friendly dog breeds you should consider.
A hybrid mix of the golden retriever and the standard poodle, golden doodles are both family-friendly and hypoallergenic. An exceptionally friendly breed, these dogs get along with everyone.
As a hybrid of two intelligent breeds, it’s no wonder that they are smart and easily trainable. They’re generally eager-to-please, and deal best with patient owners who reward predictably and use lots of positive reinforcement.
Goldendoodles are social, active dogs, so they’re best in families that are home a fair amount of time and are able and willing to give them moderate levels of exercise and lots of attention. However, this also makes them great in families that already have other pets, and goldendoodles can get along with smaller dogs and even cats if introduced properly.
Pets are great for children, helping to provide companionship and teach responsibility. Finding a family-friendly dog can ensure your child gets off on the right foot with their new pet while also keeping your household a safe, nourishing environment for everyone.
If you’re looking for a smaller dog for your family, a pug can be a great choice. A particularly affectionate dog breed, pugs were specifically bred to be companion dogs. They are loyal to their families and will often follow their owners around just to be with them. This makes pugs a great choice if you’re looking for a dog that is willing to cuddle up on the couch to watch a movie.
Pugs love to receive attention. Mischievous when left to their own devices, they do well in families with many children—even small children—who want to offer them constant love and attention. That said, they are a relatively calm dog breed and do well in less active families.
Though beagles are stubborn and can be hard to train, they are also loyal and great with kids. A good mid-size dog, they are full of affection and curiosity. They do great with kids who will want to include them on their adventures—perhaps one of the reasons the beloved Snoopy from the Peanuts series is this breed.
Beagles are highly energetic and need to be taken on frequent long walks and given lots of room to run around and exercise. Bred as tracking dogs, they can do especially well on a farm or other large plot of land.
Collies are herding dogs. Sweet, affectionate, and loyal to their owners, they are used to looking out for others, which is one of the reasons they are so great with children. They are a particularly tolerant dog breed, which makes them an especially good choice if your children are young and over-enthusiastic.
Like most family-friendly dogs, collies are extremely social and will do best with frequent human interaction. They are eager-to-please, which makes them easy to train. That said, training is important with collies as, without it, they may try to herd your children in lieu of the sheep they were bred to herd.
There are numerous family-friendly dog breeds that may be a great choice with your family. These are only a few of the varieties of dogs that work well with kids. It’s important, when choosing the right dog breed for your family, to consider not only the breed but the history of the dog itself. Individual dogs, like individual humans, have their own characteristics, shaped not only by genetics but also by their histories. That’s why it’s important to speak to the person in charge before determining what dog to bring home, as they may be versed in an individual dog’s strengths and weaknesses. It’s also important to keep in mind that the most even-tempered dog will bite if given enough provocation, so you should always supervise dogs when they’re with children, especially early on in the relationship.