Top 11 Kid-Friendly Dog Breeds

 Tuesday Mar 06,2018
By  Lancaster Puppies

Everyone wants safe interactions between dogs and children. If you want a kid-friendly dog, it’s important to look for a breed that is sturdy enough to handle your little ones. Plus, it helps if the dog has a patient and playful demeanor. While it's very important to teach your children how to properly interact with dogs, there are some breeds that may be more kid-friendly than others. Check out our child-friendly breed suggestions below!


Close up of a brown and white Beagle sitting on a light blue chairIf you’re looking for a puppy with a friendly and gentle disposition look no further than a Beagle. These dogs have a sturdy build so they’re ready to play. Their calm and playful temperament means they’re indifferent about kids running around screaming. Overall, these dogs are energetic, joyful, and happiest when they’re someone’s companion.

Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is a gentle and playful dog that gets along well with other pets. Don’t be surprised if you find these sweet and gentle dogs playing and napping with your children as they love giving kisses and they’re always up for cuddles and snuggles. Many Bichons will let your children play dress up with them. Overall, these playful and submissive dogs are great with people and love attention.


Boxers have been known to treat children like siblings and do well in a home with strong leadership. This people-oriented breed is energetic and affectionate and will love the attention your child heaps on it. Although the Boxer looks intimidating, these dogs are steadfast and reliable with everyone. Their goofy personalities will make your family smile. Young boxers are often rambunctious, so they’ll be able to keep up with the kids while they’re playing and can even wear them out. However, Boxers have been known to accidentally bowl over young children while they’re romping.


Close up of a brown and white Bulldog puppy lying on the floorBulldogs not only make fine watchdogs, but they’re also affectionate and kind. They’re much more playful as puppies but mellow out more with age. Bulldogs love people and make excellent companions for children. You’ll be surprised at what the Bulldog will tolerate from a child and when it gets tired of being tormented, the dog will walk away. These dogs are loving and sociable and will thrive in big families because they’re loyal to everyone in their pack. To some, Bulldogs may look intimidating and this may help children feel safe in their own homes because they have a big old meathead on their side. Although they’re great pals, they are slobbery and love to chew which means it’s important to have toys just for the dog, or else the dog might chew on the kid’s toys.


Collies are gentle, predictable, and rarely misbehave. These mild-mannered herding dogs have been known to bark if left alone too long. They’d much prefer to be with people than be alone. You’ll find these dogs following children everywhere. These sweet dogs love to be pet and give kisses and you’ll find they’re tolerant of children stroking and cuddling them. They’re tender and have been known to look over goats, chicks, and rabbits as well as children.

Golden Retriever

These dogs have a friendly, tolerant attitude which means they get along well with just about everyone including strangers, dogs, cats, small animals, and children. This large, athletic dog has a cheerful nature and longs to please. Golden Retrievers have been known to enjoy walking, hiking, biking, and swimming with the family.

Labrador Retriever

Black Labrador Retriever lying in grassLabs love frolicking and playing, and their high energy can wear children out. These dogs are highly trainable and have a gentle and trustworthy temperament with kids. They can get spirited and knock over children in their excitement. Labs are friendly, outgoing, and can adapt to nearly any situation they encounter. If you’re looking for a companion for outdoor trips with the family along with a dog that will always be by your side, a Labrador may be a great addition. 


If you’re looking for a big, loveable teddy bear a Newfoundland is a great choice. These sweet-natured and responsive dogs are kid-friendly and tolerant of their antics. Newfies are known to be naturally gentle and protective of children. They have an easy-going nature and are often relaxed around other pets, small mammals, and cats. These sweet, docile dogs are great at waiting for tummy rubs.


White Standard Poodle standing in a kitchenPoodles are good companions for kids because they’re not overly excitable. This affectionate family dog has a goofy streak and loves to play. They don’t shed much so they are good for children with allergies. Young children shouldn’t play with Toy Poodles, however, because a child could hurt a small, delicate dog.


Pugs are tolerant lapdogs that thrive on human companionship and get along well with many animals. Pugs have a sweet, childlike, and comical nature and love to follow anyone around who will give them attention. These dogs make great playmates and do best in homes where they get plenty of attention. 

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzus are affectionate with family and are kid-friendly. These small, adaptable dogs are well suited to apartments and small living environments. Shih Tzus love children, but as with all dogs, should supervised so neither the dog nor the child is accidentally hurt during play. It may be best for children to sit on the floor and play with Shih Tzu puppies, so they’re not dropped. Shih Tzus have docile personalities and thrive on companionship.

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