So, you want to be a family dog breed, or a dog for kids? Honestly, we're not surprised. Dogs can benefit your child's development in so many ways and there's nothing like them to bring a family together. Studies have shown that kids with dogs have higher self esteem, better social skills and even more physically active. After all, who wants to sit around in front of the TV all day when they could have an adventure in the backyard with their new best friend?
Dogs also teach important lessons about responsibility, empathy, and can overall reduce stress. Not just to kids, but parents too! Family walks with the dog can become a bonding ritual for everyone and the shared goal of making sure your pet is taken care of will help strengthen your family bond.
However, there's a lot to consider when selecting a breed for your growing pack. You should think about how your dog's size, energy level and grooming needs will fit in with your family. On top of that, some breeds naturally fit in more easily with families than others. To help your choice, here are some of the most kid-friendly breeds.
Labrador Retrievers are friendly around anyone, but especially children. They're one of the least aggressive breeds, so you can feel safe letting them play with your kids in the backyard. In fact, they'll be spending a lot of time together back there! Labs are full of energy and life, so they can run around and play all afternoon without getting tired.
Loyal, loving and natural protectors, your family will be in good hands (or paws) with a German Shepherd watching over them. They don't just treat kids as their playmates, they treat them as their own pups. Another plus? German Shepherds are incredibly trainable. Teaching them some tricks will be a great learning experience for both your dog and your kids.
Let's be honest. When you close your eyes and picture a family dog, the first thing you see is probably a Golden Retriever. And for good reason! Golden Retrievers love people, and are quick to forgive any mistakes. They check all the boxes for a perfect family pet. Obedient? Check. Playful? Check. Good with kids? Big time double check.
We get it, family life can be hectic enough without a high energy pet. If you're the kind of family that wants to come home to a nice chill dog, a French Bulldog is a good fit. Just because they don't run around as much as other breeds doesn't mean they're any less affectionate. French Bulldogs are great with kids, and love curling up next to them more than jumping up on them.
Bulldogs have that classic tough-guy look—broad chest, muscular body, furrowed brow—but underneath lies a heart of gold. Bulldogs have an easygoing, dependable temperament that makes them suitable for families with children and other pets.
Beagles definitely embody the idea of “man’s best friend.” They’re handsome, hardy, and loyal companions. They’re also one of the most popular dog breeds in Canada for being lovable, athletic and having eyes most commonly described as “soulful.” This is a great family dog that will always be gentle with kids.
With their combination of smarts and beauty, Poodles are guaranteed to steal your heart. They come in three sizes ranging from smallest to largest: Toy, Miniature, and Standard. Whatever size you prefer, the Poodle is sure to be the perfect fit in your family. Apart from being elegant and luxurious, these curly cuties are also hypoallergenic! Their non-shedding coat is a very attractive feature for those who have allergies
The dainty Yorkshire Terrier may be small (weighing no more than seven pounds) but the breed is mighty. They love hanging out with families and get very attached to their owners. For families living in small spaces, this dog is a great option.
German Shorthaired Pointers are no couch potatoes, and with a fun, kid-friendly dog like them to play with, your children won't be either! Their new spotted friend is the perfect companion on outdoor adventures. They love running, hiking, swimming and of course, fetch. If you're an active family on the go, the German Shorthaired Pointer was born to come along with.
Boxers are big dogs with big hearts that fit in with big families. Unlike some breeds, Boxers don't play favourites. They'll be just as loyal and loving to each member of your family. They’re big and athletic, which can make them look a little scary to some. But don't worry, this breed is not aggressive! They're just big bundles of energy and affection.