Choosing Top Dog Breeds for Children

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We love lists…so we had to pass along this list that we just saw petMD has released of the five top dog breeds for families with children. They are:

  1. The Bulldog: Known for its sturdy build, the Bulldog is an excellent choice for families with children who like to roughhouse. A docile, friendly, and loyal breed, the Bulldog will not retaliate to the poking and prodding of little children. Not overly active, this breed can live comfortably in a house with a sprawling backyard or in a small apartment.
  2. The Vizsla: A lesser known breed, the Vizsla has a gentle disposition and manner perfect for living with children. Loyal, quiet, and affectionate, the Vizsla breed is extremely obedient and can pick up on tricks and commands quickly. Another benefit appreciated by many Vizsla owners is that they lack the common “eau de dog” that many breeds possess.
  3. The Golden Retriever: The most popular dog breed in America, the Golden Retriever is smaller than the Labrador Retriever but they share similar personalities. Golden Retrievers are known for being confident, smart, loyal, and kind, qualities appreciated by families with children. Needing plenty of exercise, this breed is best suited for active families who can take their dog with them on outings.
  4. The Bull Terrier: Known to be friendly and loving, the Bull Terrier was bred to be a companion dog and is an excellent breed to own if your children are learning to handle a dog for the first time. Bull Terriers are built with a high threshold for pain so they can withstand a few tugs of their tails from little hands.
  5. The Newfoundland: A large dog, the Newfoundland, or “Newfie,” is known to love and protect the children in the family. Gentle, kind, intelligent, and patient, this dog is easily trained and enjoys human companionship. An active breed, Newfies need a daily walk or romp in the backyard.

Our own opinion is that it depends on the individual dog. Just as you don’t have the same disposition and behavior as your siblings, dogs of the same breed won’t all have the same behaviors either, although their breed will definitely give you a clue. And, of course, regardless of a dog’s breed, all dogs need proper training to help them become a part of a family. Training helps your dog and it helps your family (and it’s a fun way to bond with your dog, too!) Plus, as always, we have to put in a plug for the great mixed breed dogs out there like our own!

But we’d like to know what you think! Do you agree with those breeds? Do you have others you would suggest? Do you particularly disagree with any of those breeds?

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Paris Permenter is an award-winning author of over 30 pet and travel books. Along with her husband, John Bigley, Paris is the founder and publisher of CatTipper and DogTipper.

  • Ibspeedin

    hmmmm….no Pitts…no Rotties….no Dobes….heck they are very good good with children when raised with them…they are the best protectors. some people dont realize that at the turn of the centurey that pitts were bred to be baby sitters ..rotties and dobes are great and will not let any stranger come close to their charges. its a shame that they get such a bum rap. i have had dobes and rotties all my life …they are fantastic watching children.

  • Ibspeedin

    hmmmm….no Pitts…no Rotties….no Dobes….heck they are very good good with children when raised with them…they are the best protectors. some people dont realize that at the turn of the centurey that pitts were bred to be baby sitters ..rotties and dobes are great and will not let any stranger come close to their charges. its a shame that they get such a bum rap. i have had dobes and rotties all my life …they are fantastic watching children.

  • Sjgilbert

    WOO HOO the Vizsla finally made a list.  They are very good and gentle with children.  Schooner and Skipper LOVE our triplet 3 year old grandchildren.