Best Dog Breeds For Children

10/02/15 at 01:38 PM | Published Under Dog Behavior by Quaker Pet Group

If your youngsters are begging you for a canine companion, it’s important to find the best dog breed for children. Here’s a alphabetical look at 10 of the top dog breeds for families with kids.


American Staffordshire Terrier

An extremely loyal breed that enjoys nothing more than being part of a family, the American Staffordshire Terrior was the top family dog in the U.S. at the turn of the 20th century.



A people-oriented breed that enjoys having his pack nearby, the Boxer is affectionate and energetic. It requires plenty of exercise and playful interaction—a natural for families with kids.



Energetic, playful and people oriented, this spotted breed will run with kids all day and snuggle with them all night. If your home has equine residents, that’s even better since Dalmatians have a symbiotic relationship with horses.


Dogue de Bordeaux

If you can overlook the drooling, the Dogue de Bordeaux has a calm disposition and is affectionate to a fault. This French Mastiff is both gentle with children and protective of his loved ones.


Golden Retriever

Energetic, active and friendly, these popular dogs are also intelligent, eager to please and love playing with kids.


Laborador Retriever

This bouncy breed is all about engaging with pack members. Labs love the water, but also have a grand time on land. Playfulness and athletic tendencies help tire out the kids even faster in the evening!



Gentle with children, these good-natured dogs bond instantly with their families. When they feel that their pack is threatened, they’ll likely knock “the outsider” to the ground and lay on him until assistance arrives.



Your local shelter is likely packed with plenty of mixed breed dogs waiting for new forever homes. In general, mid- to large-size mixed breed dogs are a better fit for families with children.



Referred to as a workhorse, these gentle giants love nothing more than to pull around the kids in a sled on the snow. They’re great playmates!


Old English Sheepdog

Affectionate, loving and brimming with clownish energy, this working dog has an instinct to herd its family—which isn’t so bad when your children are running late for school!


No matter the family-friendly breed you choose, Quaker Pet Group’s goDog toys make a great interactive way for kids to help keeps the dog active and stimulated. Even young children can develop the skills to play “fetch” with their dog, or a gentle game of tug-o-war.



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