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[Paws & Awws] Top 5: Best Dog Breeds For Kids

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I could have easily made 15 selections, but I wanted to focus on five. I selected these five breeds for their particular long-standing, positive traits with children. Let's take a look at each breed and the qualities that make them an all-around great breed for kids!

#5. Poodle

The Standard Poodle gets along very well with children. Their energetic spirit can easily keep up with young active children. The Poodle is a very intelligent dog, and can quickly be taught how to be mindful around children. Children that love to swim, play interactively with their dog, or go exploring, will enjoy the Poodle as a partner in these activities. The Poodle LOVES water, is happy to play fetch, and will be ready to go at a moments notice on any adventure with their family.

#4. Newfoundland

Also known as the Newfie, this gentle giant is excellent with children. They are very fond of the water, and have been known to attempt rescuing a child swimming with them. For safety reasons, a Newfie should be supervised with children in water. But, don't let this sway you in thinking they aren't fit for children. They are, after all, #4 on the list! Their activity level is moderate, so they don't require an overly active family to keep them entertained. The Newfie is a very kind, gentle, and patience breed around young children.

#3. Pitbull

Pitbull's were often referenced as the "Nanny" dog for many years in the 1800's to the 1900's. This breed LOVES kids! They are a very tolerant, and patient breed around rambunctious and overzealous children. They enjoy the interaction, and need to be around kids. Any adventure the kids want to go on, they can count on their best friend, the Pitbull, to be by their side. Although this breed is high energy, they can also be very content snuggling up on the couch with the kids, sharing movie time and a bowl of popcorn. Think Petey, the dog from The Little Rascals! Need I say more?

#2. Beagle

Snoopy is truly "boy's" best friend! The Beagle is a perfect size for small children. Their energy level is right along with busy-body children. Beagles have a jolly, and good-natured disposition, which makes it easy to fall in love with them. They are most content when they are with children. Children can teach them fun tricks, take them for walks (their size makes this very manageable), and play fetch. The Beagle is an all-around perfect dog for children of all ages!

#1. Golden Retriever


#1.Labrador Retriever

Yes, I know, I have two listed in the Number 1 slot. But, can you blame me? The Golden and Lab are two of the most popular breeds! They both harbor many of the same qualities that make them a wonderful choice for families. They are smart, loyal, very social, and extremely friendly! What isn't kid friendly about these breeds? In fact, according to the AKC breed standards for Golden's, says no Golden should ever display aggressive traits or characteristics. It is actually considered a flaw within the breed standards. Both breeds LOVE water, playing fetch, and going for long walks. They have the energy level to keep up with busy children, and are content to curl up in front of a fireplace just chilling with their family. The Golden and Lab truly are regarded as man's best friend!

Although each of these breeds were selected to be the best for kids, please research carefully the breed you wish to have for your family to make sure they are truly the perfect fit in all areas of your lifestyle.

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