There are many things to consider while looking for a new dog for your family, especially when you have young children. One of the most important things to look for is a dog that matches the energy of your family and the age of your kids. Most low energy dogs, regardless of the breed, are more patient so they are typically better kids friendly dogs. Size is also important but should be looked at in relation to temperament. Many large breeds tend to be gentile while small breeds are more excitable.
Here are our top picks for Kid-Friendly Dogs:
- The best medium sized family dogs are Rough Collies. Rough Collies are a typically mild-mannered dog. This medium to large sized breed weighs in at 45-65 pounds. Collies have a long coat that comes in Tri-color, White, Blue Merle, Sable & White, Sable Merle, and Sable. They do require regular brushing to keep their coat nice and free of tangles. Rough collies are very intelligent and highly trainable which makes them perfect for first-time dog owners with children. Collies are great with children and other dogs but it is important to socialize them at a young age to prevent shyness. Rough collies are a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 14-16 years, though eye diseases are on the top of possible genetic issues. Overall collies are a predictable, well-behaved breed, perfect for families with children.
- Our favorite kid-friendly dogs are Pembroke Welsh Corgis. Corgis are a lively and intelligent kid-friendly dog. Their eagerness to please and their cleverness makes them easy to train. They are great with children and other animals and so easy to handle as a novice dog owner that kids may even be able to walk them. They love to play but can still do well in an apartment as long as they are exercised properly. Corgis also have a low tendency to bark which is great if you live in an apartment, or have young children in the house. Corgis are a fairly sturdy breed with a lifespan of 12-14 years. They have minimal grooming needs but daily brushing is recommended to help eliminate shedding, tangles, and matting. If you are looking for a kid-friendly dog who is affectionate and fun-loving, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a great choice.
- One of the best dog breeds for children is the Pug. This fun-loving, wrinkly-faced pup is great for all kinds of families due to its good-natured personality and adaptability. Pugs are generally great with other dogs, cats, and people of all sizes and shapes including children. Pugs are extremely friendly, outgoing, and kind. Pugs have low exercise needs so they do well in any size home. Their grooming needs are minimal as well. Their short hair doesn’t require any brushing but their wrinkly faces do need to be wiped down regularly, and daily brushing of their teeth is recommended to prevent any oral diseases or disorders. The most important thing to keep your pug healthy is to maintain a healthy weight. Beware of leaving your pup outside to long or overworking it on a hot day as pugs also tend to overheat easily.