For many people, a household just isn't complete without a pet. Having small kids in the house doesn’t mean you can't have a lovable pooch too.
Here is a list of the top 10 kid friendly dog breeds to help you decide which may be best suited for your home. Please remember that almost any dog can make a great family pet or a horrible nightmare. It has a lot to do with how they are raised.
The Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever is one of the most kid-friendly dogs there is. They typically weigh between 55 and 75 pounds. They are very affectionate towards people and other animals and super smart. They don’t do well in smaller living quarters such as apartments as they are full of energy and need room to romp.
The Boxer is a very playful and energetic pup that is super smart and a quick learner. They love to be around kids, especially when active as they need lots of exercise to help burn that energy. They are large dogs, weighing around 55-70 pounds. Boxers are not good to have around other animals. Almost no grooming is required with this breed.
The Boston Terrier
The Boston Terrier, while being a smaller dog, is an excellent best friend for children of all ages. They love to play and full of affection for everyone, even other animals. They require little exercise or grooming, making them perfect for apartments. They come in a variation of sizes, however they are considered a small dog and shouldn’t weigh more than 25 pounds full grown.
The Cocker Spaniel
The Cocker Spaniel are super smart and easy to train. They thrive on affection from humans and other animals and do well in smaller homes. Very smart little dogs, they are easy to teach. They only need moderate exercise but require quite a bit of grooming.
The Dalmatian is a very popular large dog, from playing a role on TV to helping fireman save a burning home. They are very smart and enjoy attention from people and animals alike. Being a larger dog, they are not suited for apartments. They do better with larger homes and/or fenced in yards.
The Collie, another TV famous breed, is a very loyal and lovable dog. They are extremely patient with smaller children and enjoy being around people. They require a moderate amount of exercise and need moderate grooming. They do better with a larger home and yard than in an apartment but can adapt if necessary.
The Beagle is a cute little lovebug. They prefer the company of younger people and other dogs almost equally, however, they are not great around cats. They do well in apartments or larger homes, but caution should be used when the walls are thin as they love to bark. They are very smart and fairly easy to train. Very little grooming is needed for their short hair.
The Pug has a high affection level, making them great around people. They tend to have short bursts of high energy. With almost no grooming required, they are very easy to care for. They are very smart but great at playing dumb when it suits their purpose. Pugs need very little exercise making them perfect for apartments or smaller homes.
The American Foxhound
The American Foxhound is a very affectionate and lovable dog. It has been said they are too friendly, making them horrible watchdogs. They will become best friends with anything that moves, from small children to a stray raccoon wandering the neighborhood in search of garbage. They do require a lot of exercise, making them better suited in homes with large yards or an active family.
The Mastiff is a very large dog, weighing around 175-200 pounds at full grown. They are very affectionate but tend to be lazy dogs. They make great playmates for smaller children to roll around on as they also have great patience and tolerance. Being so large and lazy, they need more exercise to keep them healthy.