Child-friendly family dogs, which breed is best

These days, the dog is increasingly regarded as a member of the family. This brings them more and more into contact with small children. We know about 350 recognized dog breeds, but which are best suited as a child-friendly family dog? We look at our top 10 with you.

Family dog German shepherd

Important characteristics of family dogs

So many people, so many dogs wishes. But what makes a dog suitable as a family dog.

A family dog ​​has a number of characteristics that make the dog ideal within a family, with or without small children.

We find the most important characteristics:

  • background
  • energy level
  • Age
  • personality

A dog with a bad background such as a trauma will more easily come up unexpectedly. This is certainly not recommended with children. Therefore buy from the breeder.

Even a dog that is too active is not recommended. Just think of the countless YouTube videos where children are knocked over by a dog.

The younger you bring the dog into your home, the better. They then get used to his new situation with children more quickly.

The personality of the breed is very important. But certainly also the individual, which every golden retriever naturally does not have the same personality.

Education as the main reason for a family dog

The most important thing for a family dog ​​that is good with children is the upbringing.

You can teach bad or good manners to any dog ​​or breed. So make sure you always raise a puppy in a friendly way.

Also involve your children in the education of your puppy if possible.

NO puppy is an aggressive puppy.

Yes ok, puppies can bite, but this is unconscious behavior. The puppy does not know that he is doing badly, this must be taught by the owners.

Tips for dogs and children

What really are “child-friendly dog ​​breeds” now depends primarily on the education of children and dogs. Teach children to caress the rule of 3 when stroking:

  • Before stroking the dog, the child must request permission from the boss.
  • The child must request permission from the dog. That is, the child lures the dog and waits for the dog to indicate that it wants to be caressed. Children are not allowed to extend their hands themselves but have to wait for the dog to come to their hands.
  • Then the child can stroke the dog, but this must be done in a way that is not threatening to the dog. No stroking on the head or back, but under the chin or chest.
  • Teach children to behave quietly in the vicinity of dogs.

French Bulldog

This small, sturdy dog ​​is one lump of energy. Moreover, a French Bulldog is intelligent, loyal and patient with children.

Unlike the English bulldog, we breed French bulldogs. The breed is stronger and healthier than an English bulldog.

This breed is on this list of the best family dog. Moreover, they snore when they sleep, that will certainly make the children laugh.

Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercises, so only choose this breed if you have a lot of time to walk or play.

The Golden Retrievers are energetic, intelligent and cordial. They do not have highly developed watch instincts (but can sometimes be watchful), interact easily with other animals, and are good with children. It is an alert yet sensitive species. This breed can be enthusiastic and temperamental, while other dogs are more reserved.

This dog is considered sweet and impulsive. The Golden Retriever is a pleasant dog. They are quick, have an excellent sense of smell and are strongly active in any terrain and climate.


This gentle breed won’t hurt a fly. They are loyal, kind and good with children.


One of our smallest dogs, with the biggest heart

or, instead of Pomeranian, a size bigger: the Keeshond

pomeranian children

Poodle as a family dog

One of our smartest dogs, ideal for children with allergies.

Jack Russell

If the children respect him as their friend, it will also become their most loyal friend.

German shepherd

Very intelligent watchdog, can be with children if they consider him a friend.

german shepherd with kids

Shiba inu

Hatchi, we know him from the movie. Faithful to his owner and the children. However, disciplined upbringing.

Short-haired Dachshunds

There are 3 types of Dachshunds: shaggy, short-haired and long-haired.
The short-haired is the softest in personality of the Dachshund types. Highly recommended for children.


Our Beaglets, very tolerant of children. And sporty!

Siberian husky

Not immediately everyone’s friend, but once he has won your trust: your best friend, also from the kids!


A buddy in between, a cross between 2 intelligent varieties!

Yorkshire Terrier

a playful friend

yorkshire terrier

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