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The 11 Best Dogs for Children

When choosing dogs for children you need to consider a few factors, mainly your children’s age and size and the personality and energy level of the dog. A smart dog is ideal for families. The energy level of the dog shouldn’t be too high, so as to be compatible with a family’s lifestyle.

Toddlers may be at risk with high energy or larger dogs. On the other hand, smaller dogs may be ill-treated by older children. You might also consider the idea of getting an adult dog that has been around kids, as puppies require a lot of training and attention.

1. Labrador and Golden Retriever

Even if they are larger dogs, retrievers are great with children due to their friendly personality and intelligence. Labradors and golden retrievers are energetic dogs, so they are recommended for older kids. Make sure the dog gets sufficient exercise.

2. English Setter

The English settler is a gentle, good-natured dog. It is very playful and will do well with children. The setter is an energetic dog, but if kept indoors, he tends to be inactive, so this breed is a good choice for families.

3. Boxer

The boxer is a friendly, cheerful dog that will need more exercise, so he is more suitable for older children and teens.

4. English Bulldog

The English bulldog is a highly intelligent dog that is easy to train. The bulldog is a medium energy level dog, so is great for families with children of any age.

5. Weims

The Weimaraners or weims dogs are very friendly and affectionate. They can be easily trained and are attentive and playful with kids.

6. Poodle

The poodle is a smart breed of dog and has an amazing temperament. Regardless if the poodle is toy, miniature or standard, he will be a great companion for a child. Remember that the poodle has special grooming needs.

7. Beagle

The beagle is a medium sized dog with medium exercise requirements. Beagles are clever and may be strong minded, but easily trainable, so they are suitable for children.

8. Bichon Frise

The bichon frise is a small and playful dog. However, the dog is not too active, due to his size and is a great companion for kids.

9. Collie

The collie is a calm, attentive dog. He is easily trainable and can be a great dog for families with kids of any age.

10. German Shepherds

The German shepherd is a loyal and protective dog. If properly trained, he can be a good family dog. The shepherds are very playful, especially when they are young.

11. Mixed Breed Dogs

A lot of mixed breed dogs may be suitable for kids. Typically, they are intelligent and friendly. The temperaments of the mixed breed dogs may differ from one dog to the other, so ask about their behavior in the shelter.

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