Top 10 dogs that get on well with children

Young children with dog? Is this a good idea?
Young children with dog? Is this a good idea? | Source

Dogs with children?

Women usually get nervous when they learn that they are going to have a baby soon. And not only the question of responsibility is the big deal, but the question of having animals also makes them worried. Should they keep the cat or the dog when the baby arrives? Or should they 'get rid of them' by giving them away? And later, is it a good idea to let the child have a pet?

In my opinion, the answer is: Yes, definitely. People should keep their pets and allow their children to have a dog if they would like to (in case the family can allow themselves to have a bigger pet of course).

Pets are like friends and good companions for children, so parents should not miss the chance to make their children happy this way as well. There are many misbeliefs about having children and dogs together in the house, but the truth is that children who have a dog can get on better with other children than those who have no dog. It is also true that there are many dog breeds, which are excellent with children, other animals and with adults as well. I've tried to make a list of dogs that satisfy all these 3 requirements.

Therefore I hope that everyone would find this list useful and I can help you decide whether to have a dog or not.

Living with dogs from a very young age
Living with dogs from a very young age | Source
Countless of opportunities to adpot from shelters
Countless of opportunities to adpot from shelters | Source

Places where you can find your perfect companion

If you have made up your mind to have a dog it is not easy to find the perfect place where you can find your fellow companion.
In my opinion, one of the best places to look for a dog is free classifieds.
Free classifieds always offer a huge variety of ads from all over the world, so they give us a nice place to be finicky. For example look at this page about dogs for sale. There are classifieds that offer dogs that can be adopted free and there are also many offers that offer dogs for money. You can decide which option you will choose, which the better is for you.
Another place to find a dog is a purebred dog kennel. You can easily search for kennels by entering the name of the breed and the world 'breeder' into a search engine.
Last but not least, another place to find a dog is a shelter. There are many dogs that lost their home and their master or they were just simply kicked out of their home because of money issues.
So, as you can see, there are multiple options for you to find your perfect dog.

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The Bearded Collie
The Bearded Collie | Source

No.10. - Bearded collie

The Bearded Collie is a large dog that has a long, shaggy, weatherproof, double coat. The eyes of the dog are expressive and kind, while its body is long and the legs are powerful and straight. The breed is very affectionate, playful and is easy to train. It can live both in warmer and colder climates.

The Bearded Collie is excellent with children and is friendly towards people and other dogs.

The breed is quite indifferent to other pets in the family.

The lifespan of this breed is between 12 and 14 years.

The Beagle
The Beagle | Source

No.9. - The Beagle

The Beagle is a dog of small size that has a square muzzle and innocent-looking hazel eyes. Therefore it is easy to fall in love with this little dog. The dog is very affectionate and playful and is easy to teach. This breed can be a perfect watchdog for the family.

The Beagle is excellent with children and is friendly towards people and other dogs.

The breed is quite indifferent to other pets in the family.

The lifespan of this breed is between 12 and 15 years.

The English Springer Spaniel
The English Springer Spaniel | Source

No.8. - The English Springer Spaniel

The English Springer Spaniel is a dog of medium size that has very kind, hazel or brown eyes, which have a medium set on the face. Their ears are floppy and long, they hang down on the sides of the head. Because of this outlook the dog gives off a very friendly and loving expression.

The English Springer Spaniel is excellent with children and is friendly towards people and other dogs.

The breed is quite indifferent to other pets in the family.

The lifespan of this breed is between 9 and 15 years.

The Newfoundland
The Newfoundland | Source

No.7. - The Newfoundland

The Newfoundland is a giant dog that can swim excellently. Their coat is waterproof and thick, while the capacity of their lung is amazing. The muzzle of the breed is short and the head is squared. They can't stand warm climate. The dog's protection and watchdog ability is exceptional.

The Newfoundlands are excellent with children and are friendly towards people and pets.

The breed is quite indifferent to other dogs.

The lifespan of this breed is between 8 and 10 years.

The Icelandic Sheepdog
The Icelandic Sheepdog | Source

No.6. - The Icelandic Sheepdog

The Icelandic Sheepdog is a medium-sized dog that belongs to the spitz family and is the only native dog of Iceland. The dog has large, almond-shaped eyes and its coat is a thick, woolly and waterproof double coat. Therefore they prefer to live in cooler climates. The dog is also very affectionate and playful.

The Icelandic Sheepdog is excellent with children and is friendly towards people and pets.

The breed is quite indifferent to other dogs.

The lifespan of this breed is between 10 and 12 years.

The Field Spaniel
The Field Spaniel | Source

No.5. - The Field Spaniel

The Field Spaniel is a medium-sized dog. It is the 'cousin' of the Cocker Spaniel breed. These dogs have large, almond-shaped eyes and a long muzzle.
The breed is very affectionate and playful, and is quite easily trainable.

The Field Spaniel is excellent with children and is also friendly towards people and pets.

The breed is quite indifferent to other dogs.

The lifespan of this breed is between 10 and 12 years.

The Sealyham Terrier
The Sealyham Terrier | Source

No.4. - The Sealyham Terrier

The Sealyham Terrier is a medium-sized dog with a large, black nose and long, folded ears. The dog is sturdy and muscular and its coat colour is usually white or yellowish.

The Sealyham Terrier can learn quickly and is very affectionate. This breed is excellent with children and is also friendly towards people, other dogs and pets.

The lifespan of the breed is between 13 and 16 years.

The Old English Sheepdog
The Old English Sheepdog | Source

No.3. - The Old English Sheepdog

The Old English Sheepdog is a large dog, that has a very intelligent expression with cute blue or brown eyes. The dog has a shaggy, gray or blue coloured double coat, which is weather resistant. The breed is also called 'Bobtail', because the tail of the dog is usually removed soon after birth. Reports show that now there were some ‘natural’ tail-less bobtails born.

The Old English Sheepdog is an excellent pick, because the breed get on excellently with children, and is very friendly towards people, other dogs and pets.

The lifespan of the breed is between 10 and 12 years.

The English Setter
The English Setter | Source

No.2. - The English Setter

The English Setter is a large dog, that has a furry coat available in many colours.

The dog is very affectionate and playful and is also very easy to train.

This English Setter is excellent for a family, because the breed gets on well with children, other dogs and pets and is also friendly towards people.

The lifespan of the breed is between 10 and 12 years.

No.1. - The Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is a large dog that is one of the most beautiful breed of all dogs. The body of the dog is very symmetrical; the skull is rounded while the eyes are large and black. The mouth always turns up as if the dog is smiling.

The Golden Retriever is excellent with children and is also very friendly with people, other dogs and pets.

The lifespan of this breed is between 10 and 14 years.

The Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever | Source

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zsobig 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thanks a lot Nell, I appreciate your comment and vote very-very much! :)


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

This is such a great article that made me go Aw! lol! yes as long as you have the 'friendly' type of dog then its fine, I always say its not the dog that is vicious its the owner who makes it so, great hub and voted up! cheers nell


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zsobig 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Yes, this is also true. Even a pitbull can be a good companion for a child. But still, although I like that breed as well, I say they should never be left alone with smaller children (even the best trained dog can look at the child as a prey sometimes - the more 'calmer' the breed, the less chance of course), I would never buy/adopt one for my future kids until they reach a certain age, are more responsible and know it well how to live with and train a dog. Breeds like the Pitbull require a more firm hand/owner in my opinion and kids cannot suit this requirement until they are 12-14+.

Thanks for your comment! :)


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rahstame 4 years ago from USA

All I can say is that it depends on the owner, he should be responsible in taking care of his dog.


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zsobig 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

I totally agree, thanks for your comment, I appreciate it very much! :)


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KevinTimothy 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

Great article here. Glad to see that the Beagle made this list. Such handsome dogs.

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