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Top 10 Best Dogs for Children and Small Children

Updated on May 18, 2011

Have you ever wondered what dogs are good with children? Do you have a child or kids or your own and are considering on getting a new dog? If so, here's where I answer your questions and tell you everything you need to know about the best dog breeds with children.

#10. The American Eskimo Dog

American Eskimo Dogs are a relatively rare breed of dog that belong to the Spitz family, but just because they're an uncommon dog breed doesn't mean that American Eskimo Dogs can't make great family pets. American Eskimo Dogs are actually wonderful with children believe it or not, and that's why these big white, cuddly fluff balls come in at number 10 on the Top 10 Best Dogs for Children of All Ages.

#9. Old English Sheepdogs

The Old English Sheepdog may be large in size, but do not be fooled by this dog's large stature. Old English Sheepdogs are remarkably one of the best dog breeds for children, as long as an Old English Sheepdog has been properly trained that is.

#8. Rough Collies

Rough Collies are a classic American Dog icon because of the fact that Lassie was no other than a Rough Collie canine herself. Rough Collies are incredibly easy to train, well behaved, obedient dogs that are loyal and reliable dogs with children . I mean, you just can't have a Best Dog Breeds for Children List without including the Rough Collie .

#7. The Keeshond

Keeshonds , also known as Dutch Barge Dogs or Foxdogs , first originated in the Netherlands around the late 18'th century. Today the Keeshond is still a popular breed of choice in Holland, but Foxdogs are still considered uncommon in other areas of the world like the United States and even Great Britain. Despite the fact that Keeshonds are considerably rare, Foxdogs make excellent canine companions and are some of the best dogs for small children . Plus, not only does the Keeshond make a great family pet, but they're also highly intelligent, handsome, and easy to train dogs.

#6. The Bernese Mountain Dog

The Bernese Mountain Dog or Bernese Sennenhund are Swiss dogs that were originally bred as herding dogs and to pull milk carts. Although Bernese Mountain Dogs may have large builds, the Bernese Sennenhund are nothing more than Gentle Giants. Bernese Mountain Dogs are friendly canines with long hair and characteristics similar to that of Mastiffs. The Bernese Sennenhund is both a great breed of dog for children, and they respond well to dog training.

#5. Labrador Retrievers

Labrador Retrievers are not just the most popular breed of dog in the world without reason. Labrador Retrievers are kind by nature, one of the most intelligent dogs, and they're obedient, easy to train dogs. However I do recommend buying one of these Retriever Gundogs from a decent dog breeder, just because of the fact that whenever a canine grows in popularity, usually some of the finer traits can leave the breed when they're kept by lazy dog owners or are not properly cared for.

#4. The Saint Bernard

Like many excessively huge dog breeds, Saint Bernards are Gentle Giants , to say the least. The Saint Bernard is one of the best dog breeds for small children despite their massive sizes. Yes, Saint Bernards may be a slobbery, but they truly have a devoted passion for kids or all ages. Sadly though like many Gentle Giants, Saint Bernards live incredibly short lives which tend to last no longer than 7 to 10 years of age.

#3. Newfoundlands

Newfoundlands are perhaps one of the most even tempered pooches of all the dog breeds. Newfoundlands lands are smart, do great when it comes to dog training, and they're known for being good dogs with kids. The Newfoundland didn't just get its wonderful reputation without any reason. These herding dogs have truly proven what being Man's Best Friend is really all about.

#2. The Beagle

If any dog can tolerate children, it's definitely the Beagle. Beagles are fun loving pets that can tolerate even the most rambunctious and energetic kids. These hounds are just so easy going and seem to live without any cares in the world. However, the Beagle is definitely not a breed for those looking for the perfectly obedient dog. Beagles may be intelligent, but they do however tend to display stubborn, independent personalities.

#1. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Pembroke Welsh Corgis are by far the best dogs for small children and children of all ages. Pembroke Welsh Corgis are honestly some of the brightest and easy to train dogs. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi takes the crown as best dog with children by a long shot, which probably explains why these herding dogs have been growing so fast in their popularity with dog owners for the past decade.

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      Cvgfg 

      4 years ago

      Hhshehe

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      Auntie D 

      7 years ago from California

      Also Golden Retrievers a genuine people and kid dog.

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      Miss Lil' Atlanta 

      7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Actually I agree with you in so many ways with this one Jamie. German Shepherds are 85% of the time outstanding with children, but because in more recent years there have been increasing cases of agression within the German Shepherd Dog breed; I couldn't place them as #1 or even in the Top 10. Although I did seriously consider it.

      That being said, the best individual family dog that I have "ever" seen in my life was my sister's German Shepherd, who just passed away recently. Really though, that German Shepherd was probably the best well rounded dog I have ever met in general. There are some absolutely amazing German Shepherds out there, and there's just simly no denying that.

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      jamie 

      7 years ago

      i own a german shepherd and i find that he is extremely good with kids. i know lots of people with labradors and similar dogs and would have to say that the german shepherd is by far the most trustworthy and gentle

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      Miss Lil' Atlanta 

      7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I completely agree Paradise7,

      Maybe it's just because I'm a bit biased and have a thing for larger dogs, but personally I just prefer gentle giants as family pets first.

      and also MarloByDesign, I think that Chihuahuas are usually great for older kids as well, but not for younger kids like you said. Younger kids usually don't know how to rightfully care for smaller dog breeds and might accidentally hurt a Chihuahua.

      ~ Miss Lil' Atlanta

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      MarloByDesign 

      7 years ago from United States

      Good point Paradise7!

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      Paradise7 

      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      I always think it's better to get a bigger dog, a "gentle giant", with kids, just so the kids don't bully the dog unmercifully, especially really little kids that don't know any better. Voted up!! I agree with your assessment.

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      MarloByDesign 

      7 years ago from United States

      I think Chihuahua's are great for older kids; however, not for younger kids.

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