Best Dog Breeds for Families with Children

Best Dog Breeds for Families with Children

There are many things to consider while looking for a new furry family member, especially when you have young children. One of the most important things to look for is a dog that matches the energy of your family. Most low-energy dogs, regardless of the breed, are more patient so they are typically better with children. Consider size also when considering a particular temperament. Many large breeds tend to be gentle while small dogs can be very excitable. The following are three of the best dog breeds for families with children.

Best Dog Breeds for Families with Children
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Here are our top picks for the best dog breeds for families with small children:

1. Rough Collie

Rough Collies are typically a mild-mannered dog. They are medium to large-sized, weighing in at 45-65 pounds. Rough collies have a long coat that comes in tri-color, white, blue merle, sable and white, sable merle, and sable. This breed requires regular brushing to keep their fur and free of tangles. Rough collies are very intelligent and highly trainable which makes them perfect for first-time dog owners. Collies are great with children and other dogs, but it is important to socialize them at a young age to prevent shyness. Rough collies are a healthy breed with an average lifespan of 14-16 years, though eye diseases are on the top of possible genetic issues. Overall, collies are a predictable, well-behaved breed, and perfect for families with children.

Best Dog Breeds for Families with Children
IMAGE: Rough Collie, by Karen Arnold [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

2. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Corgies are a lively and intelligent breed. Their eagerness to please and cleverness makes them easy to train. They are good with children and other animals, and easy to handle as a novice dog owner. Corgis love to play but, adequately exercised, can still do well in an apartment. Corgis also have a low tendency to bark, also a plus if you live in an apartment. Corgies are a reasonably sturdy breed with a lifespan of 12-14 years. Corgies have minimal grooming needs, but daily brushing is recommended to help control shedding. If you are looking for an affectionate and fun-loving dog, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is an excellent choice!

Best Dog Breeds for Families with Children
IMAGE: Welch Corgi Pembroke, by Pmuths1956 [CC BY-SA 3.0 (

3. Pug

The Pug is a fun-loving, wrinkly-faced pup that fits well in all kinds of homes due to its good-natured personality and adaptability. Pugs are great with other dogs, cats, and people of all sizes and shapes. They are extremely friendly and outgoing. Pugs have minimal exercise needs, so they do well in any size home. Pugs grooming requirements are very minimal as well. Their short hair doesn’t require any brushing, but you do need to wipe down their wrinkly faces regularly, and regular brushing of the teeth is recommended to prevent oral disease or any disorders. The most important thing to keep your pug healthy is to maintain a healthy weight. And beware of leaving your pug outside too long or overworking it on a hot day, as pugs tend to overheat quickly.

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