Dog Breeds Good with Children

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Which are the top  dog breeds good with children?  This list comes from a 2-part series from  Part 1 shares their rating system used to determine their top 10  dog breeds good with children.

  1. Energy Level (excitability) – You don’t want a dog that is too excitable and knocks down your child.
  2. Size – Small dogs may be too fragile while a large breed of dog may not know it’s own strength/size and injure a child.
  3. Temperament – You don’t want your dog to be the dominant member of the family.
  4. Intelligence (trainability) – Highly trainable is ideal.
  5. Intangibles – Any special trait that either helps or hurts the dogs desirability.

Each dog will receive a subjective score between 1 and 10 in each category. The best overall score a dog can receive is a 50 and the lowest score is a 5.

Following this rating system, the following dogs were determined to be the best breeds with children.

  1. Golden Retriever
  2. Labrador Retriever
  3. Poodle
  4. Pembrooke Welsh Corgi
  5. Vizsla
  6. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  7. Miniature Schnauzer
  8. Brittany Spaniel
  9. German Shepherd
  10. Bulldog

Which have you found to be dog breeds good with children?

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Nancy's childhood pet was a Sheltie named Sheba. Nancy enjoyed obedience training and showing Sheba, who while purebred, was not competitive to show under confirmation. Her father bred and showed Chihuahua's. Currently, Nancy enjoys her sister's five mutts and her friends' dogs. She is an independent health insurance agent and editor of


  1. We had a standard poodle when I was a child and a cocker spaniel. The poodle would start fight with our cocker spaniel and the poodle would nip people in there ankles when they arrived and pee and them when theteft. Thid dog also tried to treat me as a female dog, I had to hit him extremely hard to make hit stop. Truly a bad dog. The cocker spaniel was a wonderfull pet. His name was Captanin Mischief the third. Unfortunately this was in the 1950’s and my dad didn’t believe in neutering.

  2. Standard poodles are much better with children than their smaller versions. Toy poodles can be too delicate for some children. Minis are ok with children but standards take it all. Because they are athletic dogs they will be great with teens too. Keep their curls cut in the sporting cut and all will be fine. They excel at agility and obedience which kids and adults can get into with them. I love my retrievers but they can knock down little kids without meaning to.

  3. I have found that, when trained and raised well, American pitbulls are awesome with kids. They have a fantastic pain tolerance an patience with children. In the ’50s they were referred to as America’s nanny.