TOP 10 DOGS FOR FAMILIES – Best Puppy Breed For Children

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TOP 10 DOGS FOR FAMILIES – Best Puppy Breed For Children. Are you looking to find the best dog or puppy breed for children? Do you want to get a dog breed that is gentle and loving? Well today we discuss the top 10 breeds for families with kids!

Welcome to this weeks episode of the Canine Show. Today we’re looking at the top 10 dogs for families. When creating this list we took 4 things into consideration;

1. Sturdiness – Kids aren’t as gentle as they should be, sometimes they play too rough and pull to hard so you need a dog that’s patient and resilient to ensure your childs safety, that’s why miniature and toy breeds won’t make the list as they are known for being nervous and delicate.
2. Energy Levels – A child friendly dog should be able to keep up with children and not become irritated or exhausted, this means very lazy and non playful breeds may not be ideal.
3. Intelligence – It’s important to have a breed that can be trained well to ensure the safety of your child, so they no what’s acceptable and to stop when they are asked to if they get to excitable.
4. Friendliness – This can vary hugely even within breeds but is of the upmost importance around children to choose a breed known for its friendly loving temperament, and avoid breeds know to be violent, nervous or impatrient.

#10 – Boxer – The boxer is renowned for their love of children, they are a people breed and love to be close to their families. Boxers are very energetic and need plenty of exercise and play time so if you have an active family the boxer may just fit right in!

#9 – New Foundland – This large breed are truly gentle giants, Nicknamed "Nature’s Babysitter," the Newfoundland is considered one of the most intelligent breeds in the world, and they just happen to love children and are very protective of them.

#8 – Irish Setter – Known for its red coat, the Irish Setter is playful, energetic, loves being around people, and plays well with children.

#7 – Dogue De Bordeaux – This giant breed is extremely loyal to his family and affectionate to a fault, they are gentle with children and are extremely protective of their pack should you require a guard breed.

#6 – English Mastiff – This sweet hearted gentle giant bonds instantly with its family and loves to spend every second with them. Extremely gentle with children they make an ideal pet if you’re ok with just how huge they are.

#5 – Staffordshire Bull Terrier – This breed loves nothing more than being part of the family, they are extremely loyal and gentle with children.

#4 – Beagle – Beagles are a small-medium size, energetic, and very friendly. They make great family pets for all of those reasons and more.

#3 – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was bred to be the lapdog of the Spaniels.

#2 – Labrador Retriever – This is one of the most popular dog breeds, and for good reason — the Labrador Retriever is playful, patient, loving, protective, and reliable.

#1 Golden Retriever –The Golden Retriever is a confident, smart, kind, and loyal dog.


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42 Comments on “TOP 10 DOGS FOR FAMILIES – Best Puppy Breed For Children”

  1. Would love to see a video on breeds that are good for seniors and breeds that don’t have a lot of health issues.

    1. Straffordshire terriers are one if the two breeds called pit bulls, and was on this list. They are great dogs if trained well, but most people don’t know how to properly train their dogs, and pit bulls are the most dangerous if not trained properly, they bite and do not let go, most likely to kill vs. other breeds.

    2. 549 people killed by pit bulls so far in North America. Most of them were kids in the family of the dogs’ owners. You live in a dream world.

    3. The claim that they are a nanny dog isn’t even true. The pitbull advocacy group’s website actually tried to pull their comment back due to how many kids were getting hurt after this claim went viral.

    4. My neighbor’s bred pit bulls of 4 varieties (pit bull isn’t a particular breed, but a variety of several breeds) I’ve bred beagles, labs, jack russels, dobermans, and a few other breeds. I heard screaming one day and it was the mother of a 9 year old child with a 6 year old pit they had raised and trained from childhood. I once believed the lie that they just needed responsible owners. I digress, the screaming was horrendous as she frantically sprayed the dog with water, the 9 year old cried with that pit pull (its best friend) latched onto it’s face. I ran over and held them both down forcing the pit to stop shaking and tearing at the child’s face and tried to get it to turn loose. I had to take my pocket knife and pop it’s lung. Once it died the mother already was on the phone with 911. 16 surgeries later and now wearing a glass eye that girl graduates next year. Severe ptsd still haunts her and the only dogs she trusts now are beagles, labs, poodles, and yorkies. She rarely leaves the house, home schools, and when she is outside it’s only in her yard and she’s carrying a glock 40 caliber.

      I’ve been attacked by pit bulls 4 times in the last 6 years, never bitten. I’m getting my ccw and getting a job as an animal control officer. Because of the huge amounts of dog attacks in my area we’re passing BSL because there’s way to many pit bulls attacking people lately.

  2. Staffy or pit bull should have been higher on the list. Based on temperament tests done yearly, they score higher than average. Higher than both golden and lab retrievers. Plus fewer health issues do to bad breeding.

  3. While the golden retriever is my first pic growing up with one but I also grew up with a German shepherd where the heck was the German shepherd

    1. xx_SophieBridget_xx german shepherd is the best children protector. If you have 1 with your children, you’re gonna how amazing they are. They love families and children.

    2. Well German shepherds can be very moody like when I was little I had one and she got jealous since my mom spent more time with me she started biting

    1. Elliott Whitelaw they sure are!!!!!!! Italian Greyhounds don’t like rough children though. All the Greyhounds, Afghans, and whippets I’ve had were great with everyone.

  4. my family got me a Shiba Inu 3 month old female for my 12th bday in May and I’m so excited I really recommend them but for older children like 10+ because they don’t like younger children unless they know not to hit the dog or take its food or lie on it etc

    Edit: but they aren’t exactly cheap mine was €3,500 (I live in Ireland so we don’t use $) but they’re so worth it

    Edit no 2: we also have a beagle and they aren’t stubborn at all that’s my personal opinion with my dog but whatever you think

  5. Before Watching:
    Well I already know one on the list before I watch…

    After Watching:
    I knew a golden retriever will make it on the list..

    WAIT A SAINT BERNARD DIDNT MAKS IT! I MUST TELL MY FRIEND ABOUT THIS! (she got one and it loves her and her other 2 sisters) WUT?!

    1. Hahaha thank you! I have a lot of new videos since that one and constantly aiming to improve the quality so would love for you to check them out 🙂

  6. I always see the bullmastiff listed as a great guard breed, but less often I see the English Mastiff. I wonder what the English Mastiff is lacking in protection.

  7. What about pitBulls?most dogs are good for this job of being family friendly.or kid friendly and pitBulls should be here,most ppl say they’re vicious,but they’re an amazing breed,theyre sweet,loving,affectionate,and they absolutely LOVE children,as long as from the right breeder,they are the perfect breed,and I recommend them,the only time when they’re vicious is if abused or breeder wrong just like any other dog would be if so,theyre misunderstood and the only difference between them and normal dogs,is they’re much stronger,which causes people to use them for dog fighting,which makes ppl scared of them,when dogs are involved in a dog fight,they want nothing to do with it,except they have no choice or else they will both be killed,all dogs are amazing,and I recommend pitBulls,theyre adorable and sweet and will brighten up your day everyday,just as any other dog could,so don’t underestimate them,or misunderstand them,bc you have no right to criticize them,unless you have owned MANY pitBulls that have all had NO history of abuse or been bred wrong,and have all been vicious,which is super rare,so you can’t criticize any dog including pitBulls bc it discusses me when someone says cruel things about them,and it discusses me that they banned from airports,theyre amazing BAN NONE OR BAN ALL

  8. I’m surprised the Siberian Husky is not on this list, they are extremely intelligent, trainable, energetic, and sweet. Of all the dogs we’ve owned or family members have owned (Doberman, American Staffordshire Terrier, Jack Russell Terrier, Dachshund, Chihuahua, Akita, Aussie Shepherd, Pug, and a Labrador) the Husky is the absolute sweetest. She’s on her way to becoming a therapy dog for children with learning disabilities.

  9. American bulldog I have 3 daughters and where raised with him he was big 65kg and loved my babies and was an excellent family dog and we would love another 1 some day we all miss him very much

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