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Top 10 Best Dog Breeds For Kids and Family 2020


There are lots of dog breeds in the world but not all of them are friendly by nature. A dog’s personality can indeed be shaped with proper training but every breed has also a genetic predisposition. So if you are here to know which dogs are more suitable for your family lifestyle, you have come to the right place! Here is a list of top 10 Best dog breeds for kids and family.

10. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Best Dog Breeds For Kids

If you want a new member in your family, a super gentle and soft-hearted dog then the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is the answer! They are eager to please, active but not demanding, playful and sociable, they enjoy sleeping and cuddling in people’s laps and mainly all the quality time spent with their owners. Good treats and a positive attitude will help a lot in training, as they are always willing to try new games. After all these qualities comes a less enjoyable part for most new owners: they need brushing and combing regularly, but let’s be honest, most of the dogs do. 

9. Labrador Retriever

Labrador retriever

Labrador Retriever is one of the best-known breeds in the world. Popular in movies and commercials, this dog can also play many roles in people’s life: a good companion, service or therapy dog, a good athlete, or a hunting partner if it’s trained well. This breed is playful, gentle and social, but will need a lot of physical and mental exercises and also good quality diet choices (Check here Top 5 best puppy food for Labs/Labrador Puppies) to be a happy and healthy dog. Labrador Retrievers are strong, sturdy dogs and can sometimes get a little distracted or clumsy, so they may not be suited around toddlers, as there is a risk to knock over them.

8. Poodle

Poodles are well known for their sharp intelligence and good nature. If you are looking for a sensitive, elegant and lovely dog for your family then definitely Poodle is the best choice. More than that, their breed comes in three sizes: Toy Poodle, Miniature Poodle, and Standard Poodle. All of them are very receptive, maybe even the most trainable of all breeds, but take care of the number of daily treats, because they might get overweight. Poodles like a calm environment but also tend to suffer very easily for loneliness, so if you spent a lot of time at home might be the right choice for you and your family.

7. Beagle 

When we see a Beagle, we immediately understand the expression “puppy eyes”. Beagles are hound dogs by nature, driven by instincts, super curious, always exploring the world around them through their nose and ears. They are pack dogs and will protect your family as their own. Beagles are very playful, energetic and love to spend time outdoors that’s why they are great companions for highly active families. They are sometimes stubborn and easily distracted by the environment, so you’ll have to start their training as soon as possible if you don’t want to find your stuff turned upside down by his curiosity. 

6. Bichon

Bichons are small cute dogs, very devoted and lovable, ready to sit and sleep on your lap! Due to their petite size, they are also great apartment dogs and excellent around toddlers. Bichons are part of non-sporting dog breeds but still need to exercise and play outdoors. These dogs will conquer your heart with their fluffy appearance and lively personality. Bichons fur is dense and curly, with a little shedding but they will require regular maintenance with frequent brushing and constant grooming as the hair is prone to get tangled. 

5.  Shih Tzu


Shih Tzu is a really good companion dog, friendly with other pets and also with kids, small and affectionate, ready to sit beside you any time. He is very sensitive, doesn’t like heat so it’s best to live indoor in a loving home. With a playful personality, he will love to be the center of your universe and will ask a lot of cuddling and attention. But, you also have to know that Shih Tzus beautiful long coat will ask combing and brushing a lot and you’ll have to visit a professional groomer from time to time. 

4. Boxer

Boxer is no doubt a very amazing and energetic dog breed. He is often enthusiastic, goofy, playful and will bring a lot of entertainment to your family. Boxers have had a bad reputation as dangerous dogs, mainly because of irresponsible owners and sometimes because of their sturdy looks but in fact, they are not more aggressive than other breeds. Their nature is loving and caring for children, sometimes even immature but with good training they will not disappoint you, becoming really good companions.


3. Border Terrier


Border Terriers are known to be good-natured dogs, devoted and intelligent, ready to please and to be trained. They adapt very easily in different environments, even with other dogs but may not be very friendly with cats and will get noisy if they see small pets around as is in their terrier nature to track them. They are generally friendly but it is recommended to socialize them from a young age. Border Terriers have a good reputation as good companions for children, loving both outdoors and interactive games.


2.Hungarian Vizsla

Hungarian VIZSLA

Hungarian Vizsla is a beautiful dog, very sociable, exuberant, affectionate, ready to love kind of breed. Vizslas are clever and obedient so they are generally easy to train. With an athletic body, always in a mood for running and playing, they will require plenty of space to consume that high-level energy. Hungarian Vizsla it’s a breed easy to maintain and keep clean due to its thin short coat. This loyal and caring dog will be a great companion for your family and will bring a lot of joy to your life. 



Bulldog breeds are known for being excellent family dogs and well-suited for kids. They are good-natured, calm, loyal and sociable. Both French bulldogs and English bulldogs are in the non-sporting dog breed group and will adapt well in apartments. These dogs are not so active but will still need to exercise, as they tend to get overweight. Their entertaining personalities and qualities like easy-going, patient and intelligent made us place them at the top of the list.

We hope that after reading this article you’ve got an idea of which are the top 10 Best dog breeds for kids and family in the world. All of the breeds listed above are good-natured and have the potential to be great companions, but remember that good hygiene, constant training, mental stimulation, proper socialization, and physical exercises shape the dog’s personality.

Joellen Davis
Jo is a proud owner of two dogs, a 5-year-old beagle, Juno, and a 4-year-old Hungarian Vizsla, Rina. 3 years ago, when she married Robert, the pet gang expanded with their cat Tom, who is now 6 years old. Jo is a freelance writer passionate about nutrition and healthy lifestyle, but her great "weakness" are pets. Nothing delights her more than when her advice proves valuable to readers. As a pet owner but also from the perspective of an excellent research writer, with an objective thinking, Jo aims to help pet parents to create a balanced environment, pleasant for the whole family, with an emphasis on a healthy lifestyle, positive motivation, and prevention.


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