Dog Breeds

Child-Friendly Dog Breeds, Dogs Your Child Will Love

Child-friendly dog breeds your children will love quickly becomes important members of the family. Our four-legged friends have ruled the households of many across the globe and what makes owning a dog ever so special today, is the vast amount of knowledge we have to hand on how to care and the ever-increasing variety of dog breeds that’s available, certainly within the UK.

child friendly dog breeds

Dogs bring many qualities to any loving relationship, what makes our furry Friends truly amazing is their innate ways of making humans feel at ease. They have special qualities that enable any stressed person feel less stressed when they stroke their dog; in fact stroking a dog can help reduce your blood pressure. They help boost people’s social skills and are great with children.

There are lots of dog breeds to choose from and they all come with their own unique personality. Choosing the right dog breed for your child does require lots of research. Fortunately, we have done the research for you and listed the most suitable dog breeds for children. This list is not exhaustive and Mypetzilla recommends that you always research the dog breed before committing. You can also use our dog breed selector to look for any other specific breeds. However the following list is in no particular order, please carry on reading to find out more.

Child-friendly dog breeds that are popular


This dog is very sturdy on its paws and thus can play with most games with children. They do require lots of exercises and mental stimulation. If you’re an active family that loves the outdoors, then the Beagle would make an excellent companion to the family.

Bichon Frise

This bundle of fun doesn’t require lots of exercises and would suit a small family that lives in an apartment. They’re not the most active dog breed, so would suit a family that isn’t so active and likes the indoors. They’re very affectionate and capable of showing you, endless love.

Border Terrier

This dog breed is rather tough and will play rough and tumble with any child. They’re very trustworthy and will look after and protect their loved ones. They equally love spending time indoors as they do in the outdoors. If you’re looking for a dog breed that will accustom themselves to your lifestyle, then the Border Terrier is a good choice dog breed.


This dog breed is known for being very sociable. They love playing with children and have lots of energy for their daily walks. The Boxer is known for being comical and so will keep your little children entertained for hours. They do require lots of exercises and continuous training, making them an ideal pet for an active family.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

This beautiful dog breed has a very nice nature and will make an excellent companion to any family. They’re particularly good with small children and love to play fetch (endlessly) with their loved ones. They also love cuddle time and will happily snuggle up on your lap and fall asleep.

Labrador Retriever

This dog is still to this very day one of the most popular dog breeds ever to have existed. They’re very loving and gentle. Their favorite pastime is to play and they also love playing in the water. Their tolerance levels make them an ideal dog breed for a child.


The Poodle ranges in sizes, from Toy, miniature, and standard. They’re a working breed and enjoy keeping their owners happy. They’re also very keen on involvement in family activities. The Poodle is relatively low maintenance and would suit a family with children.

Shih Tzu

This dog is extremely affectionate and aims to please. They make a wonderful choice of family pet and can keep up with most energy levels that children have. They love to love and remain very close to their loved ones. This cute bundle of fur makes an ideal dog breed for children. 

Mixed breeds also make wonderful child-friendly dog breeds

A mixed dog breed, especially one that has a hypoallergenic background, would make an excellent addition to any family. There are so many mixed dog breeds across animal shelters in the UK looking for a new loving family and home. If you’re considering adopting a dog then it’s worth visiting a reputable shelter or qualified breeder. A mixed dog breed is also less prone to genetic health disorders and most often are less high maintenance. Basically, child-friendly dog breeds can be any dog as long as it is wanted and loved, purebred or mixed. 


Giedrius loves to write about pets of all kinds and is a regular pet care advice blogger at Mypetzilla. Her article, Child Friendly Dog Breeds, will help families all over the world get an idea what to look for in children’s pets.



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