The 13 Best Dog Breeds for Kids Beyond Labs and Goldens

If your family is ready to welcome home a new canine companion, we couldn’t be happier for you! Nothing completes a family quite like a dog, but there are some breeds who get along with kids better than others.

We’ve rounded up 14 of the most kid-friendly dog breeds out there. Your family’s future pup may appear on this list, so take a look! You can also give Rover’s handy breed selector a whirl to discover your family’s perfect canine match.

1. Poodle

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Unfairly portrayed as stuffy and refined in movies, poodles are actually very playful and social dogs. No matter your size preference (standard, miniature, or toy), this highly intelligent breed makes an ideal playmate for children. With an upbeat personality and energy to spare, a poodle will make himself right at home with a loving family.


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2. Basset Hound

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For those who prefer to go through life at a more leisurely pace, the sleepy-eyed basset hound will happily oblige. These dogs have a mellow, unhurried temperament—they definitely know how to stop and smell the roses. This dog’s signature floppy ears are sure to delight your kiddos, and his friendly disposition makes him a perfect family dog. That is, as long as you don’t mind a little—OK a lot—of drool.

3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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With their soulful eyes and long, caramel-colored coat, it’s not hard to fall in love with the Cavalier. This breed’s desire to be with people 24/7 makes it an ideal candidate for families with a stay-at-home parent. These easygoing lap dogs make friends easily, and their cheerful exuberance makes them a hit with kids.


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