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The 6 Best Dog Breeds for Kids

Josie F. Turner
By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: March 2, 2017
The 6 Best Dog Breeds for Kids

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Kids love dogs and almost all dogs love kids. However, some dog breeds are best suited to children and others less so.

So, in this AnimalWised article, we will not only tell you the 6 best dog breeds for kids, but also what dogs are best suited for hyperactive children, for those requiring a guard dog, and for when babies are involved.

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  1. Dogs well suited for hyperactive children
  2. Guard dogs for children
  3. Dogs for young children

Dogs well suited for hyperactive children

Hyperactive children benefit from a companion to play with and burn energy with. Without a doubt, the two best dog breeds for these children are Labradors and Beagles.

Labradors have a lot of energy, are very active, love to play with kids, and are very affectionate towards them. Additionally, they are not aggressive, and have amazing patience. They love being with families and can gain the confidence and affection of your child almost immediately. Of course you need a suitable home or environment where they can have fun and run around, as dogs consistently require daily walks and runs.

Beagles, on the other hand, make for the perfect pet in a smaller house as they have the same behavior as Labradors but are much smaller. Beagles are playful dogs, they are very hyperactive and full of energy, perfect for tiring a child out. Besides being active, they are known to be easy to train, and after their daily dose of activity, they are peaceful and quiet. This can help your child to relax after a long session of races and games.

The 6 Best Dog Breeds for Kids - Dogs well suited for hyperactive children

Guard dogs for children

If you want the dog to do the babysitting and to not be as hyperactive, you need a guard dog. There are a lot of options but Boxers and Collies are considered the best guard dogs for little ones.

Boxers are a very playful breed and love children, they can without doubt tire the children out. Although a playful personality is important when choosing a dog, what really stands out for the Boxer is their protective instinct and vigilance, as they won't let anyone or anything get close to the child without noticing. They protect their family and don't hesitate to get aggressive if necessary. The Boxer is also considered one of the 5 best dog breeds for beginners.

With regard to Collies, they are a large family dog with a highly developed protective instinct, making them a perfect guard dog. If you have a big house or a place to take it on walks, they can be the perfect guard dog for your child because they are able to defend their owners and protect them from any danger that may occur. It is even advised to not let strangers approach without warning as Collies may misconstrue this as a threat. Border Collies are considered the smartest dogs in the world.

The 6 Best Dog Breeds for Kids - Guard dogs for children

Dogs for young children

If you are looking for a dog that will be living with a baby, different characteristics are needed. They must be quiet, peaceful and have lots of patience as kids can cause all sorts of mischief. AnimalWised believes that the two best breeds for babies are Saint Bernards and German Shepherds.

Saint Bernards, although they seem very large and rough, these are probably one of the most calm, peaceful and well-behaved dogs. They are docile yet protective dogs, making them easy to train, and the perfect "dog nanny" who can look after your baby just as well as yourself. Its popularity as a pet is increasing, so no doubt it will soon become known as the nanny dog"; yes just like Nana from Peter Pan!

German Shepherds are one of the most versatile breeds of dogs that exist. They can adapt to all situations. They are a working dog but make great pets as they are obedient, easy to train, and protective. They love young children, and because they are easy to train, it is very easy to teach them how to behave around young ones and how to protect them from danger.

The 6 Best Dog Breeds for Kids - Dogs for young children

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