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15 of the best kid friendly dogs

There are many benefits for children growing up with a pet and for that reason, a dog is an obvious choice. Your dog will offer your child unconditional love as well as being their best friend no matter what their age. Your child will learn responsibility, empathy and commitment.

However before you jump in, I would suggest that you research everything you can about the particular breed of dog you are interested in. It is important to know what type of temperament they have as well as any common health issues. Will your dog be high or low maintenance when it comes to grooming and exercising? It is very helpful to have an idea upfront as to what you are taking on and whether your current lifestyle will allow you the time to put in the dedication which may be required. There are so many breeds of dogs to choose from which makes the decision that much harder. The main considerations will be size, energy levels, personality and maintenance.

According to Petfinder here is a list of 15 of the best dogs for kids:-

Small Dogs


French Bulldog



Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


Medium Sized Dogs




Large Dogs



Golden Retriever

Irish Setter

Labrador Retriever


Once you have decided on your forever friend, try to spend as much time as possible with them. Observing their body language will allow you to decide whether they are shy or outgoing or whether they have some aggressive tendencies. You may decide on a new puppy or even a rescue dog. If you are adopting a rescue dog it is important to discuss any potential behaviour issues with the shelter. Above all else enjoy the journey and remember that a pet is FOREVER!

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