Dogs that are good with children

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  • breed group: working
  • breed size: extra large (101 lbs. or more)
  • other traits: easy to groom, highly territorial, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, gray, red, brown / chocolate / liver, blue, fawn
  • patterns: brindle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, willful
Huge and abundantly wrinkled, mighty Neapolitan mastiffs can be sweet, loyal companions requiring little exercise. Learn more about living with Neapolitan mastiffs.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, prone to health issues, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, black, white
  • patterns: tricolor, bicolor
  • coat length/texture: medium, curly
  • temperament: friendly, playful
The Cavachon is a spunky companion crossbreed between a Cavalier King Charles spaniel and a bichon frise. The compact pup sports a silky coat.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tuxedo, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
Intelligent and naturally curious, English cocker spaniels are compact hunting dogs bred to flush and retrieve game. These charming and cheerful pups also make great family pets—kids and seniors alike will find a loyal companion in this medium-size breed that adapts well to apartment living and the great outdoors. Learn more about English cocker spaniel colors, size, and temperament here.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, tolerates being alone, tendency to chew, low prey drive, high potential for weight gain, loves water, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: cream, black, gray
  • patterns: tricolor
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
The keeshond is an intelligent old breed that has long been raised as family companions and watch dogs. They are well-tempered dogs with lots of personality and a striking gray, cream, and black double coat.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, loves water, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short, wiry
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful
Airedale terriers are highly intelligent and energetic dogs who make great family pets. They excel at agility and love to hike. Learn more about living with Airedale terriers.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, low prey drive, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, loves water, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, gray, red, blue, cream, white, fawn, gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, brindle, merle, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium, curly
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful
Goldendoodles are a highly affectionate crossbreed known for their intelligence and loyalty to their humans. Active and playful, doodles fit in well with families and are great for first-time dog owners. Smaller versions make good apartment dwellers, too.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, requires lots of grooming, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, black, white
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, sable, brindle, tuxedo, merle, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: long, curly
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful
Bernedoodles are goofy, charming dogs who love to play outdoors just as much as they love to cuddle up on the couch. They’re the perfect family dog and have a special fondness for children. Plus, they inherit a nearly hypoallergenic coat from their poodle parent.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, good hiking companion, high prey drive, hot weather tolerant
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, white
  • patterns: bicolor, flecked / ticked / speckled, tricolor, spotted
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: outgoing, friendly, playful
Full of energy and eager to please, the Brittany is a medium-sized breed that delights in all kinds of outdoor adventures with their owners.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, low prey drive, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, gray, red, blue, cream, white, fawn, brown / chocolate / liver, gold / yellow
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, tuxedo, sable, merle
  • coat length/texture: medium, long, curly
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful
Maltipoos make the perfect companion for young families, empty nesters, and everyone in between. Highly devoted to their humans, they love to accompany them on walks (and on the couch, of course). Plus, they’re non-shedders and make great apartment dwellers.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners
  • colors: white, cream
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: short, curly
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
Intelligent, affectionate, and incredibly cute, the bichon frise could easily be mistaken for a child’s toy. This happy-go-lucky breed originated in the Mediterranean islands, which could be why they’re so easygoing and fun-loving. Bichons are the perfect companion for families, elderly couples, and everyone in between.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: apartment-friendly, good hiking companion, easy to groom, tolerates being alone, high prey drive
  • colors: white
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
West Highland White Terriers are loyal, tenacious, and wildly entertaining dogs that pack a lot of personality into their relatively small frame. Both a clever hunter and playful pet, learn more about living with Westies. 
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, requires lots of grooming, low prey drive, good hiking companion, apartment-friendly, easy to train, strong loyalty tendencies, prone to health issues, loves water, good for first-time pet owners
  • colors: black, gray, red, brown / chocolate / liver, fawn, cream, white
  • coat length/texture: long, medium, curly
  • temperament: outgoing, gentle, friendly, playful, anxious
For loving companionship, few breeds compare to the smart, cuddlesome, and playful Cavapoo. This crossbreed might also be a good choice as a low-allergen pet.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, tendency to chew, high prey drive, good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: white, brown / chocolate / liver, black
  • patterns: bicolor, flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, playful
Pointers, commonly called English pointers, are intelligent, high-energy dogs who thrive as a hiking or hunting companion.
  • breed group: toy
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners
  • colors: black, blue, brown / chocolate / liver, cream
  • patterns: tricolor
  • coat length/texture: hairless
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
Whether hairless or “powderpuff,” Chinese cresteds are friendly little lap dogs who are excellent for apartment life, older owners, or anyone who just likes a conversation piece.
  • breed group: toy
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, requires lots of grooming, good hiking companion, apartment-friendly, easy to train
  • colors: black, blue, white, gold / yellow
  • patterns: tricolor
  • coat length/texture: long, short
  • temperament: outgoing, willful, friendly
Biewer terriers are the new kids on the block. Small, funny, and charming, these members of the toy group will keep you entertained for hours on end. They’re great for first-time dog owners, but be patient when it’s time to find one to bring home.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, red, gold / yellow, cream, fawn
  • patterns: blue and tan
  • coat length/texture: short, wiry
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
Border terriers are intelligent, energetic, and affectionate little dogs with big personalities and low grooming needs. They make great family pets and are easy to train. Learn more about living with border terriers.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, requires lots of grooming, apartment-friendly, loves water
  • colors: black, gray, red, cream, white, fawn, gold / yellow
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: curly
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, anxious
Whoodles are a smart and high-energy crossbreed that are happiest when with their humans. These medium-sized hybrids are known for their soft, curly coats that are silky to the touch.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: extra large (101 lbs. or more)
  • other traits: requires lots of grooming, highly territorial, loves water, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, cream, fawn, white, gray, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, brindle, sable
  • coat length/texture: long, medium, short
  • temperament: gentle, aloof
Caucasian shepherds are huge dogs known as confident and fearless family protectors, but also loving, affectionate, and loyal family dogs. Learn more about living with Caucasian shepherds.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: extra large (101 lbs. or more)
  • other traits: highly territorial, loves water, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, red, cream
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, brindle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing
Boerboels are intelligent, loyal, and gentle protectors of their families. They can weigh up to 200 pounds. Learn more about living with boerboels.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver, blue, white
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful
English setters, the “gentlemen of the dog world,” are good-looking, athletic dogs who can impress in either the show ring or hunting in the field. This medium-sized dog requires a decent amount of grooming, but in return gives you a loving, loyal companion.