The best dog breeds for families with young kids

It can be really beneficial for kids to grow up with a dog, from developing social skills to enjoying the outdoors. Whilst it's important to teach your kids how to treat dogs, some breeds are more suited to a family setting. Here are 5 dog breeds that are generally well-behaved and great for young kids.

The Labrador

The Labrador is the first breed that comes to mind when thinking of a family dog. Playful and affectionate, this breed loves being around people. If there's a baby or small toddler in the household, rehoming an older Labrador would be perfect, as puppies are very energetic.

The Golden Retriever

This breed is also a family favourite. Kind and sociable, the Golden Retriever loves a cuddle and kids' company. The breed understands when to be kind and gentle, making it a great companion for toddlers.

The Poodle

The poodle may be less often seen as a family dog, but it will make a great companion for your kids. This breed is known to be kind, smart and playful. They just need enough activity to stay well-behaved.

The Beagle

The Beagle is one of the friendliest dog breeds and naturally well-suited for a family. This breed may be full of beans and sometimes cheeky, but can also be very calm and patient with toddlers. 

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Incredibly affectionate and loving attention, this small breed makes a great companion. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is also known to be easy going and rarely shows any signs of aggression.