Adding a furry friend teaches kids responsibility and compassion. Research breeds that fit your lifestyle. Consider adult dogs for young children. Find family-friendly breeds for adoption.
The Airedale Terrier: King of Terriers. Great with kids and other dogs. Thrives with an active family. All-star breed."
"Herding instinct ideal for active families. Great with kids, but supervise rowdy play. May nip if overwhelmed. Perfect for rounding up the kids."
Now this is a very lovey-dovey pup, according to AKC. The medium-size dog is known for being docile, open to strangers and patient with children.
"Italian Segugio: Protective and affectionate with children. Leash required around strangers. Loyal breed from Italy."
"Energetic and lively, this 20-30 pound pup is great with kids who love to play. Perfect for active families."
"Hypoallergenic and cute, these silky-haired terriers shed less. Active and devoted, they're perfect for those with mild fur allergies."
"Bichons: Friendly and outgoing. Low-shedding coat. Perfect for fun-loving households. Not your average small white dog breed."
ernese Mountain Dog: Gentle giant for big families. Sweet and warm-hearted with children. Large but lovable at over 100 pounds."
"Alaskan Malamutes: Pleasers of human and canine pack. Powerful sled dogs. Need consistent training and exercise. Loyal and friendly companions."
"Labs: Popular, kid-friendly breed. Sweet and sociable with all. High energy, needs daily exercise. Can reach 80 pounds."