5 Dog Breeds for Kids

Unfairly portrayed as stuffy and refined in movies, poodles are actually very playful and social dogs. No matter your size preference (standard, miniature, or toy), this highly intelligent breed makes an ideal playmate for children. With an upbeat personality and energy to spare, a poodle will make himself right at home with a loving family.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
With their soulful eyes and long, caramel-colored coat, it’s not hard to fall in love with the Cavalier. This breed’s desire to be with people 24/7 makes it an ideal candidate for families with a stay-at-home parent. These easygoing lap dogs make friends easily, and their cheerful exuberance makes them a hit with kids.
Have a more active family? Then it’s worth taking a look at the playfully upbeat beagle. This breed’s manageable size makes them great companions during family road trips, and they’re well suited for families who enjoy outdoor activities. Just make sure your kids know not to leave food out—beagles are very food-driven, and they’ll be quick to snatch up any goodies left out in plain sight.
Clownish and carefree, boxers love a good romp in the great outdoors. And while they’re certainly playful pups, a boxer will be gentle and patient around children. They attach closely to their human family, and their loyal, alert nature makes them excellent watchdogs.
Shih Tzu
Bred to be companion dogs, Shih Tzus have a meltingly sweet disposition that makes them a great choice for families with kids. Plus, they’re undeniably cute! Others pros of the breed include its compact size, minimal exercise needs, and adaptability to apartment living.
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