Often times we do not think of our pets as having their own personality. Therefore, we make the common mistake as parents when buying the family dog of choosing the dog for it’s cuteness alone. Before looking at individuals, you need to consider a few things, including; whether you want a pup or an older dog, take into account the sex differences in canine behaviour and consider carefully the dog breed that will suit the family best.

Generally, the following breeds are known to be great with kids.

  1. German Shepard Dog (GSD)

German Shepherd Dog

The GSD is one of the most recognized and popular of all breeds, they are exceptionally loyal, versatile and renowned for their intelligence. They make excellent family pets and are intelligent enough to decipher the difference between an adult and a kid. They have abundant tolerance for the playfulness of children.


  1. Labrador Retriever

Even though we won’t find a lot of this breed in these parts, Labrador Retrievers are one of the best with children. They are calm, gentle, intelligent and easily trainable. They are cheerful and have an enthusiastic attitude towards life, Labs have a steady temperament and are generally well mannered.


  1. Great Dane

Great Danegreat-dane-and-toddlers

Often referred to as gentle giants, this breed makes an excellent companion for kids. Even though they look imposing, they are easy going and mild mannered. They are non-aggressive and form strong bonds with children.


  1. Pug


Pugs are ideal for families with children as they are generally patient and make great playmates. The pug is keen, fun-loving with a happy go-lucky attitude. They are very tolerate and protective of children.


  1. Bull Mastiff

Bull Mastiff

The Bull Mastiff is a devoted, alert guard dog with a good natured temperament. Even though they are gentle and patient with kids, it is important to supervise and train children to respect and treat the dog well. They are very protective and intensely loyal companions.