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20 dogs that are good with children

Are you looking for a dog with which the children can walk, play and frolic without you having to worry? A dog that can cope well with the (sometimes unexpected) behaviour of children? In short, a sweet, gentle dog that fits in perfectly with your family? Find below an overview of 20 dogs who are very good at dealing with children. 

Saint Bernard

Saint Bernard specifications

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Characteristics Saint Bernard

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
3/5

Perhaps the Saint Bernard is one of the best-known dog breeds there is. The Saint Bernard has a sweet, good nature. Of course, the dog's image also plays a major role. After all, the dog is known as a rescue dog. It is probably for this reason that the dog can be seen in many famous films. Nowadays, the Saint Bernard is probably best known for its loyalty, patience and care for children. However, this does not mean that the Saint Bernard is a softy. The animal is enormously strong, muscular and has an impressive appearance if necessary.

Doberman Pinscher

Specifications Doberman Pinscher

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Characteristics Doberman Pinscher

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
5/5

The Doberman Pinscher is one of the few dog species whose name refers to the person who "created" the breed. The Doberman Pinscher was in fact bred in the 19th century by Louis Dobermann. Dobermann wanted a dog that could protect him. This was necessary, because Dobermann was a bailiff. It must have happened regularly that defaulters threatened him. To feel safer he bred the Doberman Pinscher. It is not exactly known from which species the Doberman Pinscher originally descended. The dog does show some typical similarities with Rottweilers and German Pinschers.

Boston Terrier

Specifications Boston Terrier

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Characteristics Boston Terrier

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
4/5

The Boston Terrier is a small dog, but one with a distinct profile. The dog is, unlike some other small dogsquite sturdy and quite strong. The animal was bred in the United States. Unfortunately, the dog was mainly kept for martial arts. Nowadays, the dog is a pleasant four-legged companion who delights his owner with his presence.

Butterfly dog

Specifications Butterfly dog

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Characteristics Butterfly dog

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
4/5

The butterfly dog is a cute dog with a beautiful long, silky coat. The animal is cheerful and fits well in a family. In general, the dogs good with children. However, it is important to explain to children how they should play with the dog. The Butterfly dog is a small animal and quite fragile. When the game gets too wild, he tends to defend himself.

Havanese

Havanese specifications

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Characteristics Havanese

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
3/5

One of the best dogs From South America is the Havanese. The animal originally comes from Cuba and came to Europe in the 18th century. The animal has a beautiful coat. However, that advantage also has a disadvantage: he needs to be brushed (almost) daily. The animal has an unbridled energy and is always in for a diversion. As soon as they notice that someone is paying attention to them, nothing is too much trouble.

West Highland White Terrier

Specifications West Highland White Terrier

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Characteristics West Highland White Terrier

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
4/5

The West Highland White Terrier is also affectionately called the "Westie". With its dense, snow-white coat and dark eyes, the dog has something endearing. It is hard not to have a soft spot for this dog. Although the dog has short legs, it is quite fast and agile. It has to be, because in the past this dog was not just a companion animal. It was also a hunter!

Austalian Silky Terrier

Specifications Austalian Silky Terrier

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5/5
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Characteristics Austalian Silky Terrier

Family dog
3/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
4/5

German Shepherd Dog

German Shepherd Dog Specifications

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5/5
5/5

Characteristics German Shepherd Dog

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
5/5

The German Shepherd Dog is one of the most well-known dogs. At the same time, it is one of the most difficult dogs to describe. The dog has many different characteristics. On the one hand, the dog is large, powerful and reasonably fast. On the other hand, the dog is also brave, will not hesitate to show aggression if necessary and can scare his opponents. At the same time, the dog can be extremely sweet and good with children (if raised properly). In short: the German Shepherd is a beautiful dog, with many (sometimes contradictory) characteristics.

Yorkshire Terrier

Specifications Yorkshire Terrier

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Characteristics Yorkshire Terrier

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
4/5

With its beautiful, shiny coat, the Yorkshire Terrier It has already won many hearts. Although the dog now mainly has the image of a show dog, the animal has worked hard in the past. It worked in the mines and hunted vermin. Underneath the beautiful coat of this dog hides a dog with a tough character.

Labrador Retriever

Specifications Labrador Retriever

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Characteristics Labrador Retriever

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
5/5

One of the most popular dogs is the Labrador Retriever. This animal is medium-sized and strong, but at the same time a real family dog. This dog breed is descended from the St. John's dog. The St. John's dog was used by fishermen in Newfoundland (Canada). They helped with bringing in the fishing nets and towing boats. The dog was therefore familiar with the water.

Weimaraner

Weimaraner specifications

5/5
5/5
5/5

Characteristics Weimaraner

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
5/5

The friendly Weimaraner is a nice dog, with a special, stately head. This breed is very intelligent and was used for hunting in the past. Nowadays, it is a sweet family dog that gets along well with young children. However, the dog is not suitable for an owner who prefers to hang out on the couch with a bag of chips. The dog is in fact quite active and will gladly go outside for a nice walk!

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu Specifications

5/5
5/5
3/5

Characteristics Shih Tzu

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
3/5

For centuries, the possession of the Shih Tzu was reserved for the members of the Chinese Imperial family. Nowadays, this dog is not only a nice family dog for the rich, but also the "common people" can own this nice dog. The Shih Tzu is a cheerful dog, that with its nice appearance quickly wins people over. The animal has a stubborn character, but is very loyal and loving.

English Mastiff

Specifications English Mastiff

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5/5
3/5

Characteristics English Mastiff

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
3/5

One of the most famous Mastiffs is the English Mastiff. It will not surprise anyone that this breed originated in England. The dog has a somewhat massive impression and is very strong. For the ignorant outsider, this dog can therefore come across as somewhat aggressive. However, nothing is less true. The strength of this dog lies in its quiet, calm nature. His English nickname is not for nothing the "gentle giant".

Cavalier King Charles-Spanish

Cavalier King Charles-Spanish specifications

5/5
5/5
3/5

Characteristics Cavalier King Charles-Spanish

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
3/5

The name of the Cavalier King Charles-Spanish already betrays its good origins. The Cavelier has a graceful head and a refined build. It is therefore no wonder that this dog was the dog of many noblemen in the past. Nowadays, however, the dog is also kept by the common citizenry as a cosy family dog.

Swedish Falconhound

Specifications Swedish Falconhund

5/5
5/5
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Characteristics Swedish Falconhund

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
4/5

The Swedish vallhund is a beautiful dog with an easy-going character. Over 1200 years ago, this dog served on Viking ships, but nowadays it is a pleasant companion dog. The dog is smart, very social, has a lot of energy and is very loyal to its owner. The dogs are known for their cheerful mood and their typical barking.

Leonberger

Leonberger specifications

5/5
5/5
3/5

Characteristics Leonberger

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
3/5

The origin of the Leonberger is a rather special one. The name of the Leonberger is derived from the German city where this dog was bred. In principle, this is nothing special, it is quite common for the name of a dog breed to refer to the place where the breed was created. However, it is less common that the appearance of the dog also symbolises the same city. This is the case with the Leonberger. The city of Leonberg has the lion as its coat of arms. The town council therefore thought it was a wise decision to breed a dog which looked like a lion. A certain Heinrich Essig was entrusted with the task and so, in 1846, the first Leonberger as we know it today was born. The dog was quite popular and became a status symbol. It is known that Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary (Empress Sisi) had six Leonbergers.

Lion dog

Specifications Lion dog

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Characteristics Lion Dog

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
3/5

The Lion Dog is a fun, lively and friendly companion dog. The animal has been bred for a special task: to keep the feet of its owner warm. Of course, this dog also has a beautiful appearance. The animal has been bred to look like a small lion. This is where its name comes from.

Poodle

Poodle specifications

5/5
5/5
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Characteristics Poodle

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
4/5

The poodle is popular with many dog owners. Although the dog is small, it is not a typical lap dog, although that image does exist. The dog is very active and loves to go out with its owner. It is also quite intelligent and will try to outsmart its owner. However, the dog is very loyal to his boss and will respect the boundaries that his boss sets. You do have to treat the Poodle correctly, because the animal can be quite proud.

Maltese

Maltese specifications

5/5
5/5
4/5

Characteristics Maltese

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
4/5

The Maltese is a small and easy dog. With his good humour, he knows how to cheer up his environment. The animal is lively and brings a cosy atmosphere with it. His sweet and easy character makes him good with children and other people. dogs can play. In addition, this little four-legged friend likes to snuggle up with you on the sofa, but is also always in for an adventure.

Newfoundland

Newfoundland specifications

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Characteristics Newfoundland

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
3/5

The Newfoundlander is a dog that has its roots on the other side of the ocean. This breed of dog originated on the island of Newfoundland, the breed was named after this island. Fishermen used this dog for rescuing drowning people. In addition, the dog was also put to work: when hauling in fishing nets and towing boats, the Newfoundlander had to work. It is therefore no wonder that the dog is naturally very strong. Originally, the dog was a real workhorse.

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