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Most popular dog breeds that are good for kids

  • Most popular dog breeds that are good for kids

    Everyone is familiar with the idea that a dog is man’s best friend. But that saying is outdated—not just because a dog's affection knows no gender, but because dogs can also be a kid’s best buddy. Anyone with a childhood canine can attest to the notion that dogs and kids are meant to be together as naturally as peanut butter and jelly. Who else wants to play, nap, cuddle, and hang out with you just when you need them most? A recent study shows that children with dogs have fewer social interaction problems than those who live in a house without pets.

    The question isn’t whether or not you should get a dog for your family, it is narrowing down the breeds to the ones that are known to be kid friendly. To determine the most popular dog breeds that are good for kids, Stacker consulted the American Kennel Club’s dog breed registration 2019 rankings (released in May 2020). The American Kennel Club categorizes 27 breeds as good for kids based on their temperaments and care needs; Stacker ranked these breeds from least to most popular. Breed sizes and life expectancies are also included where available.

    While you won’t be surprised to find breeds like Newfoundlands (Nana in some versions of “Peter Pan”) or collies (Lassie), you will discover a few dog breeds that you may not have ever heard of, like the Bracco Italiano, Beauceron, and keeshond. While some dogs were placed on the list due to their merry dispositions or affinity for playing with children, others made the cut due to their protective nature or gentle spirit. Our team had a great time researching this story knowing that they may help a family find the perfect pet. Fetch your favorite kid and click through the 27 slides. 

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  • #24. Basset fauve de Bretagne (tie)

    - 2019 popularity rank: Not ranked
    - Height: 12.5-15.5 inches
    - Weight: 27-35 pounds
    - Life expectancy: 12+ years

    The basset fauve de Bretagne is a brave and determined dog that makes a great family pet. This smart and energetic dog gets along well with other pets and children. A people-pleasing pet, this small canine is happy hunting rabbits in the yard or watching TV with the family.

  • #24. Bracco Italiano (tie)

    - 2019 popularity rank: Not ranked
    - Height: 21-27 inches
    - Weight: 55-90 pounds
    - Life expectancy: 10-14 years

    This ancient breed from Italy has a gentle soul that makes for a great family friend. Bred to be a gun dog, the Bracco Italiano is dependable, smart, and compliant, making them easy to train.

  • #24. Russian tsvetnaya bolonka (tie)

    - 2019 popularity rank: Not ranked
    - Height: 9-10 inches
    - Weight: 4.5-11 pounds
    - Life expectancy: 12-16 years

    This sweet and smart dog is a member of the beloved bichon family. This pup will make your family laugh, and is very loyal.

  • #24. Spanish mastiff (tie)

    - 2019 popularity rank: Not ranked
    - Height: Minimum 28-35 inches
    - Weight: 140-200 pounds
    - Life expectancy: 10-12 years

    The Spanish mastiff will make an excellent guard dog for your family. This powerful pooch is an intelligent and affectionate dog that is quite large. This ancient breed was written about by Virgil in 30 A.D.

  • #23. Cesky terrier

    - 2019 popularity rank: #185
    - Height: 10-13 inches
    - Weight: 14-24 pounds
    - Life expectancy: 12-15 years

    The Czech Republic’s national dog, the Cesky terrier adores playing with children. The family-oriented pup is smart and mellow. Easy to train, they are hard to find in America. Only about 600 Cesky terriers reside in the United States.

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  • #22. Chinook

    - 2019 popularity rank: #190
    - Height: 24-26 inches (male), 22-24 inches (female)
    - Weight: 55-90 pounds (male), 50-65 pounds (female)
    - Life expectancy: 12-15 years

    This loyal family pet is patient, intelligent, and adores pleasing people. The Chinook’s calm demeanor and special connection with children make them an ideal family pet.

  • #21. Australian terrier

    - 2019 popularity rank: #140
    - Height: 10-11 inches
    - Weight: 15-20 pounds
    - Life expectancy: 11-15 years

    The lovable and lively Australian terrier is a smart and spirited dog. The diminutive pup makes a great guard dog and is easy to train. The kiddos will delight in watching the Australian terrier dig and chase furry creatures.

  • #20. Beauceron

    - 2019 popularity rank: #124
    - Height: 25.5-27.5 inches (male), 24-26.5 inches (female)
    - Weight: 70-110 pounds
    - Life expectancy: 10-12 years

    This intelligent and spirited canine is the perfect watchdog to protect and love children. This large breed is a mom’s best friend, adored by women for its sensitive and protective nature.

  • #19. Boykin spaniel

    - 2019 popularity rank: #100
    - Height: 15.5-18 inches (male), 14-16.5 inches (female)
    - Weight: 30-40 pounds (male), 25-35 pounds (female)
    - Life expectancy: 10-15 years

    This friendly lovebug is best known for its signature solid-brown coat. Sweet and adoring, the Boykin spaniel is perfectly content to be home with the family. They are also skilled retrievers with origins in the swamps of South Carolina where they are the state’s official dog.

  • #18. Keeshond

    - 2019 popularity rank: #95
    - Height: 18 inches (male), 17 inches (female)
    - Weight: 35-45 pounds
    - Life expectancy: 12-15 years

    This sturdy spitz dog looks like it is wearing glasses thanks to the signature markings around its eyes. This breed's good-humored nature makes the keeshond a great best friend for children.

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