Do you and your family want to get a new dog? Our Stroudsburg vets share 10 dog breeds that are good with kids in this blog. Each has a different temperament, so you can find the one that is best for your family.

Finding The Right Dog for You & Your Family

When deciding on the best breed of dog for you and your family, you must look beyond the adorable appearance and consider more important factors such as the amount of space the breed requires, the amount of exercise the dog requires, and the overall temperament of the breed. Take your time looking for a dog that is appropriate for the size of your home, your family's energy level, and how much time each member of your family is willing to devote to training your new puppy. To assist you in deciding on the best dog breed for your family, we've compiled a list of our favorite kid-friendly dog breeds:


If you live in a large house and need a dog to help fill space, a large Newfoundland may be a good choice for your family. This gentle dog is also known as 'Nature's babysitter.' They are intelligent dogs who enjoy being around children. Newfoundlands can make wonderful family pets.

Irish Setter

With a weight of around 65 pounds, this breed is more than just stunning! They are lively, intelligent, and have a wicked sense of humor. Irish Setters enjoy chasing balls, going on long runs, and playing in the backyard with children. If your kids are energetic, they will enjoy spending time with this breed.

Golden Retriever

If you have children who enjoy throwing a ball and playing with the family dog, or if you enjoy teaching the dog new tricks, this may be the breed for you. Golden Retrievers, which weigh between 55 and 75 pounds, are confident, friendly, smart, kind, and loyal, making them ideal for family life.

English Bulldog

This breed has less energy than the others mentioned above and weighs around 50-55 lbs, making it suitable for smaller homes and apartments. These dogs actively seek out social interactions with their owners and enjoy cuddling up with the family to unwind and watch a movie. English bulldogs make wonderful family pets because they are gentle, sweet, and dependable.


This medium-sized breed, weighing between 18 and 30 pounds, enjoys spending time with its owners, playing games, and going for walks. When given plenty of exercise and family interaction, these intelligent dogs can make wonderful family pets. This breed is not suitable for families who spend a lot of time away from home.

Boston Terrier

These people-loving dogs, weighing an average of just under 25 pounds, come with their own easy-to-manage "tuxedo" coats. They are content with going for short walks and playing with the kids. This endearing breed adapts well to apartment living and is an excellent companion for children. Boston terriers have a unique personality that your children will adore.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

This portable size pup, weighing between 10 and 18 pounds, is lively but gentle, making them an ideal breed for smaller homes or apartments. Cavaliers get along well with children and other dogs, and they enjoy both playing and snuggling. These gentle dogs make excellent pets for children of all ages and energy levels.


These adorable little pups enjoy eating and sleeping. If your children are small or have low energy levels and would benefit from a dog that will play indoors before curling up with them to watch TV, a pug may be the right breed for your family. This breed, weighing about 15 pounds, does not require much space, only a couple of short walks per day.

The Mutt

Mutts are mixed-breed dogs that can make excellent family pets! These dogs frequently have the best characteristics of many kid-friendly breeds, such as a gentle loving nature and loyalty. These dogs can be just as good with children as purebred dogs, are less prone to genetic diseases, and are less expensive. Your child's ideal breed could be waiting for you at your local animal shelter.

French Bull Dog

This small breed dog is very adaptable and ideal for city dwellers. They are laid-back but not overly active, and they respond well to training. However, they are generally very affectionate and excellent for new families.

For more information about bringing a new dog into your home or caring for a young puppy, contact our Stroudsburg vets today. You can also learn more about the services we offer by visiting our website.