Are you looking for the right dog to bring home with you? It can be hard to find the perfect one especially if you have young children at home. Even though we call dogs man’s best friend, you should know that each breed is different. It is important to find a dog that will get along with you, your kids, your guests, and your neighbors. You can always train dogs to behave, but some breeds are nearly impossible to teach to cohabit with kids! Some breeds will even harm your homeowner’s insurance. The dogs on this list might not be the best choices if you have small children at home.
We all know that chihuahuas are tiny and cute, but they are not really the ideal fit for your family if you have little angels running around. These dogs have become known for displaying dominance over the younger pack members. They view human children as members, which is why they often get jealous of and behave aggressively towards kids. They are stubborn and strong-willed, so you need a lot of luck to train them.
Alaskan Malamutes have adapted to survive the cruelest conditions on the planet. Often bred for very cold and isolated environments, their survival skills are no joke at all. They have earned a pretty bad rep for attacking children and small animals. They can also be a pain to train, and it is going to be even worse when they sense that they have a weak owner. Lastly, asthma sufferers should stay away from this breed since they shed a lot.
The Rottweiler is a dog breed best known for its strength and huge size. Bred for their prowess in the past, these dogs were often used for herding livestock and pulling small carts. These dogs might act violently in the presence of strangers thanks to their courageous and loyal nature. You will see that these dogs are normally used by security guards and the police. They like to play but can take it too far!
Bullmastiffs are huge, but what makes this so bad is that they seem to be unaware of their size. They are also more aggressive than other dogs, so we would understand why parents of young children get worried. However, a Bullmastiff can be the next addition to your family if you train it well. They are very loyal to their owners and consider them the leader of the pack. One thing you must look out for is showing any sign of weakness around this dog.
The Saint Bernard is a breed of dog that was popularized by the ‘90s film called Beethoven. You can train them, but the playful nature of these dogs can make it difficult. They are very sweet animals, although they are so big that there is a good chance that they will knock over your little ones and anything else in their path! They are actually good family dogs; it’s just that their stature makes them hard to be around children.
Weimaraner is a dog breed that is not ideal if you have little kids, although their reasons are not like the others. They are excitable creatures with high energy levels that make them knock little kids over! Bred for hunting, these dogs get bored easily and require constant stimulation and attention from their owners. It might be hard to meet their needs on top of caring for small children.
If you want to get an Australian Shepherd, you should keep in mind that they need a lot of exercise. Bred to be disaster rescue dogs and watchdogs, they need a lot of runs and walks if you do not want to see behavioral issues in the future. When you have to look after kids as well, you might neglect their needs! Australian Shepherds are not comfortable meeting new people as well, so you might want to set weekly playdates. People with busy schedules might want to reconsider.
Siberian Huskies have become known for the inexhaustible energy they have. It is a dog with a strong personality and desire for affection, so they might compete with your kids for attention. Even though they are pretty big, do not expect them to be guard dogs. Bread to be sled dogs, they are not typically interested in guarding the house. However, you can turn them into the best family dog if you are willing to put a lot of time and effort into training them.
Affenpinschers fare famous for their amusing and playful nature. The dog breed is quite the jokester, which means they are naturally inquisitive and mischievous. They are pretty small, so kids might treat them like stuffed toys and mishandle them. Even though they can defend themselves during rough play, they might act out when it gets too much. Look at the face on this pooch! It must not be easy to be mistaken for a toy.
As one might expect, children often mistake Chow Chows for very fluffy stuffed animals. These dogs are simply adorable. While we cannot deny how cute they are, they are also quite big. We daresay that you might not prevent them from knocking over your kids. They get very attached to their owners, so they might feel jealous when you interact with others. Do not be surprised when they compete with your kids for your affection!
Afghan Hounds are strong-willed dogs who need a strong leader in their lives. Originally bred as hunting dogs and guard dogs, one must always be calm and collected when playing with these dogs. This might not be something your kid is interested in. The huge size of these dogs also makes them a hazard!
The English Toy Spaniel
While the English Toy Spaniel is adorable and small, it might not be a good idea to keep them around your children. They often feel threatened by rough play and might act out when they feel mistreated. You must be a strong leader since they tend to act dominant and behave aggressively towards adults and kids. Like other breeds of dogs out there, you can still prevent this by giving them proper training.
Greyhound dogs have incredible speed and high energy levels, which makes sense since they were bred as race dogs. They need to be constantly running, so you might have to chase after children and a dog! They tend to attack tiny animals and might mistake your kid for one. They do not like cuddling, hovering, and rough play either.
While the French Bulldog is energetic and playful, they also need quite a lot of affection from their owners. This can be hard when you have little kids to take care of as well. Without proper training and enough attention, they might feel unappreciated and ignored. This can then lead to aggression and mischief! If you are thinking of getting one, it is important for your kids to show authority over it.
The Japanese Chin was originally bred to be companion dogs of Royals, so it is not hard to understand why it would want so much affection from its owners. It is important to prevent pampering them too much as they might start acting like the master instead. These are jealous little dogs as well.
Shih Tzus have a tendency to get scared and overexcited easily. When kids sneak up behind them or play rough, they might just get mean and bite! These dogs also get separation anxiety when you leave them for a long period of time. The best fit for them would be people working from home or retirees.
Do not be fooled by their looks because the Pekingese are courageous and independent creatures. Kids often cuddle, pet, and hold them excessively. You should know that these dogs do not particularly enjoy such acts of attention! If you want to get a Pekingese, you should make sure that your kids will display authority over it. Aside from this, you must ensure that they know the distinct nature of these dogs.
Jack Russell Terrier
The Jack Russell Terrier is among the most energetic breeds of dog in the world. These dogs do not enjoy rough play, so they might feel threatened and bite when they get poked or pinched. They also tend to be protective of their space, so you will need to teach your children to respect those areas.
Chinese Shar Pei
You might think that Shar Pei dogs are adorable thanks to those extra folds and skin but watch out! This is a breed known to suffer from a bunch of health issues. The skin folds tend to contract pathogens. Kids normally get sick when this dog does, so it can be a recipe for disaster when you have both of them in your house. These dogs also tend to behave aggressively, which makes them difficult to train.
Dachshund Standard Smooth
Originally bred as a hunting dog, these dogs do not really get along with small animals such as hamsters and kittens. A lot of them suffer from what we like to call small dog syndrome. It means that they make up for their tiny size with lots of attitude! They can be good with kids if there is no rough play involved. One must be careful not to manhandle them since they tend to act aggressively when mistreated.
The Dalmatian was originally bred as a guard dog and hunter of small rodents. These dogs are pretty reserved towards their fellow dogs and need constant love and affection from their owners. The spotted creatures might scratch and bite when you do not give them enough attention. Dalmatians can be great family dogs when you have older kids. However, this might not be the best fit if you have little ones.
Even though the Neapolitan Mastiff is pretty big, this is a dog breed known for its gentle nature. Older kids might say that it is affectionate dogs, they might sit on, knock over, and step on your little kids. As you can see, they are clumsy. They also tend to drool a lot, so make sure to keep this detail in mind.
Skye Terriers are not just fearless and self-assured, but they are also aggressive towards other dogs. They need a lot of TLC and might act out by barking, chewing, and digging. They like to hunt small animals, so the dog breed might not be the right choice for you if you have young children in your home.
These dogs were originally bred in Japan to be guard dogs. They are naturally good at their jobs because they are aggressive and unfriendly to strangers. The problem is that they will likely think of the kids and their pals as intruders. Never forget that the Akita is a distinct dog breed with its own likes and dislikes.
As you might already know, pit bulls have a pretty bad reputation among dog owners. It is true that not all of them will be violent. However, it is wise to keep in mind that these dogs were bred for dogfighting in the past. They are infamous for their tempers and strong jaws. If they bite you, they might not let go easily. Studies show that they are responsible for 30% of all fatal dog bites. Of course, there are family-friendly and loving ones. However, most people would rather be safe than sorry.
Doberman Pinschers have a history of being used in the military thanks to their aggression. In the ‘70s, this dog breed was popular. However, there was also a rise in dog bites back then. Horror stories say that many dogs attacked their owners for seemingly no reason. While the cases have gone down as of late, things can get ugly when a Doberman turns on you. Insurance companies remain wary of them.
German Shepherds are known for their loyalty, but they are also smart and obedient dogs. They are intelligent and aggressive, which makes them ideal for police use. Insurance companies know all about this, which is why you might want to think twice about getting one. Even though they can still be good family dogs, these large and strong animals might turn on the wrong person by mistake!
Great Danes look quite regal, don’t they? They happen to be among the tallest dog breeds out there. The size makes them dangerous, and they often overpower small kids and animals. Even though it is rare for them to attack, things can get out of hand when they do. After all, they weigh more than 100 pounds! Insurance companies are not big fans of these creatures for those reasons.
The Wolfdog is one beautiful and majestic dog breed! They are half wolf, which means they are part wild animals. The breed can be dangerous to have since there will always be lingering wild instincts no matter how well you train them. Insurance companies do not like the fact that people keep them as pets. You can bet that they have data and stories to back up these claims.
The Staffordshire Terrier looks a lot like a Pit Bull. Even though they might have a physical resemblance, the breed is known to be friendly to humans. However, this is only true when you train them well. Like Pit Bulls, they were originally bred for dogfighting too. Many people are wary of them for this reason.
The Japanese Tosa is a rare breed of dog that has been banned in various countries. Originally bred in Japan for dogfighting, the dog breed is one known for its aggression toward both animals and humans. These are bold and fearless creatures whose large size makes them difficult to rein in when they attack.
The Dogo Argentino was initially bred in Argentina for hunting. Aside from this, they have been used as guide dogs for the blind and the police. The dog breed is currently banned in six countries for its aggression. There are stories of trained Dogo Argentinos who have turned without any warning whatsoever. It is not surprising to hear that insurance companies are not big fans.
Originally from Japan, this dog breed was initially bred to be a fighting dog. The Tosa Inu is a rare and exotic breed of dog that can weigh anywhere from 130 to 200 pounds and grow as high as 24.5 to 32 inches. These huge dogs are considered dangerous and have been restricted in a number of countries all over the world. Knowing all of these things, this breed might not make for the most family-friendly dog.
Here is one fierce-looking dog known for its incredible strength. The American Bandogge is a cross between an American Pit Bull Terrier and a Neapolitan Mastiff. It is interesting to note that even though it is muscular, it was not bred for fighting. Despite this, it has been used in dogfighting in the past. This is one fierce creature, so you might want to look at another breed for your next family pet.
Do not be fooled by the big brown eyes on this dog. The Cane Corso, sometimes called a Mastiff, is a huge and muscular Italian dog breed. This pooch can weight from 99 pounds to 150 pounds. It is said to be a descendant of the Roman fighting dog Canis Pugnax. Roman fighting dogs are obviously pretty unpredictable, so it might be a good idea to err on the side of caution and look at something else.
Best known for their shark or egg shaped heads and muscular physique, Bull Terriers are first when it comes to pound-for-pound lean muscle tissue. Aside from this, they also tend to be softer and less aggressive than other terriers. Even so, you should keep in mind that they still have a strong “prey drive.” It means that they are independent, aggressive, and stubborn. When you give them proper training, there is a good chance that they will be fun and spirited. Still, it is not a very good idea to keep them around small kids.
A variation of the South African mastiff, the Boer Boel is huge and stately-looking. These powerful dogs were originally bred to become guard dogs in that country and were used as the first line of defense against lions and other predators. They were invaluable when it comes to tracking and holding down game as well. This intelligent breed is protective and loyal, which are good traits in family dogs. However, they are also known to be gladiators! A fluffier family dog might be a better fit in your home.
Originally bred for dogfighting, the Gull Dong was a cross between the Bully Kutta and the Gull Tarrier. This dog breed is also called the Pakistani Bull Dog. It is strong, muscular, independent, and powerful. Even if the one below looks friendly and smiley, you should know that they can be difficult and fiery as well. If you are not willing to take risks, we highly suggest steering clear of a fighting dog like this one.
The Basenji comes from Central Africa, and it is yet another classic hunting dog breed. Called a sight hound, it looks and observes to alert its owners. This is an affectionate and curious dog, but it normally acts reserved around other people. If you were considering getting one as a house pet, we sure hope that you are up for a challenge. you should know that it is considered the 2nd least trainable dog breed.
The American Bull Dog is a heavy and muscular dog that was originally bred to be a working farm utility dog. This is the reason it is good at catching and holding cattle and wild boar. It can also guard the house and kill vermin! Even though they look perfectly friendly and pleasant like this little guy, do not forget that they are bull dogs. If you want to go on a walk with the whole family, you will have quite a confident, fiery, independent, and stubborn companion with a dog from this breed.
The Fila Brasileiro is a huge and powerful dog breed with a scary and savage appearance. Originally from Brazil, this breed is known for its incredible tracking skills. Thanks to its temperament, aggression, and size, it has been banned in a number of countries all over the world. If you do not want to scare anyone, this breed might not be the one that you are looking for.
Perro de Presa Canario
The Perro de Presa Canario is a huge Spanish dog originally bred to work with livestock on the farm. It is also called the “Canarian catch dog.” Judging from its appearance, it is not surprising to hear that it can act aggressively toward other dogs and be suspicious of other people. It is important to subject these dogs to early obedience training and socialization to keep them domesticated. Despite this, it is still rather risky to keep it at home with your kids.
Boxers originated in Germany. The huge breed of dog is a cross between a Bullenbeisser and an Old English Bull Dog. They can weigh anywhere from 50 to 70 pounds. Boxers are not all that aggressive and have become known for their playful and energetic personalities. They are definitely one of the more family-friendly entries on this list. Despite this, they are still headstrong creatures that can behave aggressively when they are provoked. It would be wise of you to remember this at all times.
What could this furtive-looking animal be? It is actually a Wolf Hybrid, a breed that came as a result of a cross between a dog and a grey wolf. Even though it is adorable and fluffy, you should never forget its genetic traits. It tends to act less predictably than other dogs and wolves, so this is not a breed that you should leave with your kids. You might not even want to stumble into it at night!
Without a doubt, huskies are among the coolest dog breeds on the planet. Originally used for trekking, sledding, and racing in colder regions, they are awesome if you have an outdoorsy lifestyle. They are becoming more popular among dog owners as well, which is not surprising since they are gentle, soft, energetic, loyal, and graceful. If you are interested in getting one, you should always remember that they are still armed with a predatory instinct. This makes them more aggressive towards small animals and destructive when they feel bored.
Originally bred to keep livestock safe, the Caucasian Ovcharka also goes by the name Caucasian Shepherd. This breed is known to be strong-willed, brave, and assertive. These are all good qualities in a family dog. However, it is of utmost importance to keep them socialized and trained since they still have fierce and sometimes unmanageable tendencies to defend!
Borzoi dogs look just like huge, tender poodles. The friendly and fluffy white giants can be properly socialized and trained, after which they can truly shine as family companions. However, these creatures still tend to be super stubborn. You will have to be patient with it! They are known to play rough and might not realize just how strong they are. Keep an eye on it when it is around your kid!
Pit Bull Terrier
While Pit Bull Terriers aren’t aggressive by nature and wouldn’t start a fight, they would never back down from one, and they fight to the finish. For this reason, it’s not a good idea to let them run loose in dog parks. They aren’t a great fit for a family with children, mainly due to the fact that they need a lot of attention and care. In any case, no dog of any size or breed should ever be left with children unsupervised. This breed is definitely not a breed for everyone. Pit Bull Terriers are highly intelligent and need a lot of stimulation to keep them from getting bored.
You might be surprised about this, but Coker Spaniels are not good to have in a house with children. The reason for that is they have what is called “rage syndrome”. Dogs with range syndrome will violently lash out at someone or something for no real reason. As it turns out, no matter how much training they go through won’t help this syndrome.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is known to be able to keep lions away from prey while hunters chase them. They originate in South Africa and are only semi-domesticated. While they’re loyal and intelligent, they are very aloof to strangers. Not to mention, they need a large amount of training since they can develop an aggressive side when they aren’t taken care of and socialized properly.
They look adorable, but the Russian Toy is very sensitive. While they are nice and loyal, they won’t like being around children and noise. They quickly become scared and even aggressive. Not to mention, they are known to be incredibly weak; they can’t be shaken, squeezed, or dropped from even a low height. All in all, this breed does not mix well with children.
The Alabay might look like a big white furry bear, it loves to dominate. An Alabay that lives with kids would need a full course of training and careful supervision at all times. Not to mention that they have a slow reaction to following commands. When they do something you don’t want them to, they won’t immediately respond to a voice command, which can lead to trouble with kids.
Dog experts like to describe Corgis as dogs who think they’re shepherds and don’t realize they’re small. Families with kids should steer clear of this breed simply because they need strict and reinforced rules to behave well. Young Corgis tend to be aggressive after realizing what they can and can’t do. Especially male Corgis. It takes a lot of time and patience to change their behavior. To top it off, you need to remember that these dogs are shepherds, so they might try herding and leading kids by biting their legs, easily scaring them.
The highly intelligent Weimaraner isn’t the right dog for everyone. They are extremely energetic with no “off” switch. In addition, they don’t like being left alone and tend to suffer from separation anxiety. They can be difficult to housetrain and are a hazard to small pets, meaning they aren’t a good breed for kids either.
Polish Lowland Sheepdog
While they’re strong and durable, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs require daily exercise and have the potential to be aggressive. They can have a high prey drive and chase small creatures that run or flutter. To top it off, they can be dominant and manipulative as they are independent thinkers who make their own decisions. They can get bored very easily as well.
The Bearded Collie is a very athletic dog that needs plenty of exercise each day. This breed needs constructive activities to occupy their inquisitive mind. If they’re left alone for long periods of time, they can get unhappy and destructive. This dog can be very stubborn and tends to chase and nip at things that move, including children.
The Tibetan Terrier can be somewhat bossy and is very stubborn in general. When they aren’t socialized enough, they become timid and suspicious of strangers. They have high grooming needs thanks to their long fur coat.
Scottish Terriers aren’t the most affectionate dogs and they are fairly energetic. They love playing and can be somewhat stubborn. It’s not advised to leave your child with your dog to play since they have chasing instincts and can become aggressive easily. They have defensive reactions, making them unsuitable for little children. They won’t tolerate any nonsense and are possessive of their food and toys, leading them to defend them from everyone, including kids. Since they have strong minds of their own, they need to be taught early on that they aren’t the rulers of the world.
They look a lot like American Pit Bull Terriers and are similar in some ways as well. Athletic and agile, they need moderate daily exercise. If they’re confronted by another assertive dog, they will readily engage and the results can turn deadly in a flash. When they get bored and don’t have enough stimulation and exercise, they tend to get destructive.
Independent, intelligent, and a bit stubborn the Airedale Terrier will sure keep you on your toes. They are notorious diggers and will gladly eat your drywall when bored. They’re not great with other animals and need plenty of physical and mental stimulation to control their destructive tendencies.
Australian Cattle Dog
Sometimes known as a Blue Heeler or Australian Heeler, the Australian Cattle Dog is medium-sized with some serious endurance. They have a reputation for being stubborn and having high energy levels. Not to mention their adventurous spirit and belief in their own invincibility will lead them to plenty of self-injuries.
The Schipperke may not look like a dangerous dog, but this breed has very high energy levels and is strong-willed with a mind of its own. When left alone too much, they can get bored which leads to destructiveness. Not to mention, they are very suspicious towards strangers and can be aggressive towards other animals as well. They have a high prey drive and will harass small pets. To top it off, they have quick reflexes and are light-footed, so creatures who run won’t get very far. They bark a lot which could be problematic with children.
Originally from the Canary Islands, the Presa Canario is sometimes called a Canary Mastiff. Typically big, this breed is a dominant dog who has gained a dangerous reputation. While a lot could depend on proper training, there have been a lot of attacks documented.
A lot of people don’t realize that these cute little dogs were bred for hunting and letting their owners know when they’ve found prey. As a result, Beagles have a loud bark that can be heard from a fair distance. Not the best for an apartment or around babies and small children. They’re difficult to train since they are very single-minded when on a scent.
These high-maintenance dogs have very energetic personalities. Fox Terriers are very reluctant to be trained and are very feisty. So, if you have little kids and aren’t looking to have another energetic element in your household, this breed isn’t the one for you.
German Shorthaired Pointer
German Shorthaired Pointers love running and exercise, leading them to get bored very easily. If you have a household that is very active and plays outside in nature a lot, this breed could be a good fit for you. Just be aware that they need a lot of attention and playtime in order to stay happy.
The Irish Setter is very energetic and can get very bored easily. This breed isn’t low maintenance or mellow. While they’re good with children, they aren’t a breed you can leave in the kennel for a few hours while you go out to run errands. They need a lot of attention and stimulation to stay happy.
Kerry Blue Terrier
While they’re fun to have, Kerry Blue Terriers have the personality of a naughty toddler. They’re quick to learn where and under what circumstances they can get away with not obeying. This is one dog you’d have to watch as closely as your kids.
English Springer Spaniel
While English Springer Spaniels have medium energy levels, they have something called “springer rage.” It may be rare, but some springers snap and act out in uncharacteristic aggression. This results in biting and other dangerous behaviors, so having little kids that can provoke the dog isn’t the best idea.
A bundle of energy, Yorkshire Terriers are a fun pet for young kids. However, they need a lot of attention, just like your kids. Another setback is their coat which is high maintenance. It requires daily brushing, weekly baths, and constant trips to the groomer to keep their fur from getting matted.
While Border Collies are highly intelligent and cute, they’re bred to run. They need a very high amount of physical and mental stimulation to keep them happy, with plenty of outdoor activities like hiking and runs.
Brussels Griffons need constant attention and will follow you from room to room. Not to mention they will have constant bouts of separation anxiety. This is not a dog you can leave alone for hours at a time or leave to its own devices for entertainment. This breed is just as high maintenance as your kids.