Airedale Terrier - Airedale Terriers are well known for their love for children. However, they are not recommended for families with small children as an over-exuberant Airedale can easily knock a small child over.
Akbash Dog - The Akbash Dog is usually accepting of young children. Some dogs tend to nurture and protect all beings (both human and animal) that "belong" to them.
American Foxhound - The American Foxhound is a friendly, happy-go-lucky dog that is very sociable with children.
American Water Spaniel - An ideal companion for children. He may be initially reserved with unfamiliar children but soon accepts well-behaved kids as playmates.
Atlas Mountain Dog - Gentle and protective with children of his family.
Basenji - The Basenji is very friendly toward family members and most children, if socialized early. Basset Hound - Basset Hounds are sweet and gentle and love everybody, including children.
Beagle - Beagles are gentle, trustworthy and patient with children of all ages.
Bearded Collie - Although considered to be one of the most suitable dogs for families with children, Beardies do better in the company of well-mannered children of around eight years of age.
Beauceron - Gentle, loving and very protective of children, if raised with them. Puppies grow fast and are very energetic.
Bergamasco - The breed's gentle nature makes it popular as a household pet, especially with families who have children. Bergamaschi will seek attention of children and protect them.
Bernese Mountain Dog - Berners are very patient with children of all ages protective of them.
Bichon Frise - The Bichon Frise is gentle and affectionate with children and is an ideal dog for kids. Bichons love to play with children as long as the children remember they are playing with a living animal and are not too rough.
Black Russian Terrier - Friendly to children.
Black-And-Tan Coonhound - The Black and Tans are very dependable around children of all ages.
Bloodhound - Patient with children of all ages. However, because of their giant size, toddlers should not be left unsupervised to play with these dogs.
Bolognese - These white fluffballs have a great sense of humor and are wonderful companions for children. Some puppies can be very "mouthy", so start your obedience training early to discourage this habit.
Border Collie - The Border Collie gets along with children but will try to herd them. Not the best choice for families with young children.
Border Terrier - The Border Terrier, the most easygoing and affectionate of the terriers, is an ideal companion for children.
Boston Terrier - Lively, highly intelligent and very friendly, he is a great companion for children.
Boykin Spaniel - Because of his cheerful and gentle nature, this breed has gained the reputation of a good family dog that is exceptionally good with children.
Bracco Italiano - The Bracco Italiano gets along with children and is very dependable around children of all ages.
Bulldog - Bulldogs are loving and patient with children, although they will not play with them for hours. However, according to CDC report on breeds of dogs involved in human dog bite-related fatalities between 1979 and 1998, using death-based and dog-based approaches, bulldogs were responsible for 3 human fatalities.
Cairn Terrier - Cairns are wondeful playmates for children. They have a remarkable ability to sense a child's mood and adjust their behavior accordingly. Cairns will tolerate even rough play. However, close supervision of children and dogs is advisable, as some Cairn puppies can be nippy.
Cardigan Welsh Corgi - The Cardigan Welsh Corgi loves to play with children and will also guard them from anything that he sees as a threat.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - The Cavalier is very happy, active and fearless. It is very loving to its family and a good companion for children.
Chinese Crested - The Chinese Crested Dogs are more comfortable with gentle children over 5 years old than with younger children.
Clumber Spaniel - The Clumber Spaniel is good with children of all ages.
Collie - The Collie is a loyal companion, very gentle and docile. He is an excellent dog for children.
Coton De Tulear - Cotons are cheerful, gentle and get along with everyone, including children.
Dandie Dinmont Terrier - The Dandie Dinmont terrier gets along with children if socialized with them at an early age.
Dogue de Bordeaux - The Dogue de Bordeaux is very affectionate with children.
English Foxhound - If raised from puppyhood in a family situation, they adapt easily and are very gentle with children.
English Setter - English Setters are one of the most suitable breeds to have around children. The mellow temperament and loving nature of English Setters mean they do very well with children.
English Springer Spaniel - English Springer Spaniels are good with children and love to play and romp with them.
Finnish Spitz - The Finnish Spitz has a special fondness for children.
Flat-Coated Retriever - Flat-coated Retrievers love children and can play with them for hours.
German Longhaired Pointer - Very patient and gentle with children, they make fine family dogs for the whole family.
German Shorthaired Pointer - The German Shorthaired Pointer has a mild disposition. He is affectionate and good with children.
Glen of Imaal Terrier - Most Glens are gentle, friendly and trustworthy with children. They love to play, but can be quite boisterous. An over-exuberant Glen can easily knock a small child over.
Golden Retriever - Golden Retrievers are ideal playmates for children - gentle, affectionate and eager to please.
Gordon Setter - The breed is generally quite trustworthy with children.
Great Pyrenees - The Great Pyrenees are very protective and wary of strangers. They are protective of children of their own family and generally are patient with them if socialized at an early age.
Greyhound - Gentle, affectionate and even-tempered, the Greyhound is great with kids.
Irish Red and White Setter - The Irish Red and White Setter loves children and is very gentle with children of all ages.
Irish Setter - The Irish Setter is the perfect pet for a family with children. Watch Irish setters with small children, as they can be boisterous at times.
Irish Wolfhound - Irish Wolfhounds are very friendly and they love children.
Japanese Chin - Japanese Chins are fine with children over eight years old.
Keeshond - Keeshonden enjoy the company of children.
Labrador Retriever - Labradors are friendly, outgoing dogs. They love children and want to be involved in all of their activities. However, according to CDC report on breeds of dogs involved in human dog bite-related fatalities between 1979 and 1998, using death-based and dog-based approaches, Labrador retrievers were responsible for 8 human fatalities.
Leonberger - An excellent family dog, the Leonberger is very calm and affectionate. He is particulary fond of children.
Mudi - Mudi is excellent with well-behaved children, but will not tolerate teasing or abuse. Mudi puppies may try and "herd" children, and all unwanted herding behavior should be stopped during the puppyhood.
Newfoundland - Newfoundlands are sweet-tempered and devoted companions, particularly for children.
Norfolk Terrier - Norfolks are very playful and love children if socialized with them at an early age.
Norwich Terrier - Norwich Terriers will get along with children if socialized with them early.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever - The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a gentle and affectionate dog that is great with children.
Papillon - Papillons love children, provided they are socialized with them early.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi - Pembrokes need to be exposed to children at an early age. They will try and herd children by nipping at their heels.
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen - The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen loves children if treated gently and introduced to them early.
Pointer - Pointers are generally reserved but they will get along with children.
Poodle - Poodles are extremely affectionate with children.
Pug - Most Pugs get along with children.Dogs And Children Message Board
Pumi - A well brought up Pumi usually does not cause problems with children, provided that they do not pester him.
Saluki - Salukis are ofthen reserved with strangers , but usually tolerant of gentle children over eight years old. They should not be left unsupervised with younger kids.
Samoyed - Samoyeds are charming family companions that are very good with children.
Schipperke - Most Schipperkes enjoy children if socialized at an early age, others can be nippy with children who don't treat them gently.
Scottish Deerhound - Scottish Deerhounds get along with everyone, and love the attention of children, especially if socialized with them at an early age.
Shih Tzu - Shih Tzu are affectionate, friendly and trusting toward everyone and love children.
Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier - Wheatens are wonderful, playful family dogs. They love children who treat them gently.
Stabyhoun - Stabyhouns are wonderful with children of all ages. They have very stable temperaments and make excellent playmates.
Thai Ridgeback - The Thai Ridgeback dog is very protective to his family and good with children, but please remember that small children should never be left unsupervised around large dogs.
Tibetan Spaniel - Tibetan Spaniels love to play with gentle children.
Tibetan Terrier - The Tibetan Terrier is constantly cheerful, warm and affectionate.
Toy Poodle - Toy Poodles are usually tolerent of children if socialized with them early.
Weimaraner - Weimaraners are friendly with children, although they may be too energetic for toddlers.
West Highland White Terrier - West Highland White Terriers are happy, active family dogs. They are best with older children, or children they have been raised with.
Whippet - Whippets have a very even temperament and growl or snap only under extreme provocation. They are good with young children.
- Breeds of dogs involved in fatal human attacks
in the United States between 1979 and 1998