23 Best Dogs For Kids

2018-10-22 | Behaviour & Training

 

 


The kids are excited about getting a new puppy and you ask yourself ‘what dog should I get’. You might also be wondering ‘what are the best family dogs’. These are important questions to ask as you want to make sure you get the best match for your new addition to the family.


The personality of dog breeds vary a lot, so it is a good thing you are doing your research. Here at Animal Health, we’ve put together a list of our favourite family dogs to help you find a new furry family member.


We haven’t just listed the most popular dog breeds. We have taken personality and Breed Facts into consideration including; cost, malt / shed rating, lifespan, size and characteristics.



 

 


1) Springer Spaniel

English Springer Spaniels are very loyal, affectionate and cuddly towards their family. They are lots of fun and are always happy.


However, this breed requires a lot of exercise and loves playing outdoors. If you and your family enjoy outdoor activities then the springer spaniel would be an ideal match.


Also, if your kids have lots of energy the springer and your kids will be in their element. You will find that they can keep each other busy for hours.


Top Playtime Tip: Springers love to play fetch as they were originally bred by hunters to catch and retrieve birds.


springer spaniel dog running


Breed Facts

Average Price: £624

Lifespan: 11 - 15 Years

Malt / Shed Rating: 3*

Weight: 16 - 25 kg

Height: 43 - 51 cm

 

 


2) Newfoundland

Who remembers Peter Pan? The fictional family classic where Nana was played by a cartoon Newfoundland. They have always been known as gentle, caring beasts who love children.


Take a look at the image below from Northwest Mommy. Her Instagram showcases just how close the bond between children and a Newfoundland can be.



Breed Facts

Average Price: £1,191

Lifespan: 8 - 10 Years

Malt / Shed Rating: 5*

Weight: 54 - 68 kg

Height: 66 - 71 cm

 

 


3) Hungarian Vizsla

This dog breed is super intelligent, energetic and loyal. For families, this ideal as the Hungarian Vizsla enjoys being around people and requires a lot of mental stimulation (fun and playing).


Also, this is a great breed for first-time dog owners as they are fairly easy to train and don't need a lot of grooming. However, they will need a lot of regular walks to keep them healthy and happy.




Breed Facts

Average Price: £1,029

Lifespan: 9 - 15 Years

Malt / Shed Rating: 2*

Weight: 18 - 30 kg

Height: 53 - 64 cm

 

 


4) Labrador

The Labrador is the most popular dog in the UK with more than 500’000 micro-chipped. They usually warm and cheeky nature.


One thing for certain is that you will never have a dull day with a Labrador around. Their love for food gets them into all kinds of mischief.


If you don’t want them to eat it, keep it out of reach. It has been known for Labradors to be shameless and steel picnics when on walks in the park.


Thinking of getting a Labrador? Watch the movie ‘Marley and Me’ this sums them up perfectly.



Breed Facts

Average Price: £795

Lifespan: 10 - 12 Years

Malt / Shed Rating: 5*

Weight: 25 - 36 kg

Height: 56 - 61 cm

 

 


5) English Cocker Spaniel

Looking for a cuddly pet? Then the cocker spaniel will be a great choice for you.

They are quite happy to curl up in front of the TV but they get equally as excited to run around in the back garden for half an hour with the kids.

 

 

Breed Facts

Average Price: £809

Lifespan: 11 - 12 Years

Malt / Shed Rating: 3*

Weight: 13 - 15 kg

Height: 38 - 41 cm

 

 


6) Golden Retriever

Everybody loves a Golden Retriever. Their personality shines through as the perfect family dog.


This dog breed is very intelligent, playful, obedient and needs to be around people. You will experience nothing but loyalty with a Golden Retriever. They really are mans best friend.



Breed Facts

Average Price: £971

Lifespan: 10 - 12 Years

Malt / Shed Rating: 5*

Weight: 25 - 34 kg

Height: 51 - 61 cm

 

 


7) Weimaraner

Weimaraners are large dogs that were originally used for hunting in the 19th century. In the modern world as we know it today they make an excellent family companion as opposed to a hunter.


Due to this history of this breed - they make an amazing watchdog for your family home. They are constantly alert, energetic and fast.


This is a very athletic breed that will need lots of exercise. So, not the sort of dog you want if you can’t go on regular long walks.


On the other hand, if you are a sporty, outdoors type of family the Weimaraners playfulness and energy will keep you busy for hours.



Breed Facts

Average Price: £890

Lifespan: 11 - 14 Years

Malt / Shed Rating: 4*

Weight: 25 - 37 kg

Height: 58 - 63 cm

 

 


8) Mixed Breed

Don’t forget the mixed breed dogs! You can visit your local rescue centre and find all different types of mixed breed dogs, that need a family home.


Buying a mixed breed dog is often a lot cheaper than buying a pedigree if you're on a tight budget. But the most important thing is welcoming a loving lost dog into your family home.



Breed Facts

Average Price: £0 - £300

Lifespan: Varies

Malt / Shed Rating: Varies

Weight: Varies

Height: Varies

 

 


9) French Bulldog

The crossbreed phenomenon, hailing out of France is a mix between an English Bulldog and Parisian Ratter.


This breed has become evidently popular in recent years - almost like a fashionable pet. We can see why though. These dogs have their own cool, distinctive, cute image and are fairly small in size.


Aside from looks - Frenchies have a playful, affectionate and easygoing character. They are great for families who are looking to own their first dog as they are fairly easy to train.



Breed Facts

Average Price: £1,447

Lifespan: 12 - 16 Years

Malt / Shed Rating: 3*

Weight: 11 - 13 kg

Height: 30 cm

 

 


10) Labradoodle

The Labradoodle is a hypoallergenic cross breed between a Labrador and a Poodle. Originally they were bread as hypoallergenic guide dogs in Australia. More recently they have quickly become popular among families.


The increase in popularity for this family dog is probably down to their trait as an intelligent and sociable pooch.



Breed Facts

Average Price: £869

Lifespan: 12 - 15 Years

Malt / Shed Rating: 3*

Weight: 10 - 40 kg

Height: 30 - 71 cm

 

 


11) English Bulldog

The famous ‘English Bulldog’ known for its distinctive scrunched up face and brave character.


This is the ideal companion to have around - especially with young children as they are very calm and docile.


Another great thing about Bulldogs is that they have never been known as big barkers. This can be a bonus if you already have a young baby crying.



Breed Facts

Average Price: £1,704

Lifespan: 8 - 10 Years

Malt / Shed Rating: 3*

Weight: 22 - 25 kg

Height: 31 - 40 cm

 

 


12) Irish Setter

Don’t you just love that cute, cheeky, playful behaviour of a new pup? Normally this behaviour begins to wear off around the age of 2 for most dogs as they mature. Not with an Irish setter though - you can expect this sort of behaviour most of their life.


They are real people orientated dogs, who want to be involved in everything you do, whether that's indoors or outdoors. One thing to note is that they don't tolerate being on their own for too long, so its best to keep them close to the family.



Breed Facts

Average Price: £877

Lifespan: 10 - 15 Years

Malt / Shed Rating: 4*

Weight: 24 - 32kg

Height: 54 - 67cm

 

 


13) Pug

Need a furry comedian adding to the family? The pug is nothing but laughs - from their funny appearance to their odd characteristics. They will definitely add a few smiles around the home.


Although, behind the comedy act is a very loving breed who will want to spend every moment with you. Pugs will even try to get in your bed (if you don’t mind their snoring).



Breed Facts

Average Price: £901

Lifespan: 12 - 14 Years

Malt / Shed Rating: 5*

Weight: 6 - 8 kg

Height: 25 - 36 cm

 

 


14) Beagle

This one is hard to resist with its stunning features, brown eyes and sleek coat. The beagle is most famous for its inquisitive nature lead by their strong sense of smell.


As a family pet, they are great for kids due to their small size and bags of energy.



Breed Facts

Average Price: £682

Lifespan: 12 - 15 Years

Malt / Shed Rating: 3*

Weight: 9 - 11 kg

Height: 33 - 41 cm

 

 


15) Basset Hound

Basset Hounds are placid, sweet-tempered and friendly dogs who would love to hop on your lap. You should note that they are not a light lap dog though as they are a fair size and quite heavy (just with short legs).


P.s. they think they are a tiny lapdog



Breed Facts

Average Price: £841

Lifespan: 11 - 12 Years

Malt / Shed Rating: 3

Weight: 20 - 34 kg

Height: 28 - 38 cm

 

 


16) Dachshund (Sausage Dog)

In three words we would describe a sausage dog as smart, lively and playful. This dog is very fond of its human family and it is known for people to by Dachshunds in pairs.


That's right double trouble! Twice the entertainment. Dachshunds usually enjoy being around other weiner dogs.



Breed Facts

Average Price: £1,450

Lifespan: 14 - 17 Years

Malt / Shed Rating: 3*

Weight: 4 - 5 kg

Height: 13 - 18 cm

 

 


17) Boxer

Looking for a playmate? The boxer dog is bouncy and full of energy. They aren’t considered fully mature until they are 3 years old meaning they are a puppy for longer than most dogs.


Boxers are usually very loyal and devoted to their family - making them a great guardian for children and an amazing friend to play with.



Breed Facts

Average Price: £1,093

Lifespan: 9 - 10 Years

Malt / Shed Rating: 4*

Weight: 25 - 32 kg

Height: 53 - 63 cm

 

 


18) Border Collie

This an active dog originally bred for herding sheep. So if you have a lot of children who are always out playing, the Border Collie will be useful for herding them all together in time for dinner.


Due to the history of this breed, physical and mental activity is a must otherwise they may become naughty and mischievous. Not a problem though if you have a house full of rowdy kids.



Breed Facts

Average Price: £568

Lifespan: 10 - 14 Years

Malt / Shed Rating: 3*

Weight: 12 - 20 kg

Height: 46 - 56 cm

 

 


19) Staffordshire Bull Terrier

The smiliest breed of dog on the planet! Known to be fearless as well as affectionate. If you show a staffie love they will devote their loyalty to you. Especially your children. It is known for them to be very friendly and protective around children.


However, this breed requires an owner who can be his leader. This is because they are a strong-minded dog who will show dominance if you don't put them in their place in the pecking order.



Breed Facts

Average Price: £928

Lifespan: 12 - 14 Years

Malt / Shed Rating: 3*

Weight: 11 - 17 kg

Height: 33 - 41 cm

 

 


20) Blue Roan Spaniel

Another Spaniel to the collection. We can’t get enough of them. They are such a happy, loving and cuddly breed.


The Blue Roan is a descendant of the Cocker Spaniel. The term ‘Roan’ is a name for the coat pattern that is a combination of white and multi-coloured hairs.



Breed Facts

Average Price: £821

Lifespan: 11 - 12 Years

Malt / Shed Rating: 4*

Weight: 13 - 15 kg

Height: 38 - 41 cm

 

 


21) Bloodhound

Do you and your family love to relax, kick back and watch movies in your spare time? If so then a Bloodhound will make a great new family member.


Chilling out and movies nights are their favourite thing.


Bloodhounds are also known as Hollywood stars. Mostly famous for detective movies like Sherlock and featured in The Borrowers (1997).



Breed Facts

Average Price: £883

Lifespan: 7 - 8 Years

Malt / Shed Rating: 4*

Weight: 40 - 54kg

Height: 58 - 72cm

 

 


22) King Charles Cavalier

Excellent choice if this is your first time owning a dog. They are patient, playful and easily adapt to most homes.


The history of King Charles Cavalier is very elite as they were a favourite of rich and royal families in England. Although these days they are happy in any home as long as you give them plenty of attention.



Breed Facts

Average Price: £855

Lifespan: 10 - 16 Years

Malt / Shed Rating: 3*

Weight: 5 - 8 kg

Height: 30 - 33 cm

 

 


23) Labsky or Huskador

This mix breed is simply stunning with its sky blue eyes and soft coat. The Labsky is a cross between two super family orientated dogs. A Labrador and a Husky.


The temperament of a Labsky usually consists of the discipline, energy and loyalty of a Husky. Plus the cheeky puppyness of a Labrador.

 

Breed Facts

Average Price: £595

Lifespan: 12 - 14 Years

Malt / Shed Rating: 4*

Weight: 16 - 27 kg

Height: 51 - 61 cm