These breeds of pup are known to get on particularly well with youngsters, making them the family-friendly dog choice.
A huge number of us decided to welcome new puppies into our homes over the last two years – according to Kennel Club figures dog ownership soared and post-lockdown demand for four-legged friends remains high.
There are a whopping 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to choose from, alongside numerous crossbreeds, so there’s plenty of thinking to do before you select your family’s latest addition.
There’s even academic guidance to seek out, with Psychologist Stanley Coren’s book ‘The Intelligence of Dogs’ ranking breeds by instincts, obedience, and the ability to adapt.
Choosing the right breed is absolutely essential – for example opting for a small dog if you don’t have much room at home, or a hypoallergenic dog if you suffer from allergies.
Another thing to take into account is that certain breeds are far more suitable for young families.
Here, according to the American Kennel Club, are the dog breeds that should be at the top of your wish list if you have children.
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A more compact size family hound, Beagles tend to get on very well with children and love to play. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
2. Labrador Retriever
Not content with just being the most popular dog in the UK, the Labrador Retriever is also the most child-friendly - thanks to their friendly, loving and outgoing nature. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
3. Family dogs
These are 10 of the most child-friendly breeds of dogs. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
4. French Bulldog
The second most popular dog in the UK, the French Bulldog, is also one of the best for families. They are playful, smart, cuddly, adaptable, and don't need a huge amount of exercise. Photo: Canva/Getty Images