I have three kids, age 3,4 and 8. What dog breed would best fit a household like this? Thanks!?


I have been racking my brain for days! I like bigger dogs, no ankle biters thank you! My kids are very active and we have a 6 ft. tall fenced in dog run. Our favorites have been german shepherds, boxers, golden retrievers, and any type of family/companion type dog, Thanks a lot!!

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8 Responses to “I have three kids, age 3,4 and 8. What dog breed would best fit a household like this? Thanks!?”

  1. Books&Dogs says:

    German Shepherds can be good with kids, but they don’t tend to be good about people coming in and out of the house all day. Also, because of their intelligence they need a job to do and lots of attention. So if you have soccer practice and things like that you probably don’t want to get one.


    Boxers are good dogs that are good with kids, but they can be rough and hyper. They also stay hyper well into their senior years, they love people, and they can be gentle, given the right circumstances.


    Golden Retrievers are the classic family dog, they love kids they’re easy to train and they are okay with everybody. They do however have a long coat that needs to be brushed on a regular basis and without that grooming they will get matts.


    Greyhounds are very sweet, calm, gentle dogs that do not require a lot of grooming, but they are very fragile dogs. They have very light slender bones that help them when they’re running. Because of this a lot of people tend not to think they are a good choice for families with young kids.


    I’m very biased against poodles, primarily because the ones I’ve met have all been snappy with my two year old sister.


  2. C. Jean says:

    Please be careful with boxers I have owned one before they are AMAZING dogs but they do slobber quite a bit and aren’t afraid of getting "up close and personal" it may be a bit much for your 3 year old esp. for a first dog. You have to wipe their faces after each meal and every time they drink water otherwise you’ll have drool puddles on your floor :).

    GSD’s and GR’s are wonderful with children & would fit your active lifestyle. You could also consider a beagle which are very affectionate and crave a pack lifestyle, which means they would love having all kinds of people around. They are very friendly with other breeds and children but do get separation anxiety so prefer to be around people as much as possible.

    As other answers have said, I would suggest getting an adult dog to cut down on nipping with the children. My 15 week old nips like it’s his full time job! 🙂

  3. Lunamist27 says:

    I have a 1 year old, 4 year old, and a 6 year old. I breed Siberian Huskies. All of my dogs are well trained and get along great with my children. My kids are high energy too. My boys love our dogs and we have 8. They are very loyal are were breed to be with people and in a "pack setting. So your family would be considered their pack. Our one female would follow my one son around all day if she could she is so attached. I guess the only thing is you would have to train your own to be nice to cats. mine to great with ours only because I trained them that way. Yes they do have a prey drive for smaller animals but so do some other breeds.
    If you do not like the Siberian then I would suggest these:
    Golden Retrievers
    Labrador retrievers
    Kuvas ( large white dog)

    I have found them to be very nice breeds.

  4. bells3011 says:

    Well, I think you are on the right track. Small dogs are usually do not do well with young and active kids 🙂

    Labs are great, so are german shepherds, boxers and golder retreivers. I would suggest taking your kids (maybe the older ones) to a local shelter / pound and letting them choose a puppy from there. That will be pretty special to them, b/c they can interact and play with different types of dogs, and you will be saving a dog’s life. You might not get a purebred dog, but mutts usually make very good first time pets.

    I let my 10 year old pick out a Sheltie mix at the shelter about 2 month ago 🙂 He was 8 weeks at the time. We love him and I could not have asked for a better dog. He turned out to be a German Shepherd mix (lol)…but that’s fine with me 🙂

  5. Jessie says:

    I would look for a young adult dog and the GR or any setter/spaniel/retriever would fit in well. They like the activity of a busy family, are gentle with children and are very easy to train.

    I recommended an adult because you must be very busy with 3 young kids and it’s tough to give the dog the training time a puppy would need.

  6. lema10805 says:

    I think golden retrievers. They are great dogs.

  7. Julie says:

    Greyhound or Poodle! They are great with kids!

    Greyhounds: http://www.greyhoundpets.org

    Poodles: http://www.petfinder.com

    Good luck! 😀

  8. Animal Crazy Lover says:

    I would get a english springer spaniel. They are loveable and friendly dogs to have. Theyre medium size and are Gun dogs. I own one and he is perfect with people and children. He can be bouncy with strangers but once he is setteled with them hes fine. They love to play and have their belly scratched! I would advise NOT getting any rodents because gundogs are bread to hunt small pray E.G rabbits , guine pigs , hamsters ect. My dog is fine with our 2 cats so cats shouldnt be a worry. if you are going to get a cat or own a cat then introduce them together when he/she is a puppy. They need to be trained not to pull on a lead or they will pull and i mean PULL! 🙂

    Hope i helped!

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