Kid-friendly dogs who are mouthy

Common in most breeds (including kid-friendly breeds) during puppyhood and in kid-friendly retriever breeds at all ages, mouthiness means a tendency to nip, chew, and play-bite (a soft, fairly painless bite that doesn’t puncture the skin). Mouthy dogs are more likely to use their mouths to hold or “herd” their human family members, and they need training to learn that it’s fine to gnaw on chew toys, but not on people. Mouthy breeds tend to really enjoy a game of fetch, as well as a good chew on a chew toy that’s been stuffed with kibble and treats.


Berger Picard

Boykin Spaniel

Bull Terrier

Flat-Coated Retriever

Golden Retriever

Irish Wolfhound

Labrador Retriever

Pyrenean Shepherd

Small Munsterlander Pointer