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.
Beagles bond with everyone in the family, especially children. They can be rambunctious when playing. Read more about Beagles.
Also known as the Picardy Shepherd, the Berger Picard dog breed is thought to be the oldest of the French sheepdogs. Read more about Berger Picards.
The Boykin Spaniel is a kid friendly dog that also tends to be mouthy. Read more about Boykin Spaniels.
Nicknamed the Peter Pan of dogs for his ever-youthful outlook on life, the Flat-Coated Retriever has many desirable qualities. Read more about Flat Coated Retrievers.
The amiable Golden Retriever isn’t bothered by the noise and commotion of kids — in fact, he thrives on it. Read more about Golden Retrievers.
The Irish Wolfhound is a kid friendly dog who can also be a little mouthy. Read more about Irish Wolfhounds.
The Labrador Retriever not only loves kids, he enjoys the commotion they bring with them. Read more about Labrador Retrievers.
These lean but muscular dogs have breathtaking speed, grace, and intelligence. Read more about Pyrenean Shepherds.
This Small Munsterlander Pointer dog breed is affectionate with family, kids, and other dogs alike. Read more about Small Munsterlander Pointers.
Nicknamed the nanny dog, the Stafford is prized for his patience with and love of children. Read more about Staffordshire Bull Terriers.
Remember that it’s never a good idea to leave a child alone with a pet. If you are considering getting a dog, check your area for shelters and breed specific rescues.