My kids are still young but we'd like to get a dog. Which breeds are best with children?
With kids in the house, it’s generally better to select a type of dog bred to live and work closely with people, such as sporting or companion dogs. I know firsthand the joy of Golden Retrievers and retired racing Greyhounds, but Boston Terriers, Labradors, King Charles Spaniels, Dachshunds, and Poodles, just to mention a few, are great dogs as well.
Other factors to consider are care and maintenance. The Greyhound requires minimal coat care, while the Poodle (standard or otherwise) needs a lot of grooming. Poodles, however, don’t shed, are extremely intelligent, and an excellent choice for people with allergies.
Before you think about breeds, however, the more fundamental question to ask yourself is, “Do I personally have the time to train a dog and supervise her around my children?” (See Are you ready for a dog?).