5 Large Dog Breeds That Love Kids

If you are looking at which dog breed is the best, cutest, and most lovable, we have selected 5 large dog breeds suitable for families with kids.

If you are planning to have a pet in the family, think about all the great dog movies: Lassie Come Home, Beethoven- all chapters, Marley and Me, 8 Heroes, and etc.

A good rule of choosing a dog breed is to look at their temperament, care needs, size, and level of energy – each of which should meet your own lifestyle.

Fortunately, adopting dogs is becoming more and more common. You may think that there is no way to know if a dog will get along well with your family and children, but you are wrong. I can say it by my personal experience of having a dog from a shelter.

It is best to go to a shelter and watch the dogs react to each member of your family. If a fluffy sweetheart catches your eye, play with him and see how he reacts when you reach for his toys. If you spin your tail and share with every member of the family, this is your pet! 

In general, large breeds are best for children, but if you are vigilant about dog obedience training, smaller versions will not develop small dog syndrome, which often makes them dangerous for children and even adults.

What does “child-friendly” mean? 

By definition, there are no bad dog breeds, but still, there are some that are not so sociable. You shouldn’t forget the fact that children sometimes play “hard” with pets at home. Your chosen dog breed should be resilient enough to tolerate a bit of rough play, not prone to attack, even if he feels threatened, and be friendly with other animals.

So, if you think such dogs are hard to find, and which breeds are they, see our list of 5 large breeds suitable for families with children.

Large Dog Breeds That Love Kids

1. Weimaraner

Weimaraner is a grey dog breed and is extremely beautiful. 

It has good character and strong intellect and easily remembers a large number of commands.  The Weimaraner is a dog that is careful, does not bark unnecessarily, and is extremely disciplined. This is a dog for active people because it needs to expand its energy. Weimaraners reach 27 inches in height and weigh up to 70 pounds.

2. St. Bernard

These are some of the most patient and loving dogs. Wonderful paw friends who will not harm the child. However, due to its large size, it is good to keep an eye on during playtime, especially with very small kids. St Bernard needs a lot of space to run around, so it’s the perfect dog if you have a house with a large yard.

3. Newfoundland

The nickname of this large dog breed is “ Natural Nanny”, this dog loves children and is gentle. Attentive, patient, and kind, this dog is an angel. It reaches a height of 27 inches and weighs no more than 149 pounds, so is preferable to live in a home with a large open space. They are suitable to live in your backyard, although they like to live indoors with their family. They are known for their good swimming skills and the fact that they can save lives in emergencies.

Large Dog Breeds That Love Kids

4. Labrador

This is one of the most popular dog breeds. The beauty of Labradors corresponds to their sweet personality and intelligence, which makes them great pets for families with children.

5. Golden Retriever

With an average height of 22 inches and an average weight of about 79 pounds, this breed is not as big as the Labrador but is smart, kind, confident, and loyal. Neither aggressive nor timid, Golden Retrievers are extremely patient, making them perfect for children. They like to play, which is good because of their need for a lot of physical activity.


Remember, your dogs are not big cuddling toys. In fact, dogs no matter their breed are very sensitive creatures. Do not forget they have special needs every day you can’t ignore or skip. 

So be responsible and your four paw pal will become a great example of why dogs are called “man’s best friend”.

Julie Higgins
Julie is a Staff Writer at momooze.com. She has been working in publishing houses before joining the editorial team at momooze. Julie's love and passion are topics around beauty, lifestyle, hair and nails.