The 10 Most Kid-Friendly Pets

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baby with dogHaving pets when you have kids can either be extremely stressful or totally magical complete with adorable photos of baby snuggling with your pup. And of course there is always that uncertain time if your fur baby came first and that fear in wondering if the two will get along. Hopefully they do and you get to take a zillion photos of the cutest little beings in your house. But what if you want to get a furry friend after having kids? How do you know what kind of pet to get?

I personally love a pound pup or rescue kitty. Oftentimes they are so happy to have a good home, they snuggle up and instantly become part of the family. But there are certain breeds that are known to be great with kids. HellaWella shared the details on the best kid-friendly dogs and cats.

The 5 Most Kid-Friendly Dogs

1. Bulldog

This little wrinkly cutie is friendly, loyal, and docile, so it's okay if baby pokes him a little -- he isn't likely to snap.

2. Vizsla

The beautiful pups are quiet and affectionate and they do lots of tricks. Plus they are very protective.

3. Golden Retriever

These sweetie pies are also really smart, but they need lots of exercise so they are great for the active family.

4. Bull Terrier

This is a great breed for rough and tumble kind of kids -- they are friendly and tend to be unfazed by a child tugging on their hair.

5. Newfoundland

They may be big, but the Newfoundland are very gentle, kind creatures who are very protective and easy to train.


The 5 Most Kid-Friendly Cats

1. Birman

These pretty kitties are social but love being lazy. Sounds like a perfect cat when you have a newborn.

2. Ragdoll

The name says it all -- a gentle, ragdoll type of cat who likes to chill out after playing some games.

3. Himalayan

The Himalayan is the perfect indoor cat who does an equal amount of keeping to himself and interacting with the family. 

4. Maine Coon

This beautiful breed is also known for being really calm even in the midst of chaos, and also adapt to the ways of the family they live with.

5. Exotic Shorthair

This cat loves to be loved and will greet you at the door. They are very easy-going and quiet.


Are you thinking about adding a dog or cat to your family? What kind? Do you have a dog or cat on this list? Or another kid-friendly breed or mix?


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navyw... navywife0204

I have a Golden Retriever, and three cats...  Love them all!  one of my cats actually sleeps with my 10 year old.

nonmember avatar Tami

A vizsla?! I've known several, and while they're sweet, they are insane! They may not intentionally harm a child, but my kids have been jumped on, scratched, nipped and knocked over by the ones we know. They're far too big and spastic of a breed to safely be around small kids.

nonmember avatar Harleysmom

I have to say the most kid friendly pet that I ever had is my two great danes. Daisy my 9 year old we got right after my daughter turned 1. They grew up together and my daughter could do whatever to that dog and daisy would just lay there... Now we have a 9 month old Sadie... They are so big and loveable.. the more attention you give them the better...=)

MomoJL MomoJL

Ha, I can't believe you put Viszla on this list!  Nice dogs, yes, and absolutely gorgeous to look at, but they only ones I've known are not kid friendly at all! 

LoveM... LoveMyViolet

I used to own a Maine Coon. Yes, they are pretty calm, but they generally attach themselves to one person in the family. Mine would only let me hold her, no one else could. They are pretty quiet too. Hardly ever meow, mostly chirps and trills. I really miss those sounds...

MsRkg MsRkg

I have a pitbull and a German Shepard and they are the best. Despite the myth that they are part of the "mean vicious breed", they are absolutely amazing and tolerate whatever he does to them, and are incredibly gentle and extremely protective of him, and they are never more than five feet from where he is. They're great family dogs in my opinion.

elfis... elfishpirat

Add American Pit Bull Terrier to the list and take off Vizsla

the4m... the4mutts

Okay, dogs and cats are great. But the best pet for kids, speaking from experience, is a Red Tailed Boa Constrictor, Corn/Rat Snake or a Ball Python.

If frequently handled *all mine are* they are FABULOUS pets! They do cuddle, love on you, and 2 of my kids actually teethed on a red tailed boa!! The snake loved it.

Plus, they're safer. Even if it did bite, the smaller ones can't mangle a face, or take off a finger like a dog could if it decided to bite.

Snakes have emotions, and form bonds just as well as any dog.

Don't discount exotic pets when making a choice for your family

the4m... the4mutts

And btw, please don't be stupid and say it could eat your baby, or strangle it. I said get a smaller one.

MomoJL MomoJL

And what I have at home are pomeranian (tolerates kids, but he's a momma's boy) a husky (completely ignores children no matter what they are doing to/around him) and a german shepherd (whose day revolves around WHERE IS MY KID? which way did he go? I need to be with him! everyone else stay the f@#$ away from my kid!)

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