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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MsRkg MsRkg

@Momo -lol sounds like my German. I imagine that's what he's thinking most of the time.

@the4mutts, my hubby said snakes were a great pet to, but considering the fact that I am absolutely like pass-out-if-i-see-or-touch-a-snake-terrified , they were not for us. But did your kids really teeth on them? That must have been a sight. lol

Saphi... SaphireLiz

We have no pets but I grew up with a great dane who was mine and my sister's best friend. We could do what ever we wanted to him and he' just lick us and go back to laying around. He was very protective us, never even nipped at anyone but if someone he didn't know came near us he'd use his body to push them away

nonmember avatar Jesse

I have had four Burmese cats, and they are amazing with kids. They are extremely loving, will follow you around the house, like to cuddle, and are very playful. I've had my kitten surrounded by kids and it didn't even faze him. He was just happy to have playmates. Burmese even play fetch. My 10-month-old and the cats share the same toys, and the cats will put up with whatever rough-and-tumble the baby brings, and they are always gentle with him. And they have short hair, so low maintenance.

nonmember avatar bld

I have always heard not bull terriers are bad with kids. After I read this I googled it to be sure, yep they are bad with kids.... found about a million articles on it lol

craft... craftycatVT

The4mutts- even if you get small ones, don't the snakes eventually grow big enough to be dangerous

nonmember avatar CrystalMP

Awe I loved my dads vizsla, she was amazing. Given they are really energetic but they are easy to train and they get extremely attached to their families

godde... goddess99

We have a mutt, may be part lab, part chow but we have no idea. and 2 domestic short hair cats. I would love a Scottish Fold but have yet to find 1.

mamivon2 mamivon2

We already have 2 dogs and 4 cats.. Im done

nonmember avatar Nicole

All you people are crazy. My kids aren't getting pets until they're hold enough to take care of it themselves. No animal is a safe animal around little ones, I don't care what nice soft cuddly emotions you project on it. I hope you all constantly watch your animals around your little kids, which I know everyone says they do, but I seriously doubt it's every second, and one second is all it takes.

nonmember avatar Nicole

*old, not hold

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