Adding a dog to the family is a highly personal decision, and parents have different reasons for choosing a particular breed. Most families would agree that they want a friendly and loyal dog, but some might prioritize a protective type or one that doesn't shed much. A family with not much space would likely choose a smaller breed, while an active household needs a dog that can keep up with them. As for families with small children, one of the calmest breeds of dog might be a perfect fit.
If you've ever been around a toddler or preschooler, it's not hard to see why their parents might want a mellow mutt. A young child would enjoy running around the yard with an energetic dog, but an overly excitable breed might be apt to knock down or jump on a little one. On the other end of the spectrum, a toy breed like a Chihuahua or toy poodle might be too delicate for a family with small children.
"I am very, very leery of kids and small breeds, because [kids] can be rough without realizing it, and if there's limited adult supervision..." veterinarian Jodi Holcomb Oliver, DVM, cautions to Romper. She adds that not every laid-back dog breed is good for these households, either. For instance, pugs are a calm and delightful pet for homes with older children, but their signature bulging eyes could easily be poked by a curious toddler.
So which dog breeds are laid-back enough to suit a home with little ones? Lots of them, so here's a list to get you started. Keep in mind, of course, that not all of these breeds will be perfect for your individual family, and no matter which breed you choose, you and your family will need to be diligent about training. So do some more homework before you visit the breeder or shelter.