Best Dog Breeds for Responsible Kids

Mira Gibson

One of the best experiences that a child can have is caring for their own pet! Taking care of a pet helps to develop responsibility. Older children and teenagers are great candidates for dog ownership. Owning and caring for a dog requires a higher degree of responsibility than having a hamster, fish, or rabbit. 

The main responsibilities of dog ownership are:

  1. Feeding the dog
  2. Walking the dog
  3. Providing the dog with adequate daily exercise
  4. Housebreaking & training the dog
  5. Grooming the dog
  6. Providing healthcare to the dog, i.e. veterinarian appointments
  7. Spending quality time with the dog

A responsible, older child or teenager will be able to handle the majority of responsibilities on this list. Likely, the kid will need their parents’ help when it comes to housebreaking the puppy, taking the dog to a professional groomer, and bringing the dog to the vet.  

If you know your kid is responsible enough for a dog, but you aren’t sure which dog breed would be best…

Here are the best dog breeds for responsible kids!


A teenage girl hugs her Italian Greyhound while out on a sunny walk, showing that this breed is great for responsible kids.

Italian Greyhounds are one of the best dog breeds for responsible kids. Firstly, they belong to the Toy Group of purebred dogs, according to the American Kennel Club. They are small in size, which makes them physically easier to manage. And they are also docile, non-territorial, and obedient. This ensures they have an easy-going yet eager-to-please temperament. 

This breed is at the top of our list, because unlike other breeds, Italian Greyhounds are very energetic outside. But they’re couch potatoes when indoors. They bond deeply with their owner. An Italian Greyhound will happily keep your kid company while he does homework. And he’ll love sprinting around the backyard with your child, too! 

We have Italian Greyhound puppies for sale in Boca Raton! Stop by PuppyBuddy to meet this kid friendly breed anytime!


A responsible teenage kid holding a skateboard and wearing a backpack walks his Basset Hound dog since it's one of the best dog breeds for responsible kids.

In general, the Basset Hound is an excellent family dog. This purebred dog breed is great with children of all ages, especially young children. This is thanks to the Basset Hound’s low-key, mellow temperament, and low-energy demeanor. As a curious, lumbering family dog, the Basset Hound doesn’t move too fast. It’s considered a medium-to-large size dog, yet isn’t very tall. This helps to make this breed manageable on walks. 

Basset Hounds are not “willful.” They pick up on learning basic commands. And they don’t have a problem obeying even the youngest children. This breed is very affectionate and loving with its family. The main area where your kid will need your help is with grooming your Basset Hound and keeping an eye on his health. These two things go hand-in-hand. A Basset Hound’s huge, floppy ears need to be cleaned regularly. This breed is prone to ear infections when their ears are not cleaned. 

All told, Basset Hounds make great pets for responsible kids!


A 12 year old boy lounges in bed with his Puggle, as one of the best dog breeds for responsible kids is a Puggle!

The first hybrid dog breed on our list today is the adorable Puggle! Puggles are a cross between the purebred Pug and the purebred Beagle. Both Pugs and Beagles are great family dogs, so mixing the two created an even better family pet that’s great with children. The reason for developing this hybrid in the first place was for the purposes of “eliminating” the breathing issues that many Pugs suffer due to their ultra flat faces. You’ll notice that the Puggle has a muzzle. Puggles breathe easy and do not have the health issues of their Pug parents!

We recommend Puggles for responsible kids who want to own a dog. Puggles are small, playful, and love their families. The one caveat when it comes to Puggles is that some puppies can be stubborn. Teaching the Puggle puppy basic commands might require a bit more determination. This means that puppy training is an area you may have to help your child. 

For Puggle puppies for sale in Boca Raton, come to PuppyBuddy!


Two sweet Goldendoodles lounge beside a pool to show this dog breed's temperament is great for kids.

The large dog breed, Bernese Mountain Dog, is too much “dog” for a kid to care for. But the Miniature Bernedoodle is not only just the right size, but has a great temperament for kids. So, what is a Miniature Bernedoodle? This hybrid dog breed is a cross between a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Miniature Poodle. They tend to be hypoallergenic. And they’re considered small in size. 

The reason we love to match Miniature Bernedoodles with responsible kids is because this breed is intelligent and can learn quickly. It also has high energy. A Miniature Bernedoodle will love to play with your kids outside just as much as snuggling with them inside. Miniature Bernedoodles will bond with their whole families, too. Unlike other breeds that only bond with one member of the family. A Mini Bernedoodle might be your kid’s dog, but he’ll be just as close with you!

Come to PuppyBuddy for Miniature Bernedoodle puppies for sale in Boca Raton!


A cute little girl smiles at her all-white Pomsky while they play in the grass on a sunny day.

Last but certainly not least on our list today is the adorable Pomsky! Whoever dreamed up this hybrid dog had incredible vision! Pomskys are a cross between a Pomeranian and a Siberian Husky. Both of those parent breeds have larger than life personalities. Pomeranians are fluffy, feisty little creatures. They’ll melt your heart and give you a run for your money! Siberian Husky’s are “nature’s drama queens.” Whether asking for something, howling in a chorus, or singing the song of their people, a Husky has a lot to say! Forget giving a Husky a bath. This breed will vocalize a monologue on par with Hamlet’s “To Be or Not To Be” until the bath is over!

When you mix a Pomeranian with a Siberian Husky, you get a highly communicative, highly affectionate little fluff ball. This breed will bond so deeply with its owner that it might not realize anyone else lives in the house. For a responsible kid who really wants the long-term experience of caring for a dog, a Pomsky will 1,000% be their dog. The Pomsky puppy will bond exclusively with your kid as long as your kid takes charge from the very start, training and caring for the puppy. 

Meet our Pomsky puppies for sale in Boca Raton


At PuppyBuddy, we know that the long-term health of a dog starts with being properly cared for the moment it’s born. That’s why we cherry pick the most ethical dog breeders and hobby breeders. These puppy breeders meet our very high standards of care. They are USDA licensed. They have zero direct violations. And they provide indoor, climate controlled, veterinarian-attended breeding facilities for their parent dogs and puppy litters. 

At the breeders, these puppies receive care from their mothers, non-invasive veterinarian care, plenty of sunshine, and an appropriate development schedule. When ready, the puppies are granted access to outdoor environments and additional staff, which starts their journey of socialization. 

When PuppyBuddy receives new puppies from our breeders, our veterinarians conduct check-ups and tests, maintaining the puppies’ strong health. Our staff cares for, loves, and handles our puppies for sale throughout the day. All of this positively impacts their emotional and psychological development. 

Our customers may review an individual puppy’s pedigree and medical records to help them make an informed decision. And best of all, when you take home a puppy from PuppyBuddy, our support in the development of your dog will continue. We offer specific veterinarian clinics, discounts on vets, free puppy training, recommended as well as free puppy supplements, and countless resources to guide you through the stages of puppy parenthood! 


We could only cover so many dog breeds for responsible kids today. But there are many more breeds that would be appropriate for older children to train and care for. For your quick reference, those extra breeds include:

The above dog breeds are small in size and therefore automatically more manageable for kids than larger dog breeds. These breeds are also docile yet intelligent, which means they won’t challenge your child’s authority. 

The staff at PuppyBuddy would be more than happy to introduce your responsible kid(s) to the puppies we mentioned in this blog. By handling these puppy breeds, you and your children can get a sense of compatibility. And you can also get all of your questions answered. Our knowledgeable pet counselors and animal welfare experts are passionate about matching families and kids to the best dog breeds for their lifestyle. 

Additional dog breeds that families of all sizes love include:

We hope to see you soon at PuppyBuddy where you’ll find ethical puppy welfare practices. We only work with ethical dog breeders. And we are faithfully committed to maintaining the health, happiness, and long-term welfare of our puppies!