The most popular family dogs, Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers are also some of the least aggressive breeds.
Herding breeds like Collies and Australian Shepherds are loyal workers with calm temperaments. They form strong bonds with families.
Small toy breeds like Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have sweet dispositions. They don't provoke bites with rowdy or aggressive behavior.
Other low biting likelihood dogs are Pugs, Newfoundlands, Greyhounds and English Bulldogs due to their trusting, gentle and tolerant natures.
Senior dogs tend to be calmer and less inclined to bite regardless of breed. Adopting retired service dogs can provide proven safe options.
Proper socialization at a young age can curb biting in almost all breeds. Signs of aggression should be immediately addressed with positive reinforcement training.
With knowledge of breed traits and responsible ownership practices, families can find safe best friends for children among dogs least likely to bite.