If you are thinking of adding a dog to your growing family, you may be having a hard time trying to figure out what kind of a dog to get. Big dog or little dog? Long hair or short hair? Energetic or docile? All of these are good questions to ask yourself when considering getting a dog. But the most important factor will be choosing a dog that is best suited for families with children.
A dog is the best gift you can give a child because they can teach them so much about kindness and unconditional love. They love you no matter what and don’t mind a little slobber or drool from time to time.
Here is a list of dogs that are good with kids, gentle, kind, and obedient. Each breed has good traits and choosing one will depend on your family’s needs and how the dog interacts with little ones.
Overview of Dog Breeds:
1. Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever is a great family dog due to their temperament. They are gentle dogs and have a lot of patience. They also like to have fun which means they can run and play with the best of them. They are especially good at games of fetch-the-stick and frisbee, to name a few. Golden Retrievers are affectionate and love spending time with the family.
This breed is a medium size dog. Not too big or too small, they are the perfect size to grow with your children if you get them young. Young adult dogs are playful and curious about their environment, much like children and may be mischievous if left on their own too long.
2. Labrador Retriever
Labrador retrievers are the classic playful dog. They have a lot of energy and love to play. They were bred for hunting and make loyal companions. These dogs are intelligent, obedient and want to please their owners which makes them easy to train. They are also very tolerant and get along with other animals. Retrievers have a short-hair coat which means they don’t shed a lot and a weekly brushing will keep it nice and shiny. Labrador retrievers make excellent therapy dogs because they get along great with everyone.
The collie is a beautiful dog that is also calm and easy to train. Previously used as herd animals, they may be great at keeping little ones from straying from the yard. They are loyal, lovable companions that make excellent family dogs. They are long-haired dogs and will need frequent brushing to keep down on shedding.
Think of a beagle and images of the lovable snoopy come to mind. Beagles are very good with young children and babies because of their playful nature. They are curious and loving but are happy when they have a large yard and space to play. They are social dogs and crave human attention and may bark or howl when left alone. They get along well with people and other dogs.
Bulldogs are stocky, furry and full of wrinkles. They tend to be couch potatoes but are loving and protective. They will curl up and nap with you on the couch and want to share your food rather than eat their own. They bond well with children and make excellent companions, even seeming to have a sixth sense when it comes to child’s needs.
6. English Cocker Spaniel
The English Cocker Spaniel has long-hair that may be curly or wavy, a distinct trait. They are sensitive, affectionate animals who love people. Cocker spaniels love to run and play and make great playmates for little ones.
The Newfoundland is an intelligent dog that loves children. This breed is gentle, kind and patient with little ones. They are a large breed dog with a long coat that sheds a lot. Your tolerance for dog hair and slobber will be a consideration for this type of dog. They are sweet and love to spend time with their owners.
8. Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Corgis are affectionate, kid-friendly dogs. They are sociable and do well in large houses or small apartments. Originally herding dogs, they are intelligent and a little stubborn. They may bark a lot, and their medium-length coat requires frequent grooming to keep down on shedding.
9. Bichon Frise
Often mistaken for a poodle, the Bichon Frise is a small fluffy-haired little dog. They love to cuddle and don’t mind being the center of attention. Their playful nature makes them great pets for children. Their coats are fluffy and require a lot of maintenance to stay clean and white, but this can be a great learning opportunity for developing children to help teach them responsibility.
10. Shih Tzu
Shih Tzu’s are energetic, playful dogs. They love attention and can play for hours. They are sweet and affectionate and will follow you everywhere. They love being with their owner’s, even when you don’t want them to. They get along well with people and other animals and like to think they are lap dogs.
Dog breeds that may not be good for small children:
These breeds make excellent guard dogs, rescue dogs, and fierce protectors but do not do well with small children. They do not have a lot of patience and may become protective of their food bowl or toys when little ones are around. They can be good family dogs with older children or teens.
Akita - good for guard dogs, loyal but not very friendly with people
Rottweiler - good guard dogs, used for search and rescue due to their aggressive diligence.
Chow Chow - good as a guard dog but harder to train and socialize
Chihuahua - can be nervous and high-strung, may bite or nip when agitated
When choosing a family pet, you should take into consideration the type of dog you want, their temperament, and whether it will be a good fit for your family. If you have a small child or baby, a young dog that is good-natured, loving and patient will be their best friend growing up.
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