Getting a family dog is an important decision, one that needs a lot of careful consideration. There is no exact science that can help you to determine which dog suits your needs best, especially if children are part of your family.
A family with children should ideally decide for an intelligent dog with a good temperament, and moderate energy level. Certain breeds may be naturally good with kids and tolerate their playfulness, while others definitely need their space. On one hand, seeing a cute little pup chasing around the house and learning all kinds of tricks can be a lot of fun. On the other hand, that entertainment comes with heavy responsibility and a long-time commitment. Do not believe your children when they promise they will take care of their little friend forever. Ultimately the chores of walking the dog, grooming and cleaning up messes will end up on your to-do list. The dog can become sick or injured, and could need treatment, sometimes even extensive care. Dog ownership is a serious commitment that consists of vital duties, almost like raising another child. Be certain you are up for it!
Finding the perfect family dog to take home will need consideration. What size, gender, and energy level would suit your household best, and how much are you willing to spend? Here are a few of the dog types that are family favourites.
- Labrador Retrievers, and Golden Retrievers are usually great with kids, can be pretty smart, require minimal grooming but do need a lot of exercise. They are generally a non-biting breed. Golden Retrievers also get along well with other dogs and pets.
- Collies and Shetland Sheepdogs (like Lassie) are calm, gentle and tolerant breeds that like children of all ages and sizes.
- Pugs are excellent around children. Be aware: although short haired, they shed copious amounts, usually seasonally.
- Poodles come in various sizes: toy, miniature, or standard. They are intelligent, are a great therapy dogs, and play well with kids. They do require regular grooming.
- Cocker Spaniels are small dogs with a merrily wagging stumpy tail. The usually don’t bite, are excellent with children, but do need to exercise regularly.
- Dachshunds have an affectionate, delightful, playful, clownish type nature and are perfect for a family. They are alert, eager to please, and adapt easily. Housebreaking can be difficult.
- Beagles tend to love social interaction with people, and children. Unfortunately they do shed and if a family member suffers from allergies, it may be worth looking into other breeds.
These dog traits are generalized and may be true in many cases. Nevertheless, always be aware that even the nicest dogs can turn vicious, especially if they get sick, or are agitated to the point where they feel they feel threatened. They will not hesitate to defend themselves. Always keep a watchful eye on your children when they are playing with their dog! In the end, having a dog can be a fantastic way to enrich your child’s development and generate wonderful memories. Your child and its friend can create a magical bond to be treasured for years to come.