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Choosing the Right Dog Breed For Your Kids and Family
When choosing the best dog for your child you must consider the breed’s temperament, energy level and size. Your child may fall in love with a breed of dog in a movie, but that breed may not be the right choice for your child and family. No one dog breed is the best; you must make the right fit between your child and the dog. A child who is laid-back may not appreciate a high-energy dog that needs lots of exercise, and a child who loves rowdy play may cause a sensitive breed of dog to become snappish around children.
Your children should be taught to respect dogs. Even the most child-loving breed will learn to dislike children if they are constantly tormented by them. Most dogs who are raised around children will learn to tolerate them, but some popular breeds are known to be especially fond of children.
Beagles are energetic dogs that love children. They do not bite much and love to run and play. They need daily outdoor exercise but need to be leashed, or confined in the yard with a secure fence, since their love for chasing rabbits may lead them astray! Beagles will grow to 13 or 15 inches, depending on the variety, and weigh 40 to 59 pounds.
Golden Retrievers are easy to train, get along well with other dogs and are gentle with children. They need lots of exercise and love to play with balls and toys. Adult males stand 22 to 24 inches tall and weigh 60 to 80 pounds; females may be slightly smaller.
And let’s not forget the Goldendoodle – a designer dog that is a hybrid breed – a mix of Golden Retriever and Poodle. Goldendoodles make wonderful family dogs, combining the characteristics of both these excellent kid’s breeds.
Labrador Retrievers are popular family dogs. Lab puppies are very rambunctious. As adults they are energetic and mischievous and often require firm handling. They are good-natured and not prone to difficult traits, love their families, and have a good reputation with children. Adult males stand about 22 to 24 inches tall and weigh 65 to 80 pounds with females slightly smaller.
Labradoodles, a careful mix of Poodle and Labrador Retriever, are also exceptional family dogs. They can also be a good choice for children with allergies to pet dander, as it is a commonly held belief that Labradoodles are a hypoallergenic dog breed.
Basset Hounds do not need a lot of exercise and love children, but they may not be suited to families with small children. They need to have their long backs supported when they are picked up and an eager child may accidentally injure them. They have a reputation as lazy dogs, but they will run after a rabbit! Adults are about 14″ tall and weigh 40 to 60 pounds.
The Boxer is strong high-spirited dog. Powerful and needing plenty of exercise, this is a dog suited for older children or teens. Boxers stand 25″ at the shoulder and weigh 65 to 80 pounds, with females slightly smaller.
Poodles come in a variety of sizes; Toy Poodles, Miniature Poodle and Standard Poodles. Standard poodles in particular are fond of children. Poodles are extremely intelligent dogs and eager to please. When raised in a family they don’t usually become “one-person” dogs. Athletic dogs, they need lots of exercise.
English Bulldogs are intelligent, affectionate dogs who are easily trained. Moderately active, they enjoy a short daily walk and playtime. Today’s bulldogs have had their aggressive tendencies bred out of them but they make excellent watch dogs because of their intimidating appearance. Males are 12 to 14 inches tall and weigh around 40 to 50 pounds.
Cairn Terriers are small dogs that make good family pets. They are good with children who are taught to handle them properly. They need a moderate amount of exercise, a couple short walks daily and enjoy a fenced-in yard. Cairns are about 10 inches tall and weigh about 13 pounds.
The Bichon Frise is a cuddly little powderpuff of a dog. They are cheerful, intelligent, gentle and playful, but more difficult to house train than other breeds. They love to be the center of attention. Bichons are usually under 12 inches tall and weigh 10 to 18 pounds.
Pugs are affectionate, even-tempered dogs who love being part of the family. Outgoing and mischievous, they make playful companions for children. Pugs are about 11 inches tall and 14 to 22 pounds.
Dominant and willful breeds such as Rottweilers, Chow Chows, Alaskan Malamutes, Black and Tan Coonhounds, Border Collies, Weimaraners and Dachshunds have a tendency to try to train their owners instead of the other way around. They are not recommended as pets for young children although homes with older, considerate children who have had experience with dogs may have success with them.
Toy dog breeds are not recommended for homes with very young children who may accidentally hurt them with careless play. They are usually more temperamental than larger breeds and may become snappish with children.
There are many other breeds that make fine companions for children. Visit the American Kennel club website for a list of dog breeds and their characteristics. Do your homework before settling on a particular breed of dog for your child. Be aware that dogs are individuals with their own personalities; there are good and bad dogs of every breed and it is the time and effort the owner puts into training and socializing his dog that makes it a good family pet.
Whether you choose a Labrador Retriever, a Beagle, a Pug, or an English Bulldog, one thing is certain: dog ownership will help your child grow up to be a responsible, caring, empathetic and loving person. Dogs and children go together like peanut butter and jam, and providing your child with a dog is one of the best ways to ensure that you are raising your child to be the best person they can be!