Owning a dog can be a very fun and rewarding experience for families. When you are choosing a dog for your family it is important to consider all aspects of the family. If you have small children there are some breeds of dogs that are good for them and some breeds that are not very good for them. Dogs that are good for families with small children include:
If you are a new dog owner or have very little experience with dogs, a Collie is a good breed for you and your small children. They are calm and very predictable. Collies are loyal and a herding dog. They can even help you “herd” the little ones!
It is a fact of life that many kids are playful and like to physically play. A bulldog is a strong and sturdy dog that will be able to withstand your child’s rough play. They are also very calm and can be considered lazy, which helps if you already have enough energy in the house from your children.
Poodles are very smart and patient. They can quickly catch on to what is going on with your children and be patient with them while they brush their hair or play baby doll.
A beagle is strong and energetic. This means it will never be too tired or too worn out to play with your child. Beagles also shed a lot and require brushing, which will help teach your children the responsibility aspect of owning a dog.
This dog was bred to be trained. They are known for loving to be around people and other animals which make them the perfect match for homes with small children and other pets. The Irish setter will also be able to keep up the pace with a very energetic child.
A Newfoundland is the quintessential family dog. They are loving and gentle while they literally care for their family. They are very large and “fluffy” like a stuffed animal and are gentle enough for children to dote on them as if they were such.
The pug is a loyal and loving breed. They were bred to be around people and are best kept in a home environment. Children will love their playful attitude and adults will love how trustworthy and loyal they are.
This breed of dog is ideal for small children and large families. They are a small dog with a big personality. They are rarely afraid or nervous and can be trusted around playful small children without the worry of them snapping.
This is a generalized list and you should remember not all dogs are exactly the same and you may find a dog that should be good for small children but is bad for your family. It should also be noted that many dogs personalities depend on the way that they are raised. With the right upbringing almost any dog can be good with your children, but the above breeds might be better than others.
Eric Blair is an animal enthusiast and avid blogger. Eric writes for NuVet Plus; you can read NuVet Plus Reviews to find out more about the product.