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Articles | Which Dog Breeds Are Good With Children?

Date: 2015-01-07

When choosing a dog it is important to consider how it will fit in with the rest of the family. Naturally, this includes other pets, and children. Whilst each individual pet is different, and the way they interact with the rest of the family will primarily depend on how they are treated, some dog breeds are naturally more suited to children than others.


Energetic / Playful Dogs
One of the most important traits in a dog which will be around children all day, is its energy levels. Typically, dogs with a lot of energy will be playful and will quite likely wear out after your children do. These dogs include small Terriers, Beagles, Irish Setters, Vizslas, and Labradors. Some other small mix-breeds are also very suitable for children, due to their high energy levels.


The Bulldog
However, sometimes a dog with less energy may be more suitable to your family. The Bulldog is a prime example of this - with its low energy levels and high tolerance (i.e. hard to be annoyed), it is a very family-friendly dog. The Bulldog is also a dog which will get along well with other pets, and is suited to living in virtually any size of house.


Large Dogs
Typically, it is thought that only small dogs are suited to families due to their size. However, some large dogs are very comfortable with living amongst children, and are often a lower maintenance too. The Labrador and Golden Retriever are both great examples of this - both of these dogs are extremely playful, protective, and will enjoy learning and performing new tricks with the children. One of the down sides about a Golden Retriever, however, is it's short life span. Typically, a Golden Retriever lives up to 11 or-so years.


The Newfoundland
The Newfoundland is one of the largest breeds of dogs, often weighing up to 60kg (female) and 70kg (male). This dog is extremely calm and has a docile nature - for this reason, some refer to it as the "gentle giant" or "nanny dog". Overall they are great dogs to have around children; however their large size and weight may sometimes be a problem.

Sadly, the dog you choose for your family is not as simple as choosing a breed and purchasing it. It is always a very good idea to bring the whole family to meet the dog, and see how the dog interacts with them (especially the children). This is often a great way to judge its personality and temperament - and will hopefully help you in choosing the perfect dog to have amongst your children.

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