Almost half of American households have a dog.
While they are often called “man’s best friend” that doesn’t mean all dogs a perfect match for kids. Before your family grows to include both dogs and children, consider which breed will fit best into your happy home.
Some breeds are better than others at making playmates for children. In addition, your lifestyle will play a big role in deciding how big and how active a dog is best.
Use this guide to help you pick the perfect furry companion for your family.
What Size is Best?
When considering what kind of dog is right for your family, size is a great place to begin the conversation.
Think about the amount of space you have available in your home or yard for the dog to play. Small dogs make much better apartment animals than large pets.
If you have a lot of open room, a large dog might be the perfect pet to run around with your child.
There are other important things to remember when considering how your new dog’s size matches your lifestyle.
Smaller dogs may be more fragile if your kid is rough in his or her play habits. Larger dogs may not know their own strength and be too aggressive accidentally.
How Active is Your Family?
Certain breeds require more attention and exercise than others. Before you decide which dog makes sense for your family, think about how much time you’ll be able to actively spend with them.
Beagles and terriers make great companions for kids that have a ton of energy. They’ll happily play and run around all day.
Boxers are also really playful and energetic as well if you’re considering a larger dog.
It’s important to make sure your dog gets proper exercise and attention or its playfulness can become restlessness.
Likewise, consider the grooming needs of your pet. You’ll need to factor this time into your lifestyle or it may affect your dog’s behavior.
The last thing you need in a house full of dogs and children is a lot of barking and frustration. Choosing the right breed can help eliminate this before it ever becomes a problem.
The Temperament of Your Dogs and Children Matter
You don’t get to pick your kid’s temperament, but you can choose your pet based on its attitude.
Your dog needs to be patient, calm, and friendly to make a good companion for a kid.
Bulldogs are very patient and loving of children. They’re strong enough to take a good amount of rough play and keep coming back for more.
They can also be protective, a trait you’ll need to watch to make sure it stays healthy.
Retrievers are also great for kids because of their friendly nature and eagerness to please.
Think about how your children like to play. If they’re more outgoing and adventurous, choose a dog that can keep up with them.
What About Mutts?
Often the best canine companion for children isn’t a pure breed.
A mixed breed, or mutt, can make a great pet because the process of combining the genes of different species tends to mellow out the wildest traits of each individual breed.
There is evidence that mutts are healthier in some cases, as well.
Mutts are often easygoing and loyal. And they can have fun and unique coats and character traits that make them one of a kind.
Consider adopting a mixed breed dog to add to your family. Here are 5 reasons why adopting is a great option.
The Best Pet is a Loved Pet
Dogs and children brighten up any home.
And whichever breed you select, your pup will benefit from the pampering we provide. Whether your pet needs a grooming or an overnight stay, they will be comfortable and well taken care of.
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