Whether you have a young child who dearly wants a dog or are a couple with a child on the way, you’ll want a dog that will go great with your family. While ultimately any dog can become a beloved family pet, not all breeds are created the same. Below is a brief list of ten of the top dog breeds for kids.
The beagle is known for its energetic nature. If you have kids with bundles of energy and you like to entertain, your beagle will fit right in. This breed is good-natured, loyal, and friendly. Be aware, though, that it will not do so well if left alone all day.
Basset hounds, similar to beagles, are great with kids and have comical and loving personalities. They are easy-going but are also protective, playful, and loyal. They do come with challenges such as shedding, drooling, and potential back issues, however. If you want a dog with personality and vocal cords, this is the family dog for you.
Cocker spaniels are medium-sized dogs with floppy, wavy-haired ears that are sweet and playful. They are also highly intelligent and easy to train, a big plus for families. Be careful not to tease it overmuch, however, since cocker spaniels won’t take it well.
The labrador retriever is one of the quintessential family dog breeds. Friendly, docile, and reliable, these dogs make for great playmates. They are excellent for if your family is looking for a larger dog breed as well.
Similarly, the golden retriever is well-known for its friendly nature. It might not make the best guard dog, but it is gentle around children, indifferent to a child’s tugging hands, and easy to train.
The boxer is one dog breed that loves children and is both a friendly family pet and a reliable guard dog. However, one should be aware of the health issues related to squish-nosed dogs.
Bulldogs, French bulldogs, pugs, and related species are also excellent dog breeds for kids. While their short noses do lend to potential health issues, they nevertheless are big on personality and playfulness.
If you are looking for a hypoallergenic dog, a poodle is the closest match. Poodles are very smart, easy to train, and come in varying sizes and colors.
The famous “Lassie” dog is a regal breed, with a thick mane of rough or smooth fur. If you are looking to have a dog that is smart, easy to train, protective, and loves children, this could be your choice.
Lastly, you could also choose a mutt. Mixed-breed dogs can be healthier than purebreds and combine several desirable qualities.
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