What is the best dog breed for kids?
Simple enough question, the thing to keep in mind is that each dog has its own unique personality. They have likes along with dislikes, some have a rough past that could make them more nervous around children or people in general, and some are little puppies that still need training to not playfully nip. Then you have the dogs that have grown up with a family and for some reason or another couldn’t remain with them and you never have any difficulties with.
It depends on not only the breed but the dog himself.
Another thing to consider when choosing your family pet is your child’s or children’s ages and personalities.
Are the younger and prone to being knocked over easily? Would they need a dog that is very tolerant and doesn’t mind a ton of attention? Are they very active or more interested in lounging around (We have a Husky who is great for my son with ADHD but is a bit too active for my toddler, and a bit too loud for my newborn to want much to do with).
A third consideration is what kind of space do you have?
Do you have a large yard where your new fur friend can run around freely and get as much exercise as he may need? If you don’t have a yard then maybe a smaller or more “potato-couch” dog (ever see a bulldog want to run for more than a few minutes? Me either.) is better suited for your lifestyle. Also, do you own your home and willing to make repairs if need be, or are you a renter and need to clear it with your landlord prior?
I’m just going to go ahead and get this beauty out of the way because I’m sure every “Great Dog for Kids” list has a golden retriever on it and for good reason.
This breed is EXCELLENT with children and has a gentle demeanor to them. While gentle they typically are not big fans of barking, this combo makes them a good go to even if you have smaller children at home. This paired with the fact that this breed was originally intended to retrieve birds and waterfowl while hunting, means that they can play fetch all day.
A downfall to the breed is that if you are looking for a pup that will also be protective then this is not the breed for you, they are exceptionally friendly and odds are an intruder would be welcomed with a wagging tail and the hope of a belly rub.
Another potential short coming for the breed is the health issues they may develop. Retrievers are prone to hip displacement, cancer, and heart disease. If kept healthy the average life span is about 10 to 12 years.
The pug is an adorable squish faced smiling fiend who could steal anyone’s heart. While the breed can be both stubborn and charming, one thing is for certain is that they LOVE to play. These dogs ancestors were also bread to be people persons (people dogs?) and can be seen in art dating back centuries and are said to be rooted back to 400 B.C. so the love of their families is in their blood.
Pugs do tend to live to be about 12 to 15 years old if cared for properly, however, due to their flat muzzle they are very likely to develop respiratory infections and have a loud snore. Pugs also gain weight very easily and to combat even more health problems should be kept at a normal BMI. I would like to note that these cuties also can have a bit of separation anxiety which can lead to household damage if left alone for too long.
Pit Bull Terrier
There are many versions of what is considered a “pit bull” and the name is a rather umbrella term. While this breed has a tough reputation, it is being turned around.
At one point the pit-bull was considered a “nanny dog” due to their affection towards their families, their sheer goofiness, and almost need of making their loved one happy and their high pain tolerance (so they could handle an accidental ear tug). The breed is also typically a cheery one and even tends to look as if he is smiling.
A con to the pit-bull is that they are a very muscular dog which means that they could knock over a child when running about or playing. This breed is also intelligent and needs jobs to do so that they don’t get bored and decide to eat your couch (first-hand experience). The love a pit has for his family is also very strong, so if you do not intent to second him as a guard dog then you want to be sure to socialize him with other people, cats, and dogs from an early age. The breeds life span varies from 8 to 15 years.
The boxer is known as the clown of the dog world. They live for about 10 – 12 years and are fairly playful for the duration of their lifetime. The breed is a gentle giant that has the energy to keep up with the most active children and can enjoy a movie night on the couch with them as well. Boxers also serve well as a home protector if one was needed.
Boxers are fairly high maintenance when it comes to their climate due to their short fur, crappy for cold weather, and short muzzle sucks for hot humid weather. The breed does have a hunting background so he is probably more suitable for a family with children about 12 and up and benefits from firmer training so as not to try and hunt everything. Lastly, unless you have been a fan of the recently popular slime, you will have to invest in some drool towels…a lot of them.
This breed started had its beginning in the 1980s and has been gaining popularity since. The breed is fairly sturdy against health issues due to being newer and a mix of two breeds, but are prone to blindness. They were bred to not have aggression (again I would like to make the point that all dogs are different) are joyful, playful, energetic, and eager to please. Another massive plus is that they are hypo-allergenic and great for kids with allergies if this is the case be sure to ask the breeder if your future pup is an F3 generation as an F1 (Labrador and poodle mixed) may still shed.
Due to this being a “new breed” they may be refined and quiet like their poodle side or they could be rowdy like the lab, so there really is no typical temperament unless its the similarities of the two breeds they are composed of.
There you have it the picks that other moms have raved about and their reasons why.
Again there are so many things to consider before bringing your fur baby home and each one has his or her own personality. With love, training, and a good home then you’ll have odds of an amazing dog.