5 Dog Breeds That Are Great With Children
When selecting a dog to grow up with your children, there are many breeds from which to choose. You'll want a dog that won't (1) play too rough with toddlers, (2) be too aggressive, (3) experience major health issues, and (4) are easy to clean up after. You might also consider a breed that will make a good guard dog. Dogs will help teach children responsibility while providing excellent companionship. Here, we outline five favorites for your consideration.
- English Bull Dogs: Loyal, courageous, affectionate and gentle, too, despite his mildly fearsome appearance, this breed makes an excellent guard dog as well as an indoor pet. Bull dogs begin as energetic pups that grow calmer as they age. Average height of this breed is between 12 and 16 inches with weight averaging around 50 to 55 pounds, just the right size for a child's pet. Just don't let the Bull Dog come to believe he's the leader of the pack or he could become aggressive.
- Beagle: The sweet, gentle, and affectionate Beagle loves to play as well as eat so monitor how much food he ingests and encourage lots of exercise (which is good for the kids, too). Regular activity will prevent this breed from becoming destructive, bark too much, become overly protective or obese. This breed doesn't drool, doesn't get too large, is an average shedder, and has few health concerns.
- Bichon Poodle: This sweet natured, lively ball of fluff doesn't shed or drool although it does inherit a few minor health concerns. The Bichon Frise requires frequent exercise but this will get the kids outdoors for some energetic play. This breed requires regular grooming to keep hair trimmed and prevent it from matting but it is most definitely kept indoors when not exercising. Get the kids involved in training the Bichon to prevent him from developing "Small Dog Syndrome" - behavior that would not be tolerated in a large breed such as constant yipping, nipping, fear of larger dogs, or obsessiveness.
- Collie: Remember Lassie? Collies are loyal, stable, faithful, and intelligent dogs that become protective under attack. Collies are easy to train, have a lifespan of 14 to 16 years, and are gentle with children as well as adults. A smallish breed, Collies average up to 26 inches in height and usually weigh between 50 to 70 pounds. Although it's a heavy shedder and require frequent brushing, Collies are very clean.
- Labrador Retriever: Labs are playful, protective, affectionate, and very energetic therefore require a sizeable backyard. Although the Lab is smart and has few major health concerns, they tend to get obese if not exercised regularly. This average shedder though has an average lifespan of only 11 years, give or take a year so consider its passing as one of those life lessons the children will need to deal with at a young age.
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