If you and your children have decided to own a dog or puppy selecting a dog breed appropriate for your family will require some researching. Two key things to consider when researching dog breeds are size and energy level of the dog as these are big determinants if the breed will be a good match for your family’s lifestyle.
Kids like to play with dogs and sometimes they can be very rough with dogs. If this is the case you will need a dog with a passive temperament who won’t mind being pulled and squeezed. Considering the size of the dog is also important for the safety of your children as well as the dog. While there are some dog breeds that are very good with children these dogs sometimes happen to be larger breeds which may pose a problem especially with small children who may be accidentally stepped on or knocked over by a large dog.
Dogs that have high energy levels are also usually good with children but your family should know that these dogs will need physical activity on a regular basis; so although these dogs are good with playful older children, they are most suitable for a family with an active lifestyle. Dogs with high energy levels that do not receive the exercise they require may develop behavior problems such as excessive chewing and barking.
Selecting a dog breed that’s good with children but that is also compatible with your family’s lifestyle.
Here are some breeds that work well with families and kids:
Beagle: Good with kids. Approximate size: 40 to 59 lbs. Needs plenty of exercise but brisk daily walks do count as exercise. Beagles shed, so if you or a family member suffer from allergies, it is worth looking into other breeds that do well with kids.
Bassett Hound: Good with kids. Approximate size: 50 to 65 lbs. Gets along well with other dogs and pets. Minimal exercise needed.
Cocker Spaniel: Good with kids. Approximate size: 13 to 30 lbs. Regular exercise may be needed.
Dachshund: Good with kids. Approximate size: 16 to 32 lbs. Moderate exercise needed. They are medium shedders. Housebreaking can be difficult.
Golden Retriever: Good with kids. Approximate size: 65 to 75 lbs. Easy to train. Gets along well with other dogs and pets. Daily exercise needed. Loves to play with balls and other toys, which can serve as exercise
Labrador Retriever: Good with kids. Approximate size: 60 to 75 lbs. Requires daily exercise. Minimal grooming required.
Pug: Good with kids. Approximate size: 14 to 18 lbs. Will need exercise to prevent obesity as they tend to have a fat body; but do not do well with excessive heat exposure as they have a tendency to overheat. Sheds copious amounts, usually seasonally.
Shih Tzu: Great with kids. Small dog breed that loves to snuggle and is lazy in nature, does not need regular exercise, good for non-active families.
The bottom line is conduct extensive research when Selecting a Dog for your family with children because this is not an item you can return its a major responsibility and an addition to your family.