A family is incomplete without a dog. However, there are many factors to consider while ensuring the safety of your kids. Statistics show that around 70% of dog bite victims are children, and 61% of these bites take place at home or in another familiar place. Many of these accidents can be prevented if you understand the temperament, size and the level of energy of the dog.
So which dogs are the best for kids?
Here are our favorite family-friendly breeds to guide you!
Pugs love human companionship, making them the perfect breed for kids. They are sturdy and compact, and known as the clowns of the canine world because they love to show off. Originally bred to be a lap dog, the Pug is one of the most kid-friendly dogs there is.
Boxers are energetic and affectionate. And most importantly, they love children! They are playful and love being fondled. Being a people-oriented breed, they prefer to have their owners close by and require plenty of exercises and playful interaction.
Don’t be intimidated by the Mastiff’s giant size. They are good-natured and love being around people! This breed is perfect as a family pet as it is gentle with children. They are also loyal and protective creatures who will knock an intruder to the ground if they feel the owners are being threatened.
4. Old English Sheepdog
The Old English Sheepdog is affectionate and loving, especially towards kids. Predominantly a working dog it has an instinct to herd its family, which might not be so bad if the kiddos are being mischievous. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the breed is athletic filled with clownish energy.
5. Labrador Retriever
Labrador Retrievers are another popular breed that’s eager to please. They’re bouncy and enjoy playing with family members. If you have a hyperactive child who just won’t go to bed on time, consider this playful and athletic breed. They both will be worn out just in time for bed!
Dalmatians love playing with people. The spotted Dalmatian would be a great addition to any family. Remember “101 Dalmatians”? They are energetic and love running around with the by day, and snuggling by night. It’s an added bonus if you’re a horse-loving family – the Dalmatian has a symbiotic relationship with horses.
7. Dogue de Bordeaux
The Dogue de Bordeaux is also known as the French Mastiff. They are extremely affectionate, making them an ideal breed for kids. If you don’t mind its drooling nature the Dogue de Bordeaux has a calm temperament and is very loyal to its owners. Although gentle with kids the breed is excessively protective of its family and owners.
8. Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever is another popular dog breed ideal for kids and any family. They are very active, energetic and friendly, and are very popular in the United States. This breed is very intelligent and always eager to please. They love playing with kids making them perfect pets for your growing family. The “Buddy” franchise movies keep Golden Retrievers a popular choice among families.
9. American Staffordshire Terrier
The American Staffordshire Terrier is an extremely loyal breed that would make an ideal pet for your family. In the 21st century, the Staffordshire Terrier was the number one family dog in the country and became the poster dog for WWI. Pete from the “Little Rascals” short movies was an American Staffordshire Terrier.
These guys are big, but don’t let their size stop you from adopting one. These gentle giants make wonderful family dogs. They love playing with kids pulling them around in a sled on the snow. Remember Nana from “Peter Pan”? He was a Newfoundland.
And let’s not forget about mixed breeds! These unique dogs are a great addition to your family. Don’t forget to apply the temperament, size and energy level guidelines when picking a mutt for families and kids. It’ll be safer for your kids and the dog!
It’s an exciting time for kids when opting for a pet. Always meet the dog and ask the breeder or shelter a few questions before making the decision to bring the dog home. After all, the safety of your kids and the dog is your responsibility!
About the Author:
Jonathan Carter is passionate about dogs. He writes from anything between how to train your canine pet, which breeds to keep to rehabilitating a problem dog. You can find his articles on Digital TV Bundles blog.