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Dog breeds for kids

While it is true that any dog breed can be trained to behave in a good way and not show aggressive behavior, there are some that tend to be calmer than others. Because of this, it is normal that parents with young children at home prefer to learn about the best dog breeds for kids before introducing a dog at home. We will take a look at some of these breeds, but first let’s clear what makes them ideal.

What features should a dog breed for kids have?

  • Not territorial: he accepts children invading his space without getting annoyed, such as his resting or eating zone. This comes in handy since it is inevitable, at some point, for kids to approach him at “inappropriate” moments.

 

  • Not dominant: he does not mind children taking his personal items, such as his toys or bed. Keep in mind that children naturally have a weak presence, so the dog must be trained in order to recognize the child above his hierarchy.

 

  • Patient and loving: he can tolerate the excessive activity of children and also enjoys cuddles and hugs. We’ve all seen videos on Youtube with babies and dogs cuddled, the latter putting up with all those impertinent slaps 🙂

 

  • Sociable and playful: he enjoys games and the company of children. Nothing better than seeing these two play; they enjoy the innocence of life in a more natural way than adults, so complicity is greater.

Which are the best breeds for kids?

Beagle

dog breeds for kids - BeagleImageDaniel Milford.


– Size: small – medium.

– Temperament: sweet, happy, not aggressive, intelligent, dynamic, likes playing with his master and children. Sensitive to loneliness.

– Energy level: high.

– Tolerance with children: very good.

– Activity: high. They need to walk daily. The hidden object games will provide mental stimulation.

– Destructiveness: medium.

– Suitable for: living in small apartments.

– Coexistence with other dogs: good.

– Breed diseases: back and vision diseases, prone to epilepsy.

Golden Retriever

dog breeds for kids - Golden Retriever


– Size: medium – large.

– Temperament: ideal for living in family. He´s friendly, patient and loving with children, easy to drive, not aggressive unless his owner is in danger. He accepts strangers and visitors, showing affection to them. Not fit for living isolated in a garden or spending many hours alone.

– Energy level: high.

– Tolerance with children: very good.

– Activity: needs to get out and be busy. He likes to perform the duties imposed on him and is an instinctive swimmer.

– Destructiveness: low.

– Suitable for: living in a small apartment as long as he keeps a daily exercise routine.

– Coexistence with other dogs: very good.

– Breed diseases: eye diseases such as cataracts when growing old.

Boxer

Boxer breedImage / “Bowi The Boxer”.


– Size: medium.

– Temperament: housekeeper, homely, happy, calm, balanced, loyal and a good companion for children.

– Energy level: high.

– Tolerance with children: very good.

– Activity: needs a good dose of daily exercise, playing, running alongside a bicycle.

– Destructiveness: medium.

– Suitable for: families that practice sport, preferably with children and living in a big house with a garden. He can adapt to small apartments provided he has daily walks.

– Coexistence with other dogs: medium.

– Breed diseases: prone to allergies, hip dysplasia and gastric torsion.

Airedale Terrier

dog breeds for kids - Airedale TerrierImage: “amonja”.


– Size: medium – large.

– Temperament: affectionate with children, loyal, family, smart, confident, good guardian and playful.

– Energy level: high.

– Tolerance with children: recommended for older children for this breed is somewhat brusque in games.

– Activity: needs exercise and taking walks.

 

 

– Destructiveness: medium high. Especially when they are left alone for many hours.

– Suitable for: living in a big house with a garden. He can accommodate to a small house as long as he maintains a good exercise schedule.

– Coexistence with other dogs: low tolerance.

– Breed diseases: tendency to heart and colon disease and gastric torsion.

English Springer Spaniel

English Springer Spaniel breedImage / “Hhoefling”.


– Size: medium.

– Temperament: affectionate with children, quiet, curious, sociable, brave, and with a low level of aggression.

– Energy level: medium – high.

– Tolerance with children: very good.

– Activity: likes to swim.

– Destructiveness: medium-low, especially when many hours alone.

– Not suitable for: watchdog.

– Coexistence with other dogs: good.

– Breed diseases: hip dysplasia and ears illness.

French Bulldog

French Bulldog breedImage / iwona_kellie.


– Size: small.

– Temperament: noble, calm and affectionate, very attached to people and captures every mood. Good guardian and protector.

– Energy level: medium.

– Tolerance with children: very good.

– Activity: needs a low dose of exercise.

– Destructiveness: he´s destructive when left alone for many hours.

– Suitable for: living in very large spaces.

– Coexistence with other dogs: good.

– Breed diseases: allergies and diseases related to his flattened nose.

Shih Tzu

dog breeds for kids - Shih Tzu


– Size: small.

– Temperament: intelligent, patient with children, funny, non-aggressive, active and dependent. Needs love and care from people. Remains alert when he hears noises or strangers trying to enter the house.

– Energy level: medium.

– Tolerance to children: good.

– Activity: needs exercise and walks should be short when in hot weather.

– Destructiveness: long periods of loneliness and lack of exercise may lead him to be destructive.

– Suitable for: living in small spaces.

– Coexistence with other dogs: good.

– Breed diseases: due to his long dorsum, one must remain alert to problems in this area, especially at old age. Must not be allowed to jump from the furniture to the floor.

Border Collie

Border Collie breed


– Size: medium.

– Temperament: cheerful, fun, sociable, playful and not aggressive, which makes him an excellent companion for children.

– Energy level: very high. Born to work and be active.

– Tolerance with children: very good.

– Activity: as a herding breed he needs daily exercise in outdoor spaces, otherwise he may get problems related to nervousness and hyperactivity.

– Destructiveness: medium high. When he´s got nothing to do he may become destructive.

– Suitable for: living in large spaces with garden while having many tours and excursions that satisfy his herding instinct. He may adapt to small houses as long as he maintains an exercise routine.

– Coexistence with other dogs: good.

– Breed diseases: hip dysplasia and vision problems.

Labrador Retriever

dog breeds for kids - Labrador Retriever


– Size: medium.

– Temperament: affectionate with children, stable character, faithful, gentle and easy to train. Attached to people and not aggressive.

– Energy level: high.

– Tolerance with kids: excellent.

– Activity: swimming is embedded in his instincts.

– Destructiveness: low.

– Not suitable for: spending many hours alone.

– Coexistence with other animals: loves to play with other dogs.

– Breed diseases: prone to hip dysplasia and elbow and vision problems.

Dogs and children

For children, a dog is an excellent opportunity to learn about:

  • Becoming aware of all the unconditional love, loyalty and generosity that dogs are able to give to their owner.
  • Learning the meaning of commitment and responsibility when spending their free time with them and giving them all the attention they need, especially in the first year of the puppy, when he´s learning the basic principles of coexistence.

 

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