So you are thinking it’s time to add a dog to your young family? You want to make sure you are considering all aspects of a breed, how much space and exercise it will need and how it will tolerate kids. Here are some dog breeds that are great for families.
Bulldogs are sturdy. They can take anything that rambunctious kids throw at them and they’re not very energetic. This means he will put up with a lot. They’re also not picky about where they live, so both small apartments and large houses are ok for them. A bulldog is always ready to go for walks, but is just as content to chill inside sometimes.
Beagles are energetic and friendly. Like the bulldog, they are also sturdy and mostly child-proof. Chances are good your kids will wear out before they do. Beagles do have a famous howl that can be trained, but it’s really not too bad. These dogs can run and run so if you have energetic kids, a beagle will make them a great companion.
Bull terriers are quite intelligent, energetic and friendly dogs that can take a lot of roughhousing while remaining calm. While it’s good to show your kids how to interact with a dog, specifically what not to do like pull on his ears, bull terriers will stay pretty chill. They’re a good choice for large families because they don’t mind a crowd. They will remember their family and be protective if they feel you or your children are in danger.
While its long coat can be high maintenance, its tendency to herd your children is pretty useful! Collies are people pleasers. They love nothing more than to make their humans happy. A dog that is easy to train is important to a new family because I’m sure you’re already plenty busy with other kinds of training (potty).
Newfoundland dogs have a natural love of children. This is probably why it has been dubbed “Nature’s Nannies.” They’re large and sweet and are one of those dogs that is crazy excited to see you when you get home. Mostly because she wants to check on your little one. While they can drool and shed a lot, they’re commitment to your family will make it easy to ignore those “cons”.
Originally a middle-European hunting dog, and little known outside of its native Hungary, the Vizsla is gentle, loyal, quiet and affectionate. It does require a lot of— not a problem if you have energetic children. Still, it prefers to spend a lot of time indoors with its family, and is very eager to learn and show off. If you want to teach your children by teaching them to train dogs, then this breed is a good choice.
Irish setters are a better choice for families with yards because of their energy. They are wonderful with children because they are playful and energetic. A word of warning, though — their life spans are among the shorter ones for larger breeds, so you should only choose an Irish Setter if you want to teach those inevitable life lessons while your children are in middle school. Twelve years is considered old age for the breed, and few make it to fifteen.
The standardis a good family dog. Miniature poodles tend to be very high strung and not nearly as suitable for families with children. Standard poodles are smart and gentle, and are good for children with allergies because their curly coat does not shed much at all. Poodles are good-natured and make excellent playmates for children!
Labs are a very popular breed and one of the more popular breeds for service dogs. For a family, there’s hardly a better choice. Labradors love to please their masters. They love being playful, protective, loving, and reliable. There’s nothing that a lab loves more than to show off by learning a new trick.
Goldens are almost everything a Labrador is, except with a much shorter life span then the Irish Setter — twelve years at the most, but ten is more likely. Their main asset is extreme patience, useful around children, as well as their high energy. Frequently used as service dogs, they were originally bred as gun dogs and are avid swimmers.
Best choice: go to your local shelter, and consider rescuing a mixed breed dog. In fact, consider a mixed breed in any case. Look for a dog that matches the energy level of your family, keeping one thing in mind — mid size and larger dogs are great for families, while small breeds are not. If you have children, avoid Chihuahuas or Yorkies or anything you could pick up with one hand; look at terriers, retrievers, or other bigger dogs. In general, if you’re not afraid of injuring it by stepping on it, then it’s probably durable enough for children. I don’t suggest bringing your children to a shelter or pound to pick out a dog because for one, they’ll want to bring them all home! Also, you need to interact with the dog in a way that tests it. Gently pull its ears and play a little rough. Better it nips at you and not your kids after you’ve already brought it home.
Dogs are an important part of every household. What kind do you have? What about him or her makes for a good family housemate?