When making the decision to get a family pet, there are dog people and cat persons, some who like both, and others simply choose to get a hamster or a tank full of tropical fish. If you’ve already made the decision a dog is best for you and your family, what are some of the best breeds to get for you and your kids? Here are the Top 10 Dog Breeds Your Kids Will Love as Much As You:
Before we look at the top 10, it’s worth mentioning some canines that aren’t so great with children. For example, certain breeds of terriers (sometimes nicknamed little terrorists) may not get along with kids as well as others. They can be “bossy,” independent and may not have the patience to deal with curious toddlers or small children.
Not to say that all smaller dogs or terriers wouldn’t make a good companion animal for children, sometimes larger breeds are simply more durable than others when it comes to toddlers and active kids.
Remember to consider the size of your home and yard when choosing your dog. If you live in an apartment, you and your family might be better off with a smaller animal like pug. Those with a bigger backyard could better maintain the high-energy levels of a retriever.
The Best Dogs for Children
Here’s the top ten list of bets family dog breeds, according to the American Kennel Club, that come in all shapes and sizes:
#1. Labrador Retriever
Labrador Retrievers are loyal and friendly, they have the energy to keep up with growing kids.
Bulldogs are calm and happy dogs who can often be amusing.
#3. Golden Retriever
This intelligent, devoted dog is gentle and friendly.
Beagles are a happy-go-lucky dog and a calm, affectionate companion.
As well as being adorable, pugs are playful, friendly and mischievous.
#6. Irish Setter
Irish Setters are active, easily trained, outgoing and good natured.
#7. Brussels Griffon
This lesser-known breed is curious, loyal and playful.
Patient with kids, this gentle giant is a great playmate.
#9. French Bulldog
Another playful and docile dog.
Remember Lassie? Devoted to the end.
Even though terriers may not be the best choice for a family, don’t discount these breeds altogether purely by their reputation. The same is true for other canines that have higher statistics for biting and attacking people.
We won’t get into the Pit Bull debate here, but it’s interesting that the number two spot belongs to a Bulldog and the French Bulldog also makes the cut in the AKC top ten.
Poor training, dogs specifically bred for fighting and other attributes have lead to a bad name for some really great dogs.
Proper Training is Crucial
When the Pit Bull splashed across headlines for a seemingly bad disposition, other canines were also improperly labeled as “bad dogs,” also partially due to media exposure. Take these three noble breeds who make great family pets:
- Doberman Pinschers
- German Shepherds
You may have seen or read that these dogs are vicious, snarling, animals meant to intimate intruders and sometimes attack without provocation. What some potential pet owners may not realize is these dogs are mostly strong-willed, but they’re also very intelligent, extremely loyal and make excellent pets when trained properly.
Proper training is absolutely essential regardless of what breed you choose to be your family pet. Be sure to do your research and understand what you’re getting yourself into before adopting an animal.
Just like your kids, they need discipline, continuous care and attention to grow into the best animal they can be for you and your family.
Over to you now. Do you have a dog in the top ten list? Or if not, what breed of dog do you have? Tell us about it in the comments below.