Dogs are great companions for kids. Not only does a dog prove to be a great friend, but it also inculcates feelings of loyalty, love, sharing and friendship in a child. However, not all dogs are considered child friendly. Certain canine features such as friendliness, docility and playfulness, which are dominant in some dog breeds, charm kids enormously and are perfect for them. If you want to get a dog for your child, here are top 10 breeds which can be good addition to your house in more than one ways.
Pugs are some of the cutest and the most adorable dogs. Very friendly, lovable, social, playful and obedient, pugs are apt company for kids. Pugs are not ferocious. Also, they can be trained pretty easily. These cute dogs have a very charming character trait. They endlessly follow their owners around. They love cuddling in your lap, wagging their tails at your feet and following you everywhere you go. Kids love this endearing trait and fall instantly in love with pugs.
9. Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers are perfect family dogs and are very happy in families which have kids. They are known to be very patient with children, which is a huge point in its favor. Retrievers are gentle, calm and not aggressive. The good thing about these friendly dogs is that they love games. So, kids can have great fun playing ball and running around with their Retrievers. The breed is smart and very intelligent. The most endearing character about these dogs is that they love to please their owner and give them all their attention. With a Golden Retriever, you will never have a dull moment at home.
8. Bull Dog
Although Bull Dogs look ferocious and aggressive, they are in fact very loyal, friendly and docile. They get along very well with adults and kids alike. If you have other dogs at home, Bull Dogs mingle with them and form an instant bond. The best thing about Bull Dogs is that they are very adjusting. They are as comfortable in a huge house as they are in a congested apartment. However, they are low on energy levels and do not play as eagerly as the Retrievers do. Nevertheless, for kids who are not the “outdoor” kind, Bull Dogs are the best choice.
Huge and beautiful, Collies are of most gentle among various dog breeds. If you have not had a pet dog before, you should begin with a Collie. They are rarely known to bite or get aggressive. They are very easily manageable and very caring towards children, perhaps because they are traditionally herding dogs. They also possess a strong protective instinct. So, you can relax when you child is with a Collie because your child is sure to be well taken care of.
Beagles are great with kids. They are very playful and develop an instant bond with children. They also get along well with other dogs. Beagles are “low maintenance” dogs. Their coats are very easy to take care of. These cute dogs are known to maintain high personal hygiene, which is a strongest point in their favor. They have a strong in built stamina as well. They love to play but do not demand a lot of exercise. However, regular exercise is recommended because beagles can put on weight very quickly.
Labradors are great for kids because they are very balanced, versatile and loyal. They are also very protective about their owners. So, if you send your kid for a walk with a Labrador, you can be assured that it will bring your child back home safely. Labs love to spend time outdoors. They are smart and easy to train. The strongest point in favor of these friendly dogs is their intelligence. They are very sharp, attentive and love to learn new things. They love children as well.
4. The Poodle
Poodles are very gentle and equally smart. They love being groomed and take well to getting new hair dos and haircuts. The best feature about Poodles is that they do not shed a lot of hair. If you groom the dog regularly, you will not find stray fur spread around your home. This makes the dog perfect for kids who suffer allergies. The temperament of poodles is another strong point in its favor. They are patient, good natured and love to play with kids.
3. Irish Setter
If your kid brims with restless energy, Irish Setters can be a great source of outlet for them. These friendly dogs love activity. They enjoy running around and seem to have infinite energy. They can be well trained as well. However, Irish Setters do not feel very uncomfortable in small apartments. But if you have a yard, this is a great dog to bring home for your kid. They adapt well to kids and are known to be caring.
2. Bernese Mountain Dog
When it comes to dogs, you should not judge them by their size. Take for instance, the Bernese Mountain Dog. Although gigantic, it is known to be very gentle. Children love the cheerful demeanor of these lovely dogs and take an instant liking towards them. These dogs are over friendly and lovingly wag their tails at strangers as well. Bernese dogs are very intelligent, pick up tricks easily and are great companions for your child.
1. The Newfoundland
Newfoundland is another example of why size should not be the yardstick to measure a dog’s suitability for kids. These dogs are massive but behind their size and fur is a very gentle, kind and loving dog. You will not hear a Newfoundland barking incessantly. In fact, they rarely make a lot of noise. But they are very smart and have very sharp senses. They can sense threats and their protective nature gets them alert instantly. God help those who try to harm a Newfoundland’s owner because these dogs are very serious about protecting their owner. Newfoundland dogs are exceptionally good with kids of all ages.