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Let’s take a look into many different breeds of dogs, weigh their plus’s and minus’s concerning how well they adapt to children, and see what we come up with as the five best dog breeds for children. This is open to a person’s experience with certain breeds and by no means is meant to belittle any particular breed, but is a simple look at historically what may well be the top five breeds of dog to consider if you want a dog and have children.
Best dog breeds for children
Our list of the best dog breeds for children include the Beagle, Boxer, Boston Terrier, Bloodhound, Foxhound, Bulldog, Brittany Spaniel, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Mastiff, English Setter, Coonhound, Irish Setter, Pugs, Newfoundland, Vizsla, Siberian Husky, Standard Poodles, and Keeshond.
On the contrary, some of the breeds to avoid or to be very careful about bringing into a home with children include Dobermans who are very dominant and may look at a child as inferior. The same can be said for the Malamutes, Rottweiler, Rhodesian Ridgeback, and Pit Bull who is either very lovable with children and adults or can be quite nasty depending on their linage and how well they have been socialized and trained. The Mini Pinschers, Pekinese, Dachshunds, and Chihuahuas are intolerant by nature, and can be very hostile towards infants and kids under the age of six years old. Dalmatians are easily excitable dogs and can easily jump on kids knocking them down. Chow Chows can be unfriendly with children due to the fact this breed normally accepts only one person for bonding with, usually an adult in the family.
Our last list contains those breeds that can make the best dog breeds for children with a few caveats. First they absolutely must come from a breeder who has socialized the parents of the puppies, the puppies need to have been exposed to children and socialization begun, and strict obedience training is require for these breeds so they know what is acceptable behavior and what is not. The Great Dane, Irish Wolfhound, Collie, Akita, German Shepard, Saint Bernard, and Old English Sheepdog.
Understand all the above breeds can make great dogs but some just have a natural instinct that dictates they be very well trained in you have children in your home. Also be very aware that ANY dog can kill, so proper socialization and training of both child and dog, and close supervision on your part is a necessity.
So in our opinion, the best dog breeds for children are the Labrador Retriever, Beagle, Basset Hound, Golden Retriever, and Bulldog. Often the best choice is going to be dictated by how old your kids are, how large your home is, and is the dog going to be kept inside or in a pen.
How do you feel about this list? Comments are welcome as always in the space below.