If you have a couple of young kids and are thinking of introducing a dog into the family, there is much to consider. The best solution is to get a puppy, as the dog is much easier to train, and not only that, he will regard the children as members of his pack and with therefore protect them. While each dog has its own unique personality, some breeds are more suitable for young children than others, and here are a few such breeds that are suitable as a family pet.
- Golden Retriever – Without doubt the most popular family breed, the Golden Retriever has the ideal temperament for living around young children, and if you get a puppy, he will quickly bond with all family members. Remember to take out some form of pet insurance for your new pet, which will cover you for some of the medical expenses, and there will be costs.
- Labrador – Similar to the Golden Retriever, the Labrador is a very faithful type, and although he requires a lot of exercise, a short haired Labrador is low maintenance. Rather than going to a breeder, why not visit your local dog rescue facility and give a dog a second chance at a forever home?
- Beagle – This medium size dog is an ideal family pet, as it has a gentle and friendly disposition and is very easy to train. The Beagle was originally bred for hunting and is at his happiest when out on the trail.
- The Newfoundland – Everyone loves this gentle giant, which is a very protective dog, making him ideal as a family pet. He is one of the most intelligent breeds and really loves to socialise and is best as an indoor dog that does needs lots of exercise. This breed drools a little, but his gentle loving nature is something that more than makes up for this.
- Irish Setter – Red in colour, this large breed loves children and will always want to be in your company, so this is not a dog you can leave on his own for long periods. Playful and attentive, the Irish Setter needs lots of exercise, and if you have energetic children, the Irish Setter is the ideal companion.
Understanding Energy Levels
It is important to choose a breed with an energy level similar to yours, so if you are an outdoor type who lives in the country, a high energy breed would be ideal, but if you prefer the quiet indoors, a small dog that requires little exercise would be more suitable.
You should consider taking a dog from a rescue facility, as there are many dogs that have been abandoned, and while the above breeds are great family pets, a mixed breed dog can also work out just fine. If you adopt a dog from a shelter, you are giving him a second chance at finding a forever home, and every dog deserves such an opportunity.