It’s a well known fact that dogs and kids are cute. Too cute in fact. But when they’re together? OMG.
Cute factor aside, research suggests that having a family pet actually benefits your child’s development by teaching our little monsters about empathy, sharing, caring for others and taking responsibility for actions.
Scientists in Finland have even proved that dogs make babies healthier by decreasing their risk of allergies.
If you’re looking to add a pooch to your clan, follow read our guide below to our top 11 dogs for kids:
A mixed breed dog can match the energy levels of your family easily, are more robust and often come with less health issues. Consider going to your local dog rescue shelter and choose a lovely little guy who’s possibly not had the best start in life and is waiting to be loved by a family.
A well-known good-natured dog with high energy levels! They are intelligent and remember training easily. This can mean that their habits are hard to break and can be known for their stubbornness.
They are very loyal and quiet; only usually barking when provoked. They form very close bonds with children, but are prone to suffer from separation anxiety.
Boxer dogs require minimal grooming and love to play around (they’ll keep a toddler entertained for hours!). Due to their muscular, sometimes imposing appearance they can act as a deterrent.
A misunderstood breed due to bad media perception, there’s a reason why these friendly fellas were initially called the ‘nanny dogs’. Staffordshire bull terriers may look imposing and confident, but they will very rarely show aggression unless provoked. They have very high energy levels and make excellent, loyal members of the family.
Beagles are friendly with everyone. They are a good size if you live in an apartment and shed little fur. When taken on walks it is advisable Beagles are kept on leads because they have a tendency to run off!
An incredibly loyal dog, the Collie is also super intelligent (think T.V. show Lassie). They shed a fair amount and require regular grooming. Don’t be alarmed if a Collie dog tries to herd your children – they have a strong working instinct!
4. Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever is a very family-orientated dog and are very friendly to all. They shed a lot of hair and require daily grooming otherwise they will have a distinct doggy smell!
These giants are calm and usually relatively quiet. They are known for their gentle, tactile nature and will often sit on your feet or lap! Newfoundlands shed a lot of hair and drool, males are known for their stubbornness.
2. Labrador Retriever
Labrador Retrievers are a very cheerful and fun dog. They are athletic and love long walks. Be aware that they take a long time to mature, often up to several years, and can prove hard to train as a result of their puppy ways.
Whether you think they’re ugly or cute, the bulldog is often regarded as a perfect family pet. They are strong and can take a lot of rough-and-tumble play from toddlers! They are a quiet, courageous breed that respond well to persistent training. They love to sleep and only need short walks, however, they are incredibly stubborn and won’t do anything they don’t want to!
What dogs did you have in your family when growing up? Leave them in the comments below!