The Perfect Dog for Families
There isn't a child in the world who hasn't dreamed of romping and playing with a dog. Dogs are a great way for children to learn how to share, how to play, how to care for others, and they provide kids with a constant source of unconditional love, typically when they need it the most. When it comes to choosing the right pet for your family, however, there are many things to consider including size, temperament, trainability, energy level, and health concerns.
Breeds that are considered good for families are playful – they aren't afraid of the rough-and-tumble manner in which children interact with them. They are patient and even-tempered, and have a reputation for enjoying the company of kids. It is important to remember, however, that many of these breeds are quite large and could accidentally hurt a child during play. Even the sweetest dog in the world could cause unintended injury should he fall onto or accidentally scratch a child. For that reason, dogs and kids should always be supervised by an adult while at play.
Family breeds come in many sizes, so it is important to take inventory of what you’re looking for in a pet before you begin a search for new family member. It is also critical to understand the specific needs of a breed before making an adoption commitment. Be sure to research a given breed's energy level and exercise needs, and be certain that your family can provide the right environment for the dog to thrive.
Given the prominence of allergies among children, parents should also be certain that no one in the family is allergic to dogs before settling on a breed. Once you’ve narrowed your search to a particular dog, bring your children along to meet the dog, so that you can be sure that your kids make a connection with your potential new family member. To help you get started on your search, please browse the Family Dog Breed Center below.
List of Family Dogs