Pick The Perfect Dog Breed For Your Children













A dog can be a wonderful companion for a child. How many of us can say that we think back fondly to our childhood pets? A dog can offer a child companionship as well as hours of fun and playtime, and teach responsibility and love. But that doesn’t mean every family is ready for a dog, or that every dog is great for children. To make the best choice for your family, there are a few important things to consider.

This may sound like common sense, but I always make sure to add this disclaimer anyway: dogs are living things that need a lot from you! They are not just something to take care of or a tool for teaching life lessons; dogs are part of your family. They are a long-term commitment, often longer than 15 years. You should not get a dog for the sole purpose of using him to teach your children how to take care of him.

That brings us to my next point: dogs are a lot of  work. Even if you set care guidelines and decide who has to walk and clean up after the dog, be prepared to do the work yourself. If your child doesn’t do his part in taking care of the dog, you can’t just ignore the problem. It’s not fair to let the dog suffer from neglect because a child was not fully cognizant of the care needed. Before you get a dog, I recommend you think long and hard about whether you have the time, energy, and funds for taking care of an animal for the next 10+ years.

With that out of the way, you might have decided to bring a dog into your family after all. Congratulations! But now comes the hard part: picking the right dog breed. I firmly believe that there is a perfect home for every dog, but the truth is that not all dogs are well-suited for life with children. How do you know which one is the right one for your family?

That really depends on how old your kids are. If you have young children, you should consider getting a dog with a low-key, patient temperament. Young children can sometimes be very rough when playing with dogs and it’s important to get one who will be able to tolerate the rough-housing without losing his temper or biting. At the same time, the dog should be playful…but not so playful that he’ll cause injury to your child by accident. There are quite a few breeds that fit this description.

Golden retrievers, Pit Bulls, Dogos, Malamutes and Irish setters are particularly good with children due to their strong sense of loyalty. If you’re looking for a smaller dog, you might consider a schnauzer or a West Highland white terrier. These two breeds are a more petite package with some desirable qualities such as a calm temperament. Still not sure which breed is best for you? Call the Memphis Dog Coach.

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