In 2015 there were around 77.8 million pet dogs in homes across America, with this number expected to rise. But adopting a dog is a huge commitment as they instantly become a member of the family. It’s a decision that requires lots of research, especially with children at home.
Some dog breeds are not at all suitable to be around kids. It can be part of some dogs’ nature to be nervous, aggressive, or they simply prefer quieter surroundings.
Character Traits to Look Out For
If you want a new family dog, here are some of the qualities you need to be looking for:
- Children aren’t always as gentle as they should be with pets, so you need to choose a dog that is patient and resilient, for both your child’s safety and your dog’s happiness.
- Look for dogs with plenty of energy as they'll need to keep up with the kids without getting tired out too soon or irritated.
- Friendliness of course can vary from dog to dog. So, choose one that has a warm and open character.
Now you need to think about which breed would suit your family. Character traits can vary considerably across the different breeds. If there are young children at home, you need to choose a family-friendly dog who will be tolerant and patient with them as they adjust to learning how to care for their pet. Here are the top five child friendly dog breeds:
1. Golden Retriever
A hugely popular family dog, the Golden Retriever is intelligent, calm, easy to train, and friendly. They are also very energetic and need lots of exercise. They bond quickly with all members of the family and are one of the most friendly and sociable breeds.
2. Labrador Retriever
A very popular and adaptable breed, Labradors tend to be playful, friendly, gentle and patient. Very intelligent and great fun to have in the family.
3. Basset Hound
The Basset Hound is a popular family pet. A slow-paced hunting dog, they can be quite lazy, so are not going to be interested in chasing after young children. But they are extremely loyal and incredibly loving and gentle dogs.
A wonderfully sociable breed, the Boxer really loves to be around people and enjoys playing with children. They are very energetic, enthusiastic and can be a little hyperactive when young. Bursting with energy, they do need a fair amount of exercise and training.
5. Shih Tzu
Shih Tzus are very friendly and affectionate. They don't need a huge amount of exercise, but they are easy going dogs who enjoy home comforts and being close to the family.
Once you’ve found the right dog for your family, you will be rewarded with so much pleasure for years to come.