Best Dog Breeds for Kids

If you have a family that’s been considering adopting a pet, then you probably understand the importance of finding one that will be the right fit.

Although all of our dogs at The Barking Lot dog boarding facility are loyal, kind, loving and amazing in their very own way, some may be better suited for an environment where children are present than others.

Let’s take a brief look at some of the best dog breeds out there for kids.

Consider Your Lifestyle

Before choosing a pet, first take time to consider your family’s lifestyle. You may have active kids who love to run, jump and play outdoors. Some pets that might match your level of enthusiasm are Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Boxers, Weimaraners, Bichons, Collies, Vizslas, Irish Setters and Beagles.

But on the other hand, if you and your children lead a more mellow existence, then pups like standard poodles, Bull Terriers, Bulldogs, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and the Newfoundland might be more your speed.

Then, there are breeds that just don’t do well with kids altogether. It’s not that they don’t get along with humans, it’s just that these dogs aren’t really fond of rough play, having their tails pulled or being ridden like horses. Unless they’ve have been raised around young children, try to avoid adopting breeds such as Alaskan Malamutes, Australian Shepherds, Chihuahuas, Bullmastiffs, English Toy Spaniels, Greyhounds, Rottweilers, Chow Chows and Shih Tzus.

Routine Care

Keep in mind that while all dogs require grooming and maintenance on a regular basis, there are some breeds that need a little extra TLC.

Dogs like the Bishon Frise have a coat made of hair and will mat if it’s not kept groomed. With its long, flowing locks, the Afghan Hound requires lots of bathing and brushing to maintain them, while the Portuguese Water Dog has a coat that seems never seems to stop growing. It’s important to brush trim and bathe this pooch routinely.

Personality

This is something that often gets overlooked when it comes to choosing a pet. Experts suggest making your dog’s adoption a family affair. Each family member should have the chance to meet the dog you’re considering to help decide whether he or she would be a good fit for everyone. If you have an active family then an energetic dog like the Golden Retriever might be the best choice. But if you tend to be more laid back, you want a pet like the French Bulldog, who has a similar temperament.

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