When selecting a family pet, it’s important to choose the safest dog for children as well as the cutest, most lovable and friendliest one. Some breeds of dogs are not safe for children because they are known for their aggressive, and sometimes violent behavior.
Dogs that are ideal for families with children are breeds that are smart and have a medium energy level rather than a boisterous temperament. Larger dogs are usually not a good choice for families with toddlers, because a larger dog may pose a danger to smaller tots.
There are several breeds recommended by breeders and veterinarians for families with children. They include some of the best known breeds as well as lesser known ones. The list includes Collies, Boxers, Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Bichon Frise, English Bulldog, Beagles, and German Shepherds.
Collies are attentive and friendly dogs that are safe for kids of all ages. They are easy to train and easily adapt to being around children. Collies have a medium energy level and don’t require a lot of exercise. If the children don’t pay attention to them at times, they don’t resent being ignored and won’t act up and cause a fuss.
Boxers are a friendly dog breed that is not aggressive and enjoys being around children. Boxers usually need a fair amount of exercise, so they fit better into families with older children or teenagers.
Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers are intelligent and friendly dogs that are suitable for families with children of any age. Both breeds have a high energy level that is ideal for families with older children, but they can easily adapt to a family with toddlers. Both the Lab and the Golden are very affectionate and protective of their family.
The Bichon Frise is a small sized dog that makes a great companion for children. These dogs don’t require much exercise and behave well around babies and toddlers.
The English Bulldog is a medium sized dog that is ideal for families with children. Bulldogs are easy to train and are known for their friendly, happy personalities. They love to play with kids. They are intelligent and affectionate.
Beagles are gentle and affectionate dogs that are safe for families with children of all ages. Beagles are known to be stubborn dogs but if they are trained properly they become faithful companions to the whole family.
German Shepherds are large dogs but are easily trained and will make great companions for kids. They are loyal, playful, and very protective of the entire family.
No matter which breed of dog you eventually choose for your family, your children will have to be taught how to play with dogs and how to properly treat a pet.