Everyone loves dogs, right? Well, although your children may be pestering you to adopt a puppy, it’s important to remember that not every kind of dog loves kids. Some breeds of dogs can be aggressive in general, and some may not think kindly of children who aren’t always particularly delicate when handling them.
So if you’re considering getting a family dog, it’s important to research, and think very carefully about which breed to get. You want a dog that your kids will love of course, but your dog needs to love them back.
Here are a few ideas to get your research started:
Why consider an Australian Shepherd? Well, these dogs are very much people dogs. Hugely friendly in fact. They really want to be (and stay) part of the family, and be involved in everything you do. Plus they could quite happily fetch, retrieve, fetch, retrieve, fetch, retrieve a ball all day! In fact, your kids might get bored of the activity before your dog does.
Teddy Bear Shichon
Do little dogs any cuter? Search Google for pictures and I’m sure you’ll agree they don’t! And just like any dog, you can bring it into your fold as a baby, or perhaps when it’s older. So if you are looking for little puppies online do a special search for Teddy Bear Shichons. Deal?
Bernese Mountain Dog
This type of dog is much larger than the others we’ve listed. But if you’ve got the space, and your kids aren’t scared of such a big animal, then give it some serious thought. And don’t worry about its size. Bernese Mountain dogs are surprisingly docile and easy going.
This small dog can be particularly easy to take care of. They’re tough, love having fun, but also have huge amounts of personality. It’s also been said they don’t need much exercise, but you may want to research that further. Don’t let it be an excuse not to take your dog on walks.
First things first, Jack Russells often have so much energy they don’t know what to do with it! To say they have personality is putting it mildly. They come in long haired and short haired varieties. The longer haired varieties can often have quite a scruffy look, while the short haired breed is much sleeker. And they often have their tails snipped to just a few inches. At full length, it’s around a foot.
Jack Russells can sometimes be aggressive against other dogs, but they are wonderfully good natured at home. If you treat them well, and bring them up well, they’ll be great with kids.
However, it is of course important to remember that even the kindest, friendliest dogs can snarl, and even bite, if treated poorly. So as well as choosing the right dog for the family, you need to teach your children how to handle dogs and understand their personalities. Of course, every dog is different but there’s some definite baseline characteristics to keep in mind.
Therefore you’ll want to show your children how to safely handle dogs, so the dog feels secure and comfortable, especially if it’s being picked up. You’ll also want to show your children how to safely play with them, feed them, and make sure they never get bitten by accident.