Dogs and Kids – Which Are Best for Families?
Kids love dogs, but all dogs don’t love kids. When choosing a dog for your family, make sure the breed is one which is patient and loving with kids. As for approaching dogs on a leash, teach your kids never to touch a dog without asking the owner’s permission first (some dogs are skittish around children).
It may surprise you to know that one of the best dogs for children is the Great Dane. Despite its large size, the Great Dane actually is dignified, kind, sweet and affectionate. A Great Dane typically is playful and patient with children, and needs to be around people. This breed does not bark much and typically only becomes aggressive when the circumstances require it. Great Danes and brave and loyal – and they are good watchdogs (which, by the way, doesn’t mean you should just leave it outside.) However, because of their large size, Great Danes should be thoroughly obedience trained when young so it will be manageable when fully grown. It is important to teach this giant dog not to lean against people, especially children.
Another “kid friendly” breed is the Golden Retriever. These dogs are lovable, well-mannered and intelligent. They are easily trained, and always patient and gentle with children. A Golden Retriever is an active, loving and an outstanding family dog. Because Golden Retrievers enjoy pleasing their masters, obedience training can be fun. They excel in obedience competitions. Golden Retrievers typically are friendly with everyone, including other dogs. They lack guarding instincts and are unlikely to attack, but they still make good watchdogs, loudly signaling a stranger’s approach. This breed needs to be around people to be happy. If isolated from human contact, or left alone for long periods of time, the Golden Retriever may become mischievous – so you need to take this into account if you family tends to go away on vacations for long periods of time. But a Golden Retriever can be a great vacation companion if you’re heading for the great outdoors because they love to swim!
We’ll have more tips on good dogs to choose – and which not to choose – in future postings. The important thing to remember is that a dog really is a part of your family and needs to get along with everyone else.