Saturday, 27 September 2014

Choosing the best dog for your kids

When it comes to choosing the best dogs for kids, one must consider various aspects that would influence the relationship that the kids will share with the pooch. 

It is not just the breed of dog that is important but also other factors such as training levels, size, and age and so on. Here is a run down of things one must remember when buying a dog for a kid or adopting a dog for homes with kids.

Factors to be considered while choosing the best dogs for kids:

There are various aspects to consider while choosing a dog for a kid. Kids tend to share a very emotional bond with their dogs so unless the dog is chosen carefully it could affect the child’s emotional self easily. The best dogs for kids can be chosen based on the following aspects:
  • Breed of the dog
  • Size of the dog
  • Space available in the living quarters of the child
  • Health and fitness of the dog
  • Training and command response habits of the dog
  • Susceptibility to allergies and infections (if any)
Once these factors are sorted out, one can conveniently bring a dog home exclusively for the kids. Once the right dog enters the life of kids it is hard for them to imagine an hour of play without the dog — it almost assumes the role of a friend or sibling in the minds of kids.
Breeds that can be considered as best dogs for kids:
Almost any breed of dog can be trained to get along with kids, but the following 10 breeds top the list when it comes to choosing dogs for kids:
  • The Newfoundland
  • The Poodle
  • Labrador retriever
  • Golden retriever
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Coonhounds
  • The Beagle
  • Collie and Shetland Sheep
  • German Shepherd
  • Mutts or Mixed breed dogs

While each of the above breeds is great with kids, adults in the family must make sure that the canines are trained appropriately and exercise great caution while dealing with dogs. Once responsible dog ownership is adhered to, all dogs become worthwhile companions to kids. Happy choosing the best dogs for kids!

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