Children and Dogs - Choosing a Dog

What to look for when choosing a dog. Having pets at home can be beneficial for children. Pets can teach children responsibility towards animals and help them empathy / empathy. Children and dogs are not always in a good relationship together. Parents must be prepared to learn both the dog and the kids an acceptable limit for good behavior to make their reunification good and safe.

What age is best? Many people have the idea that a puppy and a child to grow up together. If you have a toddler and are thinking of getting a puppy, there are some things to take for thought.

Time and energy

A puppy requires a lot of time, patience and training. It also requires attention to become a functioning adult dog. So puppies need to remove them and experiencing new things and meet new people. If you have a child who already requires a lot of time and care, you just think about whether you have enough energy to take care of a puppy too.


A puppy is a baby. A puppy may be afraid of even a well-meaning child and curious children who constantly want to take them up and examine it and drag it by the tail or ears.

Wild game

Puppies have sharp teeth and claws that they can easily harm a child. Puppies also tend to jump up the kids and at worst topple them over. A good idea is that the child sits down when the child is to keep the dog for puppies / dogs can be lively and easily slip from a child and injury from falling down. Al reunification between children and a puppy will require the presence of you to avoid / minimize possible, damage that can accompany.

Reservations by purchasing an adult dog

Adult dogs require less attention once they have been integrated into the family and the daily routine. But you should still take the time to help the new dog to get used to the new home. You better find out how hardy and tolerant an adult dog is and how child-friendly. It can work with any animal shelter, where you get the dog from, whether it is used to being alone with children. A general rule is that if your child is under six years it is best to buy a dog that is over two old. Although a puppy can be fun and it's exciting and rewarding to help them into a great friendship, they require much more time and training than an adult dog.

Small dogs

So as minipudler and Chihuahua's probably not a good choice for small children, check it by contacting breeders or go to the library and read about the breed before you buy one. These small dogs are easier to damage than a larger dog and will easily be afraid of much activity, loud noises and being picked up and cuddled all the time. Scared dogs tend to snap or bite to protect themselves. Large dogs are better able to tolerate activity sounds and wild game which is part of living with children.

Here are some breeds of dogs that are suitable good for children and families. This list is not exhaustive. Many more breeds than listed here can be excellent for children. Also remember that any dog can cause fatal injury to a child. Children should normally never be with dogs unattended by an adult.

American cocker spaniel

American Eskimo Dog

American Foxhound

Australian cattledog

Australian Shepherd

Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog


Bearded Collie



Bernese Mountain Dog

Black and Tan Coonhound

Black Russian Terrier


border Terrier


Bouvier des Flanders



Bull Terrier

English bulldog

Cirneco Dell'Etna


Coton De Tulear

English Cocker Spaniel

English Setter

English Springer Spaniel

Estrela Mountain Dog

Field Spaniel

Finnish Spitz

Flat-Coated Retriever


German Spitz

German Spitz Giant

German Spitz Medium

Giant Schnauzer

Glen of Imaal Terrier

Golden Retriever


Irish Red and White Setter

Irish Wolfhound


Labrador Retriever

Lakeland Terrier


Norfolk Terrier

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Old English Sheepdog

Pharaoh Dog

Plott Hound

pointer dog

Portuguese Water Dog

Redbone Coonhound

Rough Collie


Scottish Deerhound

Shar Pei

Shetland Sheepdog

Smooth Collie

Spinone Italiano

Sussex Spaniel

Swedish herding

Tamaskan Dog

Tibetan Spaniel

Welsh Springer Spaniel

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

The small dogs are generally less child-friendly than larger dogs. Large dogs can also pose a danger, and even a large and good dog can be harmful to a child during the game because of its weight and power. The smaller dogs can be afraid of children because of the dog's small size relative to the child.

Children and Dogs - Choosing a Dog

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