BEST BREEDS WITH KIDS
Do other lists of best breeds for children
explain WHY some breeds are better suited for kids?
Do they advise according to the child's AGE group, activity
level, and other important factors? Some breeds are better
hunters, retrievers, or guard dogs; some are born knowing how to herd, and some
breeds are just naturally wonderful with children.
really cool thing about purebred dogs is that every breed was developed over
generations to serve a certain purpose, like to be a ladies lap dog or
guard the Emperor's palace.
When a pure breed gets crossed up with another pure breed, we
call it cross-bred. Cross breeding is almost always done for a specific
reason but a long time ago, it could have been a mistake that turned out to
have a good purpose. When a pure bred dog gets accidently mated to a mutt,
well, we call it a mongrel because the carefully developed traits of purebred dog
are diminished by the jumbled up genetic traits.
One thing all dogs have in common is an uncanny love
for humans. Puppies love everyone but as they get older and their genes "come
alive" and begin to distinguish their breed characteristics, some dogs become
devoted to only one person. Some become very territorial and will protect
your stuff. Others are what dog men call "varminty" meaning they will
reliably catch pesky critters like rats. Other breeds like the terriers,
are fiery and quick
None of the foregoing breed types are suitable for young
children. One-owner dogs will resent your kid's playmates. The
territorial, protective breeds may not always accept youngsters running in and
out. Varminty breeds tend to grab toys and even ankles. High strung
breeds like terriers are great with older, athletic kids but not for kids under
six years old.
But thankfully, some breeds are just made for kids.
They are patient, slow to anger, have a high pain threshold, don't mind being
dressed in doll clothes or ridden in a wagon or used for a pillow in front of
the TV. They seem to be especially made for young children whereas other breeds
that have all those characteristics but are bigger are great for older,
Safest and Best Dog Breeds For Kids
ARF! Clumber Spaniel. Clumbers are big enough, gentle
and patient enough to resist rough handling, making them a good choice for
families with toddlers. With older children, the Clumber loves to snooze quietly
when homework is the priority.
ARF! Cocker Spaniel. Cockers are loving and tolerant of having coat or
ears pulled by rambunctious and mischieveous youngsters who are a tad more
active than the toddling set.
ARF! Golden Retriever. Golden Retrievers are fun-loving, intelligent and
gallop-till-you-drop playmates for children of every age, from
the bookish seven year old who runs from tree to tree in a game of hide and seek
with his best friend to the 15 year old who expects his dog to make like an end
receiver in a rough and tumble game of football!
ARF! Labrador Retriever. Labradors are physically tough, sensible,
thoughtful - what we call a "good buddy dog" for all kids regardless of their
age. Their size and sturdy nature combined with energy level to match that of any kid
makes them among the most popular family dogs.
ARF! Boxer. Kind, loving and loyal, the boxer is a great dog for children
of all ages, but especially teenage boys who like to rough-house
and roll around in the dirt with their best friend. Fine for younger kids, too,
but only when obedience trained as the dog's eagerness to run and play could
overwhelm the little ones if the "boxie" is allowed to run wild.
ARF! Boston Terrier. Bostons are so tuned in, alert and quick on their
feet that even a falling tot isn't likely to land on one, eliminating the need
for so much as a warning growl, bark or snap, much less a nip or bite. Loving,
loyal and energetic enough to keep going and going and going - like the
ARF! Bulldogs. These powerful dogs have a very high
pain threshold and therefore react to the poking and prodding of toddlers with a
big wet kiss or the kind of "ho-hum tolerance" that keeps Mom breathing easy
when she turns her back on child and dog while warming the baby's bottle!
ARF! Shetland Sheepdog. Shetland sheepdogs are bred to stick to their
charges like a magnet and to gently protect babies, whether lambs or humans.
ARF! Beagles. Like most hound breeds, these hunting dogs are affectionate and sturdy, not big
enough to intimidate a child but large enough to keep a kid from trying to pick
them up and squeeze too hard - a prime cause of biting and injury to human and
ARF! Bloodhounds and Basset Hound have lots of
loose skin to intrigue children, long silky ears everyone loves to stroke, and
as much calm patience as they have drool. And that's a lot!
ARF! Newfoundland, Bernese Mountain Dog, Irish Wolfhounds.
Families that want a really big dog and whose children are
old enough to avoid being jostled by a hundred pounds, these
breeds are gentle giants. They are good natured and
usually sedate companions.
To see photos, descriptions and official breed Standards and
learn more about these "good with kids" breeds, visit the
BREEDS SECTION, You can choose a breed by name or
even by ABC method, or you can browse the breeds according to
their group and purpose. How cool is that!!