When you finally decide to actually get a dog for the family, the next step in this process will be to find the best dog breed for your family. Many will offer suggestions and you can even get suggested breeds from an expert but bottom line, you and your family will be the only ones who will make the right choice for you, Generally speaking, any dog can be the best fit, even a mutt might be best. There are however a few things to consider when choosing the best dog breed for your kids and family.
The first consideration is the ages of the children in the family. Toddlers may have a tough time with a really large dog breed as they may be afraid of their size and bark.
Small breeds also have a tendency to be a bit more temperamental and may not take to a small child with a ton of energy. Dogs love companionship and love to play hard so hopefully the children in the family will enjoy rough play. If your looking to choose a puppy, keep in mind that puppies like to nip and this can also cause a child to develop an fear of the pup. If you keep these factors in mind, they can at least help you narrow down your choices.
A second factor to take into consideration is the personality and intelligence of the dog. Any family with kids needs a dog with a high level of intelligence and also has a good and even temperament. Dogs that have these traits are naturally good with children.
Some dog breeds to take into consideration are:
Boxers, Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Beagles, Poodles, German Shepherds and Collies. Of course there are several others to also consider.
Among these dog breeds, one of the BEST choices for dog breed for kids is to choose a good old mutt. Mutts are mixtures of different breeds and are generally well-mannered, well-balanced, intelligent and quite tolerant.
As mentioned earlier, any dog breed has the potential to be the best dog breed for your family. As long as you have the time to train them and give them the love, support and companionship they need, any dog breed will be perfect for your kids.