Choosing a dog for your family is one of the most important – and hardest – decision one might have to make, especially if you have kids. If you want to make sure that the dog you’re getting will be able to get along with everyone, there are several factors you have to take into consideration.
According to PetMD.com, you can choose a good family dog based on three major factors: temperament, size, and energy level. These are important to consider because while dogs are generally friendly, they might not agree with your kids. A calmer dog would be ideal in dealing with children. Some larger dogs tend to be gentle while smaller dogs tend to be energetic.
Here are some of the most popular breeds for families, and are ideal when you have kids:
Golden Retrievers are confident, smart, kind, and loyal. They are extremely patient and are neither aggressive nor timid, making them the perfect companion for kids. However, they do need a lot of exercise and they love to play around. They are very affectionate and obedient.
Poodles are smart and gentle. This breed comes in miniature or standard sizes, which you can choose depending on the size that best matches your living environment. Poodles are also great for children with allergies since they shed very little.
Irish Setters are known for their red coat and their playful, energetic nature. This breed loves to be around people and gets along with children very well. In fact, they are so outgoing that they hate to be alone. Irish Setters also need a lot of exercise and will do well with energetic kids. they are also smart and trainable.
Known as “Nature’s Babysitter,” this breed is one of the most intelligent in the world. They are very protective of children and are gentle and patient. You might say they could be the Mother Teresa of dogs.