Your human little one really, really wants a dog, and you think it’s finally time. But what kind of dog should you get? Does it matter? Should you just let your kid pick out whatever dog she likes? Are smaller dogs safer because they can’t do as much damage?
Popular culture has taught us that dogs and children go together like peanut butter and jelly, but unfortunately, this isn’t always true. Little dogs can actually be a bad choice because kids look at them as toys… and injuries often follow. Big dogs can be a bad choice because, well, they’re big, and it can be harder for them to be gentle without careful training from the humans.
The simple truth is there are some dog breeds that tend to be better for kids than others. And lower energy dogs — regardless of breed — also usually interact better with children because they are more patient.
The following 10 breeds tend to be the best dogs for children. But remember what Cesar says:"Animals, species, breed, name -- in that order." He explains, "Even though certain breeds contain these characteristics, the breed is only something to be aware of when considering your dog’s innate needs. More important, is their inborn energy level. This varies within the breed, and even the litter." So matching your new dog's energy level to your family is more important than seeking out a particular breed.
Did you take the plunge with a new dog for your family? What did you select and why? Share in the comments!
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