A Child’s Best Pooch!

 

A Child’s Best Pooch!

by Amy Lignor

 

Parents will agree, when it comes to the other near, dear family member, they want to get the right dog for their children to grow with and play with. A dog that is safe, fun, and easy to please that the kids will absolutely love.

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Dogs bring many benefits to the kids – both mental and physical. There are a ton of studies that have been done showing that dogs make people happier, improve health, and a study of three-to-six year olds has shown that kids growing up with their favorite canine are more empathic to both animals and humans when they get older. They show far more compassion in the classroom to other students, and simply have a better life all around. So, parents, what are the best breeds when it comes to bringing love and warmth into a child’s life?

 

Well, one of the top picks comes in the form of the Beagle. Heck, Snoopy was one, which should make them the top choice. But in addition, the Beagle is a great dog that weighs in at 20-25 pounds, making it the perfect size for those outdoor adventures. The breed is always friendly, nice and at the ready for any game that wants to be played.

 

If we are talking about children, we are talking about high levels of energy, and that is where the Bull Terrier also becomes a great pick to be the family pet. They love big families, by the way, because they are the most active dogs that literally run and play so much that they wear the children out. They are also very protective of their little kiddies and will make sure they stay safe.

 

The beauty that came in runner-up to the German Shepherd this year, the Irish Setter is a great family dog. Not only are they a stunning breed, but they are also easily trainable, love the outdoors and are extremely active. And when the kids grow, as the Irish Setter grows with them, they become ideal walking, biking or hiking companions to explore the Great Outdoors.

 

If you’re looking to “Go Big or Go Home,” head straight to the Newfoundland. You will never find a more devoted breed to your child. Patient, sweet, loving, these “gentle giants” are exactly that. Yes, there will be slobber, but the Newf is worth it. They are intelligent, wonderful family dogs and they absolutely love the company of children.

 

The “All American” breed, the Golden Retriever, is still at the top of the list for kids. Always happy, always willing to play, the Golden is all about games and having a ball with the family on a daily basis. If things get too relaxed, they will even initiate the game and the kids will leave all that digital technology behind in order to play and run outside with the dog. THAT is a real gift!

 

Along those same lines, the Labrador Retriever is another dependable, playful, highly affectionate dog that you and your kids will love. They get along with other pets inside the household, they love running around outside or taking a dip in the pool, and they are truly protective, which is why they are often used as service dogs.

 

Remember, beauty is only skin deep… Like the Boxer, the Bulldog is a fantastic dog for your children. Not the most active out there, but they are the best when it comes to protection. Many believe they have a “sixth sense” when it comes to taking care of a child and even though many may not see this, Bulldogs are extremely even-tempered, calm and friendly.

 

One of the most docile and affectionate dogs for the kids is the Cocker Spaniel. Not small enough to be harmed by kids and not big enough to harm them, which means they are “just right.” And when it comes to being easily trained, this breed has that gift hands-down.

 

Last, but not least, don’t forget to bring Lassie home, as well. The Collie is an extremely fun, active, loving dog. Loves to play outside and, yes, they make sure that protection is given to their little best friend (as well as their big ones) at all times.

 

And always remember, there are so many dogs out there who need a home. Never forget to take a look at all those loving “mutts” at your local Humane Society. There are some true beauties out there who are dying to give their love to you and the family!

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