‘A dog is a man’s best friend’ isn’t just a saying; in my opinion, it is the truth. I’d even say that a dog is a child’s best friend. I am sure that anyone who has both a child and dog will agree with me.
Having a dog as a companion in childhood is one of the best memories we can have. Experiencing the unconditional love and playful joy that a dog gives can even influence our personality.
Dogs can teach about unconditional love, forgiveness, acceptance and so much more. They impact on our child’s life and personality in so many ways:
– Responsibility: A dog teaches your child responsibility. Bigger children can be given the responsibility of feeding or even walking the dog, while little ones can learn a bit of responsibility, like putting away their favourite toys. Because they might get chewed if left in the middle of the room 🙂
– Empathy: Children learn how to behave with dogs, and it will nurture a love and respect for animals and nature.
– Importance of family: become closer to family members, brothers and sisters by sharing a common friend.
– Having fun: Child-friendly dogs love playing with children; they can become best buddies, so as parents we can have some nice minutes while they are playing.
– Allergies, health: Studies have shown that babies with dogs are actually healthier that those without dogs, meaning less coughs, runny noses or ear infections. A dog can boost a child’s immune system, so they become stronger and healthier.
But what breed should you choose for your family? The main factor is, of course, how child friendly, gentle and patient the chosen dog breed is.
But you should consider your family’s energy level and lifestyle, so size, temper and disposition are other important issues.
There are also tasks with a dog, so we need to think through whether we can manage these or not.
So we’ve decided to get a new loving and lovable family member!
Let’s see what the best dog breeds for children are in our opinion (in alphabetical order):
Charlie Brown’s best friend is an ideal dog for families with children. The beagle is friendly, smart and never tires of playing with children. This breed gets along well with other dogs or pets and is sweet, loving and gentle with children.
But keep them on a leash or in a well-fenced yard as they really do follow their nose…
- Bernese mountain dog:
This is a real giant of a dog, but it is extremely gentle with children and interacts well with them. The Bernese is an easy-going, calm and patient family dog, and it is also loyal, sensitive and devoted.
A Bernese should have access to a fenced yard, but when his family is home, it should be with them.
If the giant size is not a problem, then Bernese makes a fantastic family dog.
This is the dog breed that Lassie made famous. A Collie is a very predictable and kind breed. It is easy to train and perfect for families that are not used to dogs. Collies get along well with children, and they are eager to please their owners and protect the family. Their stable personality makes them ideal for small children.
Collies are a great watchdog; they are not aggressive, but they will bark a warning and protect if attacked.
But their long hair requires regular grooming to keep their coat beautiful!
- Golden Retriever:
This is one of the most popular dog breeds, which is not just a coincidence as the Golden Retriever is a smart, kind, confident and loyal dog. This breed is extremely patient with children and not aggressive or timid, which makes it a perfect family dog. It is a large breed and needs a lot of exercises, but it can help also to wear out your child too.
- Labrador Retriever:
Labrador Retriever is also one of the most popular dog breeds along with the Golden Retriever, and for good reason of course: it is playful, protective, lovingly patient and reliable. It is a beautiful dog breed in nice colour variants (black, yellow and chocolate) with a sweet personality and of high intelligence.
It is a rather big dog, so it is not recommended for very small apartments or houses. It needs a lot of exercise but can adapt to apartment life.
The Labrador’s friendly nature and eagerness to please makes it one of the best choice of dog breeds for children.
Newfoundland is really a giant dog, but don’t let the size intimidate you, as these kind giants are one of the best family dogs.
It is nicknamed ‘nature’s babysitter’ for good reason, as it loves children and is very protective of them.
Because of its giant stature, it fits a family with a large, open space home. But it is not considered a dog for the yard; this breed really wants to be inside with its family.
- Old English Sheepdog:
The bobtail is one of the more affectionate and loving dog breeds. It is a large sized dog with an unmistakable shaggy coat. It has an easy-going, nice, kind temper, and is a perfect buddy for children. But don’t forget his fur needs to be taken care of regularly.
Because often given rather interesting haircuts, they can have the ‘beauty without brains’ image, but the Poodle is actually one of the smartest dogs of all.
Of course, Poodles can have a variety of cuts that are more suitable and maintainable for families. They are also great for children with allergies as they shed little fur, but they require regular grooming.
Poodles are caring, loyal and cheerful dogs, have a good nature and a lot of patience, which make them an excellent playing buddy for children.
Generally, the larger breeds are the best for children, but if you want a smaller dog then a medium, miniature or toy-sized Poodle can be a good choice.
- Spinone Italiano:
Spinone Italiano or Italian Griffon is relatively unknown outside Italy; however, it is one of the most used ancient hunting dogs in the country. Besides hunting, it is widely used as a therapy dog, as it is extremely patient, loving and caring with children. In fact, it is so lovely and incredibly patient with children that I’d say this breed is the best family pet of them all!
The Spinone Italiano is affectionate, gentle, devoted and has a real sense of humour. And you will smile just when looking at it as – mostly the orange variants – it bears a striking resemblance to Wookie from Star Wars.
This might be a breed that you haven’t heard before, but it is actually one of the best breeds for children. Vizsla has a gentle, kind and extremely loyal character and manner, and it is a perfect pet for the family. In addition, it is obedient, smart confident and learns quickly. And on top of that the Vizsla has very little ‘doggy’ smell.
Vizsla is an energetic breed, it can adapt to indoor life, but it needs a lot of exercise.
It is very patient and playful with children, which makes it a perfect buddy. I’d especially recommend the wire-haired variant, as it is a bit calmer than the short-haired.
And last but not least, Vizsla is one of the most elegant and beautiful dogs in my opinion.