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Dogs That Are Good For Children

Jun 29, 2008
Having a dog in the family is something that many people really enjoy. Just seen that cute little puppy running around the house and learning tricks is a lot of fun. But having a dog also brings a lot of responsibility for its masters.

Do not get a dog just because you think the dog is cute, or because you want a dog to protect your home. If you have small ones in the house, you need to be very careful about what kind of dog you want to adopt. You have surely learned of dogs that have attacked children or even the adults of the house. This could definitively be prevented if you choose the right dog to adopt.

What is the most critical question a potential dog owner can ask him or herself when considering bringing a dog home? The answer depends on is there are children in the house or not, or if there are plans of having children in the future. If the potential pet owner believe that there will be children in the house in the future, it is important then to consider bringing home a dog good with kids.

So what are some of the dogs that are good for the family and with children? One of the top dogs is the Labrador retriever. The lab is a big dog, with a bigger heart. They tend to be very gentle, and although when puppies they are hyper they usually calm down around two years of age, turning into a great companion. Labs love to be around kids and they enjoy play time with them. The Lab is very popular with the young, the mature adult, and even the handicapped. The Lab needs plenty of exercise to avoid boredom, so when considering a Labrador retriever this needs to be taken into consideration. If you are a couch potato do not get a Labrador retriever, which will not be a good combination.

The Golden retriever is another dog that is great for the family. This dog is also a big dog, and just like the Labrador retriever is gentle in nature, kind and well mannered. They love to be around people and also need to be exercised to avoid boredom. They are friendly with other dogs and cats, and in overall have a great disposition. One thing to keep in mind when choosing a Golden retriever is that they need to be groom, due to their long hair. A golden retriever is the perfect companion for children and people who are outdoor enthusiasts.

What is another dog that is good with a family with children? This is the beagle. The beagle is a hunting dog, and tends to howl, but if you can handle the howling they can become great companions. The beagle loves to be around the family and they can become depressed if left alone for extended periods of time. One of the famous beagles we all are familiar with is Snoopy. Beagles are not aggressive and they are friendly. They are also good watch dogs. They are good for small children because of their small size and they love to play with kids.

In choosing dogs good with children, remember that not all dogs are alike and you have to be very cautious with having unknown dogs around your child. This is why some breeds are labeled are child friendly because these are proven dogs that will do no harm to your children. That is why choosing from these types of breeds ensures that you will have a loyal and safe family dog.
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