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Are Bird Dogs Good With Kids

Oct 12, 2007
There are many hunting bird dogs and the question comes up at Three Best Dogs if this breed is good with kids. The short answer is, yes - most are wonderful pets. But I know you're dying to know - just what about them is good, and can they be trusted with your children.

Many of the bird dog breeds that go hunting for duck or pheasant, are excellent house pets. These dogs have been breed to move and need a lot of exercise to stay fit. Make very sure you buy a dog that reflects your lifestyle. Many poor pup has grown fat and lazy because the family simply doesn't have enough time to take them out for a jog. Many of these owners could use the exercise themselves, but that's another story.

Hunting dogs, like the bird dog, come from Great Britain or Europe. They were part of the hunting team and worked hard to bring food to the table. Nowadays bird dogs don't go out hunting, but you can still see the instincts after all these years.

I'm sure you're waiting for names of dog breeds that are great with kids and so here they are: First, we're talking about Pointers, Retrievers, and Setters - anything else isn't considered. Airedales have to one of my favorites. They are excellent work dogs and have great coats. Super good with kids, Airedales are quite affectionate.

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever has been said to be a nice dog as a pet. I've never had one, but as a rule, they are not playful. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are quite and protective of their owner. Another one of my favorites is the Weineraner. These beautiful dogs are loyal and gentle and will not tear the house up. Weineraners are intelligent and hard workers and great with the kids.

One other entry that I advise friends to get when looking for the right dog for kids is the English Pointer. Along with English Setter, Pointers are some of the best canines on the planet. They work hard to please and they are so good looking. Excellent with kids, Pointers and Setters are easy to care for and train.

So there you have it - nice dogs for your family. With these choices you can start your research in earnest.
About the Author
Dave Jackson writes for Three Best Dogs and has studied the bird dog breeds for interaction with children. He is also a contributing editor for Three Best Beaches.
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