Do you want to teach your kids responsibility? Getting a dog is one way to do so. A dog will also help teach your kids compassion, unconditional love, and how to be kind to animals. Some dog breeds are better than others around kids. Here is a list of six dogs that would be good companions for the kids.
As smaller dogs, pugs make great house pets. Their height ranges from 10 to 13 inches and they weigh under 20 pounds. They have a very easy-going temperament, and they do well in pretty much any home situation. They get along with kids, the elderly, other animals, or they are fine as “an only child.” They like to play and they are excellent cuddle buddies. The American Kennel Clubdescribes their personalities as charming, mischievous, and loving.
Bulldogs are super chill. They are a friendly, courageous and calm breed, but they are not lazy. They need exercise, and playing with your kids in the backyard or park can be a good way to get that exercise and bonding time. They can weigh up to 50 pounds with a height ranging from 14 to 15 inches, but that doesn’t stop them from being a lapdog. Bulldogs tend to overheat easily because their snout isn’t very long, so keep your house cool in the summer.
- Bernese Mountain Dog
Bernese mountain dogs are good-natured, calm, and strong dogs. They range from 23 to 27 inches tall and weigh between 70 and 110 pounds. They are sweet and affectionate and tend to form a special bond with one person in the family. They are another breed that gets along with everyone in the family, especially kids. They love to play and they live to please. Bernese mountain dogs love cold weather so don’t be afraid to play with them in the snow.
Beagles are another smaller dog, that can grow up to 15 inches as most and weighing up to 30 pounds. They are described as having a friendly, happy temperament. They are great hunting dogs, that are loyal, funny, and generally easy-going. That easy-going, lovable personality is great for families. Beagles have a lot of energy, and are full of curiosity, so they can keep up with the kids.
Despite their size, Newfoundland dogs are another excellent choice for the kids. They can range from 100 to 150 pounds, and are 26 to 28 inches in height. They are sweet and patient and have earned their nanny dog reputation by watching over their charges. Newfoundlands are easy to train and trusting, and their temperament is the most important characteristic for them.
Collies have a devoted, graceful, and proud temperament. They are famous for their bonds with children. They are easy to train, and they learn quickly. Collies enjoy playing with kids and they need a lot of exercise. They range from 22 to 26 inches in height and weigh between 50 to 75 pounds.
Even though these dogs all have pretty good, laid-back temperaments, every dog has a level of patience that can be broken. Teach your kids how to behave around dogs and how to respect boundaries. Also keep in mind, that accidents do happen, and sometimes dogs get a little too carried away during play time.