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7 Dog Breeds That are Good with Kids

There comes a time when you want to add another addition to the family that doesn’t involve a baby and probably has four legs. Yup, we’re talking about a dog. Your child has been begging for one for a while, but you’re not sure about how to approach it.

Dogs come in many breeds, energy levels, temperaments, and sizes. However, what it comes down to is how they’ll interact with your kids and fit into your daily lives. Here are seven specific dog breeds that will be good with children.

 

Golden Retriever

Energy level: ★★★★★

Friendliness: ★★★★★

Overview: Golden Retrievers are one of the most popular dogs, the fifth dog commonly owned in the United States. They’re known for their intelligence, fun-loving temperament, and familiar blonde coat. These dogs are primarily family oriented and pretty much friendly to everyone and anyone, so they need lots of love and attention. Golden Retrievers measure up to two feet at the shoulder and have a life span of 10 to 12 years. These dogs are high maintenance in the fact that they need consistent exercise, are incredibly playful, and require a backyard for a game of fetch or a walk. And they do shed and require regular brushing, so if someone in the home is allergy prone or not up to the brushing task, this is not the dog for you. However, their loving personalities might have you cave and fall in love. They’ll easily fit into the family and become your child’s best friend in no time.

 

 

Labrador Retriever

Energy level: ★★★★★

Friendliness: ★★★★★

Overview: Labrador Retrievers, on the other hand, are very similar to Golden Retrievers in a myriad of ways. They’re super friendly, energetic, and love to play. The main difference between the breeds is the Labrador’s shorter coats, and they come in various colors such as black, medium brown, dark brown, and blonde. They also have a life span of 10 to 12 years, measure up to two feet at the shoulder, and need consistent exercise to stay healthy and expend their energy. Further, these dogs are excellent therapy dogs and can aid those that require assistance. Their short coats also make it easier on grooming, but they do shed so brushing will decrease your time vacuuming. Overall, Labrador Retrievers are a must-add dog to a big, active family.

 

 

Poodle

Energy level: ★★★★☆

Friendliness: ★★★★★

Overview: When you read the word Poodle, you probably imagine a white dog shaved in a prim, proper way, wearing an expensive collar, and sitting on a velvet pillow. These dogs are just as fun, affectionate, and family-oriented as the Retrievers previously mentioned. They’re also great learners, and they take very well to being trained. Keeping up with their obedience training and playing games with them at home helps them relieve boredom. Poodles come in various sizes such as standard, miniature, and toy, so you have multiple choices based on your home space. The only downside to these friendly, well-trained dogs is that their coat requires grooming every three to six weeks. But if you want to learn how to groom them, this can be overlooked. Your child is bound to fall in love with one.

 

 

Collie

Energy level: ★★★☆☆

Friendliness: ★★★★★

Overview: If you’ve ever heard of the dog Lassie from the old television show, then you’ve seen a Collie usually coming to the rescue. They are classified as herding dogs but don’t let that fool you from how friendly, devoted to family, and easy to train they are. They’re similar to the previous dogs mentioned needing daily exercise. Also, depending upon coat length, Collies will need to be brushed, and they’re great therapy or assistance dogs. These canines are also notorious for being protective and gentle companions to children, while also being good watchdogs. They have a lifespan of 10 to 14 years and measure up to a little over two feet tall at the shoulder. Collies are loyal, intelligent, and playful canines that should be considered to add to any family.

 

Beagle

Energy level: ★★★★☆

Friendliness: ★★★★★

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Overview: Beagles are known for their noses and scent smelling abilities, so you might’ve seen them in passing at an airport on the job. These dogs are undeniably cute, measure up to a little over one foot tall at the shoulder, and a lifespan of 10 to 15 years. Beagles especially bond with children and they love to play, but they can get a little rowdy, so supervision is a must. Even with a short coat, they should still be brushed to help keep a healthy coat, and they do shed minimally. They benefit from obedience training since they tend to be independent or get bored. And giving them an adequate amount of exercise or a walk to tire them out is essential. Beagles can also be barkers, so don’t consider one if you hate noise. These canines are scent hounds, and can easily walk off after catching a whiff, so make sure they’re in a fenced backyard, and they’re microchipped to find later. Beagles come with a lot to consider, but they’re guaranteed to be the best of friends with your child.

 

 

Dachshund

Energy level: ★★★☆☆

Friendliness: ★★★★★

Overview: Everyone knows Dachshund dogs as the canines that resemble a hot dog and are commonly wearing the costume for Halloween or personal amusement. Their short legs, long bodies, and serious yet sweet looking faces immediately make you say ‘awww.’ They measure eight to nine inches at the shoulder, so their small size makes them great for small homes and living in apartments. Their life span is usually 12 to 15 years, so get ready for a decade long family friend. The Dachshund also can have a short, long, or wiry coat meaning grooming can vary depending upon breed chosen. These dogs love walks, are great for novice dog owners, are good therapy companions, and obedient. They surprisingly have a loud bark because of their large lung capacity, so avoid them if there’s any noise sensitivity. However, Dachshunds are a wonderous consideration to add to the family.

 

 

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Energy level: ★★★☆☆

Friendliness: ★★★★★

Overview: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small companion dog, reaching one foot tall at the shoulder. The dog’s big brown eyes, floppy ears, and little pouty snout will make you fall in love at first sight. They also have a life span of 9 to 15 years, so they can be the partner and friend your child needs when they come home from having a bad day at school or wanting to play outside. They’re also perfect for novice dog owners since they take pretty easy to training and have aloof temperaments. But even with those pluses, these dogs don’t like to be alone too often, and they want to follow you around. They shed a little bit and require grooming every once in a while. Nonetheless, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a super friendly dog and a guaranteed great addition to the family.

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