Considering adopting a dog from your local animal rescue center will be an amazing venture for you, your family and of course, your new dog, but as with bringing any species of animal into your home, there are a lot of things to consider.
One such consideration for people with young families concerns itself with ensuring, as much as possible, that the breed of dog you choose to adopt is best suited to being around young children and even though how you raise a dog is the best indicator of behavior, there are a few breeds of dog that are known to be great around kids.
So, with that being said, continue reading to learn about the best dog breeds to have around children.
The Labrador Retriever
The Labrador Retriever is perhaps the most well-known breed of dog around the Western world, not least due to the fact that they are often chosen to be trained to help people who are visually impaired.
Labrador retrievers are, as you would expect, easy to train and respond well to different vocal commands and are patient dogs with a whole load of love to give to children and adults in equal measure.
The shortest breed of dog on this list, the beagle is a curious and naturally intelligent dog who makes the ideal companion for children, assuming they have been trained to follow simple commands.
Beagles’ weight should be carefully managed to ensure they do not develop any weight-associated health issues, so registering them with a renowned vet near your home, such as a veterinarian in Burien, WA, if you live in that area, for example, should be of top priority (as with any other animal).
Beagles also have a close-cut and, therefore, easy-to-groom coat, making them a good breed of dog if you are concerned about excessive shedding in the summer months.
The Irish Setter
With its beautiful, mahogany and consistently shiny coat and long, wise muzzle, the Irish Setter is not only a gorgeous breed of dog to introduce into your family but is also known to be great with young children and larger families.
Irish Setters have a sweet and kind personality, are fantastic with interacting with other dogs, and respond impressively well to training. With a life expectancy of between twelve and fifteen years for the average Irish Setter, as long as you groom them weekly and they have enough exercise each day, they will make the ideal family pet.
The fourth and final breed of dog on the list that makes the ideal family pet is the Newfoundland. Newfoundlands are notoriously devoted to their family ‘pack’ and are famous for being the ultimately dedicated companion for people of all ages.
Varying between 120 and 150 pounds, Newfoundlands need to live in a home with a medium to large-sized garden and be able to stretch, run and romp around outside every day. Newfoundlands are also known to be particularly patient dogs, again ideal when living with families and small children.
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