If you are looking for a breed of dog that is especially suitable for living with children you should know that, in general, anyone can adapt perfectly to family life. However, it is true that there are races more likely to get along with your children. For example, “small dogs like the Bichon, Pomerania … the medium ones like the Beagle or bigger breeds like the Labrador, Golden Retriever, German Shepherd, even the San Bernardo”, indicates the veterinarian Jara Diaz, of Ceva Animal Health .
Problems of adaptation?
In these cases you can opt for the help of an expert in canine training or behavioral modification as well as the use of products that release pheromones of canine appeasement, “a copy of the same ones that the mother gives off after the birth so that her puppies are calm “, suggests the specialist.
Next, we describe the 15 races that can best live in a home with children.
We start with our favorite ‘race’: the mestizo and, especially, the one that needs adoption. And, the shelters are full of pets looking for a home. According to veterinarian Jara Diaz, “adopting a mestizo puppy or an adult dog is an excellent option for children.”
It is one of the most popular dogs in our cities. He is strong, muscular and compact. His character is very sociable, vital, playful and athletic. He is very affectionate with his owner and the children, but it is necessary to propitiate him several daily walks so that he can vent. He is very intelligent and his education is easy. Also, it does not bark much.
In spite of its size (males can weigh more than 35 kilos) and its corpulent and muscular appearance, it is an affable and very affectionate dog. In fact, it is one of the most recommended dog breeds for children. In addition, they are very faithful pets and attached to their owners and will protect them from strangers. It is strange that they bark.
Carlino or Pug
It is, without a doubt, one of the races that is more fashionable. He is very affectionate and extremely attached to his owner. He is also quite stubborn so his education can sometimes be complicated. With children he usually behaves patiently but, being somewhat distrustful, he may be afraid of them, especially if they are very young children who do not know how to treat him. You need, like any dog, to exercise, but you have to be careful and, above all, not expose to heat.
It is an excellent companion dog, intelligent and easy to train. He is calm, affectionate and in rare exceptions he is aggressive so it is ideal for children and the elderly. He does not like solitude at all and needs the constant company of his owners. They have to play with him, teach him and dedicate time to exercise because otherwise he can become an apathetic dog. It usually weighs around 25 and 34 kg.
Pomerania is an excellent breed of dog for the family. Besides being “small, they are very playful and protective” says veterinarian Jara Diaz. It is an animal with a lot of vitality and energy, and it adapts very well to small spaces, although it needs to exercise. It does not usually weigh more than 4 kg.
It has become one of the dogs most requested by families and one of the favorite of veterinarians because of its intelligent and affectionate nature, especially with children. He is faithful, obedient and very sure of himself. He is very energetic and awake and needs to do a lot of daily exercise. There are three types: the miniature (between 6 and 7 kg), the medium (between 14 and 15 kg) and the giant (between 32 and 35 kg). Being of the Terrier family, it is a pretty barking dog. But it can be avoided with good training.
It is a race ” very affectionate, learn very fast and are very playful, ” says the veterinarian. So they will become excellent companions of your children. Keep in mind that males can reach 40 kg and that they are animals that need a lot of activity.
Very common in homes where there are children. He has a lot of energy and temperament but his character is balanced and friendly. Although we can have it in a small apartment, you need to exercise a lot. It is also a dog of the Terrier family and being an alarm dog barks easily at the slightest noise. Its weight ranges between 7 and 11 kg.
It is a herd dog and, therefore, accustomed to work. However, it adapts very well to family life and its relationship with children is excellent, since it is a very “careful and protective” breed, says Ceva’s veterinarian. Since it is a work race, you need a lot of activity and dedication.
It is a dog that lavishes love wherever it goes. He is very attached to the family and is very playful with the children. As it comes from the bloodhound family it is a bit stubborn, so we have to try to train him from puppy so he does not tease us.
It looks like something out of an advertisement for a fabric softener. And you will have the same feeling when you hug him. Also, his tender and loving nature will make you want to take him home. But do not be fooled by its peaceful appearance. It is very active and playful so, along with its small size, it will be perfect for your children. In addition, “it is also very protective”, adds the expert.
His appearance is very peculiar, but so is his personality: active, affectionate, playful and tolerant of children. In fact, it usually adapts very well to family life. It comes from the English bulldog and the terrier and that makes him a bit stubborn. Nothing that is not solved with a good education since childhood.
It is one of the best known breeds and most appreciated by animal lovers. He is intelligent, affectionate and protective with his owners, especially with children, he has a lot of patience, he is faithful and “very easy to train”, says Jara Díaz. Whoever has had a German shepherd will know that he is an excellent companion who only needs to speak.
If you live in a house with an outdoor space for your dog to enjoy, this breed will surely captivate you. It is a guard dog and with a protective instinct towards the family. If the animal was correctly socialized from puppy, it is also very tolerant with the children with whom it will undoubtedly play and will be gentle and affectionate. However, we must take into account its large size: it can weigh 70 kilos.
It is a guard dog and, although its size can scare more than one, it is a race “very affectionate and patient with children,” says the specialist. In addition, it is noble and an excellent pet for the family. However, it needs a lot of space or, at least, a lot of dedication to be able to go out to exercise.
It is important to remember that “when we want to choose a dog if we have children, rather than thinking about a certain race, we have to think about our lifestyle and what we want of our future pet (where will it live, what activities will we do with it, how much space did it we have, will come on vacation … “), says the ethnologist expert in canine testing, Alfons Pallas.
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When we answer these questions, we can begin to determine which race to choose. “We have to bear in mind that bringing a puppy home is a lot of work, so if our son is a baby of a few months that also requires a lot of time, we will have to discard breeds that need a lot of physical activity if we can not dedicate the necessary time to them. Meet their needs, “he adds.
Finally, if the child arrives after the dog, it is important, as far as possible, not to change the routines we performed with our pet and let the dog smell, curiosity and approach the baby. In addition, “we must make him understand that he is still part of the family, making him a participant in the activities, going out for a stroll together with the stroller and trying that it is not always the same person who walks the dog”, concludes Alfons Pallas.