By Nancy Cope
Many dog breeds are good with children. The key is to find a dog that fits your family and your lifestyle. Here are a few suggestions of breeds known to bond well with children.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Not the most widely known breed, Cavalier’s are starting to spread due to their melting eyes and cuddly personalities.
A Cavalier is a low energy dog with lots of patience, making it a perfect choice for families with children. Cavaliers are also fairly small (10-18 pounds) and do well in the country or the city.
Labs are great dogs for families with older children (about 7 and up).
They love to play and are the perpetually happy-go-lucky type, with tails always wagging. Labs are generally very intelligent as well, and can be trained without too much trouble. Be aware though that labs can get very big (up to 90 pounds) so you are going to want a nice big yard for your lab to play in.
The beagle is a loyal and steadfast companion with a bark that the whole neighborhood can hear.
Beagles are usually extremely friendly dogs who love to play. For a smaller dog a beagle is also very sturdy, so there is less chance that a child will accidentally hurt a beagle than a smaller dog like the Chihuahua.
This gentle giant may look like it could eat your baby alive, but Great Dane’s are actually extremely child friendly.
These huge canines are very low energy and prefer to lounge around rather than bounce off the walls. They are also large enough so that the grasping hands of a child present no real threat to their safety.
Of course, there are many mixed breeds at your local pound that are equally child friendly. Look for these dogs though for something a little magical, and enjoy watching your dog and child grow and play together.
Nancy Cope is the owner of four rescue dogs and Pampered Dog Gifts.