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    Dog Breeds Good For Kids – What Are They?

    Dogs have long been known to be man’s trusted and loving companion. Children especially love to have them as pets. However, not all dogs are suitable for children as some dog breeds can unintentionally harm them. So before giving your children the pet that they have always wanted, consider first the age of your child, your personal and home lifestyle and the general nature and temperament of the breed.

    There are specific breeds that are naturally ideal for family with kids. These breeds are the intelligent ones with moderate energy level and right temperament. These breeds are the following:

    • Beagle. These dogs are not too big making them very ideal for kids. They are also friendly, clever and they can also be trained well.
    • Bichon Frise. This little breed is usually docile. They are not to hyper but they love to play. Kids would also love their fluffy, white hair.
    • English Cocker Spaniel. Cocker Spaniels are good watchdogs. They are also obedient and are gifted with agility.
    • German Shepherd. This breed is very playful especially when they are around children. They are also loyal and protective but they must also be trained well.
    • Labrador Retriever or Golden Retriever. These breeds are both smart and great with kids. They are also known for their loyalty and enthusiasm. They just need regular training and grooming,
    • Poodle. Poodles are smart, energetic and have good temperament. Parents could also choose from different size choices— toy, miniature and standard.

    All those breeds have been known to be affectionate and with energy level that could keep up with each family member. Some of them are even known to baby-sit so they are indeed perfect for homes with children.

    More often, parents make a common mistake of thinking that cute-looking and miniature dog breeds are good for their children. Thus, they buy these kinds of dogs without considering first their nature or temperaments. Some of these breeds are: Afghan Hound, Borzoi, Akita, Affenpinscher, Pekingese, Puli, Lhasa Apso Shih Tzu, Basenji, Yorkshire Terrier, Chow Chow, Schnauzers and Chesapeake Bay Retriever. These breeds are not recommended for young children as they are unfriendly by nature. They are also sensitive and may have the tendency to be aggressive when teased.

    Giving your kids their dream dog may really be an ideal gift. Learning about the different dog breeds good for kids will not just grant them their dream …

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    Little Kids Need Big Dogs

    A good friend and her five-year-old son came to visit for the weekend not too long ago. Lilly, my seven pound, thirteen-year-old Maltese usually loves company. It means more people to rub her tummy and possibly give her a treat. The little boy was rambunctious. At first, he was afraid of Lilly. After she licked his hand, he was enamored with her. That is, until she started playing with one of his toys. Then, he was quite upset.

    Throughout the weekend, he kept trying to pick her up, grab her tail and generally torment her. Lilly would run away from him and look up at me to rescue her. I spent the entire weekend holding her as much as possible, worried that she would get hurt.

    Little kids and little dogs are not a good combination. Children don’t realize how easy it is to hurt a small animal. They are not aware of their strength.

    Small Children need a bigger dog with a good disposition. A dog they can’t hurt when they pull his tail or hug him too hard or even fall on him. Kids need a dog that can tolerate some rough housing.

    Following is a list of some larger dog breeds with great dispositions for families with small children:

    Golden Retrievers are one of the classic “family” breeds and known for being overly friendly, but not necessarily a good watchdog for that reason.

    Labrador Retrievers are the most popular dog breed in the world. Retrievers are well -known for their loyalty,

    Collies -Remember Lassie?

    Boxers-They may not look friendly but they are a breed with a good disposition and instinctively protective.

    Larger Schnauzers-A loyal breed that loves being around people

    Standard Poodles- Many dog experts consider poodles to be one of the smartest breeds. Poodles have the added advantage of not shedding and low dander, as do designer breeds such as Goldendoodles and Labradoodles that also make great family pets.

    Bulldogs- This is a very docile breed, also known for their loyalty.

    Portuguese Water Dogs- The “First Dog” in the Obama White House chosen for his non -shedding, low dander traits, as well as his amusing, affectionate nature.

    Gentle Giants such as Newfoundlands and Bernese Mountain dogs also make great family pets if you can handle the “Newfies” drooling. However, because of their size, these breeds are better in households with slightly older children of …