Top 5 Best and Worst Dogs for Children
Finding the Right Pet
I am writing this article based on my own experience searching for the right dog to adopt with small children. While researching online, I quickly realized that not only was there a lot of information to go through, but there was a lot of different dogs. So after researching what felt like a hundred sites, this is the list that I have come up with. I hope that this article will help you in your search for the right pet for you and your family.
To start, I will go through the best dogs and then the worst dogs. In the best dogs, I will discuss the temperament, health and grooming of each breed. I will also include other sites that will give you more information on each breed. In the worst breeds of dogs I will tell you about their temperament and why I think that these dog make bad pets for kids. I will also include other sites so you can make a more informed decision about your next family member.
5 Best Dogs for Kids
These dogs are great with kids because they are kids at heart. They all have loving personalities and are loyal. They will please you in more ways than you can imagine. Please do remember, though, that this my personal opinion. I am basing this off my research, but you should also do some of your own.
The beagle was originally breed to be a hunting dog, but with its friendly, happy-go-lucky attitude this breed is hard to resist. Beagles love to play as well as work and are happiest when with its human. With a life expectancy of 10 to 14 years, you will have a life-long partner in this dog. This dog will work well with new pet owners or experience ones. The beagle's playful but loving nature is what makes it a great kid dog, but there are some things that you need to watch for:
- Beagles are hard-headed at times and training is a must.
- You should also make sure that you are consistent with your training. If there is a gray area, the dog may become confused and will act accordingly.
- This breed should also be put on a tight feeding schedule, because it loves to eat and will act like it is starving just to get what it wants. Beagles are prone to obesity because of this behavior.
- They take food seriously so you might want to teach children not to mess with this dog while eating or feed it outside just to be safe.
- The beagle is also a scent dog, meaning that its nose was meant for tracking. Its nose can get it into more trouble. Once they get a scent they are hard to detour from it, so it is usually best to leash walk them.
- This dog will also dig and climb fences when left to their own devices or become bored. Regular playing and walks can help keep this behavior to a minimal.
- Grooming this animal it is pretty simple. Beagles have short hair that should be brushed a least once a week. The down side is that they shed year around. This breed is also prone many health problems.
All an all, this is a well-rounded breed who is always eager to please its owners. It has a great temperament and is fairly easy to care for.
This outgoing animal is a great kid’s dog that is just as loyal as can be. With its small size you won’t have to worry about this breed knocking your child to the ground. You will have to watch and make sure that your little one doesn’t play to rough with this dog, though.
- Pugs are extremely smart animals that respond well to positive praise. There are times when this breed can be willful during training, but if you're determined and calm and this dog will excel.
- This is also a lazy breed, so it is important to exercise it often or you will have an obesity problem on your hands.
- Pugs will often get irritated when they feel ignored, and is very sensitive to the tone of your voice. A lot of yelling will only make this breed nervous.
- Grooming the pug is fairly simple job. With their short coat, they only need to be brushed once every two weeks. The folds in there face and their ears need to be cleaned regularly.
- With a life span of 12 to15 years, this will be a loving pet for a long time.
- There are some health problems associated with this breed. The biggest is breathing problems because of their short snout. There are some cancers with this breed but that is better discussed with the breeder or your vet.
Overall, this is a great compact dog that has the loyalty you would expect from a larger breed. With its eager-to-please attitude and loving disposition this little dog is sure to hold a big place in your family.
This is a familiar breed that almost everyone has heard about. It's has been the favorite dog in the United States for about 10 years, and with its versatility it is easy to see why. Labs are patient by nature, and will tolerate being hanged on by little kids. This dog is loyal to the bone. Its only goal in life is to please its human.
- Training needs to start early in this animal, or training will be more difficult. Consistency is a must with this breed along with a firm stand on the rules. This dog is happy knowing its place in the pack.
- You must be careful on how you discipline this dog because it will get its feelings hurt and they don’t forget.
- Labradors come in three basic colors: black, chocolate, and yellow.
- They are relatively easy to groom but do shed year around. They are mostly short-haired so brushing once a week should cut down on the hair being shed. Bathing should only take place when it is needed so as not to lose the undercoat.
This is a great companion that is smart, loving, loyal, and easy to care for. They do have some genetic health problems to check for. Overall, though, this is a fairly healthy breed.
2. Golden Retriver
This is another breed that is familiar to most people and is often compared to the lab. The two breeds are a lot alike, but there are some difference between them.
- This breed is very high energy, so training is a must to help control it. This dog can become over-excited around other dogs if it is not well socialized from a young age.
- With this breed you want to watch play time because its pleasing attitude will cause it to over-exert itself.
- Training this breed is a real treat, some dogs have been known to learn up to 240 commands, words, and phrases.
- This breed also does not do well as a back yard dog, as it prefers to be with the family.
- Grooming this dog is relatively easy even with its long hair. Bathing should only be done when it is necessary so you don’t risk losing the undercoat. This breed does have long hair so you will want to watch and make sure that your little ones don’t pull on it.
- This breed is also prone to skin allergies and other skin problems.
This is another breed that has a lot of energy and will want to play for hours on end. Golden retrievers are intelligent, loyal, and with a life span of 10 to 12 years will be a long-time family member.
Did she say poodle? Yes, a poodle, but not just any poodle, the standard poodle. This intelligent dog that excels in training, is hypoallergenic, and is very patient. This dog is also very easy to potty train on either a pad or outside.
- This dog is likely to take up with everyone in the family instead of just one person like many other breeds.
- It is a people-oriented dog so will not do well as an outdoors pet.
- This is a very active pet so be ready to take long walks and to play ball for as long as you can. If not properly exercised, this breed is known to become destructive and high strung.
- Grooming of this pet can get expensive because of the need to be professionally groomed. The up-side is the hypo-allergenic coat that cuts down on allergies. This does not mean that they won’t shed some.
- Bathing can be done once a week or as needed.
All around the standard poodle is a great dog. With its pleasing attitude, loving disposition, an amazing patience this dog makes a great kids dog. You also will have this pet for a long time with a life span of 10 to 12 years. Even with its size this breed will be right by your side and gratefully so.
This is a dog with mysterious ancestry, particularly because little is known about the father or fathers. A single little of dogs can be fathered by more than one dog. Sometimes where you live and the type of dogs that are popular can give you some idea of what it might be mixed with. The only way to tell for sure though is a blood test. Still, even knowing this information you probably are not going to get a good look at this breeds temperament. There are some things that make mixed dogs tempting. First, they don’t come with that pure breed price tag. Second, when gotten from a shelter they are usually already ready spayed or neutered.
When considering this type of dog it is important to have its temper tested by a professional. They may be able to determine if you are going to have problems in the future. So this breed is a toss-up: some dogs can be the best and some can be the worst.
5 Worst Breeds for Kids
Now I’m going to talk about the worst breeds to have around small children. I’m not saying that all these dogs are going to make good family house pets. I’m just stating what my research has determined. Most of these breeds probably make good pets if you go to a breeder who is dedicated to keeping the breed to exact standards. Most of these dogs are mean due to bad breeding and poor treatment.
Yes, these beautiful dogs can be dangerous to your little ones. Even the best-behaved dog has been known to bite without notice. Must of these incidents are from dog who was going deaf and was startled. This breed is very known for deafness which can make it jumpy. It will also respond negatively to harsh training, so calmness is a must. Most of their aggression comes from its breeding to get those lovely spots.
Not only is this breed bad for young kids, young kids are bad for it. This is a small breed, and, lets face it, kids want to pick up small things. It's just what they do. This is also a nervous breed that could nip at anything. They're territorial and may even attack the adults in the house when they try to sit in a spot the dog has deemed it own.
Breeding is the only reason this dog can be aggressive. Add that to the fact that when they bite they go for the throat an don’t let go. Yes, this dog has a high tolerance for pain but it has little patience for kids. Dominance is a big thing with this breed, so you must always hold that spot or this dog will walk all over you. You can get lucky, though. There was a reason this was the most decorated dog during World War I, also at that time a popular dog to own. This is a loving breed that loves to please, and it now has bad reputations because of what humans have done to it.
- Pit Bull Temperament
What is temperament and how does it affect the Pit Bull?
Between the years of 1979 and 1998 this breed held the number-two position in fatal human bites as reported by the CDC. This breed can be completely unpredictable. One minute it’s laying there being part of the family, the next it has bitten someone. So it is best not to have this dog around young kids. Once again, though, breeding has lot to do with its bad attitude.
1. Chow Chow
This breed is number one because of its quick temper and the enjoyment it gets out of bullying. If you show any fear, this dog will act on it. A strong hand will not work on this dog and it will not hesitate to give you a bite to let you know that is not acceptable. This dog has long fuzzy hair that young kids might pull and cause an unwanted response.
Please remember that this is my own personal opinion based on research I did. This does not meant that all dogs are good or bad. The most important thing to remember is to find a respectable breeder who is dedicated to keeping their dogs to the highest standard. Training is a must; a good dog is a well trained dog.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.