What kind of dog breed is the best one for little kids?
Hi . In fact almost any type of breed is a very good socializing start for little kids with the animal world. In my opinion you should choose a Labrador Retriever or maybe Golden Retriever. They are very intelligent dogs and playful too . Your kids are going to enjoy hanging around with it . As a matter of fact Labs have a strong sense of family living and they will treat you and your children as they would treat their own puppies. So I recommend you to go for a Labrador .
I think larger breeds are generally better with kids, because they don't get as bothered when kids pull their hair or fall on them and stuff, whereas smaller dogs are more likely to get scared or hurt by children and react aggressively.
Golden retrievers or Labradors are definitely a good choice, as dejvimanushi says. So are Newfoundlands.
That puppy in the picture is absolutely adorable. I've never owned retrievers or labs & I've always had a fondness for the Siberian Husky, however I have had 2 generations of German Shepards & they were great with my kids when they were younger & now that they are older.
I don't think it's the breed you should worry about, but the dog itself. They all are different and have different personalities and past history(if taken from a rescue shelter).
But you should know that any dog can bite, even the ones that looked really patient and seem not to bother when kids pull their hair. Kids around dogs should ALWAYS be supervised.
I a lot of bite cases, the dog didn't look like he was bothered by the kid, but he was sending body messages that often are not understood by the parents nor the kids. Those signs when ignored can rapidly escalate to growling and then biting. A lot of parents , when a bit accident happened, said that their dog never bit before and that they just bit out of nowhere. But, the dog was in fact giving a lot of warning signs that weren't acknowledged.
I recommend you get a dog from a shelter since they know better the personality of the dog and if they will go well with kids, and also because when you get a puppy, you don't know yet his adult personality.
I also recommend you look up for "Calming signals" on google or youtube to learn the dog language so you can prevent any biting accident.
It's also the parents job to teach their kids how to respect the dog space and needs so the dog don't lose his patience and an accident happens.
Seconding Grejotte's answer . It's not a breed thing, it's an individual thing. Kids should NEVER be allowed to pull a dog's ears or hair, climb on it, poke at it, etc., but you want a dog who will give you time to intervene before it reacts if this does happen. Children must be very closely supervised, and taught as early as possible to read a dog's body language and know when to leave it alone. They learn proper treatment of animals from what adults let them do, so if you let them mistreat an animal now then they will continue mistreating it in the future. You want a dog that's even-tempered, calm around the kids, accepts that you are at the top of the family hierarchy, and that trusts you to take care of it. It's in an animal's nature to be leery or frightened of another animal's young, so it's extremely important to foster positive interactions between your kids and the dog. Learn the danger signs, and learn how to respond to decelerate a situation if the dog gets stressed.
I work with shelter dogs, and have seen every imaginable breed or mix of breeds go to families with kids. I've also seen strictly "no kids" dogs turn into great family dogs because they finally got into a home where the parents stressed proper treatment. From personal experience, I'd also say that unless you're an experienced and hands-on dog owner, puppies and young kids are a really bad combination. Puppies don't know the boundaries yet and can learn some very bad things from kids who are also just learning. Young dogs around 1-2 years old seem to do well, and of course older dogs who are already accustomed to kids.
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