Beagles have become very popular family pets because of their smallish size, temperament and lack of inherent major health problems. While sometimes they can be high-strung and easily distracted, the Beagle is intelligent and very good with kids. It’s short coat means easy maintenance for the owner and it can be an outdoor or indoor dog depending on your living situation.
The Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog in the world. Originally bred for retrieving fowl, the retriever has shown itself to be very smart, active and loves kids. It’s also the most popular breed of assistant dog in the United States. Labrador Retrievers are not territorial, hypersensitive or insecure – meaning that they’d be a well-rounded fit for your family. Their puppyish behavior can last for three years or so, sometimes mistaken with hyperactiveness, and some lines of labs can be rambunctious if not trained. However, the breed as a whole is known as mellow and well-rounded.
Like the Labrador Retriever, the Golden Retriever was bred to retrieve water fowl and have since become one of the most popular family breeds in the world. They’re friendly, eager-to-please and have a love for water. Golden Retrievers are very trusting and social and therefore would make poor guard dogs; however, they’re intelligence, obedience and patience with kids in renowned.
Scooby-Doo is certainly a kid favorite, so why not bring a real-life version of the Great Dane home? While considered one of the tallest dogs in the world, meaning that the size of the dog may be a concern if you have smaller children, its size is somewhat misleading as they have a very gentle disposition. They also are usually well-behaved around other animals as well. It’s sometimes thought that Great Danes are slow and docile, meaning they don’t need exercise. This is not true. Despite a slow metabolism common in all dogs, the Great Dane was bred to hunt wild boar and be a guard dog; therefore, they’re full of energy and should be walked on a regular basis.
The word “Pug” comes from Old English which means “little devil” or “monkey.” Despite their odd appearance, the Pug has a very playful personality and is very patient with kids. They’re intelligent, but can sometimes have a stubborn streak. Despite this, they can also be obedient with the proper training.
For people with allergies, the poodle is a hypoallergenic dog breed meaning that they have a longer active growth period for their hair follicles, so less pet dander and dead hair is floating around. It’s curly coat also catches the dander and dead hair as well, adding an extra layer of protection for people with allergies. The medium-sized standard poodle is largely considered the best size for kids. Poodles are active and love to be the center of attention. They were also used in circuses to perform tricks, meaning that they’re much easier to train than other dogs.
Like the Great Dane is a very large dog that’s also gentle. In fact, they’re so laid-back that they’re largely considered the best dog for children. The Newfoundland is also easy-to-train and gets along well with other animals. Used largely for water rescue, this breed has tremendous strength and once a single Newfoundland saved 63 sailors in a ship wreck.
This medium-sized breed is one of the more popular types of dogs in the United States. They’re considered obedient, energetic and love kids. While sometimes they can be rambunctious, with proper socialization and attention, Boxers are excellent in the household.
There’s a reason Lassie was on TV. The Collie breed is very smart, gentle and will almost never have a biting problem. In fact, police will not train Collies because of their reluctance to bite a person. Bred as a herding dog, the Collie is extremely intelligent, loyal and are gentle with children.
Mixed-breed dogs are generally healthier than their pure-bred counterparts since pure-bred dogs carry genetic weaknesses from generation to generation. Mutts are also cheaper in price, and you can usually save a dog from a less-than-ideal life out on the street or in a kennel. Depending on the matchup of breeds, Mutts are generally considered smarter and well-balanced.