good dog breeds for kids

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There are several dog breeds that have a reputation for being very good with children.good

Dogs can be great additions to any family.  Kids love animals, and they often form close bonds with the family pet.  If you have decided to bring a dog into your home, you should do your homework first.  Not all dog breeds are good with children, while others are known for being wonderful with them.  You may assume that a small dog is a safer dog, but that is actually untrue.  There are kid-friendly dog breeds in small, medium, and large sizes.  In fact, lots of small dogs, especially “toy” breeds, are not good to have with kids because kids play too rough with them.  Here are some small, medium, and large dog breeds that are great with kids:

The American Cocker Spaniel: This small breed is absolutely adorable and charming.  They have long, hanging ears and round gentle eyes.  These dogs are eager to please their master, and they are very loving and cuddly with kids.  The average weight for an adult American Cocker Spaniel is between fifteen and thirty pounds, and their life expectancy is between twelve and fifteen years.

The American Lo-Sze Pugg:  Like their forefather, the Pug, Lo-Sze Puggs are wonderfully loving and affectionate with kids.  Basically, they look like miniature Pugs.  Make sure to go to a breeder that is experienced with this specific breed as it is relatively new and is often irresponsibly bred.  Not only is this breed great with kids, but Lo-Sze Puggs are also great with cats and birds.  They are truly gentle animals that love companionship.  The average weight for an adult Lo-Sze Pugg is between five and twelve pounds, and their life expectancy is between twelve and fifteen years.    

The Beagle:  Ever since the days Snoopy came onto the scene so many decades ago, Beagles have been very popular pets.  Charlie Brown isn’t the only kid who has enjoyed the company of a beloved Beagle – these dogs are excellent friends to children.  They can be entertained by playing games with kids for hours, and they love playing catch outside.  One thing to keep in mind is that these doggies are loud barkers, so if you have neighbors in a close proximity, you may want to go with a quieter breed.  You’ll be surprised at the loud bark that comes from these tiny little pups.  Adult Beagles should weigh between twenty and twenty-five pounds.  The life expectancy for Beagles is between twelve and fifteen years.

The Scotch Collie:  This medium-sized dog, also known as the Farm Collie, is known for being very affectionate and loving towards kids.  They look like a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Collie.  This breed is very sweet and quickly becomes attached to its family and the other household pets.  The average weight for an adult Scotch Collie is between forty and sixty pounds.  The average lifespan is between thirteen and sixteen years.     

The Bernese Mountain Dog: These dogs are strong, large, and intelligent.  They are very easy to train and they quickly form a bond with their family.  They are gentle giants, and they really enjoy playing with kids.  Since they are so large and sturdy, they are fine even with kids who are a little overly rambunctious.  The average weight for an adult Bernese Mountain Dog is between eighty-five and one-hundred and ten pounds.  

There are also some dog breeds that are known to be bad with children.  Some of the dog breeds to absolutely avoid include the Dingo, the New Guinea Singing Dog, and the Sarplaninac.  There are also some breeds that should only be considered for homes with older (teenaged), responsible children, and not for homes with young children.  Some examples of breeds that are only for families with older kids include many breeds of terriers, Border Collies, Chihuahuas, Chow Chows, Dachshunds, Greyhounds, Lhasa Apsos, Papillons, and Shetland Sheep dogs.  Before bringing any dog into your home, make sure that you have chosen a credible and trustworthy breeder with a proven track-record.