Choosing a Family-Friendly Dog Breed
When your family decides to bring home a puppy, it is important to consider
the breed carefully. Not all dogs are suited to life in a bustling household
with kids, so both your family and your new puppy will all be happier
if you pick the right breed for your particular living situation. If you
need help, talk to the pros at your local animal hospital. They can give
you insight into the personality of the different breeds and the amount of
veterinarian care different breeds need, so you can make an informed decision. As you consider
your options, keep these points in mind.
Consider Sporting Breeds and Working Breeds
Dogs that fall into these categories tend to be good family pets, because
they have been bred to work beside humans. They are usually highly trainable
and eager to please, so they are good additions to families, especially
ones that include young children. Golden retrievers and Labrador retrievers
fall into this category. Herding breeds, which include collies and German
shepherds, are also very trainable, which makes them good family pets.
Make Sure the Size Measures Up
It may seem counterintuitive, but most experts recommend that families
with small children get larger dogs. Small children very frequently step
on dogs’ paws or grab them in ways that can be painful. Among small
dogs, these kinds of incidents are more likely to cause injury, which
can make the dog lash out against the child or bite. Larger dogs are better
able to tolerate this kind of interaction. Because it doesn’t hurt
them as much, they are more patient. If you think your children could
be tugging ears or grabbing tails, a large breed could be the best pick.
Match Your Activity Levels
Dogs that have been bred to work have a lot of energy that needs to be
released through exercise and play, and if it isn’t they may become
unhappy and destructive. If your kids are small and will be home to play
with your pup, this can be a good fit. If your family is away from the
house all day, choose a more mellow breed, like a pug, who is happy to
sit and nap while you’re away.
Chastain Veterinary Medical Group is here to offer all the advice you need on choosing and caring for a
puppy, including dog neutering, vaccinations, and pet grooming. To schedule
a consultation at our Animal Hospital in McKinney, please call (972) 529-5033,
or, for our Hospital in North Dallas, please call (972) 239-1309.