When it comes to your children, you only want the best. For many families, this includes the experience of having a dog as a pet. But as you think about bringing a dog into your home, you may have some anxiety about how they’ll interact with your kids. In addition to the individual dog’s temperament, the breed also makes a difference. So what are the best dog breeds for families with small children? A veterinarian’s input can help. Fort Mill Animal Clinic has a few breeds that you may want to consider.
- Golden retrievers – A beautiful, kind, and obedient breed, golden retrievers interact well with children. These dogs are eager to please and are considered to be an all-American pet.
- Boxers – Despite their size and stature, boxers are quite loyal and affectionate. They also have a tendency to be playful, gentle, and patient around small children.
- Labrador retrievers – Labs have a good temperament and are energetic, making them good companions for smaller children. Just make sure they get an adequate amount of exercise.
- Beagles – Looking for a dog that’s loyal and great around kids? Beagles are the full package.
- Newfoundland – Newfoundlands make quite a statement but they seem to have a genuine affection for children that’s earned them the nickname of “nanny dogs.”
Before you bring a dog into your home, be sure to talk to the breeder, the staff at the shelter, or a veterinarian. Tell them about your child and your home life. They’ll be able to make the best recommendation for your particular situation. Then consider expanding your knowledge by reading books or websites devoted to the breed. Taking this step will help make your family and your new dog happier. And if you need a caring veterinarian to help you care for your new pet, Fort Mill Animal Clinic is here to help. We promise to treat your pets like part of our family!