Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Dogs And Children That Go Together

Are you considering getting a dog, but have concerns because you have children? There are several breeds of dogs that make better pets than other breeds. Some breeds to consider include Retrievers, Schnauzers/Beagles, Collies, Spaniels, and Poodles.
The most popular breed is the Labrador Retriever. If you have young children or toddlers, you might consider getting a puppy of this breed. Raising them together develops positive interaction between your children and your pets early.
Retrievers are a good size for kids, not too small or too big. They're affectionate, patient, and intelligent. They're known to take a toddler's rough play with a wag and a smile. They like to play as well and they're a breed that is easy to train. You can always count on a Retriever, but it's important to make them feel as if they're a member of your family. Other retrievers who have a good reputation around children include Golden Retrievers and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.
Schnauzers and Beagles fall into the hound family. These dogs are usually a little smaller in stature compared to Retrievers. They have good, positive temperaments, but can be a little stubborn. The Basset Hound also falls into this family of dogs. They may have a false reputation for being lazy because they've been known to play with children all day long.
One of the most famous Collies is "Lassie." They are known for being friendly and patient. Because of this, they're very docile with children. Collies are also known to have a lot engery, which is good for being around young children.
There's a lot of dogs that fall into the Spaniel family, including the American Cocker Spaniel, and English Cocker Spaniel. These dogs are known to be kind, trusting, cheerful, and smart. They are very even-tempered. Their ears are very sensitive to pulling though, so it's important to watch your toddler to ensure they aren't too rough on the dog's ears. It's very important to buy your Spaniel from a reputable breeder since there were problems with inbreeding Spaniels in the late 1970's and early 1980's.
Poodles are known to be naturally kind, mild mannered, and sensitive. Poodles are smart and this is another breed that's easy to train. They're usually smaller in stature compared to retrievers. Poodles are fearless, faithful, and ready to play, however Toy Poodles, a sub-breed of Poodles, don't have the temperament for children and aren't recommended if you have kids.
Dogs are wonderful family pets. If you match the right breed to your family, you'll have a friend for life.
This article has been submitted in affiliation with http://www.PetLovers.Com/ which is a site for Pets.
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