A dog is a devoted creature that lives side by side with a human being for a long time. Some pets do a great job different, while others are full-fledged companions, some give birth to fulfill the desire of the child. But how to choose a dog for children? What breeds are recommended to pay attention to?
Dog and child: the perfect combination
Naturally, the requirements to start a dog are largely dependent on the child’s age - a 4-5 year old kid will be happy for any fluffy lump, but the teenager will most likely tell what kind of dog he would like to have. Parents should not blindly follow the lead of the children, but still it is necessary to take into account the wishes of the future owner.
If the living space does not allow even a medium breed to be taken into a puppy's house, then you can pay attention to compact pets - poodles, chihuahuas, dachshunds, spitz, dwarf pinschers and various lapdogs. These dogs are not aggressive, stress-resistant, mobile and do not require large spaces. In addition, they do not need complex care, except that some will have to periodically cut and comb.
Do not think that if the baby in the house, then the pet must be necessarily a tiny size. A small child may inadvertently harm a dwarf pet. Among medium breeds, good-natured and active, you can look at the spaniels, beagle, welsh borg, collie, terriers. But here there is one caveat - these dogs need regular outdoor games and activities, which means that the child must be appropriate in age in order to provide this to his four-legged friend.
The choice of large breeds should be approached more carefully, not all of them are suitable as a companion for games. You should not start a puppy, focusing on the popularity of the breed, for example, beautiful and proud husky, strict alabai, very expensive and spectacular Tibetan mastiffs require a firm hand and serious training. And graceful greyhounds are not so easy to learn.
What qualities should a dog have?
No matter how old the child is, his dog should not be aggressive, wayward and stubborn. In addition, there are a number of requirements for it:
- the dog must patiently endure all childish pranks, the maximum - the pet can “grumble” in protest or leave;
- the child needs a cheerful, active dog, which means that a lazy dog who loves to lie at the TV on the couch will not work well;
- give preference to better breeds that can be well trained, because the little owner will definitely bring up and train his pet;
- one of the main conditions is a stable psyche.
Of course, there are many requirements, both among parents and children, but there are a great many dog breeds and you can always find a better dog for your own child.
The best dog breeds suitable for children
Dogs for children that are able to become true friends for a child:
- Welsh Corgi. Not too common breed, a native of Wales, whose representatives, according to legend, have become a gift to people from fairies. Corgi have a compact size, weigh up to 12 kg, are active, sweet and loyal. Differ in simplicity in food, cleanliness, in addition, they do not require complex care.
- Pygmy poodle. This dog has long been at the top of the lists of the most highly intelligent breeds, it has hypoallergenic wool, which practically does not fade. Poodles love to play and perform various tasks, understand the owner at a glance and are not stubborn. Pet hair needs special care, requiring regular haircuts.
- Pug. Small Chinese dogs with a funny appearance, positive and quick-witted, Pugs are gaining popularity lately. Since ancient times, they have played the role of family favorites, but then they more often lived in the imperial chambers, and today - in children's rooms.
- Labrador retriever. If you need a larger pet, then Labrador Retriever is a great option! These dogs retain playfulness all their life, catching the intonation of the owner and his mood. Always close, but at the same time devoid of obsession. Such a pet will very quickly find a language with its little owner.
- The beagle Small dogs of hunting breed are distinguished by acumen and irrepressible energy. Keep such a pet can and in a small apartment. Even a child is able to train the beagle, but with such a loud brotherhood you will have to forget about peace and quiet in the house. Bigley have well-developed hunter instincts, which should be taken into account when walking - a pet can run away after running animals.
- American Cocker Spaniel. This cute and good-natured dog of a hunting breed almost immediately becomes the favorite of all members of the family. He is easy to play, playful and hardy, so children can run and jump with him for hours, and the dog will only be happy about it.
- Newfoundland. Canadian giants possessing luxurious wool, docile temperament and poise. Under the supervision of such a dog, the child will be safe. But when choosing you should take into account that the pet will need a lot of space. Best Newfoundland to keep in a private house.
- German Shepherd. A puppy of this official breed is best to start for a school-age child who can practice with such a smart dog that requires regular exercise. As a result, they will become inseparable friends, will spend a lot of time on the air. And besides - the German is an excellent bodyguard.
- Collie. The Scottish Sheepdog is a beautiful, hardy dog, not aggressive, requiring active pursuits. She easily assimilates even difficult teams, so she will be an excellent companion for a teenage child. Collie care requires a standard, but with regular long combing of wool, especially during periods of seasonal molts.
- St. Bernard. If the family decided to start a large pet so that the child has an impressive guard and protector, then it is difficult to find a better dog than the St. Bernard. He is phlegmatic, does not pay attention to minor irritants, but at the same time he keeps a watchful eye on the child and is always ready to help. Of course, such a large pet needs space and another nuance - the St. Bernards have increased salivation, and the drooling can flow quite abundantly.
A dog in the house is undoubtedly a hassle and additional expense. But then the child learns to take care of his smaller friend, takes on a certain responsibility, naturally, by virtue of his age. And one more important nuance - he gets a faithful, devoted friend, who will warmly remember all his life.