Before adding a pup to your household, take time to consider your personal situation and options. Matching a dog with your lifestyle will make it easier for you to adjust to a canine companion. If you have small kids, you’ll want a breed that’s friendly, easy to get along with and easy to train. Here are some important aspects to consider when choosing a dog breed for your family.
Kid’s Age and Maturity
Consider your kids’ age and level of maturity when choosing a dog. Large, active pups can accidentally knock over young toddlers in the course of play. In contrast, smaller breeds could be “smothered” by older children who aren't used to handling pets with care. Puppies require a lot of training and attention. If you can’t put in the time, look for an adult dog that’s had experience living with children. By matching a dog’s age, size and temperament with the age and activity/maturity level of your kids, your family will have an easier time adjusting to having a new pup in the home.
Obedience training is a must for any dog you adopt into your family. A responsible adult should undertake this task. Older children can learn a lot by participating in canine training. All your children should be taught how to behave around dogs.
Some breeds are better for families than others due to their level of intelligence, temperament and energy. You can avoid problems with your pet by selecting a dog that’s a natural with kids. Kid friendly dog breeds include:
- Labrador and Golden Retriever
- Bichon Frise
- Cairn Terrier
- German Shepherd and
These breeds share personality traits like good temperament, intelligence, gentle disposition, playfulness and friendliness that make them suitable matches for kids.
What Breeds Get Along with Cats?
If you have a feline companion and want to add a pup to your household, consider a breed that gets along well with cats. Golden Retrievers and Labradors are friendly, tolerant dogs that are more likely to enjoy cuddling and playing with your feline pet. Beagles, Bassett Hounds and Cocker Spaniels are affectionate, playful and even-tempered, making them less likely to fight with your cat.
In contrast, Schnauzers, Dobermans and Terriers are guard dogs and wouldn't hesitate to attack your kitty if given a chance. Ill-tempered Malamutes and Huskies also make bad cat companions and should be avoided when adding a pup to your household.
Finding the Right Pup
You can find dogs from a pet shop, your local shelter, rescue groups or through friends and relatives who know people looking for a home for a pet. Purebreds can be obtained through a reputable breeder in your area. Look for a pup you feel capable of taking care of and one that will fit in well with your family’s lifestyle.
Once you’ve found your pet, feel free to contact us at The Wagmore Pet Resort for any pet care needs. We provide professional boarding, grooming, daycare and training services to simplify and enhance your pet ownership experience.