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Dog breeds that are good with children

Choosing a breed of dog will be influenced by a number of factors including your lifestyle. Certain breeds are known for particular character and behaviour traits, including their suitability for children, which will also play a part in your decision making process. However, all animals have their own temperaments so this cannot be used as a definitive guideline.

Breeds of dog can be defined as small, medium, large and giant, but just because a dog is small does not necessarily mean it is easier to look after. It is a good idea to consider the general temperament of a breed, as well as its size and energy levels. If you have children with allergies you may also be looking for a hypo-allergenic breed.

Some of the most popular family friendly dog breeds include:

Golden Retriever: Confident, smart, kind, loyal and patient, Retrievers love playing with children, but they do need lots of exercise and outdoor space.

Labrador Retrievers: Known for their sweet temperaments, Labrador Retrievers have been amongst the most popular dog breeds for decades. They need a lot of exercise to prevent weight gain.

Bulldogs: For those looking for a less energetic dog, Bulldogs are loyal and relaxed making them calm companions for families.

Beagles: A breed that thrives on companionship, Beagles are known for their friendly and loveable nature.

Havanese: Extremely loving, Havanese are playful, even-tempered little dogs who are known to be incredibly gentle with children by nature.

Poodles: A hypo-allergenic breed, poodles come in large and miniature sizes and are highly intelligent dogs. They tend to be obedient and responsive, but they do require a lot of grooming.

Dogs can be extremely loving and nurturing members of the family providing great companionship for children. By educating children in the needs of their new pet and their responsibility to care for their dog from the beginning you will maximise the opportunity to create a happy and safe environment for both your new dog and your children.

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