Some of the greatest memories of my childhood started happening when we got my dog Jazz. Though Jazz wasn't the first dog my family had, he was the best one to me because he was so friendly and lovable. I know it sounds so cliché to say, but Jazz was really like my best friend. And part of that may have been because of the type of dog he was. I remember my parents researching and discussing whether or not there are certain kinds of dogs better for families with kids before we welcomed Jazz to the family. After all, they wanted to make sure we would be safe with whatever breed they brought into our home. And Jazz , a schitzu, was definitely safe.
Although bringing a schitzu into our home worked great for us, American Kennel Club noted that before you choose your dog, you should consider your family's lifestyle, living quarters, and children's ages. Depending on the breed of the dog, it may perform better with a certain age range of children. Keeping in mind that some dogs may prefer to rest over playing consistently, could also be a determining factor if your children are very active.
According to PetMD, you should also be looking into a dog's temperament when choosing one for your home. Having a calmer dog will provide a better chance for a stronger bond between them and your kids, and make them a better companion, too. Additionally, PetMD noted that the size of your dog should be an important factor, too. Though larger dogs may make you feel safe, if the temperament and energy level do not match with that of the lifestyle of your family, there may not be a bond between them and your child. Smaller dogs have the ability to be a little more excitable, while large dogs tend to be docile.
So, what type of dog would be best to choose for your family? That answer will range based on your family specifically. However, Family Circle noted that mixed breed dogs, golden retrievers, boxers, doberman pinschers, and poodles are all good options to keep in mind.
Ultimately, your dog's breed is only part of the equation. The way your family treats and cares for the pup will play a huge role in how they behave and interact with humans. If your family isn't able to handle the responsibility, then it may be worth holding off on adding a furry member to the family.