Have your kids been begging you to get a puppy? More than just the great responsibility that comes with caring for a dog, comes the responsibility for ensuring your family’s safety. While dogs make excellent companions and family members, not all breeds are considered the “most-friendly.” As with any pet, the nature of a dog’s behavior is dependent upon formal training, its surroundings, and its natural instinct. If you’re considering getting a dog for your family, view the information below may help (provided by SaferPets).
5 Safest Dog Breeds
- Border Terrier—if your children are highly energetic and rambunctious, the short-haired, compact Border Terrier could be a perfect fit for your family. They are also known to be good watchdogs! One characteristic your family must be ready for—the constant digging.
- Beagle—Charlie Brown’s best friend, Snoopy, makes a great best friend for any family. Beagles are excited, happy, and sociable pups. They also have a distinct quality your family must be ready for—obsessing over scents the first time they pick up on them. Prepare for a highly-distracted dog during training.
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier—don’t let this dog’s compact body and strong head fool you. While powerful and muscular, these dogs are extremely intelligent, loyal, and affectionate (especially with children). Something to consider—the Staffordshire loves being competitive with other dogs. It’s key to train yours to be on its best behavior around other pups.
- Cocker Spaniel—not only are cockers incredibly adorable, they are affectionate and intelligent. They need a fair amount of exercise, so running around with the kids is a perfect way to accomplish that. Not to mention, Cocker Spaniels have sharp hunting instincts.
- Labrador/Golden Retriever—it’s too hard to pick a top spot between the lab and golden. Both in the Retriever family, these breeds are extremely common for families. Loyal, good-natured, and loving, a golden or lab will not disappoint. Your children will find this pup to be their best friend for a long time.
If you have any questions or concerns about a breed not listed above, contact us.