The 10 Best Dogs for Kids and Families to Adopt Straight Away
Dogs can teach kids responsibility, compassion, and cooperation — all while being the best playmates anyone could ask for. Before you adopt any pup, however, it’s always a good idea to research the best kind of dog breed for your children and lifestyle.
1. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Combine the portable size of a toy breed with the verve of a sporting one and you get these adorable and lively companions. Cavaliers get along with just about everybody they come across, including kids and other dogs. (The silky-soft fur and heart-melting expression is just a bonus.)
2. Bernese Mountain Dog
For families that like to think big, consider a gentle giant like the Bernese Mountain Dog. They can top 100 pounds, but underneath all that fluff is a sweet, warmhearted pet known for its gentle nature with children.
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3. Alaskan Malamute
Alaskan Malamutes live for their pack, either human or canine. That trait comes in handy as a bred sled dog. Built to work, these powerful dogs need a leader to set a consistent training and exercise regimen. (Now’s your chance to pick up skijoring.) You’ll be rewarded with a loyal, friendly face and wagging plumed tail.
4. Boston Terrier
Clocking in under 25 pounds, these people-oriented pups wear low-maintenance “tuxedo” coats. Just like the name suggests, Boston Terriers adapt to apartment living quite handily — although they’ll appreciate walks around the block and games with the kids.
5. Labrador Retriever
They’ve remained the most popular dog breed for decades for a reason. Labs love kids, adults, other pets, and just everyone in general. Their sweet demeanor makes them instant BFFs with whomever they meet, but don’t underestimate their high energy levels. This exuberant breed needs serious exercise every day, and they can grow up to 80 pounds.
6. Golden Retriever
Another all-American favourite, Golden Retrievers live up to their status as a great family dog. They’re quick learners that require lots of physical activity: running, swimming, fetching, and plenty of playing. In return, they’ll give you joyful companionship with plenty of silliness thrown in for good measure.
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For those who enjoy more of a laidback lifestyle, a loyal bulldog might prove a better fit. Besides regular walks, these dignified pups love a good snooze. While their wrinkled mugs might win you over, take care if you live in a warm climate: The short snouts make them prone to overheating.
Just like humans, pugs love eating and sleeping. You have to watch their diets (no table scraps allowed!) and activity levels, but look no further if you want a couch companion to snuggle up and watch movies with. At just 15 pounds or so, this is a breed that doesn’t need a huge backyard, but appreciates a play session with the kiddos.
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Cute? Check. Friendly? Check. Totally lovable? Check and check. Beagles absolutely thrive on companionship; long days alone won’t work for these pack animals. Those pleading expressions can hide another potential challenge: The hounds can become daring escape artists if they come across a captivating scent.
10. Irish Setter
Just imagine walking one of these beauties around the neighborhood. Irish Setters are total showstoppers, but as a member of the sporting group, gifted athletes in their own right. An active lifestyle (and an endless supply of tennis balls) is a must. This is a work-out partner that’ll motivate everyone in the family to get moving.
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