Which dog breeds are best for young families?


Owning a dog teaches young children responsibility and consistency. In fact, dogs have often been used in children therapies for those who are developmentally challenged due to their non-judgemental and unquestioning companionship.

However, when looking at puppies for adoption, choosing the right breed can be quite difficult; especially when you have young children to consider.

The RSPCA has thousands of pets in need of new and loving homes with various breeds of dog among their residents. They can help provide all the information you need to give a puppy or dog a new and loving home and suggest different breeds that are suitable for families but here are our top five selections to get you started.

1. Bulldogs

Despite the English Bulldogs ferocious appearance, it is extremely affectionate and great with children. The English bulldog will generally grow to around 12-16 inches and weigh 5-55lbs which makes them a relatively small breed.

Whilst bulldogs are extremely energetic as puppies, they do slow down with age and this makes them a great companion for young children as they calm down as the child grows. Bulldogs are well loved by families and often create a strong relationship with children.

2. Beagles

The Beagle is a floppy eared dog that is known by children from the cartoon Snoopy. The Beagle was originally bred to be hunters however they are fantastic with children.

The Beagle is sweet, loving and typically good with other dogs. They do need regular exercise and their food intake should be monitored carefully to avoid obesity but otherwise they’re a fairly low-maintenance choice for families.

3. Newfoundland

The gigantic breed of the Newfoundland has an incredibly sweet disposition and patient nature that makes them ideal for a young family environment. These dogs grow to the average size of 25-29 inches tall and weigh around 100-150lbs with a lifespan of an average of 10 years.

Newfoundlands are social dogs who eagerly welcome strangers and bear no ill will. It is thought that this breed of dogs is one of the most intelligent and is therefore very easily trained.

4. Bull Terrier

The Bull Terrier comes with a flat head that slopes evenly into his snout and has a muscular build. They are extremely gentle and are perfect for a family dog.

The Bull Terrier will typically grow to around 20-24 inches in height and weigh between 45-80lbs. This breed of dog is a medium- large build and will not be injured easily with rough play.

The Bull Terrier has often been called a ‘three year old in a dog suit’ due to its playful nature and this means it is a good idea to ensure children participate in training the dog at an early age.

5. Rough Collie

Rough Collies are most famous for being known as Lassie. This great childhood dog is smart and predictable by nature and absolutely loves children.

The average Collie will grow to be 22-26 inches tall and will weigh approximately 50-70lbs. They are well known for being easy to train and are very clean dogs which helps with grooming.

With their stable personality, the Collie gets on well with both children and adults and has an average lifespan of around 14-16 years to make them an ideal family pet.

To find out more about what dog is best suited for you and your family, it is important that you conduct sufficient research. This November, London is hosting its annual Dog Show on 08-09 from 10:00-17:00. There’ll be more than 200 breeds of dog in attendance which will give you plenty of opportunity to find out more about them and talk to real owners about their requirements.

You can buy tickets online now to avoid disappointment with prices as follows*:

Adults (16 years and over): £13.20

Children (12-15 years): £9.90

Students: £9.90

Seniors (over 60 years): £9.90

Under 12s: FREE but must have their own ticket

*All prices are true at time of writing and include admin fee + £2 fulfilment fee

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