5 Dog Breeds for Kids

I grew up in a household with dogs. It was one of the things that really helped me a lot growing up. They were my constant companions even when I was left alone at home. They would keep me company and play with me.

As a parent now, I truly appreciate the things dogs do for kids. One of things to consider when choosing a pet dog for the home is whether they are great with kids. Most dogs do well with kids, but there are some breeds that are exceptional with children.

These often show a lot of devotion and friendship with the child. They are also protective and nurturing.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

Golden Retreiver

the Golden RetrieverThey’re super cute and very intelligent making them among the most popular breeds dog owners go for. The golden retreiver is a medium sized dog that is also among the most beautiful looking.

They are very energetic dogs making them perfect if you have a backyard or love to go out and walk. They are great with kids and easily adapt to different types of living environments.

What makes them great for kids is not only their intelligence but also because they’re very devoted. This makes them watch over your kids to make sure they’re always safe and secure.

Bulldog

BulldogsBulldogs are the 4th most popular dog breed. They are very calm and very friendly making it easy for them to cozy up to kids. One other characteristic of bulldogs is that they’re very courageous. This makes them the perfect companions for kids as they’re friendly with your child but ready to protect them in case anything ever happens.

The surprising thing about bulldogs is that they my look mean on the outside which leads many people to think that they’re aggressive. But in reality they’re quite the opposite.

Because they are a relatively healthy breed, many pet owners like to choose this breed as they don’t need as much attention as others.

Labrador Retriever

Labrador RetrieversLabs are the most popular dog breeds. They are a great fit for families specially those with kids.

This active dog breed is very outgoing which makes them excellent companions with kids.

They can help introverted kids get over not going out which makes for healthier upbringing.

Labrador retrievers are very friendly which make them easy to raise with kids.

Beagles

BeaglesFor those who grew up on cartoons, you’ll probably remember the most famous beagle of them all, Snoopy. Beagles has extremely great sense of smell because they were bred for hunting.

This breed is great with kids as it is very loving and gentle with children. They love being around people and are among the easiest dog breeds to own.

One thing beagle owners should know is that they need to be exercised as they have a propensity of getting fat.

Newfoundland

The NewfoundlandNewfoundlands are a slightly bigger dog breed compared to beagles and poodles. They are around 2 feet to 2.5 feet tall and weigh between 100 to 150 lbs. This makes them perfect for kids who are a bit older.

These dogs are among the sweetest dogs and have very gentle dispositions. They are also great swimmers making them great companions for when the kids go swimming.

This breed has a heavy coat and often come in many varieties of colors, including black, gray white and brown.

4 Reasons Dogs Make You Healthier

DogsOwning a dog is one of the biggest responsibilities you could have. They’re like your own children that you nurture and take care of.

In return they give you love that is unconditional and become your lifelong companion through the best of times and even the worst of times.

I’ve had a lot of ups and downs in life but one thing I can always say, my dogs have always been there and they never fail to help bring a smile to my face.

It may seem like the most common thing that we note about owning a dog is their companionship. But in reality there’s a lot more to them. They do offer many health benefits that go beyond companionship and science has proven a good number of these health benefits to be true.

Health Benefits of Owning a Dog

They Help You Get More Exercise

This is one of the the most common things that I see dogs help with their owners. Most of us spend our days seated behind a desk. As we get older, we get less and less exercise which eventually becomes harmful for our health.

Dogs are known to be active creatures. They are playful, love to run and walk around. They are very curious so they like going to new places too.

One of the things I quickly notice with new dog owners is they get more exercise with their dogs. This can come in the form of just regular walks with their pets, or playing with them. I even see a lot of people bring their dogs as workout companions when they exercise outdoors.

Owning a Dog Helps Improve Our Heart

Thanks to the added physical activity and companionship, our bodies see a number of benefits in the long term. One of the biggest things that have been medically proven is that dog owners have improved heart health.

Studies have revealed that those who owned dogs had better heart health, and low risks of heart disease and stroke over the long term. This may be in fact thanks to the extra exercise we get when we own a dog.

The added physical activity also helps improve other health issues. Owning a dog has been shown to improve cholesterol levels and also triglycerides. Compared to non-dog owners, those who had at least one dog in the household also had lower blood pressure.

Dogs Help Us Get More Social (and Away from Isolation)

People are meant to be social beings. But in the digital lifestyle that’s common nowadays, we see more and more of us step away from social engagements and just deal with people digitally.

This can be in the form of email, chat or social networks. Gone are the days when we go out and interact with people.

Dogs help increase our social interactivity. Whether you’re an introvert who isn’t good at engaging with others in public or just don’t know how to meet other people, dogs offer a quick and easy way to get acquainted with others.

Simply walking your dog or going to the park with them you’ll be able to meet new people and strike up a conversation with them.

They Help Our Immune System

The human immune system is a dynamic structure that adapts to what it meets. Dogs help boost our immunity to allergies, asthma and help strengthen its immune response.

Kids who grew up in households that owned dogs were shown to have less allergy problems and asthma as they grew up. Scientists believe that being exposed to the pets an earlier age allowed the children and their immune systems to adapt to the allergens and overcome them.

This helped them become stronger as they grew up becoming immune to them.