Are you thinking of welcoming a pet to your family? We know it can be stressful to choose between so many cute dogs, especially if you have a kid in the family. A lot of terms and conditions get added if you have to keep a pet and a kid under the same roof. So how are you going to pick one for your home? You cannot just choose a random breed without researching a little about it first. Every breed of dog has different needs in terms of food, maintenance, care, grooming, etc. Adopting a dog without considering those needs can turn out to be a huge mistake. Pet adoption is not a temporary thing. It is a long commitment when you welcome a furry friend to your home. The main factors to consider while adopting a dog are- size, temperament, and maintenance.
First of all, the size of the breed is the foremost criterion while adopting any pet for any household. Large breeds need larger spaces. If you have a small apartment, a husky won’t be able to sustain it. The size of your house decides if you can provide an appropriate home to that dog. Small breeds that do not need a backyard space are apt for small apartments. Other than that, there is temperament. If you are trying to adopt a pet for your kid, or you have kids visiting your home, the dog must get along with kids. Steer clear of short-tempered dogs as they have less tolerance for young kids. Maintenance should also be taken into point before adopting a pet. Some dogs require intensive maintenance, while some don’t. If your lifestyle doesn’t allow you to give proper hours to care for your pet, then it is better to go for a low maintenance breed.
Here are 7 breeds of dogs who are appropriate for a household with kids.
Pugs are perfect to be in a kid’s company. They have a subtle presence and are need minimum care. Pugs love attention from their owners but are not always asking for it. They are kind-of social bees. Pugs do well with other kids and dogs in social settings. If your kids want someone to play with, these will be perfect. For grooming, they only need to be brushed every day.
Pugs have a snoring problem due to their short nose. The need a planned and carefully monitored diet as they are prone to obesity if nutrition and physical activity are not balanced.
Bichon Frise looks like white cotton balls. They will make you and kids drool over their cuteness. Apart from looking cute, they have an adaptive nature, meaning they can adapt to new surroundings hassle-free. Most people have a problem with shedding. Well, guess what! Bichon Frise doesn’t shed. They are tiny energy packets that will keep our kids engaged throughout the day. They can do well even in small apartments.
All pretty things need maintenance. Bichon Frise’s coat needs regular grooming and care. Dental health is to be taken seriously with this breed.
Labradors are the first choice of many new paw parents because of their easy-going nature. Labradors are very low maintenance; they don’t have any special needs. Labs are easy to train and love a physically active environment. They also make good therapy dogs.
Labradors are high shedders. Exercise isn’t just an activity for them but a necessity. They are likely to become obese without proper energy outlets or other activities like hiking, swimming.
Beagles are the explorers of the canine gang. They are always curious to discover new things even if that thing is a sock you lost months ago. Beagles like to stay active and need minimal grooming. Due to their tendency of being in a pack, beagles prefer to stay in a company and not alone. This small breed is always in the wanderlust vibe, so you may have to keep an eye on it.
Beagles are the kind of dogs who may destroy your shoe if you leave them at home alone. They are highly destructive of nature, but nothing a little training can not solve. Beagle’s training should involve patience. They are howlers too.
These are nannies of the dog world. Newfoundlands have strong protective instincts, which makes them terrific guard or watchdogs. Their calm nature has made them tolerant of kids. By nanny, we don’t mean that they will change diapers, but they will watch over your kid and alarm you if something goes wrong.
Newfoundlands need large homes or backyards to stay mentally and physically healthy. Without proper exercise, they may fall prey to obesity or other diseases. They are very likely to shed and drool. Grooming is a pre-requisite for them as they are the furry breed.
If the dogs with styled fur excite you, the poodle is your breed. Poodles also come in a variety of sizes and colors so you can decide which one will best suit you. These are known for their intelligence. Poodles are easy to train too. The best part is that they have a hypoallergenic coat, meaning even people with dog allergies can be parents to a poodle.
Poodles are attention seekers. If not given apt attention, they are likely to bark without any reason until you show them affection and attention. As mentioned above, their fur is easy to style, but it needs regular maintenance to avoid matting.
Remember Oswald’s pet weenie? She was a dachshund. They are also known as wiener dogs or doxies. It might be hard to believe, but dachshunds originate from Germany. They were bred to be hunting dogs; mini dachshunds used to hunt rabbits. They make good watchdogs. Shedding and grooming are not problems with them. Dachshunds are cuddly- sleepers and love to give slippery kisses.
These tiny dogs have a big personality packed in them. Their hunting and digging instincts may cause some destruction in your home. Not friendly to strangers.