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Best Family Dogs

Looking for a great dog companion for your kids? Here are 10 great big and small dog breeds for kids that our Clackamas vets recommend that you consider for your family. 

Picking the Best Pet Dog Breed for Your Family

If you are looking for a canine companion for your children, it is critical that you choose a breed that has characteristics that correspond to your child's personality. Is your child looking for a companion to cuddle up with on the couch or a pet to run around the yard with?

Be sure to take available space at home into consideration also. Do you have loads of space or is your home on the tiny side? Are just looking for the best family dog, or a guard dog as well?

Our team at Clackamas Pet Clinic wants you to find the best family dog for your kids, so here are a few of our favorite kid-friendly dog breeds.

1 - The Mutt

The ideal canine companion for your children may be waiting for you at your local animal shelter. Mutts of mixed breeds can make excellent family dogs! These dogs can be just as good with children as purebred dogs, and they are less susceptible to genetic diseases and require less care. If you're thinking about getting a mutt for your family, visit local animal shelters and be patient in your search for the right dog for your lifestyle. Often, shelter workers will be able to provide you with a doggie report card that details all of the dog's known personality quirks.

2 - Boston Terrier

These people-loving bundles of fun weigh about 25 pounds or less and come with their own easy-care "tuxedo" coats. This charming small dog breed adapts well to apartment living and makes a great companion for children of all ages, as it enjoys playing with children and going for short walks.

3 - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

This lively but gentle breed's compact size of about 10-18 lbs makes it a great dog for smaller homes or apartments. Cavaliers get along well with children and other dogs. They can be both playful and cuddly, making them an ideal pet for children of all ages and energy levels.

4 - Labrador Retriever

Cats are still among the most popular family pets for good reason. Because it is gentle, loyal, and entertaining, the Labrador Retriever is an excellent dog for children. Labrador retrievers enjoy spending time with people of all ages and will quickly become your child's best friend. However, it is critical that labs get enough exercise or they may become mischievous. The size of these dogs varies, but they typically weigh between 55 and 80 pounds.

5 - Beagle

One of the best medium-sized dogs for family life is the Beagle. This medium-sized dog weighs between 18 and 30 pounds and enjoys spending time with its owners, playing games, and going for walks. Beagles are intelligent and loving dogs who can make excellent family pets if they receive adequate family interaction and exercise. Beagles are not suitable for families who spend a lot of time away from home.

6 - Pug

These adorable little characters will delight your entire family! Pugs are content to simply eat and sleep. If your children are small or have low energy and would benefit from a dog that will play with them indoors before curling up beside them to watch TV, a Pug may be the perfect breed for your family. Weighing around 15 pounds, this is a breed that doesn't require much space and only needs a couple of short walks per day to be happy.

7 - Newfoundland

Sweet, loyal, and patient are just a few words to describe this fluffy giant. This endearing breed has a genuine fondness for children and is frequently referred to as a 'nanny dog' because of its gentle patience with them. If you want to get a Newfoundland for your family, you'll need plenty of space because they weigh between 100 and 150 pounds. It's also worth noting that, like many other giant breeds, Newfs have a relatively short life expectancy of 8 to 10 years, whereas many small to medium dogs can live for 15 to 20 years or even longer.

8 - Golden Retriever

The devoted Golden Retriever, who is affectionate, good with children, and playful with other dogs, can be an excellent dog for families with children of any age. With its dense, lustrous gold coat, this breed is as much fun to cuddle as it is to play with. Golden retrievers are typically eager-to-please family dogs that are easy to train. They approach life with a joyful and playful attitude, and their youthful spirit lasts well into adulthood. This breed weighs between 60 and 80 pounds on average and sheds moderately.

9 - The Standard Poodle

The standard poodle is an active, proud, and intelligent breed that can make an excellent family pet. Standard poodles, while known for their distinctive hairstyles, shed little and, with regular grooming, can look handsome whether clipped to breed standard or left natural. Poodles are generally easy to train, energetic, and fun-loving family dogs with a silly sense of humor. These dogs typically weigh 45-60 lbs and live 10-14 years.

10 - Bernese Mountain Dog

If you're looking for a large dog, your children will adore this sweet-natured fluffy breed. Bernese Mountain Dogs typically weigh 70-100 pounds and, despite their size, have a reputation for being gentle with children. One word of caution: these big, beautiful dogs shed a lot.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

If you have a new family dog contact our Clackamas vets today to schedule your four-legged friend's preventive care.

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