5 dogs who would love to meet your kids

It’s unanimous. Growing up with a dog teaches your child responsibility, confidence, communication skills and a caring attitude towards others. If you’ve been thinking about introducing a dog to your household, don’t wait any longer. Take a look at these 5 adorable breeds who will change your life forever.

If you’re looking for:

  • Curious
  • Energetic
  • Loyal
  • Adaptable

Then you should get a:

Tenterfield Terrier.

Image: Sweep c/o Clare Peeters
Image: Sweep c/o Clare Peeters

When it comes to personality, this tiny terrier packs a real punch. Bold, curious, playful and loyal, they need plenty of exercise during the day but will happily snuggle up on your lap at night. Tenterfield Terriers love attention, but this also means they require plenty of patience and persistence with training. If you’ve got a family cat, these pups will get along famously with their new best friend. They have short coats that don’t require much grooming, but be aware that they can shed! This little dog will be fiercely loyal to your child, and over the years will become a great companion to your entire family. These little dogs are bright, intelligent and eager to please. Expect plenty of fun and plenty of cuddles from your Tenterfield Terrier.

If you’re looking for:

  • Boisterous
  • Energetic
  • Prefers outdoors
  • Loves kids

Then you should get a:

Boxer.

Image: Morten Skovgaard (Flickr)
Image: Morten Skovgaard (Flickr)

A boxer pup is a wonderful companion for your young children, matching them in energy levels and playfulness. As they get older, boxers tend to become a lot more calm and will remain a loyal companion to your family throughout their life. They don’t need a lot of grooming, which is one less responsibility for kids, however they will need regular exercise. If boxers can’t get rid of their pent up energy you might find yourself with a few unwanted holes in the garden! Boxers make a great watchdog, and despite the fact they look quite imposing they really are gentle and funny dogs.

If you’re looking for:

  • Trustworthy
  • Cheerful disposition
  • Athletic
  • Tolerant

Then you should get a:

Golden Retriever.

Image: 2473 Dog Wallpapers
Image: 2473 Dog Wallpapers

These dogs are so ridiculously friendly, you can’t help but become a more tolerant and accepting person after spending time in their company! Golden Retrievers are gentle and calm with small children, but love running and playing games with older kids. They are very puppy-like in their demeanor, even as they start to get older. Golden Retrievers respond beautifully to obedience training, which is a fantastic activity for children to get involved in. They also need regular grooming – another task that will teach your child about responsible pet ownership.

If you’re looking for:

  • Affectionate
  • Indoor dog
  • Easy to groom
  • Funny

Then you should get a:

Pug.

Image: Duncan c/o Emily Appleby
Image: Duncan c/o Emily Appleby

These guys are hilarious to have around the house. Pair them with kids and you’ve got the ultimate double-act. Pugs are great indoor dogs, and don’t require a lot of exercise (in fact, they get overheated quite easily). Their expressive faces will have you in stitches, and they will fall in love with anyone who shows them affection. Obedience training is extremely important, because pugs can be very willful and stubborn if left to their own devices. Young children need to be careful around pugs, because their bulging eyes are easily injured with too much roughhousing. If you live in an apartment, these dogs are a great size and they don’t tend to be too yappy – which will make the neighbours happy!

If you’re looking for:

  • Intelligent
  • Sweet natured
  • Loyal companion
  • Active

Then you should get a:

Cavoodle

Image: Frankie c/o Chelsea Ferguson
Image: Frankie c/o Chelsea Ferguson

This beautiful dog looks like a big, cuddly teddy bear… and feels like one too! Cavoodles love to snuggle up on the couch with their human, and will happily sit and have their fluffy coat groomed (which is a good thing, because it’s something you will need to teach your kids to do regularly). This easygoing dog makes a great family pet, and they get along well with other dogs. Cavoodles have a gentle, sweet nature that’s a hit with young children and they will keep older children on their feet thanks to a love of the outdoors. This breed is a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Miniature Poodle, so their compact size is ideal if you don’t have a huge backyard. But keep in mind they will need plenty of exercise… or else they might look for their own ways to make mischief!

If you’re looking for:

  • Gentle
  • Highly affectionate
  • Energetic
  • Easy to train

Then you should get a:

Vizsla.

Image: Spock The Dog
Image: Spock The Dog

The term “Velcro dog” was coined for this particular breed, because they’ll stick to their human like, well…Velcro. It’s all part of their breeding. Vizslas were originally bred to stick closely with hunters. This explains why they love leaning against your legs and lying on your feet! These intelligent dogs respond really well to training, and are idea if you are looking for your children to start competing in dog sports. They love to be around people, and without companionship they can get up to lots of mischief, so a Vizsla is best suited to families who are home during the day. Vizsas have loads of energy and need at least an hour of exercise each day.

 What age were your kids when you introduced a dog to your family? Let us know in the comments below.

Feature image: Katie Kett