Pets And Children: Best Breeds For Kids

Often in a shelter situation, you might not expect to find a purebred animal, but according to statistics, 25% of dogs in these places do come from pure bloodlines, they just don’t have the papers to prove it — that’s one in four of every canine in these cages. At the very least, when adopting an animal, you’ll be given a general idea of what breed you’ve chosen as your new pet.

But what about children? Are certain breeds better than others when it comes to adoption? While just about any animal would make an excellent companion, especially for a child, here are some things to consider when getting a new best friend for your kid:

Bad Reputation

Nowadays, pit bull terriers have gotten a pretty bad reputation for aggressive behavior, especially towards children. But this is mostly the result of poor training and is the master’s fault and not the normal behavior of this breed. They actually make excellent family pets and other canines that are great with kids, but may seem fierce or look fearful at first glance include:

  • German Shepherds
  • Doberman Pinschers
  • Rottweilers
  • Siberian Huskies

While some of them may look a little scary or people associate them with guard dogs that are trained to kill, again, this is from their upbringing and not a part of their normal nature. They all make loveable and loyal pets that are more likely to protect your children and not harm them.

A Cat’s Caution

When in comes to felines, Siamese cats have also earned themselves a bad rep as being mean or unfriendly. Even Walt Disney didn’t do them any justice in their animated feature, “Lady And The Tramp,” when a duo of kitties (Si and Am) sing the song “We Are Siamese.” According to the song’s lyrics, they’re likely to steal milk from a baby and attempt to make a meal of the family’s goldfish (Cleo).

While cats do enjoy fish and milk, they’re also fond of love and affection from people, even children. Their distant cousin the Himalayan has an equally bad reputation for being aloof and distant, while this may occur at times for almost any breed of cat, they still enjoy human companionship and attention.

Age and Size

Depending on the age of your kid(s), it’s probably better to get a younger, medium to large sized dog if you’re choosing a canine for a smaller child. Bigger dogs are less likely to be injured when playing with an active child and a younger canine will be able to keep up with them better than an older animal.

This is probably why you’re find these dogs on many “top ten” lists for a kid-friendly pet:

  • Golden Retriever
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Standard Poodle
  • Irish Setter
  • Newfoundland
  • Border Collie (and regular Collie)
  • Bull Terrier
  • Boxer
  • German Shepherd

But don’t forget your regular, ole, everyday mixed breed mutt dog or domestic shorthair tabby cat when looking for a new four-legged friend. While they may not come with papers showing their lineage, they still come packed with personality and make excellent pets.