On International Children’s Day, we’re celebrating one of the most special of relationships – that between children and their dogs.
At Digs for Dogs we firmly believe that a house just isn’t a home without a dog – and that children can hugely benefit and learn so much from having a canine companion.
We’ve compiled our list of the top five dog breeds for families – does your pooch make the grade?
The most popular breed in the UK, Labradors make a fantastic family pet. With their loving nature, they are loyal, friendly, playful and very easy to train. Labs are gentle when they need to be – and full of energy when your little humans want to run around the park.
It’s no wonder we think they are one of the best breeds in the world – although we may be a little biased!
The Cocker Spaniel is also a very popular breed with families – and it’s easy to see why. These cheerful little dogs are easy to train and keen to please – and a great size for families with younger children. The Cocker just loves to run outside and will chase a ball for hours – then when everyone is getting tired, he’ll happily snuggle up on the sofa and watch a movie with the kids.
Got a brood of energetic kids? The Boxer could be perfect for you! Playful, affectionate and a true team player, they absolutely love children and will fit right in with their new pack. A “bouncy” breed, the Boxer is well suited to families with slightly older children.
A more compact breed, Bulldogs are still sturdy enough to engage in rough and tumble with your little ones. They are renowned for their calm and gentle nature, and with their friendly demeanour they are sure to win your family over.
This most majestic of breeds was the inspiration for “Nana”, the Nanny-Dog in J M Barrie’s classic Peter Pan – and it’s easy to see why.
A giant teddy-bear of a dog, the Newfoundland is a kindly canine and is good-natured with everyone – especially children. He is extremely sociable and adores human company, as well as long walks and swimming.
This large breed is more suited to families with plenty of outside space and regular human companionship.
So there we have it – the Digs for Dogs round up of the top dog breeds for families. It goes without saying that regardless of breed, it’s essential to train your dog to behave appropriately around your children – and equally important to teach your children to treat your dog with care and respect.
Whatever breed of dog you have, it’s key that you never leave your children and your dog alone together without adult supervision.