Is it time to bring home a dog for your child? Make sure it’s the right breed. As parents, you know your child, their personality, and level of responsibility so you can choose the right breed for your child’s personality type in order to maximize their potential to learn, love and grow.
– Breeds for the Athlete: There is no better way to further and encourage your athletic child than with an equally athletic breed of dog. An ideal mate for an athletic child would be a Labrador Retriever. They love children, are extremely athletic and want to be included in just about every physical activity your child partakes in. Boxers are also wildly athletic and are known for having a strong bond with children of all ages. For smaller sized, athletic dogs the more active medium-size sporting dogs, such as Cocker Spaniels and English Cocker Spaniels work well for active children.” An athletic child might want to steer clear of a Bulldog, who is not very active and prefers sleeping and eating to walking and running.
– Breeds for the Social, Extroverted, “Class Clown” – Extroverted children can be a handful at certain ages, so it is important to pair them with a patient, calm and playful dog. The true “all American” choice would be a Golden Retriever. They are great with kids of all ages and are extremely outgoing and playful in all situations. Bulldogs are very patient with extroverted children over the age of three. They tolerate pretty much anything without putting up a fight. When they are through playing, they will just walk away, helping to teach your super social child the meaning of no. A Collie is also a gentle, sweet and docile option for your class clown kid because the Collie, as Lassie will tell you, is always loyal. One breed that does not mix with a social child is the Chihuahua, who can be a bit aggressive and tends to be loyal to just one pet parent, usually an adult.
– For the Artistic/Creative Child – A Pug is the perfect playmate for an artistic child, as long as the child understands not to disturb the dog while eating or sleeping. Pugs delight in being patient, are always game for a variety of activities and no doubt have a very artistic, appealing look about them. Beagles feed off of love and playfulness, so they are a perfect match for a creative, loving and artistic child. Shih Tzus and Bichon Frises love all children, play and handle play with a great attitude as well so they are great matches for the creative type. A breed to avoid for the artistic child would be a Chow Chow, who does not engage well with strangers and is not very active.
– Breeds for Brainiacs – A smart child bonds best with a smart breed. Your child can enhance their inner prodigy with a best friend who matches their mental wavelength. The Standard Poodle is a perfect match for an intelligent child. Known as a “thinking” dog, Standard Poodles crave mental stimulation as part of their well-being. Similarly, Border Collies and Rottweilers are known some of the smartest breeds out there, but they have a herding instinct, which may be difficult and dangerous to introduce to children too young to understand their nature. Breeds to avoid would be the Blood Hound, Basset Hound and Afghan Hound strictly because the hound groups are known for being less than intelligent and therefore less than stimulating for your poindexter at home.