What Dog Breeds Are Good With Kids?

In his mind, my cousin’s dog Logan–a pitbull mix–just sees himself as one of the boys, constantly playing and protecting his two little brothers.  In fact, not so long ago, the dog chased a bear (!) off the property to protect the kids (who were safely inside and nowhere near the animal)

My own dog, a westhighland terrier, never made the list of “best breeds for kids.”  Yet, he loved children and would pull at the leash whenever he saw any kid–so he could go over to greet him or her..  “He has the sweetest, kindest eyes,” a mother once told me. Baxter (the dog) was small, but strudy so he could withstand any rough play.

Some insist that mixed-breeds are the way to go–that makes sense, espdecially if it has genes from a kid-friendly breed (Logan’s is part Pitbull–which has made the list–but we don’t know his other breed is.)

The point is that, while certain breeds are always highlighted as the best for kids, breed-alone isn’t always a true indicator.  Sometimes environmental factors come into play.  I’m sure in Logan’s case, he’s always been treated as an integral part of the family so he knows no other way.  I know Baxter’s breeder had several young kids–who I’m sure always played with him.

In these cases, the dogs make positive associations.

That said, these breeds are also considered good with kids.

1.  Bulldog.  This dog is really sturdy, quiet, friendly and loyal.

2.  Beagle.  This breed does shed a lot–but it’s sturdy and cheerful.

3.  Bull Terrier.  This one is very active and needs a lot of play–so it’s especially good for large families.

4.  Collie.  The collie’s long hair does require a lot of brushing and grooming–but this is a very gentle breed.

5.  Newfoundland.  This one does have a tendancy to drool (a lot), but it’s gentle, patient and kind.

6.  Pit Bull.  The American Pit Bull, especially, is known for its love of children–the dog is loyal, protective and devoted.

7.  Labrador.  This breed has consistently been ranked as the #1 favorite in America.  it’s protective, playful and loyal.

8.  Poodle.  They don’t shed, so they’re good for kids with allergies.  Smart and gentle.

9.  irish Setter.  Playful, energetic, loves being around people.

10.  Golden Retriever.  Kind and smart.


How To Travel Stresslessly With Your Pet


Traveling with my pet always caused a lot of stress and worry–for me, but probably also for my dog.  I’d always worry about air travel, asking myself things like “Can he be in the cabin with me?” “If he has to go into cargo, will he get out, like we hear on so many of those awful news stories?”  or even “Will he be traumatized in a new, different atmosphere without me?”

I’d worry about the car–“but he has no seat belts!”

Even a trip across town was an exercise in frustration because, even though I have  good arm strength, those carriers can be pretty bulky and heavy–and my muscles would inevitably start shaking with fatigue.

So after a particularly grueling experience, I was discussing this problem with a friend, another pet lover.  She told me about this great carrier.  It’s really changed my life (well, that part of it anyway.) I want to be sure that I want to share with all of you.  It’s called SturdiBag and it’s ultra light (but durable) and is the preferred carrier by a lot of airlines (both domestic and international). It’s also kind of soft and cozy inside, so if he has to go into cargo, I know he’s feeling as comfortable and secure as he could in that situation.

Most important, it has those all-important safety straps for car travel. So check it out, I paid about $90 for mine and was able to find it in one of the local pet stores.



Irene Ross, CHHC, AADP is a NYC-based, certified nutrition and wellness coach for the 2-legged. She works with people to help them alter their unhealthy habits, so they avoid that mid-morning or afternoon slump, get more done in less time and balance their lives.

Author of the forthcoming book, 25 Ways To Fire Up Your Day:  Increase Energy, Get More Done in Less Time, Balance Your Life,  her website is:  www.irenefross.com.

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