Everyone knows the idea that a dog is man’s best friend. But that adage is out of date – not just because a dog’s affection is gender-neutral, but because dogs can also be a child’s best buddy. Anyone with a childhood canine can testify that dogs and children are meant to be as natural together as peanut butter and jelly. Who else wants to play, take a nap, cuddle and hang out with you when you need them most? A recent study shows that children with dogs have fewer social interaction problems than children who live in a house without pets.
The question is not whether or not you should get a dog for your family, but rather it limits the breeds to those known to be child friendly. To determine the most popular dog breeds that are good for children, Forklift consulted the 2019 American Kennel Club ranking on dog breed registration (published May 2020). The American Kennel Club categorizes 27 breeds as good for children based on their temperament and level of care needs. Stacker ranked these breeds from least likely to most popular. Breed sizes and life expectancy are also included where available.
While you won’t be surprised to find breeds like Newfoundland (Nana in some versions of “Peter Pan”) or Collies (Lassie), you will spot some dog breeds you may never have heard of, like the Bracco Italiano. Beauceron and Keeshond. While some dogs were put on the list because of their cheerful disposition or affinity for playing with children, others made the cut because of their protective nature or gentle spirit. Our team had a great time researching this story and knowing that it can help a family find the perfect pet. Get your favorite child and click your way through the 27 slides.
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