Living with pets is beneficial for all people, but especially for children. Children who live with dogs from their earliest childhood assimilate very positive values:
- They develop a more responsible behavior. They understand that the dog requires care and attention. Depending on their age, they can assume different tasks related to the care of the animal: make sure they have clean water, feed them, brush them, take them for a walk and play with them.
- They learn to love and respect animals. When they perceive that the dog responds to this affection and care in a positive way, the foundations of respect for animals and nature are laid.
- They increase their social and emotional development. Children who live with companion animals feel greater compassion and empathy, foster joy and learn to overcome many common childhood fears. By hugging their dog they find support and relief in situations of fear or sadness.
There are some dog breeds that are especially suitable for living with children, who love to play with them, protect and care for them and let them do a thousand and one "dirty tricks" without a grimace of displeasure.
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Here are some of them
Labrador Retriever or Golden Retriever
Two excellent breeds to live with children. Despite their considerable size, they are very loving and peaceful. But they do need to run and expend energy, so the family must be willing to take them out for a run and a walk.
They deserve special mention for their suitability as assistance or therapy dogs for the elderly or children with visual or physical disabilities or autism.
Intelligent, balanced and very loyal. Loves to run as they have a lot of energy to expend. It is super familiar and protective of children and the house. It is considered the most intelligent dog. They hate loneliness, so they should not be left alone for a long time if we want to avoid destructive behaviors.
It is one of the best known breeds in the world, and also one of the oldest. They love all members of their human family, and especially children with whom they enjoy exploring and playing. Very affectionate and friendly, they can be the ideal companion for the little ones in the house, whom they will protect and love unconditionally.
This dog is especially suitable for family life, as it is affectionate, obedient, faithful and balanced. It is a breed that is widely used for therapies for people with disabilities or treatment of sick children or the elderly. It treats children excellently if they are socialized from puppyhood. However, it is an energetic dog that needs to go out and have regular physical activity.
Extraordinarily intelligent and loyal, they can be trained as assistance and guard dogs, and are extremely protective of their family and especially children. You have probably seen videos of German Shepherds helping or protecting children in danger (drowning in swimming pools, intruders in the home or children at risk of being attacked).
The experience of owning a dog for a child will be doubly positive if your pet has also been rescued from a shelter. But you must make sure that the chosen dog has not gone through difficult situations that could cause behavioral problems that could endanger the children. Providing a home and giving an animal a second chance will be rewarded with your eternal gratitude, love and loyalty. And that's a priceless learning experience for any child.
These are some of the ideal breeds to live with children, but not the only ones: Poodle, St. Bernard, Maltese, French Bulldog, Yorkshire Terrier, Cocker, Pug?
But breed is not everything. Any dog that is well educated, trained and receives a good dose of love will be the ideal companion for the whole family, and of course for the children.
If during your childhood you lived with a dog, you already know all the positive aspects of having a pet. But if you were not that lucky, consider offering your children this opportunity: they will thank you for the rest of their lives.