THE 10 BEST DOGS FOR KIDS and FAMILIES
While there is little or no dispute as to the 10 most intelligent dogs, there's considerable dispute as to the 10 best dogs for kids and families. The best kid and family-friendly dog question is very subjective and influenced by personal "feelings" and "opinions", so no two lists are the same. However, there are a few dogs which seem to rank well on most lists out there.
If we were to give you what we "feel" are the 10 best dogs for kids and families, it would only be our "opinion". And since we breed only Goldendoodles and Labradoodles, you might imagine that our list could be a little bit biased. So instead, we bring you "The 10 Best Dogs For Kids And Families" from PetMD:
1. The Golden Retriever
"The Golden Retriever is a confident, smart, kind, and loyal dog. Neither aggressive nor timid , the Golden Retriever is extremely patient, which makes them a perfect match for kids." ..."You'll often find that the fun-loving Golden Retriever is affectionate and obedient, as well, meaning your kids will fall in love instantly."
2. The Labrador Retriever
"This is one of the most popular dog breeds, and for good reason — the Labrador Retriever is playful, patient, loving, protective, and reliable. Another perk — Labs are highly intelligent, and take well to training. They require a lot of exercise (they love swimming!), so be sure your family is up for the challenge ..."
PetMD goes on to say "...you’ll find that all Labradors share the same sense of stamina, strength and obedience that makes them such a popular breed. They are affable dogs that get along well with other animals and pretty much everyone they meet, ..."
Also, "... their short coats means they only really need a weekly combing to keep them clean and healthy." However, what they fail to mention, again, is that the Labrador Retriever ... SHEDS LIKE CRAZY.
3. The Poodle
"Besides their often-distinctive haircuts, the Poodle also happens to be a very smart and gentle dog. The breed is available in both miniature and standard sizes, ... with different perks. The Standard breed, for example, is very obedient and smart, playful and adventurous (although often shy with strangers, they get along great with familiar people and kids). Miniatures, on the other hand, tend to dedicate themselves to one person in particular, ..."
PetMD goes on to say, "This is a proud and elegant dog that is both caring and loyal. Seldom annoyed or bored ..." And, "They're great for kids with allergies, as they shed very little." In fact, from our experience, poodles DON'T SHED AT ALL.
If you would like to see the entire list "The 10 Best Dogs for Kids and Families" your welcome to click PetMD, but we're going to stop here with the top three. Now we will be the first to admit that these three breeds, the Golden Retriever, the Labrador Retriever, and the Standard Poodle, are not the top three on everyone's list. But they do seem to rank well on most lists out there.