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Growing up with a family dog is a formative experience for many people. Naturally, parents want to get their children a dog that will grow up with them, but it can sometimes be hard to know how to pick the right one. Here are some general suggestions about which dog breeds you should consider– of course, every child and dog are different, so you should always make time to visit a potential new pet and interact with them before you take them home.

  1. Labrador Retriever
    Labs are notoriously friendly and the most popular dogs in the United States. They are active and can get pretty big, so they will require appropriate exercise and training. Their unrivaled exuberance is sure to make them an excellent match for the boundless energy of children!
  2. Golden Retriever
    Goldens are known for their loving personalities and ability to put up with anything children do– including tail and ear-pulling. If you have small children who aren’t ready for proper dog etiquette yet, a golden is a good choice. They are also intelligent, trainable, and energetic, so they make good companions for any adults in your life as well.
  3. Pug
    If you’re looking for a dog with less energy and that can fit in a space of any size, a pug is a great option. They’re great with kids who know how to play more gently and will love to hang out on the sofa and watch T.V. with you but are still excited to play most of the time.
  4. Beagle
    A beagle is another excellent option for anyone with limited space. They are curious, loving, energetic, and great with children but hate being alone. Beagles like it best when there’s always someone around to give them attention, so keep that in mind.
  5. Newfoundland
    If you aren’t lacking space and want a dog that’s amazing with children, a Newfoundland might be the way to go. They are primarily known for their exceptional temperaments and are great swimmers, so they’re perfect for any family who loves the water.

Of course, dogs are excellent in all their shapes and sizes, so if you aren’t picky about the breed you’re getting, be sure to visit your local humane society with your family and see if any of the dogs there looking for their forever homes are right for you!