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Getting the Right Dog for Your Family

You want to adopt a new family member . . . a canine family member.  What breeds are best for your family?

If you have an infant in your home, you will want to choose a mature, small, calm dog breed.  Adopting a puppy of any size may not be right for you at this time:  when you are dealing with sleepless nights and 24/7 demands that come with a brand new baby, you may not have the time or energy to housebreak and train a brand new puppy.  Therefore, mature dogs are probably the best way to go for you if you have an infant in your home.  Big dogs may not be aware of their strength and mass, thus they can crush or scratch baby when they are just trying to cuddle baby.  Smaller dogs, by virtue of their diminished mass, are less able to harm baby.  High strung dogs can be aggressive with baby when baby accidentally pull’s the dog’s tail, hits the dog on the head, etc..  Therefore, laid-back temperaments are best in dogs who share a home with an infant.    Recommended breeds include Basset Hounds, French Bulldogs, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

If you have a toddler in your home, you will still want to choose a calm dog breed.  Adopting a puppy rather than a mature dog isn’t such an overload for you at this time, so you may want to consider a puppy at this point.  The size of the dog is also less relevant when your child is a toddler because your child is older and less fragile now, so you may want to consider both large and small breeds.  Recommended breeds include Basset Hounds, French Bulldogs, English Bulldogs, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, and Miniature Schnauzers.

If you have a pre-schooler or early grade schooler in your home, you will want to choose an energetic dog breed to keep up with your child during his/her active childhood.  Puppies, mature dogs, large dogs, and small dogs . . . all are worthy of your consideration.  Recommended breeds include German Shepherds, Brittany Spaniels, Pembrooke Welsh Corgis, Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Dachshunds, Beagles, and Shih Tzus.

No matter which breed you choose to adopt into your family, please consider the adoption permanent.  If you may adopt and then abandon a pet, you should foster a pet rather than adopt.  You can foster a pet by contacting your local animal shelter or humane society.  Also, when adopting, please consider adopting a rescued pet from an animal shelter or humane society rather than adopting a pet from a breeder.  There are thousands of homeless pets in North America today: please give one of them a loving home if you can.

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