A bulldog's lazy attitude to loud noises makes it a perfect pet to have when children are young.
A bulldog's lazy attitude to loud noises makes it a perfect pet to have when children are young. Marcelo-Kaneshira

Choose the right pooch for your family

OWNING a dog is a wonderful experience, especially for kids. Growing up with a dog can benefit a child in so many ways, physically and psychologically. A dog can provide constant companionship to your children through the highs and lows of life.

Don't forget the physical aspect having a dog can bring to the whole family - having a dog encourages a more active lifestyle. You have to exercise them even if you're not feeling up to it. Choosing a dog's disposition, temperament and size are all important factors.

Boxer

Apart from being the cutest little puppies you will ever see, they have a distinctive quality for loving children. Ask any boxer lover and they will tell you they are the number one dog for children. According to breeders, they are a people-oriented breed and prefer to have their pack (you) close by.

Bulldog

Big, sturdy, rough and tumble dogs. Perfect for kids who like mucking about with their dog. However, bulldogs are not the most energetic dog. They are docile, friendly, calm and super loyal.

Labrador

This dog is one of the most popular breeds, and for good reasons. They are loyal, playful, patient, loving, protective and reliable with children.

Cavalier King Charles spaniel

The King Charles is one soppy dog which loves attention. They love nothing more than cuddling up and getting belly rubs. Perfect for kids who want to give their dog constant physical attention. They are easy to train and can form close bonds with their owners.

Golden retriever

Up there with the labrador, the golden retriever is arguably one of the best family dogs. They are an all-rounder with good looks and patience, they are easy to train and friendly. But they are big dogs and do require a lot of exercise (don't get a big dog if it does not suit your family lifestyle).

Jody Allen is the founder of Stay At Home Mum: stayathomemum.com.au



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