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6 Dogs That Make Perfect Family Pets

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6 Dogs That Make Perfect Family Pets


1. Labrador

The Labrador is an incredibly popular breed for families and is one of the best dogs for children of all ages. They are gentle, patient, sociable and playful as well as being very intelligent and therefore easy to train.

They need plenty of exercise and love adventure although it is important to be aware that they do love to chew, so ensure you have plenty of toys for them to do this with instead of your belongings!

Their enthusiastic attitude towards life and cheerful nature means they are the perfect breed to bring joy to any family.


2. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

You may be surprised to see this one in the list? Unfortunately for the breed they tend to get bad press. But, they are actually one of the only dogs to be named as a ‘Nanny Dog’ by The Kennel Club due to their tolerant nature and protectiveness. 

Despite their muscular appearance, they are one of the most loyal and loving breeds, always eager to please and incredibly easy going. They enjoy long walks and playtime just as much as they love to snuggle up for a cuddle.   

At any given time Battersea Dogs Home estimates that 80% of the dogs in their care are Staffies – so this may be a breed you want to consider rehoming.


3. Boxer

This is another breed that is named by the Kennel Club as being particularly suited to families with children because of their loyal and affectionate nature.

Boxers are a sociable breed, they love to be around people and particularly enjoy playing with children. In fact, their child-like playfulness and love of playing outdoors makes them the perfect playmate for your child while ensuring they get plenty of fresh air.

They are very energetic and excitable, particularly as puppies and require plenty of training and exercise – so they are best suited to very active families.


4. Bichon Frise  

This breed doesn’t need too much exercise, so is perfect for less active families. They are very intelligent, playful and happy dogs with a loving and affectionate nature.

Their gentle nature and natural tendency to like people, makes them the perfect family pet and ideal for children of any age. They are also incredibly good at learning new tricks which will surprise and delight youngsters.


5. Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu craves human attention and loves to be in the company of humans. They are the perfect breed if you are looking for a smaller dog and again, don’t require too much exercise, so are perfect if you aren’t keen on walking long distances.

They are affectionate and loving making them perfect for children of all ages.

Think you are ready to add a furry four-legged companion to your family? Then click here to find a breed that will suit your family. But, remember a dog is for life - so it is important to make sure you are ready for one to avoid any heartache.  

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