Many of us feel our family isn’t complete without a dog. That being said, not all dogs and babies mix.
Some canines don’t have the temperament to cope with the antics of small children, while others just plain get too excited to handle themselves. Despite the potential hazards, however, there are also plenty of success stories out there about people who manage to integrate dogs into families with babies (or vice versa) with no problems at all.
The most important rule to remember when you have young children and dogs in the same household: never leave them alone together unsupervised. Not even for a minute. Not even for a second.
If you need to use the bathroom or answer the phone, bring one of them with you. It doesn’t matter how much you trust your dog with your kids; the time when your back is turned is the most likely moment for an accident to occur. Minimize the risk of your dog harming your kids, or vice versa, by observing this rule.
Traits to Look for in the Best Dogs for Babies
There are a number of traits that the best dogs for babies typically demonstrate. The dog breeds on this list tend to demonstrate these traits, but every dog is an individual and breeding isn’t necessarily destiny. Furthermore, the best dogs for babies don’t necessarily come with a pedigree; mixed breed dogs are just as likely to demonstrate these traits and have just as much love to give to your family, including your baby.
Whether you’re willing to adopt a mutt or have your heart set on a pure breed, here are the qualities to look for:
- Tolerance: The dog should be willing to put up with whatever treatment a baby or toddler may put them through.
- Gentleness: Look for a dog that’s not inclined to play rough.
- Obedience: You must be able to control your dog while holding your baby, so ensure obedience to verbal commands
- Calmness: A boisterous, hyperactive dog is more likely to cause unintentional injuries.
So, what are the best breeds for babies? Keep reading…