Many families enjoy all the fun, affection and activity that comes with having a pet.But deciding on which type can be a tricky decision as can bringing a new pet into a family with young kids. Dogs are particularly popular, but is a dog right for your family and situation, and how will it affect your young ones?
Certain breeds of dog are more family-friendly than others. Friendly and gentle breeds include Labradors, Bichon Frises, Malteses, King Charles Spaniels, Poodles, Collies and Border Collies and can be great choices for a family dog.
If you’re stuck debating the pros and cons of dog ownership, maybe the below will help make the decision clearer:
- Dogs are a great source of companionship for everyone in the family. The right pet can provide endless entertainment and affection, and be particularly valuable to an only child.
- In addition, as your kids grow it's a good way of introducing the idea of responsibility. Grooming, feeding and exercising are some of the pet routines kids might want to be involved with. All of these will not only help them to bond with the family pet, may also help to teach them traits including compassion and respect.
- Not to mention the opportunity for physical activity a dog provides. Regular walking is part of the deal and this is of increasing value for an ever more sedentary society. Getting out as a family for a daily dog walk is a great way of fitting in time together while also keeping active.
- Of course, there are some cons that come along with a family pet. The cost, for instance, as well as the time it takes to look after them. It might not be realistic to have a dog in a family of two working parents, for example. In this case, a more low-maintenance pet like a cat could be better option. In the end, you will know what's most appropriate for your family!