The Real Mom’s guide is mine, my mom-friends and my online-mom-friends opinion on what dogs are a good fit for families. One of my favorite websites, as a mom, is Cafemom.com. If I have a question or comment on family, motherhood, pregnancy or children, I visit cafemom and create a post to ask other mom’s their opinion. Many of the opinions given are from Cafemoms and my own personal bias.
The number one dog I found most Moms approved for their family was…
The Labrador Retriever.
Reasons why this breed is loved by so many mothers was that they make great watch dogs, and are kind to children. For most mother’s the fact that they are gentle with their small children is crucial considering many children may pull, climb and pounce of their puppies and a dog who is playful and tolerant of this is an absolute must. Many mom’s insisted that they “are active, yet not overly hyper,” and will play and cuddle. I personally grew up with a black lab and stand behind how perfect the Labs are for families.
Other Great Dogs That Made the List…
1. Golden Retrievers.
3. German Shepherds, although it was stated by one Mom that they “can be dangerous if not properly trained.”
5. Poodles and Poodle hybrids.
7. Pit bulls.
8. Rescue Dogs.
9. Cocker Spaniels.
I was quite surprised by the addition of Pit bulls and Rottweilers on the list. I have heard of many Pits harming other dogs and biting people and I have personally witnessed a Rottweiler biting my brother and being overly rough. However, if trained well, I am sure that they would be loyal and protective toward their family. Another dog one Mom raised caution about was Huskies, stating that, “they are prey dogs.” This mother may have had some bias because she had been bit by one as a kid.
Rescue dogs were also highly recommended by mother’s. However, this must be approached with caution because you never know what these dogs have been through and how their temperament is.
My Family Dog Recommendation:
Poodles or Poodle Hybrids. One of my mommy friends asked, “why do you think everyone is making new breeds with poodles?” This is certainly because they are intelligent, and hypoallergenic dogs. Poodles are easy to train, need only moderate exercise, and have a gentle, kind tempermant. Perhaps, since both Goldens and Labs were highly recommended, a Labradoodle of Goldendoodle would be perfect choices.
When choosing the right dog for your family please consider:
1. How much space you have for the dog to run about.
2. How much time you have to exercise and play with the dog.
3. If you have little children who will be pulling and climbing on the dog.
4. If any family members have allergies.
5. What kind of temperament of dog your family would most enjoy.
This question goes out to you all, What kind of dog do you think is most fitting for a family, and why?