A guest post from our friends at Top Dog Tips
Your child loves animals and has been asking you to get one. Over the last decade, there’s been an increase in a number of studies proving the many ways that dogs benefit children, and vice versa. This is particularly true of physical and mental health improvements, where dogs reduce stress in kids (1), help treat cancer (2) and cope with autism (3), improve literacy (4), help disabled children thrive (5) among others.
A pet also brings out the best in a child, nurtures emotions like compassion, generosity, selflessness, cooperation which is good for the child’s personal development. Pets have been known to make children more sensitive, understanding and caring towards others’ pains and problems. With all of the benefits on the table, welcoming a dog into your home may indeed sound like a good idea, but which breed of dog to get for your child? There are several things you’ll need to consider before getting a dog including your lifestyle and your child’s age.
Different dog breeds have distinctive characteristics. Considering a dog’s size, temperament, and energy levels are vital. Some breeds are perfect as family pets – they mingle with all family members, while other breeds prefer only adult humans and don’t do well with kids. There’s a number of popular dog breeds with a high adoption ratio for a reason. Take a look at this infographic put together by TopDogTips on America’s most popular dogs and breeds that are most liked.