Some parent-to-be decide that want to practice parenting by getting a dog! There benefits of having a dog before the arrival of a new child, means that not only will the parents be used to having a dependent (of sorts) but they will also, have an opportunity to expose the infant to the wealth of germs that a dog will introduce. While this might sounds counter-productive, studies show that children who are subjected to canine cohabitation from an early age as less likely to get allergies, and have strong immune systems in general. For these reasons, the announcement of a pregnancy means, means that many couples not only start looking for bassinets and strollers, but they start looking for pups too! The question is, which breeds are the safest dogs to have around an infant? Here are the best dogs for babies:
General Tips: New babies take some adjusting to. Their smells, and sounds can be quite assaulting for a dog living in close quarters with this small, sometimes screaming and often-pooping human. No matter how patient and angelic your dog may have been before, having an infant around might really push his buttons. Bear in mind, while some dog breeds have a higher tendency to attack or nip humans than other breeds, it is important to think of all dogs as animals with a wild streak rather than creatures you can trust entirely. To avoid any accidents, never leave your infant alone with a dog, and make sure that the animal gets plenty of regular exercise to maintain his own wellness.
Labrador Retrievers: Many dog-lovers assume that smaller dogs will be easier to manage when they have an infant, however little dogs can be nippy, territorial, and over-flowing with energy. A larger dog with a steady demeanor, such as a Lab, is a much better option. If trained and exercised well, Labradors are one of the better kinds of dogs to have around a growing family. However even these amazing dogs need to be supervised, since they are large and may not know their own strength.
Golden Retriever: These beautiful dogs have proved their heroism time and time again in history. Known not only as a loyal family dog, Goldens have been known to put themselves in harm’s way so as to protect the family member they love. Nurturing and gentle Golden Retrievers, these dogs respond well to infants, particularly if they get sufficient exercise to help release some of their pent-up energy.
Collie: The most intelligent of the dog breeds, the Collie is obedient and responsive when well-trained. A dog who is quick to obey is an absolutely necessity when working with a newborn requires so much focus. They also can be trained to go fetch things, if your arms are tied up, or if you are nursing and not able to move right away. Be wary that these smarty-paws are herding dogs though, and they can be nippy with their flock, so make sure you are present whenever the dog and the baby are in the same room.
Poodle-hybrids: Mixed breeds generally have most subtle temperaments that take the edge off of “high strung” tendencies. Poodle hybrids like Labradoodles, Goldendoodles, Cavapoos and the like are great dogs to have around infants, because they are loyal family-lovers, while being self-entertainers. As long as they have had a long walk, they are content to occupy themselves with treat-hiding toys (LINK), or indestructible chew toys (LINK) for hours while you care for the little one.
Basset Hound and Beagles: The basset hound is a low-energy, no drama choice that is a great addition to a home with a newborn. They are patient and rarely incensed to get too rowdy, and they are a reliable breed. The only downside is sometimes these dogs are less inclined to listen if they have picked up on an interesting scent. This could prove problematic if you are on a walk with the baby and the dog, and the Basset decides he’d rather chase a squirrel. On the upside, both of these breeds are highly motivated by food, so you can have a counterattack plan ready to go as needed.
Other great breeds for newborns: Pugs, Bull Terriers, Mutts, and Newfoundlands, etc.