Babies and fur-babies don't need to be mutually exclusive. In fact, many dog breeds not only get along well with babies and small children, they often are protective and nurturing as well. While it's important to consider a breed's allergy potential and shedding profile, size isn't necessarily a factor: both large and small dogs take to babies and vice versa. Regardless of breed, careful introduction of the newest member of the family, whether it be the baby or the dog, is critical to success. Socialization and training are essential to not only control some of the pup's instincts and make your fur-baby feel safe,but also to build a lasting bond. So which breeds are best? Here are our top picks!
Golden Retrievers are affectionate and loyal to their human families and their intelligence makes them adaptable to changes in the household, including the arrival of a new baby. They're also tolerant of a child's tendency to poke fingers in eyes, pull ears and lie on top of their fluffy bodies. Goldens love every minute of it!
Newfies are massive, but gentle and affectionate, and will protect and nurture diminutive humans with pleasure. Because they need daily exercise, their presence on walks with the baby makes them great companions. Training them to walk calmly beside a stroller before the babe arrives is a wise move. They love cuddles and won't mind a bit if they become surrogate pillows.
Poodles are highly intelligent dogs, and are virtually shed-free and hypoallergenic. Thought by some to be sensitive and to jealously guard their relationships with their humans, they take well to training that includes substituting an activity they like for one their humans dislike, like jumping on the couch when Baby's on it.
Pugs can be relied upon to embrace the idea of a new family member, although as the baby grows, they can get overwhelmed by a toddler's unceasing attention and need a safe place to escape.Like all short-nosed pups, they tire easily and can experience some breathing issues, so walks beside the stroller will necessarily be short.
Snuggly, affectionate boxers like nothing more than cuddling alongside the newest member of the family if allowed. They also love it when toddlers hug them, lie on them, try to catch their tails and endlessly roll the ball for them. As the child grows, they make great playmates and protectors. And children don't seem to mind the drooling as much as adults do!