Are you looking to add a new furry member to your home? Are you nervous about how your young child may react to the animal and how the animal may react to your child? These are common concerns for parents looking for a new pet to add to their family. Here are some animals to consider while making your decision!
First and foremost, it is probably a good idea to stray away from smaller animals such as hamsters, ferrets, mice, etc. Children often play rough with them, and in result can potentially cause harm to the animals with no intention of doing so. Medium sized animals are usually more appropriate for small children, due to the fact that they aren’t as delicate. Remember though, it is important to introduce your child to any animal by letting them know what behavior is acceptable, and what isn’t, so that they understand what is appropriate.
Dogs are of course a great option for children, especially if you adopt or buy them as pups. I’ve always been a huge advocate for adopting older dogs, but it may be important to test the dog out in a heavily supervised situation around your child at first to make sure the dog does not show any signs of aggression. Dogs need to have extremely patient personalities to put up with the tail pulling and piggy back rides when it comes to living with a child! If you do choose to adopt an older dog, try to find one that has a history of being great with kids! Now onto specific breeds that are great for children…
If you’re looking for a dog that will be able to tough out playtime with your little rascal, try a Bulldog. Bulldogs are great for kids who like to play rough since they’re so resilient. Or, if you’re looking for a fun loving dog, but also one who will protect your family, try Golden Retrievers and Bull Terriers. Growing up we had a neighborhood Golden Retriever who followed us everywhere to make sure we were okay!
Another great option for children is a pet fish! Or even a home aquarium. It’s a great way to teach kids responsibility, and the risk of any harm being done to the fish or child is minimal to none. It’s a great way for a child to feel like he or she has a pet of their own, and that the responsibility of them is put into their hands.
I’m a huge cat person. We’ve had cats in our household since I was a young child. However, I’m not sure if I’d recommend just any cat as a first choice for your child’s first pet. Cats are very independent creatures, and can be finicky about when they want to be touched or played with. Grey Tiger Cats are great with children due to their patient and kind manner. Maine Coon cats also seem to be great with children. However, children often see cat’s tails as their own personal toys to pull, so it may be wise to start off with a less finicky animal before introducing a cat. Don’t get me wrong, some cat’s personalities work GREAT with children! However, in my experience, your child may want a pet that is a bit more interactive and tolerant.
So, there you have it. Some great options for your next household pet! Please remember that ALL animals have unique personalities, so they cannot be judged into one group by their species! These examples were just based upon my own research and experience, but of course that does not mean another type of pet, or a feline friend, won’t be great for your growing family!