Perhaps you are at that point in your life when you know you need something to care for, but since you aren’t quite ready for a baby, you decide to get a dog. Dogs live for the average of 10-15 years, so if you think you might be baby-ready at some point during your new dog’s lifetime, then maybe it could be a good idea to pick a dog breed that is known to be good with babies and young children!

It is crucial to find balance in a home with a dog and a young kid, so why not start thinking ahead already as you prepare to welcome a new pup into your home? This is also important if you already have a baby or a toddler and decide that it is time to add a dog to the family as well.

Labrador Retriever

A dog like the Labrador Retriever will always do their best to try and please their owner, and they will try everything until they figure out what it is that you want from them. This is a great quality for a dog that shares a household with a baby; it won’t be too hard to teach them new routines and to adapt to a tiny human family member, and the breed is known for being very good around young kids. This is one of the reasons to why they are used as guide dogs and service dogs, and Labrador Retrievers continuously prove why they are the perfect image of man’s best friend.

The breed is calm, caring, relaxed and very patient, and they do well with changes and switched-up routines, which sets them apart from many other canine breeds. Every dog, regardless of breed, should be supervised when interacting with a baby, but Labradors are one of the breeds that are considered to most compatible with a new human family addition.

Golden Retriever

While some dog breeds can end up feeling pushed aside when a new baby is brought home, the Golden Retriever has a “the-more-the-merrier” type of attitude and adapts easily to new people – including babies. They are playful and full of joy but seem to understand that some humans are too small to play with. Instead, you might find a Golden Retriever curled up next to a baby, sleeping soundly as if there is no place he or she would rather be. A Golden Retriever will also be more than happy to walk calmly next to a baby stroller on walks, and they don’t usually mind the slower pace that pushing a stroller requires. It is a large dog breed that needs exercise, but their working dog mentality makes a walk together with their owner and a baby a lot more meaningful.

Golden Retrievers are patient and do rarely show signs of aggression, they have a soft mouth, a strong pack mentality and an understanding for teamwork. Let the Golden Retriever be a part of this new life with a baby, and the result will be the best canine friend that baby could ever wish for. Don’t forget to keep your golden spritely with these foods for Golden Retrievers!

Newfoundland

The Newfoundland is perhaps the biggest and fluffiest dog you will ever meet, and it is not hard to tell why someone might confuse it with a bear when seeing it from far away: While they are enormous dogs that can weight up to about 170-180lbs, they are also incredibly gentle and loyal to their families. A Newfoundland puppy might be playful and not quite understand his size, but once adults – they have it all figured out. The Newfoundland is very intuitive, they are good at reading people, other animals, and situations, and they have the instinct to protect and dedicate themselves fully to the people they love. This includes children and babies, and the Newfoundland is known for being one of the best dog breeds for kids.

A Newfoundland can be trained to carry out tasks around the house, in relation to the baby, and they will love the responsibility given to them! You can teach them to fetch diapers or to bring you the diaper bag, have them pull the baby in a small cart or sled when outside (this requires a bit of training, and the dog should be kept on a leash for safety reasons), or why not train them to alert you when the baby is crying? As long as the Newfoundland gets to feel like they are still a part of the family, and like they have tasks to carry out, they will learn to love that baby and eventually be willing to protect it with his or her life.

Bulldog

This adorable and flat-faced pup loves to sleep and eat, does not mind spending a rainy day curled up (and snoring) on the couch, and they are patient when waiting for something that they want. A new baby takes up most of a parent’s time, and it can be a great idea to go with a dog breed that is known to be couch potatoes rather than a high-energy dog with extensive exercise needs. The Bulldog enjoys time outdoors, and they obviously need to go outside and pee and to take their daily walks, but they don’t demand exercise and physical activation the same way some other breeds would. A day on the couch, for a Bulldog, is a good day – as long as they get to spend it next to you.

Bulldogs are also known for being gentle and protective of young children, which is what qualifies it as a good and reliable family dog. It requires almost no brushing, since their fur is very short, and they grow up to be happy and content dogs when provided with a loving human family, enough food to calm those hungry Bulldog stomachs and some outdoor time when the weather is good. A new baby in the family is unlikely to bother them, and you shouldn’t be surprised if you find that your Bulldog’s new favorite sleeping place becomes right next to the baby.

Beagle

The Beagle has the wonderful ability to love everyone they meet, which sets them up for success when being introduced to a new baby. They are sweet and loving, tends to be very accepting of new people and a well-trained Beagle will happily follow any direction given to them by their trusted owner. It is important to start adapting the dog’s routine already before the baby comes (if the dog came first), such as when walks will happen in regard to the baby when it is okay to play and at what point they need to settle with napping in their beds. This helps prepare the dog since their routine won’t be interrupted by the arrival of the baby if they have already been eased into it beforehand.

When you have a baby on your hands, there isn’t much extra time for anything, which makes the Beagle a great breed choice since they require little to no brushing. Brushing and grooming can be time-consuming, so for new parents – having a dog that doesn’t have much fur to groom can be a blessing from the sky.

Irish Setter

The red and flowing coat of this magnificent dog breed is sure to stand out no matter where they go, and while they were originally bred for hunting – it is quite rare for Irish Setters to be hunters now in modern time. Instead, they have slowly become a popular family dog; thanks to its playful attitude, it’s patience with small children petting and touching them and its versatility as a dog breed. They are best suited for active families and will need exercise even after the baby comes along. For an outdoorsy family that plan to take their new baby out for walks in a stroller or carrier, however, this shouldn’t be an issue, since the Irish Setter is a master at adapting to new circumstances.

A trait that makes the Irish Setter great for a life alongside kids is that it does not tend to be possessive of toys or food. Babies and small children cannot be told not to touch the dog’s toys, since they are too young to understand, and the Irish Setter is intelligent enough to understand that they, too, need to be patient with the little ones. It is a gorgeous dog breed with the patience to wait for the baby to grow up, and the energy to play once the baby has grown into a toddler or a small child.

Pug

Have you ever seen a Pug snore soundly on the couch, only to bounce right up the second something happens? That is the Pug. They love their naps and could probably nap for two days straight if there was nothing better to do, but they also love to tag along with their family for daily adventures. If you’re going out for a walk – they will want to come, but if you’re planning to spend the day watching Netflix in your bed – they’ll be there for that too. Pugs thrive when given affection and attention from the humans in their family, and they connect easily with children and babies. As long as they are still receiving the attention they feel they deserve (because oh yes, they think they deserve it) – they will love to have a tiny little baby human to snore next to and to look after.

Pugs aren’t prone to biting, and they don’t have a very effective bite due to the shape of their mouth. They are patient with young children (though not so patient when waiting for you to give up half your meatball sub you brought home for lunch), and their personality will often entertain babies for hours. YouTube is full of babies laughing hysterically at Pugs being Pugs, and it is a perfectly sized companion for a child as he or she grows older.

Border Collie

The Border Collie is considered one of the world’s most intelligent dog breeds, and intelligent dogs usually make good family pets, since they can adapt to new situations and figure out changes in family dynamics. A baby and a Border Collie might not sound like the obvious dream team, but the truth is that a well-trained Border Collie can make a wonderful sidekick and protector for a baby! It is a breed that is very in tune with their owner, so chances are that once they notice how important that baby is to you – it will become equally important to them.

Border Collies are very active, however, and will continue to require physical exercise and mental stimulation, even after the baby is brought home. It won’t be enough with just a stroll around the block next to the baby-stroller, so it is important to consider whether someone will still have time to provide the Border Collie with what it needs, even after the baby is born.

How to Introduce a Baby to a Dog

The ground rule is that a dog and a young child should never be left unsupervised. This applies even if you have the nicest dog or the nicest child in the world, since accidents can happen, and it is always better to prevent rather than to end up being sorry.

If the dog was there first, you want to make sure that they don’t feel left out or forgotten, as that could cause jealousy towards a new baby. Try to prepare the dog already before the baby is born, by adapting routines such as walking- and feeding times to what they will be once the baby is there. This makes the transition easier for everyone. You can also try to let your dog help you with the baby – allow them to be part of the process – by teaching them to fetch supplies, take walks with the stroller and clean up the kitchen floor after the baby eats (you probably won’t have to tell them twice…). The most important thing for a dog is to feel useful and loved, so help build a healthy dog/baby relationship by giving them tasks and jobs to carry out.

The Importance of Boundaries and Respect

The dog needs to learn to respect the baby and to be gentle, but as the child grows, it is also important to teach respect towards the dog. All dogs need alone time every now and then, and they should have a comfy dog bed or an area where the child is not allowed to bother them. Set the foundation for a healthy family dynamic by always practicing mutual respect.

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