Here, we’re going to tell you some factors to consider when picking a dog breed that is good with children.
First of all, when you have small children, it is best to get a new dog as a puppy rather than an adult. That way the animal will grow up familiar with the child or children, and will not feel threatened by them. The dog will, in fact, likely be protective of the child if strangers come around.
Older children are not as much of an issue when selecting a dog breed. They will be mature enough to understand that they should not pull on a dog’s ears or tail, and should not play with it too roughly. They will be less likely to trip and fall on a dog, unlike a toddler. And they will be physically larger so a dog will be less likely to perceive them as another small animal competing for attention, and less likely to try to take on a dominant “Alpha Dog” role then they would with a toddler or infant.
However, for a family with infant and toddlers, there are dog breeds which should be avoided completely. Some of these dog breeds would pose a risk to the safety of the young child, and some would probably be harmed and potentially even killed by an overly rough child.
Dogs that were originally bred to hunt are a particular danger to small children. Among the larger dog breeds that are very dangerous to have around small children are: Akitas, Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Chow Chows, Dobermans, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, and Great Danes. Great Danes are not by their nature vicious, but because of their huge size, and because they can be very territorial and can develop loyalty to one person only – usually an adult – they can be a danger to small children.
Very small breeds are not a good choice either; they can be snappish and despite their small size could cause significant injury to a child by biting it. They also are in danger of being injured or crushed to death by a toddler. Chihuahuas, Yorkies, Toy Poodles, and Japanese Chins are examples of little dogs that are not a good choice for families with young children.
Any dog may bite or snap if handled too roughly by a child, and adults should take care not to leave small children along with a dog. It’s not fair to the child or the dog.
However, there are breeds that are generally good with children as long as they are bought into the home as a puppy. Beagles, Bassett Hounds, Boxers, Gordon Setters, Irish Setters, Boston Terriers, Bloodhounds, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Bulldogs, and Standard Poodles are considered to be good dogs for homes with younger children.
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