I have a question for you all. I have a four month old son, and I own a cocker spaniel right now. Boo (the cocker spaniel) is secen years old and I really want a dog for my son to grow up with. I have three that I am considering. A pitt, rottweiler, miniature pinscher, or pomeranian. Which one do you think would be the best choice of dog.
***Edited By: Anjel on 4/16/2005 12:12:20 AM*** Reason: ss
I agree with both previous posters. I can tell you that I have found the retrievers and mastiff breeds to be wonderful dogs with small children. They are very gentle and loving as well as protective of the little ones. The larger breeds are also a bit more able to take the abuse (unintentional) that the toddlers can dish out.
HOWEVER, large breeds (especially a large breed puppy) is going to cause a few knockdowns. Bumps can cause unsteady little ones to find themselves suddenly sitting when least expected.
Then again, the large breeds will also patiently stand and let the toddler use them to pull themselves back up again.
One of the VERY first commands my Labs and Pyrs were taught was not to jump up on ANYONE, EVER, at all. A must with any breed large enough to unbalance a child or older person who might be a bit unsteday on their feet.
my self would choose the american pit bull. I myself have a 2yr old and another due in july. alex, my 2yr old has an pit for himself, Jade's Hope. She and my son are 20 days apart on their birthdays.She has been the best dog i've seen with a small child.Alex can walk yhis dog thought the park, acourse I am right there with them.But if your going with this breed of dog it is not for beginers.But depending on your lifestyle and how much time you will have with this new dog. I've all ready chosen a pit for my next child also. i am a lover of the breed.
I agree with dusty082155, he will apprieciate a puppy more when he's older but, I think it builds a strong bond when the kid and the dog grow up together. Labs and golden retrievers seem to be good with kids.
The dog is going to attach itself to the person who is most interactive with it. I think it is a great idea having a pet in the house while a child is growing. Just be prepeared for the dog to bond to you more than the child. the dog will bond to the child but may not be quite as attached to the child as to you.
But at this age, the child and the dog don't really grow up together. Dogs age so much more quickly than people. By the time the child is in school, depending on what kind of dog you get, the dog is pratically a senior citizen! And it's not as if a baby is going to want to play with a dog.
catlover, the notion of a boy and his dog growning up together like old yeller is novelty notion. I was trying to give them the real deal on what will happen. the child will may or may not be interested in the dog. but the dog is by default going to be feed, trained, taken to go potty, taken out it's crate, walked played with by the parents the most. the dog is going to devote his affection to the person who cares for him the most.
Hmmm, I would think that since you already have a pet the baby would benefit from its' interacting with that pet and then when the baby is older, say 7-8 maybe then he would be ready to care for his own dog. As the others noted, if you get a puppy now it won't really be the child's but the one who is the caretaker of it.
I have mini dachshunds in my house, and have since my daughter was 5 months old. she is now two and a half. I have never paid much attention to all the stuff about certain breeds being good with kids-people have told me I should not have dachshunds with my daughter, but I teach both the dog and the kid to respect each other. My daughter loves my new puppy, Sammy more than anything. I never let her be alone with him, and he helps get her down for her naps since he is willing to cuddle with her.