Yeh, that post about the stuffed animal WAS rude! I have a 3 year old and we are getting a German Shepherd puppy next week. I actually think a puppy is better than a young adult dog when you have children. They not only grow with your kid(s) but you have the opportunity to train them right and develop their personality. Beleive me I know from previous experience. We adopted a small dog from a shelter who was a year old. It was a nightmare. He barked all the time, chewed up stuff and was just a nervous wreck. I am sure he was traumatized from the shelter and whatever else he went through before we had him. We found a good home for him, but we did not want to go through that again. It might just be me because I love large breeds, but, I find that smaller dogs are more trouble than they seem. Maybe you should try a medium sized breed like a lab or a retriever? They are great family dogs, very sweet, and smart! trust me, your 3 year old will love him! The main thing is to get a dog that calls to you. You will feel it in your heart when it is right. Good luck.
Any large breed puppy has the potential to knock down a child. That is why I said supervision. That is why I said I was biased like every one else on here. I do think boxers are the absolutely best dogs for kids.
Like for example somple people mention Am Staffs, Rotlweiler. I would never ever ever have that breed or any of the other 'pit' breeds in a home with children, or a rott for that matter. Particularly with a novice owner. You don't know what type of dog she would pick up. Could be terribly bred and turn on her child.
Most hunting breeds are very smart, but they are often hyper and VERY high energy as puppies and some breeds are not very forgiving of toddlers as adults.
Beagles? I haven't met a non-hyper beagle that didn't scratch or jump as a puppy, and they don't listen.
Corgies? Well I suppose it wouldn't/couldn't hurt a child, but they arent' exactly what I think of as a 'fun pet' for a 3 year old. I think of them as a horse barn dog.
Labs are ok at about 2years, but they are aweful puppies. Every bit as bad as a boxer or worse. My cousin has permanent scars all over his face from a lab, that scratched /bit/attacked him when he was small.
All of the small breed dogs, may not 'hurt' a child, but every one knows that small breeds and small children may or may not mix.
I mean I COULD be on here all day saying negative stuff about everyones breed. I could work from largest to smallest or from furriest to short hair. All have negative points.
That is why really it is opinion, and the success or failure of what ever dog she chooses will have 90% to do with her training the puppy/dog and supervising it around her child, not the puppy or even breed itself.
---For everyone's dog breed that I mentioned. I really don't dislike your dogs, just pointing out the negative as my breed was singled out.
Boxers are like cookies you can't have just one :)
If your looking to get a puppy from a breeder, you can find them on the AKC website, on the links I gave you for each breed. If you are wanting to rescue a younger dog past the puppy stage you can usually find some of these breeds on petfinder.com Good Luck!!
"My husband and I are either going to buy a dog or have a child. We can't decide whether to ruin our carpets or ruin our lives."
Since a certain member is so adamant about boxers, maybe we could zip her over her website link. This coming from a guy who has a barnyard dog and hyper dogs... Yup never met a boxer who wasn't perfect as a puppy or a dog.
I like him a lot better than I like most people. To you he's a dog. TO me he's an adopted son who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn't speak clearly. I have no problem with any of these. <
What ever. There are individual bad dogs in every breed. Including, mine, yours and mixed. Half of all problems with any dog are training and environment. Say what you want, I don't think I will be back on this thread. My time is more important than to argue over trival crap.
Boxers are like cookies you can't have just one :)
remember dogs do not read books or standards. Temperment within breeds can vary greatly. I saw wandering_spirit. Said no malinois. I agree. Not a good pet. But I do own a Malinois that is great pet, and good with children. He even stands in front of the baby when the mailman comes. He is the nurse maid. So just because it gets the breed stamp. Still be wary. I like to look at the dog and not the breed.
I believe a dog's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment he holds dear, is when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-with a ball in his mouth."
i have frenchies, so i am a little biased. but having three, all from different breeders and one from a foreign country, i can see the difference in the temperments from dog-to-dog. all are very loving dogs. they love everything. my young grandsons come to visit and they will spend hours on end playing with the dogs. usually ending up in a large heap , lounging in front of the tv. they are great little dogs. sturdy. playful and extreme lovers. great little all around companion animals.
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail. Fran Lebowitz US writer and humorist (1950 - )
Definately like the idea of a Corgi! Pretty sturdy, you will have some hair to deal with, but really happy, happy, optimistic little dogs! But no matter what-NEVER leave together unattended. Kids that young can inadverdently hurt/abuse an animal.
That's in the raising of a dog, NOT breed disposition
hmmm, ok maybe not, but there are different opinions and people should hear them. Now, I wonder why this rule does not apply to other breeds, for example, malinois? The other breeds have their dispositions, but these breeds do not, it is in the raising of a dog, interesting....
"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself" - Josh Billings
<<<That's in the raising of a dog, NOT breed disposition
hmmm, ok maybe not, but there are different opinions and people should hear them. Now, I wonder why this rule does not apply to other breeds, for example, malinois? The other breeds have their dispositions, but these breeds do not, it is in the raising of a dog, interesting....>>>
It is stated in the breed standard that Amstaffs and Rotties MUST be good with people, so any bites resulting from those dogs is in the raising of the breed. Here is a quote about the Rottweilers temperment from the American KC
"He has an inherent desire to protect home and family, and is an intelligent dog of extreme hardness and adaptability with a strong willingness to work, making him especially suited as a companion, guardian and general all-purpose dog. "
"The essential characteristics of the American Pit Bull Terrier are strength, confidence, and zest for life. This breed is eager to please and brimming over with enthusiasm. APBTs make excellent family companions and have always been noted for their love of children. "
I don't know about Mals, and gunny has spoken a little bit about them, but the Beauceron is NOT supposed to be friendly.
"Frank approach and self-assured; never timid, or worried. Although reserved with strangers, the character of the Beauceron should be fearless. Any display of fear or unjustifiable aggression is not to be tolerated. "