i would go with the Cavalier King Charles, because i have no idea what the heck a "Shorkie" is. Good lord, the designer mixes are really going wild with some of these new mixes. I would think that with over 150 AKC recognized breeds, there would be a large enough of a selection to choose from. Hey Mastiffluv , maybe the "stiffweenie" mix isn't such a bad idea afterall. We could sell them at roadside stands and throw in a free coke to go........
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
Why is it that, whenever someone asks about a toy breed (or any smaller dog)-someone else will come back and recommend a lab or golden or boxer (or any other LARGE dog)? I mean, come on-use a little common sense! If someone wants a toy breed, do you really think they're going to be happy with an 80+lb dog?!!! That's not exactly "small".
The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
I don't know much about Cavaliers, not familiar with their temperament traits at all. But they are probably a good SIZE for young children. I think Yorkies are a bit small for toddlers. But Catlover's got a point.. Maybe something sturdier than a yorkie but not as massive as a lab, like a beagle or a boston terrier or french bulldog. Or a Staffordshire Bull Terrier! Under 40 pounds but sturdy as a mac truck, great with children.
"Be who you are and say what you feel. Because those that matter, don't mind...And those that mind....don't matter."
I'm pretty sure a Shorkie is a Shnauzer/Yorkie mix. There was one at our pet therapy visit and that is what the lady called it. Who knows! I swear everyone just grabs names out of a hat or something! LOL!
My dog is a shih-tzu x bichon mix and she's definitely safe with babies. I wouldn't leave any dog, mix or not, alone with a baby but if you train them properly, they should be fine. My friend has a doberman who knows to stay at the other side of the room from where the baby is. Bulldogs are supposed to be good and gentle. Newfoundlands are excellent with kids but they're big. Small breeds may be okay but small children may injure them. What about a bichon frise? They're entertaining and sturdy so they could take a kid's playing.
In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog. ~Edward Hoagland
There is no "safe dog breed" to be around a baby or babies. There are breeds which are better suited for infants then others, but to call them completely safe is ridiculous.
As in other aspects of life there are risks with every decision one makes.
Your best bet is to select a breed which generally shows love and affection for all humans, teach the dog obedience, monitor all activity between the dog and infant, toddler, small child and teach the child when it's old enough what is right and wrong interaction with dogs.
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. <
I wasnt commenting on the tmeperment on any of the breeds listed, more th size, a 4-6 lb dog would not be what I consider a good pet for young children to play with, a more sturdy, active dog is better IMO.
We've had 3 Mini Schnauzers, all female & all raised as puppies. Ours have been great with kids & they're sturdy little dogs. Good mouser's too! My Mom's Mini Schnauzer doesn't like kids but she tolerates them. She just hides out when a lot of kids are around.
i think the best would definately be the cavalier. i work in a dog groomers and iv never seen a unhappy cav. they always greet you with a wagging tail and their completely harmless. but as with all dogs u have to set rules, boundaries and limitations for it to be the perfet pet.