depends on how old your kids are if they are under 7 then I wouldn't suggest a toy breed they can be easily injured or crushed if a child falls on them!! I actually do not even know a decent breeder that would sell a toy breed dog to anyone with small children.
The best dog that I ever raised with my children was a Rottweiler-no kidding! And, the second best was a Pittbull. We have had a lot of different dogs over the years and those were the best with young kids.
the only breed i have owned from childhood on has been APBT and pit mixes. There wonderful dogs and love kids. Treat them as there own pups. If you have never had a pitbull and want one make sure he gets the proper training.
The Shetland Sheepdog is one of the best breeds for children. They love children and are very gentle with them. The only things are that they bark kinda a lot and need to be exercised, and groomed weekly. But, other than those they are very good dogs. I have one and I highly reccomend Shelties.
I used to have a yellow lab, and she was wonderful with kids. She never barked or growled at them even once in her whole life. She would let the kids climb on her and loved to play with them. She even followed their commands when my boys (4 and 7 at the time)made her go through a dog obstacle course. It was very cute. I highly recommend labs- great dogs!
we have owned mostly boxers,pits,and rottweilers. all these dogs are really good with kids. plus the pitbulls high pain tolerance comes in handy for all the ear and tail pulling and anything else little kids dish out for dogs.
Amen, Catlover! Actually been there, done that! I was babysitting for a friend in my house and happened to see him corner my cat in the window and start hitting him. (Window was open, in the summer) Not only did I never repeat this favor for her again, but I called then and there and had her pick up her son!
well catlover ur right its no excuse but i was talking bout little babies, they dont know any better. my aunt has three babies all under the age of three, and one day the one year old pulled there mixed dogs ear and it snapped at the baby but there pitbulls have never done that.
"well catlover ur right its no excuse but i was talking bout little babies, they dont know any better."
You know, I still don't find that a good excuse. First of all, a 2 year old or 3 year old child IS old enough to know better. If a 2 year old child gets near a hot stove, do you just let them touch it, saying they are too young to learn? No! You teach them NOT to touch a stove! They can, and do, learn at that age.
And second, if a child is, indeed, too young to learn-they shouldn't even be near enough to an animal to pull its ears or tail.
The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
well that is your opinion, but any age kid can be around a dog as long as they are supervised. unless they are newborns then they need to be introduced a little at a time. and what you said about the stove,telling them not to touch it,well sometimes kids that young dont listen at times.
read the book, "american pitbull terriers" by Todd Fenstermacher. this is on pg.14
"The APBT also makes a great choice for a pet in a home with children. They are gentle with and very tolerant of the little ones.One of the results of years of breeding for pit fighting is that these dogs have incredible pain tolerance. They think nothing of having their ears pulled or being plopped on by children."
Our first dog was a cocker spaniel, and because she was so wonderful they always stand out in my head as perfect for kids. They are a good size too- not so small as to be injured accidentally, not so big as to knock the kids down. I do know that some people feel just the opposite and have had tempermental cockers. Really it all depends on the individual dog-breed is only a general guideline. I have a 110 pound malamute that I would trust with a newborn, I have had Huskies that would daintily take treats from little kids fingers without hardly touching them, and I have had small dogs that would flatten little kids and inhale their whole hand with a treat in it! I would recommend you visit your local shelters and just see how the individual dogs react to your children. As for the debate above-little kids make mistakes, and you can't prevent that 100%. You want to be sure that if your child or another DOES make the mistake of causing pain or just plain irritating the dog, it won't respond by tearing their face off. I taught my kids to be kind to Tim, but more than once I caught them as toddlers exploring ears and eyes with little fingers...as well as hot stoves. It happens. Tim would simply respond by walking away-never so much as a growl. A lot of dogs understand that little people aren't to be held to the same expectations as the big ones, and they will put up with more.
The only things I have ever owner were herding dogs. I had a sheltie when I was younger, and he was a great dog. When I got older, and my sheltie passed, I got a Aussie. My sister was still a toddler, and the Aussie was great around her. I now have mini aussies, and I personally don't have childern, but my minis are great when they meet kids at the park or store. I had a toddler hitting one on the head (you know the way toddler do), and she just stood there and kept licking her lol. Aussie are really active so that should be taken into consideration.
Apparently I should be turned in for animal abuse, cause I pull on my dogs ear, legs, and tails... In my puppy class, in books I've read, and plain commen sense, it tells me that it is better that you start acquinting dogs to this behavior as soon as possible if they are going to be around children, that way you know if your dog is manhandled this way by children, it won't retaliate. Albie and Dora both are used to this behavior even though we don't have children, especially since we were taking Albie with us to work, where there are ADULTS who mentally can't be taught how to respect an animal. It came in useful when I took Albie to a festival last year, he was only 6 month old, still in his nipping phase, and this 3y.o. kid came out of nowhere, yellling "Puppy!" and proceded smacking my dog on the rump in an attempt to "pet" him. Now of course I stopped the child immeaditely, took him by the hand and explained how to nicely pet a dog. It was about this time, several seconds later, that the father came running up yelling "NOOOOO don't touch that DOG!" as if Albie were diseased, and then asked me if my dog bites, to which I replied, "Lucky for you, apparently not!" and walked off. Then when out of sight, I praised Albie lavishly, because for a nanosecond after I saw this kid, I WAS worried Albie MIGHT nip at a kid smacking him on the rear end. And it would have been MY fault for bringing an "unstable" dog to a public event, not the moron who hadn't taught his kid how to respect animals. And how else are you suppose to train a dog for that sort of situation? By all means you should teach your children to respect animals before getting a dog, but at the same time your dog need to be taught how to respect children, no specific breed come with this innate quality.
"Let someone pull on your boobs and see how you like it"
Well I don't pull on THOSE, but Dora has gotten my ears, legs, and feet pretty good quite often playing on the floor with me, so I don't consider her ears, feet, and tail off limits. Again, both of my dogs we plan on getting thearpy-certified, mainly to work with us where we work. Nikki works with mentally-handicapped adults, I work with Alzheimer's residents. Both groups benefit from animals therapy, but both aren't the easiest to teach new things, far more so than children, so "No, we pet the puppy like THIS" and "No we don't pull Puppy's ears" are phrases which get repeated ALOT. But to an untrained pup, it only takes one smack or ear pull before it may nip. I consider part of basic socialization, along with socializing pup with other people, animals, sounds, sights, smells, textures, etc., and in addition for therapy training socializing with erratic behavior from adults, medical equpiment, nursing homes, and the like. Now mind you this only occurs in the context of play, and I'm not giving full on yanks on the ears or tails, just gentle tugs. Also teaching them they can rough-house on the floor with me but no putting their mouths on my skin. Both dogs just consider it a part of how mom play-wrestles, she just doesn't nip. Also for conformation, vet, and grooming purposes, a dog must allow strangers to handle its ears, mouth, legs/feet and tail. It is something a dog should be taught.