Hi i am new here and just wanted to introduce myself.I am constantly finding this website when i lookup dog breeders and it seems like a great place to get dog advice.I was wondering if anyone would like to share their opinion on a good breed to have around a small child?I have been looking for a dog since i lost my mix about 5 months ago.My daughter is 15 months old and I didnt know if i should wait until she is a little bit older or if going ahead and geting a puppy would be fine.All opnions would be respected on this.Thank you!
***Edited By: doggiecrazy08 on 1/27/2008 5:23:54 PM*** Reason: sp
Welcome to the forum! What breed was your dog you had 5 months ago? What kind of dog are you interested in getting now? Long hair, short hair? Big or Small? Are you active, would you be taking this dog with you, pretty much everywhere you go?
These are ggreat things to ask yourself, when looking at getting a new dog. Also have you thought about adopting a dog from a rescue? They would have a little more knowledge of the dog, so you would know if it would be a right fit for your family.
Welcome to the forum!! I wouldn't suggest a toy or small breed dog around a 15 month old. They have small bones that have a tendency to break easily. I would also be cautious because puppies have a tendency to bite/nip, scratch and jump up. I would consider getting a rescue from a local shelter that would be young enough to train, but old enough not to be a biter (around 5-8 months).
A friend of mine who has a 3 year old little girl and a 1 year little boy old recently got a large mix breed puppy. While he is wonderful with the kids and a great pet, she really didn't consider how much work a puppy can be. She already had a lot of work with diapers and whatnot plus keeping her house in order. Then you add to all of that the training and cleanup and walking of a puppy and she really wished she waited until the kids were a little older. Dogs are great and I can't imagine my life without my Max, but you have to consider the whole package of responsibility. I am sure that the dog that you lost was already a trained member of the household but a puppy will be like another child to tend to.
Those are all great choices! I love the fact that a pit baby was on your list. They really are great around kids and super protective of their loved ones! We had a pit/boxer mix that adored children, was protective when she needed to be and was actually the best dog that we have ever owned. My hubby still misses his 'baby' and tears up when looking at her pictures. Good luck with your soon-to-be new addition.
I am constantly telling people to go to the shelter or rescue group to find a "child's dog." What has worked for many is to get a shepherd mix, preferably a bitch, at least three years old.
You could also go for a pit mix, I just happen to like shepherds and in my area they are easier to find because (sigh) most rescues will not place pit mixes with families.
At any rate, you want a girl who is house trained and at least nominally leash trained who has a proven track record with kids. That kind of temperament testing is easy to do and if the rescue/shelter won't or can't do it, then don't go to them.
Then try out the dog with your child. Go to visit, take it easy at first and if the dog seems receptive, let your kid really play with the dog to see if they get along.
If all goes well, you'll have a wonderful "child's first dog" who will fit into your household and adore your child.
OMG! you totally have to get a Golden retriever! I know a 8 month old golden retriever named Sugar and she is just a sweetie! The owner has a 6 month old baby and Sugar is sooo sweet to the baby!Just take my advice and get a golden retriever!
Welcome to the forum. Sorry about the loss of you pooch. As for a new pup, I think you will find most folks feel their breed is the best, so we tend to want to "share" them with others.
I think that you have to consider your child, how much of a rough and ready girl is she? Does she zoom around, curiously poking into everything (like most toddlers) or is she more quiet and laid back? Sometimes size does matter. Especially with a toddler in the house. A very small breed can be a great companion, but are sometimes at risk from a toddler.
If the baby falls (as toddlers do) and lands on a sleeping little pup...not good. On the other hand, large digs will help her discover how to get back up when knocked over in excitement. A small child will find him/herself landing on their backsides every now and then from an overexcited large breed dog.
If you go the route of a puppy, are you prepared to housebreak the pup while doing the same with your baby?
You want a pup with a good, easy going temperament and more than likely one who is sturdy enough to take the wear and tear a small child will provide.
I (personally) prefer the larger breeds with small children. I have had large mixed breeds, Labs & Pyrs all of whom were raised with my children and grandchildren.
Good luck in your hunt.
"Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful".
My personal choices for a small childs' dog would be either a Labrador Retriever, Pitbull, a Lab mix or a Pit mix. I got my Labs before I had my son, so he grew up with Labs his entire life. Blondie was his constant companion and was so good with him. She had a wonderful personality and doted on my son.
My granddaughter is growing up with a Pitbull / Sharpei mix and this has got to be the most tolerant dog I have ever seen. Again, we had the dog before we had Lexie. Kesha is the babies constant companion, she has to check up on her all the time. She washes Lexie, head to toe, clothes and hair included. They lay on the couch and floor together. When Lexie is napping, Kesha is on the bed with her or if she's in the crib, Kesha lays on the floor and comes to let us know when she makes a move, so we know when she wakes up. They share their snacks, spend almost every waking moment together.
Lexie is also growing up with a Chihuahua in the house, who is not the ideal choice for a child. They are small boned, as others mentioned and tend to be not as child hardy. I am sure there are exceptions for all breeds, but I wanted to share our experience.
Good luck with whatever dog you choose. Seeing that you have young children, I'd go with a housebroken dog, not a puppy. Save a life, check out the animal shelters and also go to http://www.petfinder.com - they have 1000's of dogs waiting to be rescued.
I would not suggest a toy breed if the baby falls or picks it up and drops it that could mean big trouble a broken leg or even worse I had a couple call me about one of my pom litters 2 years ago and they had recently bought a pom puppy and it was 10 weeks old and I guess the husband got up from the table and tried to side step around the puppy that was under foot and stepped on the puppy and killed it instantly. Needless to say I DID NOT sell them a puppy and if an adult could do that so could a child I do not sell any puppy's to families with children under 7.
I would recomend a medium size breed a pit is an exellent choice mine was the sweetest thing in the world a Golden is another good choice I'm not big into shepards can be tempermental