I'm new to this site, but I'm wanting to get a dog/pup for my toddler (14 months old). I don't know what kinds of dogs are good with very young children,,..my dad suggested a boston terrier, but I was hoping to get more opinions...Thanks in advance..
Any dog can be good with a toddler as long as they are supervised. I wouldn't go with any of the toy breeds, and large breeds can knock the baby down. Something midsized, I am found of herding breeds, so MY first choices would be a sheltie,or mini aussie(yes I breed them and couldn't live without them). If you are looking for shorter hair, a mini poodle, the boston,even a med. sized mix from the shelter would be great.
The bigger issue at hand is time. Do you have time to spend with the puppy, and doing alot of training. An already housbroken shelter dog may fit perfectly into your lifestyle. Good luck on your decision
A puppy can be quite an energetic little guy, and can easily jump up, and nibble hard on a baby of that age, and just be playing. It is also very difficult to train a 14 month old not to pull on a puppy, hug it, poke it in the eyes and ears, etc. I think you would be better off waiting personally. I usually don't sell my puppies to families with children under 5.
A toddler could easily hurt a small puppy and a toddler does not have the responsibility to take care of a dog and you should not put a dog through putting up with a toddler. I definitely think you should wait until the child is older.
I think an older pup would be best as long as it is used to children. A local shelter is a good place to look because most of the time they know if the dog will be good around children or not. And I would probably reccomend a dog with short hair, since long hair seems to attract grabby hands and most dogs don't appreciate the pulling.
Good luck in your search!
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