i was viciously attacked by an otherwise friendly terrier as a toddler. i have worked at a vet before, and i noticed that there many many MANY more "watch", "caution", "will bite" stickers on small breed dogs' charts. now, any dog can be weird around children, but in my opinion, because they are so small, smaller breeds are more intimidated by children. children make fast movements, fall, run, and jump a lot, and these kinds of things scare a dog. a lot of small breed dogs are just naturally jumpy, too. i would suggest reading up on the breed. if you go through a dog breeder, make sure it is someone reputable who can vouch for the temperament of the parents, siblings, and any grandparents. if you go through a rescue group, get to know the foster parent well. they are usually really good about letting you know if a particular dog would work in your home, because they want to find the best home.
at 4:50 PM on Jan. 9, 2009