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So we are adopting.

we are adding a new member to our family.. we have two children an a cat and we want to get a dog..

so i'm wondering whats a good breed of dog for kids?
I've heard chihuahuas aren't good with children but I've never had one..

looking for some insight?

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Asked by mampanda0422 at 11:46 AM on Jan. 28, 2013 in Pets

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  • Lots to consider with that. I adopted a senior dog from a shelter nearby. He is a super, duper dog, but not so good around kids. Most of the time the agency will test to see which dogs are good with children and/or other animals. If you look at, they have that information listed by the dog.

    It just depends on how the dog was raised. I've owned one puppy and raised it with the kids, but it was still just a bad dog with potty training, etc. That was a Pomeranian. This Cockerspaniel is a fantastic dog, but he's older and has never been around kids. I have to keep him in the garage when the grandkids get here.

    Answer by m-avi at 11:53 AM on Jan. 28, 2013

  • Chihuahuas are HORRIBLE dogs to get with children. They are more likely to bite than anything else. You need to research breeds after first deciding on what things you want with a dog. Shedding, drooling, and activity levels all should be taken into consideration as dogs need specific attention depending on their breed.
    Some well known kid friendly breeds are as follows Golden or Labrador retriever, boxer, beagle, West Highland white terriers or Shetland sheepdogs. That's not to say other breeds aren't kid friendly but if you've never had a dog before it's best to stick to basics.

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 11:54 AM on Jan. 28, 2013

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    Answer by KristiS11384 at 11:55 AM on Jan. 28, 2013

  • i'm taking a trip to the animal shelter today.. and talking to people there.. i need to figure out exactly what i want in a dog.. i am really excited about this expansion! :) thanks ladies!

    Comment by mampanda0422 (original poster) at 11:59 AM on Jan. 28, 2013

  • How old are your children? Old enough to know the rules about being kind to their pets? I love all animals, but am partial to big dogs. We have a lab & lab/sheppard mix & both are wonderful around kids. The 1st 2 years of a lab's life is a bit high energy tho & additional training was necessary. So do your research that Kristi so kindly provided a link to & God Bless for opening your home to a new furry friend. :)


    Answer by mrsmom110 at 12:00 PM on Jan. 28, 2013

  • they are 5 and 6 so yes they know rules about being kind to animals. i am a huge animal lover..

    and we first got a cat because we didn't have time for a dog, and cats don't need as much attention as a dog.. but now that we have the time and space and energy for a dog i am ready to open my home to one..


    Comment by mampanda0422 (original poster) at 12:04 PM on Jan. 28, 2013

  • they are 5 and 6 so yes they know rules about being kind to animals.

    Eh, there are other rules kids need to know than just being kind to their pets. How to train them, how to keep up the training that you start, etc. So juet keep in mind you'll be instructing the kids as much as you are training the dog. The good news is that in adopting there is a good chance that the dog you are planning on already has some training and it'll make things easier than if you were to start from scratch with a puppy. The downside is that the dog may have picked up some bad habits that you will need to retrain in order to break.

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 12:10 PM on Jan. 28, 2013

  • Petfinder is a very good resource for researching breeds. Often, mixed breed dogs are more even-tempered and healthy than purebreds. If you get a dog from a shelter, the staff there will sometimes know a bit about the home it came from, like whether there were kids or not. A dog raised around kids is more likey to get along with them. Think seriously about what you want in a dog, and what you don't want, because that will make all the difference between a successful match and a heartbreaking one that doesn't last.

    Answer by Ballad at 12:46 PM on Jan. 28, 2013

  •  cavalier king charles

    this breed gets my vote

    lady brings this dog to pick up her daughter

    every child loves it, and it is very gentle, never heard it bark

    my daughter wants a Chihuahua, wonder when i am ready to get a pet, if i can fool her into thinking this breed is a hairy Chihuahua-lol


    Answer by fiatpax at 12:49 PM on Jan. 28, 2013


    Here's a Pedigree questionair to finding your perfect breed, but remember the breed is no guarantee of the actual dogs temperment. 


    Answer by cassie_kellison at 1:00 PM on Jan. 28, 2013

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