I was a vet tech before I was a SAHM, and I don't as a general rule care for small dogs and little kids. In my experience, they're not a good combination. Small dogs tend to be nervous and very possessive; if you have one already, he/she may become really jealous of the attention the new baby gets and resentful. I agree, don't leave the dog alone with the baby; introduce them gradually and your pet may come to accept the child as one of "her/his" people. In time.
When or if you decide to get your child a dog, go for a lab or a Retriever. Dalmatians, while popular from the movie, are high-maintenance. The most amiable, in my experience, are the big dogs, like mastiffs, Great Danes, and St. Bernards, but they're often a little overwhelming. Labs are something everybody can love.
at 11:53 PM on Aug. 23, 2009