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thinking about a toy dog but the kids???

i want to get a tiny little toy dog, (big dogs scare me lol) but i'm scared that my kids won't adjust. i have a three yerold son that is scared of A LOT of things and he's the one i'm concerned of most. plus i have a 6 month old that i'm not sure i can balance everything. any ppl who have done it before?

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Asked by khmymommi at 11:40 PM on Oct. 29, 2009 in Pets

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  • Toy breeds bite more then any other breed/type/size, they are much more fragile and can easily get hurt by a child (and probably bite the child out of pain and fear!) They are WAY more difficult to house train too. I would try to find a nice small or medium size dog with a good reputation as a kids dog.

    Answer by Blueliner at 11:55 PM on Oct. 29, 2009

  • any suggestions?

    Answer by khmymommi at 11:58 PM on Oct. 29, 2009

  • A nice little mutt from a shelter (young adult so you know how big it is!)

    Beagles are usually good with kids, pretty low maintenance, non threatening, playful but not usually super high energy, can be a little stubborn though, and can be a little noisy when left alone. I have a beagle/basset hound mix and she's VERY SWEET, like the most intimidating dog alive lol. (I also have a 90lb Doberman, but I'm guessing that's out lol)

    Pembroke Welsh Corgi a generally friendly and easy to train, but might shed more.

    Whippet (like small grey hounds) generally have good temperaments, short low maintenance coat, quieter...

    Is there a certain look, coat type, etc that you prefer?

    Answer by Blueliner at 12:17 AM on Oct. 30, 2009

  • Oh yeah, as far as biting... Unneutered male dogs are the most likely to bite, then neutered males, then un-spayed females, and spayed females are the least likely. So I would recommend a female (also usually a little smaller then males in the same litter too).

    Answer by Blueliner at 12:20 AM on Oct. 30, 2009

  • I have a small, a medium, and a large. Personally I find the small dog to be the most work she is 6 months old and i am constantly working with her and cleaning up accidents. The best dog of my 3 is our basset hound while not a toy or small breed he is a wonderful family dog he belongs to my 5 y/o daughter and she has had him since she was 2, he is a year younger than her and he is her best friend. My chihuahua does well with kids but has her limits she has been raised in a daycare setting since she was 3 months so little kids are a normal part of her life, I take her to visit the daycare where she spent the last few months several days a week to keep her used to the children.


    Answer by 3_ring_circus_ at 12:31 AM on Oct. 30, 2009

  • Teeny tiny dogs are not so great with kids... And don't get a Corgi with small children around; they're herding dogs and they will herd anything they can, children included! (They are used for herding cattle, and nip at the feet of cows to get them to move; you don't want that happening to your kids!!!) Try an American Eskimo mix...they're adorable, not too small but not very big either (20-40lbs usually). OR a PBGV (Petit Bassett Griffon Vendeen). They're freaking ADORABLE: "Though quite independent, the Petit Bassett Griffon Vendeen will demand attention from its owner when it feels ignored. It also tends to be quite friendly towards children, strangers, and other dogs"

    Try and good luck!


    Answer by SarahLeeMorgan at 12:52 PM on Oct. 30, 2009

  • I have a corgi and he NEVER nips or herds at all. He plays with children on a regular basis. They do not herd from instinct, they have to be taught to herd, just like any other dog. If they are not trained to round up cattle, ducks, kids, whatever, they don't do it.

    Answer by pagan_mama at 5:08 PM on Oct. 30, 2009

  • Some herding breeds can be a little nippy, but not aggressively nippy, and you can usually teach them not to "herd" the kids pretty easily! Unless you get a herding breed dog from actually "working" herding stock then it's rare nowadays for them to have very strong herding instincts. I wouldn't worry about a Corgi at all, they make great family dogs.

    Answer by Blueliner at 5:29 PM on Oct. 30, 2009

  • ive heard the beagles & french bulldogs are great with kids. ive been wanting a yorkie so bad but im afraid my 2yo would hurt it.

    Answer by xxmissrainbow at 1:54 AM on Oct. 31, 2009

  • I think your children are too young for a small dog. Even with a larger dog, you would need to be cautious and not leave them alone together until they are older. Not only could small children hurt a dog and not mean to, a dog might hurt a young child if you are not very watchful. Research the best dogs to have with children.

    Answer by Southernroots at 2:02 AM on Oct. 31, 2009

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