Not sure, we got a puppy we first got together so when the kids came around we already had a fully grown dog. I think it depends are you trying to teach to be responsible and take care of him I would wait until they were around 7 to do so if you just want them to have a companion I think 3 to 5 years old is a good age.
my son was right at 3 1/2, we were going to wait till he turned 4 but we were at Petco looking at the fish and Daddy fell in love with a dog. We went back later that day and got him. My son is awesome with him.
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