Many years ago after the movie “101 Dalmatians” hit theaters, parents ran out and bought or adopted Dalmatians and then promptly took them to. They’re beautiful and for the right home, they are wonderful pets. But they are not a breed that is generally good with children.This is a common mistake people make when they don’t do their research. Certainly, as stated last week, some Dalmatians are great with kids and if you happen across one that is and you want to adopt him, go for it. Don’t, however, seek one out if you have children at home.
The same goes for Chihuahuas and miniature pinschers, to name just a couple. They’re small and toy-like and this makes people think they’re perfect for children. That’s a mistake. Small dogs often are the worst choice for a home with children. Children are loud. They want to pick the dogs up, sometimes they pull tails, ears, hair (this is behavior parents must keep an eye out for and discourage, no matter what, but sometimes accidents happen). Small dogs are particularly nervous about such behavior because they are more vulnerable than larger dogs and it’s more difficult for a small dog to get away.That isn’t to say that if you have children you can’t get a small dog. Many terriers do well in homes with children, as do English bull dogs. And you may get lucky and find that one in a thousand Chihuahua that loves kids. Beagle is also a child-friendly breed.
Surprising to many, bull terriers are wonderful with children. Years ago, people used them as canine nannies and they are very protective.
If you go for a poodle, make sure it’s the standard poodle and not the toy poodle, which falls into the “small dogs aren’t a good choice” category. Collies and German shepherds also fall into the protective category and will generally put up with a small child’s energy and curiosity. And, of course, there is always the good old mutt with the right personality.So when choosing a family pet, keep in mind the unique dynamics of your home and lifestyle and research breed traits so that when you finally make your decision, there won’t be any surprises and your new friend will be able to stay with you for life.