20 Worst Dogs For Small Children

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If you have young kids and are considering getting a dog, there are certain breeds you should avoid. Some dogs on this list are too large and may unintentionally injure a child, while others just don’t enjoy being playmates.

While all of them can be properly trained in order to get along well with your kids, it is best to choose dogs that enjoy spending time with your little ones.

Here’s a list of 20 worst dogs for families with kids:

1. Chihuahua

The Chihuahua is a very small breed of dog and is named for the state of Chihuahua in Mexico.
Although some kennel clubs recognize them as the smallest breed of dogs, don’t be fooled by their appearance.

If they don’t have proper human leadership, they can become very strong-willed. They are quite loyal, but it may be difficult to train them. Chihuahua owners shouldn’t allow their pets to do anything they wouldn’t allow a larger dog. For instance, if an owner allows a Chihuahua to put their paws on their leg, the dog might end up with behavior issues.

Namely, if a Chihuahua becomes a pack leader, they could become jealous or aggressive towards other dogs and humans. Besides, they might become hostile towards children.

This breed is generally not recommended for children, because most people treat the Chihuahua differently than they would a large dog. Chihuahuas can become snappish and untrustworthy with kids and other humans if they don’t get enough daily exercise.

Just because they are small doesn’t mean they should be walked less. Every dog breed needs to get enough physical exercise in order to remain healthy and satisfied. To sum it up, if a Chihuahua owner treats their pet properly, the dog will develop a better temperament and will learn how to get along with kids. It is important to stress that they respond well to firm but gentle training.

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  • Lynn Drewniany

    I love that a pit bull is not mentioned on here. Pitties were know as “nanny dogs” back in the 20′s – the 60′s. And, research shows they are GREAT dogs with children. I went through this to make sure the article did not follow the media mania that sometimes happens regarding Pitties. Props to whoever wrote this.

  • Susan St Clair

    They need to stop this type of article…. 99% of dog breeds, when raised properly make great family dog. These articles are misleading at best and at worst can be dangerous. The fault is not with the dog breed, the fault is with those who do not accept the responsibility of choosing the right dog, socializing it properly and training it properly and maintaining their responsibility for the dog and it’s behavior. Owning a dog is not very much different than having a child, whatever happens… YOU are responsible and committed, or you BETTER be.

  • wac77

    Whoever wrote this is a tool!
    They used the SAME EXACT argument for every large breed and same argument for every small breed. ALL dogs need discipline and a firm hand, rules and boundaries. A large dog can knock over a small child. WOW never would have guessed that could happen. Small breeds getting too manhandled by small children another amazing insight. You would have to be a TOOL not to know that. Oh wait that’s right common sense isn’ t too common anymore. Aside from the 2 or 3 facts about medical issues/concerns the article was the same dribble again and again.

  • John Johnson

    You obviously missed reading the accompanying article where they cite that pits and rotties are responsible for 74% of all biting incidents.

  • Wayne Lovell

    all lies it was staffordshire bull terriers that was named as nanny dogs not pitbulls

  • Dirtygirl

    Hey, dumbass.. theyre the same breed. You obviously lack the education to peruse a conversation with.

  • Peter O’Tool

    And you read every word…. tool!

  • Rick

    Australian Shepherd!?!? I grew up with one, and owned two as an adult with my kids. Very, Very loyal dogs, and very protective towards kids–even babys. Who ever wrote this is an idiot.

  • Dog lover

    They mixed up the photos of the husky and the malamute. I owned 3 malamutes and they are wonderful with children. you’re right, these guys are tools.

  • klunkerboy

    While these are generalizations, every dog is unique. We once had a Chow Chow and he just loved everybody, especially children, and wanted to be around them all the time.

  • birdy

    This list is a joke – why isn’t the nasty Staffordshire Bull Terrier top of this list, it’s not even on the list yet this vicious dog breed has committed the majority of deaths and horrendous mutilations of children and adults in the UK. The person who put this list together clearly had ulterior motives.

  • Alise

    I’ve had a variety of breeds throughout my childhood, including collies, texas heelers (the working farm dogs) and at various times, a husky, a rottweiler, a couple of german shepherds, cocker spaniels, and a pitbull. In my experience, the rottweilers are the best with kids. They’ll romp all day, but if we got into something we weren’t supposed to or left the backyard- like say, heading toward the creek, Lady would either tow you back by the hem of your shirt or bark until she got an adult to come see what you were into.

  • Lee Kaybum

    The ironic part is, you accused Wayne of being uneducated yet you fail to grasp even basic spelling and grammar. How about instead of being a dirty girl and sleeping around, you become a woman and realize that no real man likes a whore. Wait…I forgot. You only screw boys.

  • TheBossyFiesta

    Pit bull did not make the list. What great dog.

  • JB

    I call BS on this. I especially disagree with the writer on Akitas. The writer suggests you shouldn’t get a dog that wont protect your children, then goes to a dog historically known for protecting children and says dont get it because a dog protective of children might bite other children who are being mean…..

  • JB

    You are way off on those numbers. The CDC has numbers on all reported dog bites and pits made up less than 4%

  • Arturo

    I think the parent should really just explain to the child before getting the dog and if he/she doesn’t understand, then don’t get it.

  • Cindy Rogers

    Load of crappola on some of these. For example, Rottweilers were often specifically bought for households of small children in the late 19th and early 20th century. In fact, there was a whole childrens series of books written about a Rottweiler and his “baby”. It’s in the training! Of course small dogs and small kids don’t mix, but the Pug is a great small dog without the attitude around kids – trained properly!

  • Keiz

    This list is completely bull, it doesnt matter what breed the dog is it matters what their temperament and training is. We had a Chow Chow Australian Shepard mix in the house since before I was born and she never hurt any of us, she was left alone with me plenty of times and just took a nap.

  • Dennis

    Oh, I see you’re retarded. I think you should leave the internet. Degenerate little cunt.

  • http://batman-news.com cheesesteak20

    Read the article again. Malamutes are good with kids , The article says, due to their size and excitement, it might be too much for small kids.

  • Senya

    This article doesn’t say a damn thing except that a dog that is not properly trained, especially a big one, but even a small one, can be dangerous to children. What a revelation! The truth is that any breed of dog can be trained well or trained poorly. These “best dog breed for…” articles are not informative, they’re just vehicles for advertising.

  • Senya

    Humans are so amusing. They reduce a wolf to a domestic animal, and breed it to be whatever they want, and to do whatever they want, then they blame behavior problems on the dog. A dog bite is a result of an irresponsible or vicious owner, regardless of the breed of dog. How can you blame the dog? It’s not that more pits and rotties are inherently vicious, it’s that more irresponsible assholes choose pits and rotties. Why do more irresponsible assholes choose pits and rotties? Because they believe these breeds are more vicious than other dogs, due, in part, to idiotic articles about which breeds of dog are “more vicious.”

  • Fart

    I don’t know if you are happy or not, but my Pitt is the most loving dog in the world, she has never harmed or could harm anyone. Blame the trainer, not the breed.

  • Kieran

    I went through this to see if Staffies or Pit bull type dogs were in this too. I was brought up with one in the household as a baby and have had Staffies ever since (24). They’re great with kids.

  • Kieran

    Top five breeds most likely to Bite are;
    Dachshunds
    Chihuahua
    Jack Russell
    Australian Cattle Dog
    Cocker Spaniel
    Unfortunaltey… If a Staffordshire Bull terriers attacks (probably because it has been mistreated, abused or trained to) it is a very powerful dog and will do damage, so it makes the news.
    In reality, they’re loyal, gentle, smart, friendly and great with kids.

  • Name

    You’re the type of person that gives these dogs a bad name.

  • Angel

    Actually…. they are not the same breed. :)
    Staffordshire Bull Terrier and American Pit Bull Terriers are two different breeds.

  • pateboo

    We had a toy poodle, she was VERY protective, especially of my mother, who was home with her all day. We couldn’t leave her with a toy because the vet said she was “mothering” it. If you tried to take it away, she’d growl. I wouldn’t completely trust any breed with little children. It only takes ONE time for the child to annoy the dog enough for it to turn on them. And domesticated or not, they are still ANIMALS, you can’t reason with them like you can a human.

  • Hansjurg

    At least none of them suck the breath out of babies, like cats.

  • TheBossyFiesta

    I don’t know if you are intelligent or not, but “What a great dog” usually means a person is happy with their pitbull. I don’t blame you, I blame your parents.

  • Petey’s mom

    I read this and agree with some points and disagree with others. The same goes with many reader comments. I, unfortunately, am a perfect illustration of what an owner should not do or be with a dog. My first “My” dog was a terrier mix that ruled the household. Ignorant owner! I allowed it. But at 20 pounds it wasn’t a big deal, and we had 16 wonderful, sometimes frustrating, years together. Overlapping her (her name was Atilla), was Sully. A softer dog you will never find. It was “anything you want, baby” but that was never a problem. Ignorant owner! He was my heart, and I had him for almost 14 years. Then, again overlapping, came Petey. A rescued boxer-mastiff-whatever-with-pittie-sprinkled-in. I’ll just start out again saying ignorant owner! I was bitten twice, not seriously, but attention-getting bites. That was enough. Down to the local PetSmart we went, so that I could get trained. That’s right…ME. I was the dipshit, and I knew it. After a class with other dogs, an independent class with just he and I, and some serious education on my part, Petey has become one awesome dog. He had the potential to be a “dangerous dog”, all because of an owner that was essentially clueless, even after being around dogs her entire life. Articles like these, even though enjoyable because of the pictures :) are essentially unfair. ALL dogs, from pedigree to mutt, have potential, both great and terrible, if the owner is foolish. I’d love to see, just once, an article on “twenty types of owners that are bad for dogs”, or something like that! Maybe I’d gamely submit my picture, lol.

  • Dennis

    Actually, my staffy is a rescue staffy. Used a fight dog before I got her, and because she wouldn’t fight, they snapped her back legs and used her as bait for other fight dogs. She’s been in one fight since we had her, and that’s when three boxers attacked her. Yeah, I don’t give dogs a bad name, you silly whore.

  • Carly

    What a load of tosh. I could argue for every one of these breeds but I’m going to stick up for the greyhound. The article is factually incorrect, greyhounds do not need a lot of exercise. Some greyhounds can go off lead safely, my lad has good recall and little prey instinct. Finally both of mine are superb with children, namely my two year old niece who grooms them, brushes their teeth, hugs them and reads to them. ALL breeds can be bad with children because all BREEDS can have poor leadership. I hope that no families researching what could be a suitable breed for them come across this list of myths and fabrication. Tosh

  • Nala

    Article has the Alaskan Malamute description perfect, although should add that teenagers/adults often run across moving traffic to cross the road away from them. We have a Sib husky as well and will, after them both being attacked by Staff type’s, always avoid walking near small terrier type dogs – we’ve been left with high vet bills twice and they always give false details.

  • Nala

    Article has the Alaskan Malamute description perfect, although should
    add that teenagers/adults often run across moving traffic to cross the
    road away from them. We have a Sib husky as well and will, after them
    both being attacked by Staff type’s, always avoid walking near small
    terrier type dogs – we’ve been left with high vet bills twice and they
    always give false details.

  • disqus_YzHdo1rtYu

    I didn’t even bother finishing this shit excuse for an article. I’d bet it was written by a high school student from a impoverished area (If I was being nice)

  • dennisblows

    Who talks like this?

  • Lu

    Have you ever been around a malamute and kids? If you can’t even distinguish between a mal & husky based on the most known difference of eye color, you really shouldn’t be writing like you know about them at all!

  • Firstallie

    That is the same dog…..do some research.

  • Jay

    I think it’s odd that this article says that most of these dogs are bad because they were bred as guard dogs, but then says that the malamute is bad because it has no interest in guarding your family? Also certain dogs that actually don’t do well around kids, like dalmatians and dachshunds, are excluded from the list in favor of dogs that love kids but are just big. Being big doesn’t make a dog bad with kids, and honestly good training can fix just about any problem.

  • Monkie Bader

    Staffordshire terriers are the muscular ones with bad rep. Bull terriers or pit bull terriers are the Spuds makenzie lookin ones with the longer snout, same class not same breed ty maybe next time before popping off and attacking someone whether they be right or wrong simply enform them of the facts you want to present instead of going str8 for the juggular. He may have just been misinformed and did not realize it . So much hostility I swear lol and Lee theres nothin wrong with a girl being a dirtygirl personally those are my favorite ones lol

  • Monkie Bader

    no mention of the mexican hairless at all those are worst for children what with the nightmares small children could develop especially if surprised by one while in the dark can u imagine lol

  • Stu M-q

    I have a siberian husky and 4 kids , she is the kindest , sweetest natured dog and loves the kids , she is obedient, has great recall and never shown any aggression . we still watch her with our small kids and if she ever showed any aggression towards them she would be gone and if she ever bit them she would be destroyed

  • Stu M-q

    All dogs are potentially dangerous , some dogs are more dangerous due to physical size and breed , Staffies, rottys, mastiffs , english bull terriers etc dont make safe pets around kids . That has nothing to do with character as most staffs for instance are very loving and friendly , great with kids . It all comes down to the “what if factor ” ” and if they should turn as all dogs can the damage they could do , compared to a spaniel for instance …

  • Stu M-q

    and anyone who says they’re dog “would never bite ” should be banned from owning a dog , they are the most irresponsible type of dog owner

  • etonni

    I’ve had either a husky or Mal in the house for over 30 years. I’d bring my new baby home from the hospital and let my dog get of good sniff of his/her new human sibling. They loved the kids, the only problem, they might sneak food from the high chair. Yes, they can tear up a house when bored and if no one is showing leadership abilities, they will gladly step-up and take that role.

  • Michael McClure

    Dirty girl who is the dumb ass? The Staffordshire Terrier (English Bulldog) is not the same thing as a Pit Bull. The Pit is a Staffordshire bred with an African hunting dog (Basenji) to be used as companion guardians for the children of Royalty and people of high breeding (sic).

  • Michael McClure

    I, like the majority of commentors here am of the opinion the the author of this article lacks any clue as to that what they are writing about. In the world of dogs and children you are going to find animals of all breeds that are best not left un-attended with children and don’t forget that there are children that are monsters and should not be permitted to socialize with any kind of animals until the children are well trained. If you are looking for a dog to function as a companion for younger children I might suggest that you seek out a puppy of medium size that has an a-typical Beta personality. This is very easy to establish in any pup male or female. Simply momentarily remove the pup from its mother. Sit down with it on your lap. Turn it over so it lays on its back on your lap. If it lays there contentedly it is Beta and will always fallow your lead devotedly and be easy to train and an excellent companion for your children. If it struggles determinedly to right itself it is struggling to ascertain its dominant status and is an Alpha. When trained by a patient skilled dominate trainer it will do the best job at any task that requires an independent thinking worker. There is a place in our world for dogs of both personality’s. I would suggest that when one first begins to working with dogs they always begin with Beta’s as the Alpha’s can be difficult for the trainer to achieve the dominant role which is essential to success. In ether case before introducing the dog to your children spend time with it to the extent that it accepts you as the boss and becomes bonded with you. The dog will then be willing to recognize that the children are important to you and will readily accept that it is important to care for the children.

  • Sarah

    I grew up with Akitas. They are fabulous dogs for children. Of course they need training and socializing. All dogs do. But my parents NEVER had to worry about leaving me alone with the dogs. When I was 5 or so I used to sit on the floor next to the dogs while they ate and pick food out of their dishes. All they would do is eat it gently from my hand. Whoever wrote this article doesn’t know anything about this breed.

  • glennisw

    Choose a dog with a good temperament and train it properly, and be consistent. You shouldn’t have any trouble. Over 30 years we’ve had four mixed-breed shelter dogs – shepherd mix, rottweiler mix, and two malamute mixes. No problems with kids – because the dogs were properly trained. Training – that’s the most important thing.

  • Varika

    Good God, is that old hoary myth still floating around? Disgusting.

  • Varika

    You do, though, because people judge the dog by their owners, and I wouldn’t want to have anything to do with anything associated with someone like you, either.

  • Lisa

    Yes, the difference is a whole inch in height.

  • Lisa

    What’s the matter Lassie? Is Timmy down the well?

    It’s Saturday morning… where the HECK do you think Timmy is?

  • Lisa

    I had a half-bitch (dog of my Dad and Step Mom) that was a mini dachshund….she was jealous and nasty. If my sister or I walked into the room that my Dad was in, she would growl and bark at us and usually not let us sit near him. One time I was sitting on the other side of her petting her and with no warning she bit me.

  • Lisa

    When my husband and I married, he had a Pit. We also adopted a shelter cat (I’m a cat person). They figured out right away that although there was a totem pole, and the dog was older, they were siblings, pack, whatever. A few years later a kitten appeared at our front door and together they ‘mothered’ her (older cat was a male, but made a great Mama). Next came our first human child – and they all accepted that he came after us and before them on the totem pole. Pit died, enter Boxer – who willingly accepted that the two cats and all of the people ‘outranked her’ – extending this to our daughter when she came along. The funny thing was, when both cats had died and a new kitten came into the family, the Boxer assumed ALL cats outranked her. Both the Pit and the Boxer were devoted to our children.

  • Grier Westmoreland

    Whoever wrote this article must be a cat lover who knows nothing about dogs! The St. Bernard is one of the most gentle, eager to please, and loving breeds that exist. If the author cites the size of a dog as a danger, why wouldn’t they also cite small dogs? How many children or adults have tripped over them running in and out of their legs while they are trying to walk? My children have been around Rottweilers, St.Bernard’s, and pit bulls much of their lives without hearing so much as a growl out of them. However, a Dachshund almost bit my daughter’s lip off, requiring her to have plastic surgery.

  • knobby

    Why show a picture of a Siberian Husky and then discuss issues with Malamutes?

  • Dennis

    I don’t know if you’re new to the internet or not, but your comment came off as quite sarcastic.

  • Dennis

    Chances are, you own one of those vile little rat dogs. So, I’d avoid the shit out of you like you were the plague. Oh wait… In the dog walking community, you are the plague.

  • Joel Wexler

    Your dogs don’t stink. You do. Forward copies of your posts to your mom – see what she thinks.

  • Hansjurg

    I was listening to NPR last week and they interviewed some sort of CSI forensic coroner type. She said that the overwhelming majority of the cases of somebody dying of natural causes with their pet in the apartment, if the person’s body is partially eaten almost all the time the pet is a cat.

  • Kat Schill

    these articles need to stop. Firstly it is comepletely UNFOUNDED! I grew up around Chow Chows, Shepards, rottweilers and Austrailian Shepards. There is NO BAD BREED only BAD OWNERS!! quit spreading ignorance, this is essentially racism but with dogs… breedism….stop it now stupid crap like this is what breeds Breed specific legislation… i should be able to have any dog i want anywhere i may choose to live!

  • tim

    Thats great advice there Capn Obvious, train your dog you say. Hmmm never thought about that one. How about this nugget? Train your kids to respect all animals and most humans. You also have to be as smart or smarter than the dog you choose, thats why most people should not get an Akita, because the majority of people are too dumb or lazy to interact with a superior breed.

  • Benjamin Spider

    Yeah sorry but I was practically raised by a Saint Bernard (and a golden retriever), Even at 2 years old he had cats that would live their kittens with him, and he would even baby sit baby rabbits. He would pick them up and take them back to his dog house. Never caused any harm. Also if it was not for him I would probable have drowned as a baby.

  • TheBossyFiesta

    I don’t know if you are new to English or not, but you are quite a dunce.

  • catrin

    my mum and dad had a 3 cavalier’s when I was a baby I have never in my life baring in mind that im 12 seen an aggressive cavalier dog now we have a greyhound aged 3 years called bailey and the same never met an aggressive greyhound practically all the dogs are on that list cavs are the nicest dogs ever !

  • OMEGAMAN

    LEE — The uneducated always resort to personal insults when they no longer have a realistic argument.

  • Trish

    A pitbull is a TYPE of dog, not a breed, for you arguers below. And no, NO dog was known as a “nanny” dog. PLEASE stop spreading this MYTH. IT was started by a bunch of advocates with no factual evidence outside of some photographs of kids with dogs, and pits being used a GUARD DOGS, who are very protective of their family. Many believe any dog is good with kids, but NO dog should ever be left alone with a child. It is an animal after all.

  • Trish

    Just….wow. You are a piece of work. I pity the animals in your house. *smh*

  • SD14

    Please do not discuss Rottweilers when you are so obviously clueless about the breed. I couldn’t be bothered to read beyond number 2, but I imagine the rest was a pile of nonsense also. Keep your breedism (dog racism) to yourself. Im sick to the stomach with it.

  • Concerned great grandmother

    I started reading the resons for nothaving certain breeds with children. i gave up after the Alaskan Malmute. I do not know who the so-called authority was who wrote this. It depends u pon the dog in most cases although certain, not all bully breed are no t good even with adults. My children grew p with a 28 inch at the shoulder smoth coat saint brernad, coohnounds, australian shepherd and Old English sheep dogs aswell as Lhasa Apsos and Australian Terriers and ust plain mutts. Not oe of these dogs ever were a problem with any of my seven children or were agressive with my livestock. All dogsneed a set of rules to go by and it isusually the dog owers fault the dog is hard to handle. Ihavae seen people let their dogs getaway with adverse behavior while their cildren have very strict rules about behviour.

    Many breeds have dogs with poor temperaments and lousy dispositons that are sold for pets as evenif structually perfect for dog shows, could not be shown becasue of their temperament nd dispositon problem. Then there are those cockers, the majority of them that are sweet loving playful dogs that loved children and takeabuse from them. I had a pitbull beagle mix that let my grandson oen his mouth take foodout of his mouth and generally mistreat him He would lay there and take the abuse, if I did not watch my grandson. However, his whole demeanor wuld change if a stranger tried to come into the yard and always placed himself between the stranger and my grandson and alert me that a stranger was there. My daughterowned several Akitas and if trained properly which they were, made wonderful childrens dogs.

    I owed a malmute for 18 years. Actually he was a wolf hybred. He loved the neighbor hood children and I had to let him outinthefrot fenced in front yard befoe and after school as he would put his frot legs on theto of the fence and walk on his hind legs as the cildren pettedhim. He was a neighborhood fixture and when he died suddenly of a heart attach the children put amemorial in front ofmy hose for him. One day, we did ot have the gate locked and this young lady ran into our yard and up to ur door being chased by a pitbull which was after her chihuahua. the owner of the pit bull I knew and he bragged how mean his dog was. The malmute took on that pit bi]]ull and before the pitbull knew it, he had him by the back of the neck shaking the hell out of it and literally carried the dog out of the yard. Bythat time I was outthere with my amonia bottle and dprayed amoia on the pitbulls face and tht dog heeaded home. He then went over to the little Pom and began uzzling it. the young lady knew my hybred and she felt sure he would protect her and he did.

    I have other dog stories about many breeds being in the dog and pet shop business for so long. Yes, there are definitely some dogs of any breed tahat are not good with children. You can’t blame the breed, but the dog itself and the breeder for breeding a dog or bitch knwn tohave or come from ancestors of poor temperametns and bad dispositions. A good old coonhound of any cooh hound breed makes a good child’s pet.

    People buy Jack Terriers ignorant of the fact these dogs are intelligent and have to be kept busy or they get into mischief. they are not disobedient, they just get board. I do ot like sight hunds for children as they are ot playful enough. Scenthound make good pets.

    I didot bother to see who wrote this article or vet the author to find out from where he/she obtaied her information to judge a breed to be good or bad with children. Peoplecondemn Akitas for killing salldogs. At thedog shows if you had a small dog breed you kept away from the larger breeds for you never knew which of these was a particular dog that would go after small dogs as if they were smlall gae.

    If possible when purchsing a family pet see if yu can see any relatives of the dogs families as many times adverse behavior, poor temperament and lousy dispositons are in the relatives on both the dam and sires sides of the pedigree

    Many a mised god know what breed makes an excellent pet. Many mutts are not cross breed, but are made up of multitude of breeds. It depends upon the dog not the breed except in some bully breeds which the breeders of these ully breeds usually clearly understand, but get an ego trip out of owning oneof these.

    Never buy a dog at a pet shop. Adopt an older dog on adoption days, but if a pet shop has puppies for sale, they usually come from puppy mills who do not care about the temperament or disposition of the pups the sell or any physical or organ problems that are inherited. I would rather pay a true breeder of a breed the money for one of their puppies or dogs and care about the breed to produce even temperament and good disposition and free of inherited defects both skeletal and organ wise. I can never understand why anyone would buy a dog at a pet shop. Adopting a dog is something different.

    If you plan to put your dog in day care center, make sue you buy one or adopt one that is not aggressive toward or cowardly with other dogs. If you plan to take your dog to dog parks, make sure it gets along, like pet day care with other dogs or do not take it off its leash. Dogs that are taken to pet day care or dog parks usually are taken there as puppies and have leaned to get along with other dogs.

    Everyone should have a well mannered dog just as everyone should have a well mannered child. It is the owners responsibility to teach the dog manners and socialization. Group dog training classes are a good start toward socialization. .

  • Paul

    We had a boxer, two Irish Setters and a siamese cat. The cat ruled the roost, even saw off a rottveiller that was to close for comfort.

  • Margaret Young

    There is a huge amount of confusion on the various Bully breeds, and who ever wrote the article on best breeds for children obviously did know their bully breeds either. In short:
    Staffordshire Bull Terrier: The first bull and terrier cross developed when bear and bull baiting became illegal as a smaller faster dog was required for dog fighting and rat killing. Despite it’s rather gruesome past, or perhaps because of it, this breed has a strong aversion to biting a human. Dogs fought rounds and any dog who bit his handler when they were separated was killed. Dogs with horrific injuries were still often smuggled home in a baby pram, with the baby on top. They are probably the most tolerant of all breeds with children, and even if the poor dog is tortured by the child, they almost never respond. Staffordshire Bull terriers are “the nanny dog” . This dog was originally larger and leaner and more similar to todays pitbulls. The current trend for overly bully staffs has produced some beautiful animals, but they lack the overall fitness to have ever fought. Sadly they often lack the lifespan as well. My personal belief is that both French and English Bulldogs were mixed in with the breed in the last 20 years to create a more bully type. Staffies are the smallest of the bull and terrier breeds measuring 36 – 41 cm by breed standard, but with many, especially n Northern Ireland going over, and weighing 11 to 17 kg according to standard, but a dog that weighs the standard weight is unlikely to take any prizes in a show ring as a much heavier dog is now preferred.
    I own two of these dogs myself, one a pup, the other rescued as an adult after having her teeth broken out made her of no more use for badger hunting. Despite horrific abuse, this dog is still very friendly with any human and 100 % trustworthy with children. We did have a rather nasty very overweight neighbour boy perhaps 10 stone or more who took delight in running up and jumping on her leg when she was out for a walk, to the point that I could no longer walk her in the daytime, but she never defended herself. She obviously was kept in a pen and was completely unfamiliar with being in a house, walking on a lead etc… but she still loves everyone – that is the staffy nature. Even the worst thugs can very rarely make one people aggressive. Where it does happen I believe neutering would be the best solution —– of the owner not the dog.
    Bull Terrier: Bred by James Hinks by crossing Staffordshire bull terriers with unknown breeds, but some likely contenders include Dalmations Bedlington terrier and the now extinct White Terrier. This is the long nosed Spuds MacKenzie type dog. These are significantly taller than Staffies, and not as reliable with children. Males can be as heavy as 38 kg by the standard. There is however a miniature version as well, which I am not really familiar with myself.
    American Staffordshire Terrier:This is where it really gets confusing as in the USA one dog can be registered as both an American Staffordshire and a Pit Bull. The Am Staff has a more exacting standard as is usually several generations away from fighting lines. It is taller and leaner than the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, but otherwise quite similar – at least if you are going by breed standards. This dog is illegal in the UK
    The Pit Bull Terrier is not recognised by any kennel club other than specialist pit bull clubs. One clubs standard is incredibly vague including lines such as that it should look like a pit bull. The UKC standard is better defined but still leaves a lot of wiggle room. These dogs have unfortunately been bred to fight, and many are still bred for this purpose. The breeders do not share the English aversion to a dog that would bite a human, and while many of this breed still share the Staffordshire Bull Terrier aversion to biting people, no matter how horrifically abused, many do not. In fact many breeders deliberately breed for aggression, so sadly a small percentage of these dogs may be people aggressive although this trait will usually not be developed in a proper household. In the wrong hands though, these dogs truly are dangerous, but that could be said of most powerful breeds. These can be lovely dogs, and I desperately wanted to adopt one a few years back as his owner was dying of a brain tumour. Sadly I was afraid to take the dog as I knew I could have it taken from me and destroyed at any time. I arranged for it to be placed in rescue in the R.O.I. where the breed is legal. I would not consider a pitbull raised in a decent home to be a danger to children, and if I had been legally able to take the pit, my youngest child was under 2 at the time and I would never have worried about it. Pit bulls do have an issue with size though if not properly trained. They usually do love humans and can be very prone to jumping up. This can be an issue with small children if they are not accustomed to them. generally once they realise that they hurt little ones by jumping on them – they stop – so one who lives with children may have tried it a few times and learned better, one that does not see children often is more likely to be a problem.
    All of these breeds can be dog aggressive. I’d love it if they were not, but hiding from the truth does not help the breed. I am lucky that my older bitch is not dog aggressive despite an awful upbringing. I am not leaving it to luck with my pup though. I go out of my way to socialise him with other dogs, train him and will soon have him enrolled in puppy class. I am hoping to train him as disabled assistance dog for myself. In the meantime he is my constant companion and youngest son’s best friend. My children are ages 6 and 9 and both have had a staffy in family from before they were born.
    It should be noted that all of these breeds are also chewers, and need plenty of supervision and appropriate chew toys. if not they can easily wreck your house. They a re all powerful breeds and must be trained to come when called, no matter what the temptation, to use their mouths gently, and to drop anything on command.
    They are also all active dogs and need a fair amount of exercise. They can spend a few quiet days when an owner is ill, and in fact my previous dog had to be carried out to the toilet and water brought into my bedside as he refused to leave for days after I had surgery, but they should be exercised daily unless there are extreme circumstances. If you can’t commit to daily walk and some extra exercise, tug of war, fetch etc.. even chaising a ball down the hallway in extreme weather, a more sedate breed would be better. My pup will run alongside a mobility scooter, and my husband walks both dogs. In addition the children walk the pup, they paly with both dogs and the dogs play together. I would expect a minimum of 1 hour a day exercise of some sort, and we make sure the dogs get much more than that. However, this need for exercise does not make them unsuitable for children. Children have the same energy level and really can be a match made in heaven. nothing better than having both dogs and children tuckered out at bedtime.

  • Margaret Young

    They are not . the breed diverged over 80 years ago, but even then there was some differentiation between the British and American dogs – which would become the pit bull terrier.

  • beth

    St. Bernards are the best dog breed hands down. What they said of st bernards was true though. My Lola is very unruly and does not like strangers or other animals, I regret that I never socialized her at a younger age.

  • LUKE

    WHAT A LOAD OF BULL I HAVE A MALAMUTE SHE IS SO GOOD

  • Janine Ashbless

    “The Greyhound needs a lot of exercise on a daily basis.” The writer of this article knows NOTHING about greyhounds. They are sprinters with no stamina – they need a couple of short walks a day with time off the lead for a quick dash. To say “do not let them off the leash” is cruel and stupid. You just have to be sure there are no prey animals around, and you need to have made sure they are used to other dog breeds. It is not rocket science.

  • disqus_lio00zODQm

    Our Siberian Husky is the best dog we have had, and great with the kiddos! Also have had a malamute since our kids were born and she is very gentle with them. Not sure about this article.

  • Joana Johnson

    This article is ridiculous. The reasons given for many of these dogs have less to do with the dog and more to do with the owners. Every dog listed here is apparently dangerous because they can knock over children.

    Our Australian Shepherd has been wonderful from day one with my niece, i hope no one passes on this sorry excuse for journalism.

  • Vicki Richardson

    Greyhounds do NOT need a lot of excercise, bloody idiots

  • Preslee

    Oh instead of putting chow in the front you put all kinds of dogs in front of them that I know are good with kids, dumby get a life

  • Pogo

    “Both the owner and other household members need to define rules and learn the dog to obey them.” Yep! “learn the dog to obey them.” Works every time.

    This article is garbage, start to finish.

  • katie

    Clearly the asshat who wrote this has never been around aussies and rotties… My rottie is amazing with children of all sizes, in fact she takes care of her toys ilke they are babies, my aussie is just as good!

  • Kyla Flaten

    Lots of training for the dog…if the kids can understand that u dont mess with a dog while theyre eating or sleeping, thats a start…with sassy, she can b eating and u can pet her–no prob…I always reach into her bowl and take it away from her, to make her realize that anyone can do this…my 17 yr old daughter does this, as well…she could truly care less and will walk away from us…my friend’s 4 and 2 yr olds will also do it…sassy looks at me as if to say, ok no big deal…she wont even take her food out of their hands…the girls can rest their heads on her and she’ll just lay there…most dogs wont tolerate a lot of what sassy does at any age…I know her signs when she does start feeling uncomfortable around them and thats when shes taken away for a break…some ppl dont watch for signs n thats how accidents happen…sassy is a 15/16 yr old st bernard/boxer/pit…and I couldnt ask to have a better dog around any kids, and ive had a lot of dogs…

  • Kyla Flaten

    The spud mackenzie dog is a bull terrier…nothing like a pit bull or staffordshire terrier…

  • honey

    looks like a siberian

  • jac

    whoever is writing this this crap is needing his head looked a cavalier king charles spaniel is the ideal pet for small children in my experience, they absolutley love there owners

  • jac

    there is a difference in both breeds king charles spaniel or a cavalier king charles spaniel the photo is a tri colour cavalier king charles spaniel if ur going to ridicule make sure ur talking about the right breed

  • Jade

    This is the largest piece of bull crap I’ve read in a long time. I was raised with large dogs; St benards, English mastiffs, German shepherds, Malamutes and even 2 little dogs. Yes large dogs need training. Yes little dogs need training. To say otherwise would be like saying that kid’s dont need to go to school.

  • Jon Hodes

    shocking. the akita is #3. i’m surprised it’s not #1. i’m so tired of this wonderful breed getting crapped on by morons.

  • Mitzi

    Couldn’t disagree more with this list. There are dogs on it who are wonderful with children and to which I can guarantee as I have had them in a family with children and babies. Whoever wrote this it is not from experience.

  • pauljames38

    Good or bad according to the “experts”,no dog can be trusted with small children.Almost every week we read of some ,usually re homed dog killing a child. Every day we see brainless youths in track suits walking their power symbol in the form of one of those,”good as gold loves children”pit bull type dogs that all too often surprise their stupid owner and kill or mutilate some one!

  • pauljames38

    Just watch any dog crunch up a chicken carcass then image the damage it could do to a child.Common sense should rule and never leave a dog alone with a child.

  • Toon69

    That is a Sibe, the Mal as a stubbier, wider snout, the Husky is longer & pointed as in the picture, I’m shocked at how many people who own these types of dog don’t even know what breed they own :(

  • yahoo

    I like the enthusiasm of who wrote this and I think there are some good points which acknowledge the differences in breeds – its not all about ‘its not the dog its the owner’ as all dogs have specific purposes and I think this comes out in the in the authors positive approach to dogs. Throughout there appears to be a ‘don’t get this one as its energetic and large’ mode of thinking but that could apply to a labrador. Mine weighs in at 42 kilo – fit and athletically healthy and if it ran at you it would take you down. Its protective and intellingently so and can spot a threat very easily (it just fell off the couch) but i guess labs (and rightly so) are not going to be on a list like this.

  • John

    That’s a very broad statement. Your’s may be good but not the one that left me with 350 stitches in my face at 5 years of age. This was also a dog that I had never encountered before and did not see until it attacked. Pretty rough first day of kindergarten for me and my folks. Not to mention the plastic surgery a couple of years later and scarriung for life. Certainly not “a load of bull”.

  • Wyo

    A Husky… do that… bahahahahaha. Have you ever met, let alone owned a Siberian? Huskies are extremely good natured and some of the best pets to have around children because of the warmth that they show to all humans. They are one of the least likely breeds to attack and are often faulted by many for their LACK of defensive posturing for both property and its owners. Maybe if a Husky was massively abused or not socialized at all they would be aggressive towards humans… emphasis on maybe. The only way a Husky is hurting a child is by accident because of their energy. But “crunch” up a child like “a chicken carcass”… rofl

  • Wyo

    Agreed…

  • Wyo

    It is hilarious how they got them mixed up. Regardless, having been around and owned both breeds I would trust them around children of any age. Wonderful family dogs.

  • Chrystal Hines

    Ok i have one of these dogs and have had more then one around my kids and other kids these dogs are not bad to have around dogs. it depends on who and how they are raised. My Chihuahua loves kids and she is great with kids she has never hurt a child, she protects my daughter. She is almost 5yrs old and is nice and oving to every child she meets so are my mothers Chihuahua’s

  • Lynda Birmantas Beam

    they did not mix them up. Both of the dogs are siberians … the red one in the siberian husky write-up is correctly a husky

  • Lynda Birmantas Beam

    Does this person even know what an Affenpinscher looks like? I’m not sure of the Australian Shepherd either, but at least it looks remotely like one. Toy Spaniels and cavaliers are NOT the same breed…

  • jake

    What a load of rubbish, who ever wrote this article really need to get their fats straight before posting to the internet, number 6 Bullmastiff well i have a fact for you the dog to the left is a French Matiff or Dogue De Bordeaux i should know i have 2 of them and having grown up around young children can say they are one of the best dogs to have around kids

  • Bram

    At least on of the dogs in the Bullmastiff picture is a Dogue de Bordeaux – not a Bullmastiff.

  • TT

    what a load of crap i have an Akita and he is amazing and love’s my grandchild to bits and she is only 4, stuff like this gives dogs a really bad name, there is enough bad press about Akita’s without this sort of stuff.

  • FC

    I’m not even going to flip through the whole slideshow and give them clicks. This is the most irresponsibly written POS about breeds. There are so many other factors to consider besides the breed. And hey dog show, if someone was thinking about adopting a dog and read this…. shame on you.

  • Eric Playford

    Actually you are all wrong. I love pits. I have 3 (lumping Staffordshire in there too). The whole “nanny dog” thing is made up 100%. They were bred in England after the English government banned terriers because of the violent dog fights called pit fights. People then started cross breeding to make a dog that was bulkier but still had the agility of a terrier. Hence the pit bull or Staffordshire terrier. They were strong, loyal, and easily trained so people bred them for battle and pit fights. Their inherent nature is to be loyal and obedient so when asshole get a hold of them and teach them to fight, they do. That’s where the bad wrap comes from. If you raise them like normal family dogs, there isn’t a better dog. BUT they have NEVER in actuality been considered a nanny dog.

  • Jonathan R

    I’m struggling to think of any breeds they didn’t list!!!

  • matthew bodell

    im sorry but we have never trained our jack Russell he has just learned as he has grown since we have had him from a pup and he has never shown any of the characteristics listed or shown any signs of aggressive or territorial behaviour

  • matthew bodell

    some dogs are more inherently vicious than others though due to the nature in which they have been bred over the years for example Dobermans are inherently more vicious than a husky

  • Prespee

    Actually all dogs on here are great with kids exept the chow and Shar Pei

  • hardlybill

    Your reply is somewhat of a mixed bag for me. Your first sentence is a good example. And you’re wrong. I’ll take your “history” of the Pit genealogy at face value. I totally agree with your statement merging Pit’s and asshole humans. Unfortunately, the dog is always the loser. I own a Pit, and trust me, he’s no Nanny. He’s a force to be reckoned with and I never take him for granted. That said: I’d never leave him alone with small children. Not because he’s dangerous, only that he’s too rough and doesn’t know his own strength.

  • hardlybill

    Of course, all dogs are potentially dangerous. You could say the same of humans. Judging any dog by his “potential for damage” is inherently unfair and you greatly underestimate the potential damage any “spaniel” could do.

  • Angie Dunn

    Personally I think the dog is usually the problem. The problem is the human.

  • Anastasia

    My name has nothing to do with sexual activity, hate to disappoint you nor does my name imply that I’m a whore.

  • Anastasia

    If you look through the breed history,genetically there’s few differences. The Staffordshire is considered a pitbull, I had to go through all this bullshit when registering mine. Thanks for your input though, I wish I could say I appreciate it.

  • Anastasia

    I wasn’t getting personal with Lee at all.

  • Anastasia

    Sweetie, I never said an English bulldog was a pitbull, can you read at all? On the breed chart showing how they’re mixed it mentions English bulldogs and American bull dogs. Please enlighten me. Hop off the bandwagon.

  • grahamzircon

    They all look like Mike Tyson on four legs to me and pretty frightening. Of course the owners of these dogs swear they are as soft and sweet as a poodle, they would never hurt a fly….until they rip a child’s throat out, then the owner says, well the child was too close or the dog did not like being stroked etc

  • umpwuggly

    I would have trusted any of the large dogs (70-85lbs) I’ve had with my kids, before trusting the kids to most of the humans I’ve met. They were all loyal and protective of the kids always.

  • David

    What a load of rubbish, my family had 5 Akita’s before I was born and I grew up with them. We never had a single problem with any of them despite myself and my sister being additions to the family when they were already there and as we got older with friends coming around there was never an issue there either. I do agree however that children should be taught leadership qualities to help them, but isn’t that part and parcel of life whether you have dogs or not.

    Our Akita’s and 3 Patterdales were barely trained either and they all got along brilliantly with themselves and also strangers. There is a reason the Akita is a guard dog in Japan and many parents leave their children alone with the dog, they are fun loving animals with great temperaments.
    These articles just scare people away from fantastic dogs, it is not the dog that is the problem it is the OWNER!

  • Don

    so basically all dogs are unsuitable – what a load of crap!

  • Sibesaver

    Here we have someone who obviously doesn’t know what the fuck he’s talking about when it comes to dogs, let alone huskies.

  • meinmn

    Basically the lesson is – don’t get a dog, any dog, if you are not willing to put in the time to train and exercise them. No need to read through all 22 slides.

  • Rhinette

    Mals are NOT hard to train, and they aren’t really a “people pleaser” in the same way as a Golden or a Lab. Their attitude is: well, I don’t really want to do this, but if you insist. (I’ve had them for 30 years). They are very good with kids. All of mine loved the babies, made sure they were watched, slept next to their beds, and when they cried the dog would come to get me. (We have no children, but did have friends’ babies and nephews stay once in a while.) As the babies grew, we made certain the kids knew how to treat the dog – no hitting, biting, pulling the ear or tails, etc. None of our dogs ever stole food from the babies. The babies would sit on the floor with their cookies, they’d take a bite and offer the dogs a bite. Believe it or not, the dogs would only nibble the edge and wait for the next offering to do the same. If you own an animal & have kids, there are two priorities – train the animal, and most of all train the kid!! Most people forget to train the kid. Not all males are alpha, either. I’ve had both and our first female was so much an alpha, she hiked her leg! Our male was the sweetest little boy (130 lbs) you’d ever want to meet.

  • TimD

    This article is wrong. The worst dog for households with babies is the Dingo

  • the voice of reason

    i think you will find that the smaller breeds are responsible for most of the biting incidents, you are much more likely to get bitten by a yorkie or other terrier than you are by a staff or lab or husky, however the bigger the dog, the more serious the bite is likely to be.that said, is an intentional bite from a small dog less dangerous than an accidental bite from a large dog

  • traktorista

    Stupid stupid stupid :D Rottie one of best dogs with kids because they not affected so kids can pull they ears ..sitting on them etc. But never left your dog alone with kids …Most cases of dog bite is by Golden retriever …yes u would never say that ..because they are working dogs .That cases isn’t that showed in news paper because that bite isn’t that harmful like pittbulls bite . All breeds can make nice family pet when you rise them like dog not like human. In my opinion best kids breeds : Rottie, pitt bull, stafford and bullterrier . Because they got patience that’s the key to calm dog .

  • Freedom

    How “small” a child is the author referring to? An infant of 6 months? A 3 year old child? Huskies are wonderful dogs and I had one for 16+ years. He loved all kids …. and other dogs, too. I would trust a husky like him with any kid of any age. Being big doesn’t mean a dog is automatically dangerous to have around kids. Yeah, a dog can inadvertently knock a kid down. So can your Aunt Millie and Uncle Jack.

  • Freedom

    That remark was uncalled-for and not fit for this thread. You may know basic spelling/grammar, but you have a strongly flawed character which you need to change.

  • justie

    totally agree with everyone on here that’s for the husky – we have a Siberian husky. had him from a pup from the breeder and best dog ive ever had. hes loving – best dog ive ever seen around the children – loves company . stays close to the all of us when we are ill. ours is 3 now and the only thing he ever did – was as a pup – chewed the bottom step. wouldn’t part with him for the world.

  • SickOfFools

    The people who would believe all this tripe about “dangerous” dogs are probably the same ones who don’t bother to teach their kids that teasing a dog is a stupid thing to do with any breed. For that matter, they likely don’t bother to teach them how to behave around people either. Then, when the dog defends itself or someone other than the parent scolds the kid , the “parent” (term used loosely) gets all bent out of shape.

  • Stephanos

    My 5 year old cousin was killed by an Akita last year in Cyprus. My cousin loved dogs and probably never thought a dog would do something like that to him. They were left momentarily alone with the dog, but adults were in the house.

    I think to generalise that ALL Akitas are GOOD or BAD with kids is simply naive. To be honest I was expecting for Akita to be in it before I saw the list, from personal experience, so I guess that means something, there’s probably a reason why they are there.

    Don’t demonise them, but don’t make it out as it it’s the IDEAL dog to be left alone with kids.

  • cecelia

    There have to be large numbers of readers who noticed this…the picture for the Siberian husky shows some other type of dog…maybe a malamute. Other than this, this is a decent article…I agree that some of the breeds with reputations for being “family friendly” are really poor choices for families with children. The St. Bernard, included in this article is among the top ten for biting, though people generally think of them as safe
    and “great with children”. Very often the opposite is true. They can be touchy and impatient and with their powerful jaws can cause serious injury, even when they don’t
    intend to cause such a serious injury. This is my experience, that children assume that they can just run up to a Saint and hug him, or even jump on him, because of the size. St. Bernards do not always tolerate the behavior of children and their bite can cause major damage.

  • cecelia

    This article is about “breeds” The term “pitbull” is a general term for certain types of crossbreeds. They are usually the offspring of a Staffordshire Terrier mated with another breed. Maybe you noticed that Pitbulls can look very different. The author could not have correctly included Pitbulls in an article about breeds of dogs.

  • cecelia

    This is correct. The Staffordshire is a breed of dog. Pitbulls are a type of dog.

  • cecelia

    Thank you for this clarification. Spuds, who was actually a series of dog actors/models, was definitely a Bull Terrier. The dog who performed in the Little Rascals films was a Staffordshire.

  • George Blair

    There may be bad * dogs *, but bad breeds? More like bad owners.

  • Jen T.

    This article is very very untrue in most cases. I hope no one listens to it.

  • Jen T.

    Glad you agree! We have 4 huskies right now and did have a malamute, and they all love the kids.

  • Jen T.

    You have definitely owned huskies! :-D

  • birmanmom

    Using this logic, couples should only have one child. A larger child may unintentionally hurt a smaller one.

  • Tim Murphy

    What a crock. Akitas are famous for protecting the children of the house, and Siberians not protecting kids? My female practically busted down my back door when she heard my daughter screaming. She was only being tickled by her brother but she wasn’t having any of that.

  • a_dad66

    They did list the two dogs that decided to use my leg as a chew toy while I was walking in my neighborhood– the Jack Russell Terrier and the Australian Shepherd. The dogs were illegally off leash, but as I was merely walking by on the public sidewalk it shouldn’t have happened. The dog owners in both cases were unapologetic. One of them even blamed me, then went ballistic when I politely informed her that our city has a leash law that she was violating.

  • Bonegirl06

    Takeaway: train your dog right and you’ll be fine.

  • Bonegirl06

    Meh, I’ve seen some aggressive ones at the dog park.

  • Barb Walker

    We have a shitzu who is 12 yrs old and has Little Dog Syndrome.. ANY little dog can learn this nasty behavior if allowed by an ineffectual owner who is afraid to set boundaries. Like a badly behaved 2 yr old, they are much happier when they know their limits.. Now our Bichon has turned mouthy and stubborn.. barks at everything that walks by when in the past he was a sweet little dog. Hardest one to train? Not the dogs.. MY HUSBAND.. He calls them his children — treats them like royalty and believes they are Siamese twins. He has no clue how to raise a dog – we fight about this ALL the time. I can get them to listen to me. But as soon as my husband enters the room… the dogs figure it’s FREE DAY. IF only dog owners knew how easy it is to have a happy dog.

  • Barb Walker

    AMEN

  • Roger Dodger

    I was thinking dalmatians should be on the list. I was raised with several. One of them wouldn’t let me touch her tail or she’d snap at me. Another one turned mean when she was about 6yo. Kept snarling at me (even at my dad) when she wasn’t happy.

    We have boxers now. Love ‘em.

  • cvryder2000

    REALLY stupid article! NO dog is a good dog for ANY family with kids unless the family is willing to take the time to properly raise and train both the dog AND the children. Any problems with the dogs, apart from medical issues, are problems with the owners, pure and simple.

  • Fairisfair

    There is no such thing as a pitbull breed. If you believed this article, every dog is bad.

  • Guest

    I do agree with your assessment of the chicken comment. It’s quite absurd.

    That said, however:

    I worked at a kennel, and the only dog that ever deliberately and repeatedly went after me with intention to bite was a husky.

    Admittedly, she was likely poorly bred, but, she wasn’t abused, she was well socialized, her owner had done almost everything right(she was intact). So, yeah…

    Of course, I also saw a husky get hit by a car, and stopped to try to help. He snapped at me once, immediately after he was hit, then calmed down. He let me pet him, check for tags, etc. without even contemplating another bite.

    I’ve seen probably over a hundred individual huskies, and only the one tried to bite me unprovoked.

    The over generalization you made about the temperament of the breed is misleading. The great majority of huskies are, more or less, as you describe, but there will always be the mean (very)few.

  • Guest

    They may have been thinking of whippets with the “lots of exercise”. Mine will go for an hour or more, rest about two hours, and be ready for more play.

    The “never let them off the leash” is nearly universally part of a requirement for adopting a former racing greyhound. It’s supposed to have “in an unsecured(not fenced in) area.” at the end. In that form, it’s good advice for any sighthound.

  • Sharron

    I agree! I kept waiting for them to mention Pitt Bulls, not a word! And I was just attacked by two of them, and I’m 56 years old, not a small child, while walking my little sheltie who was also attacked by them! We both needed stitches from them.

  • Karen Benjamin Rhinevault

    Lousy article–love how they completely avoided Pit Bulls and included other large breeds whose only offense is they might knock a kid down–so why not include the lab and golden retriever, who are awesome family dogs, but guess what–they are inclined to be exuberant and knock BIG kids down. The things that make a dog unsuitable for small people is their aggressive and predatory tendencies as well as any tendencies of a breed to be snappish. Any dog needs exercise and any dog needs training–duh. Those are entirely up to the owner–the article should be pointing out the inbred tendencies toward small prey and dominance (which they did in some breeds). Useless.

  • Karen Benjamin Rhinevault

    Yes, the owner can be a problem with any breed, but dogs are bred for certain traits and many of those do not mix well with small children. A well researched article on the subject could be invaluable to those willing to acknowledge facts and research. Unfortunately most people tend to pick whatever dog is currently “in” and often end up with horrible problems for both the dog and the family/friends. Doesn’t matter how good you are at training dogs–they will revert unexpectedly to those inbred traits and cause a world of harm. You might get lucky–you might not. Not worth taking the chance.

  • Karen Benjamin Rhinevault

    Yeah, until they decide to kill them…or your other dog. Have had more than one friend who had just the sweetest pittie that they ended up having to shoot or have put down after they out of the blue killed one of their other dogs–the neighbor’s killed their 18 year old blind, deaf harmless dog and pretty much ate it. Had dogs all my life–many breeds–and would never have a pit. Breeding will out. Of course that could be said of some of the fools in denial who so adamantly defend them contrary to statistics and common sense. Not the dogs’ fault–humans corrupted their breed and humans keep putting them in situations they are not equipped to handle.

  • Karen Benjamin Rhinevault

    Senya–you are half right. Even a lab can become vicious if poorly treated (although they tend to become simply fearful) but a breed is a breed. They have been bred for a purpose and traits bred into and out of them for that purpose. No farmer would raise Jersey cattle to sell as beef or Angus to sell as dairy animals. Why do so many dog owners have to be so stubbornly stupid? A dog bite is a combination of the training, the circumstances and the inherent traits bred into the dog. Also, what pit fans overlook is the danger of that bite is almost always a consequence of inbred traits. Pits are bred to kill, to hang on to the death, pure and simple. Seigfried and Roy had a nice tiger they played with for years until for some unknown reason, he decided to try to make one of them dinner. Reality.

  • Karen Benjamin Rhinevault

    JB–you are either lying or have been misled. Hope it is the second,

  • K.B.

    Hmmm… terrible article. Greyhounds are either prey-driven or prey-neutral, even when trained to race (chasing a rabbit shaped lure). I have 2 ex racers who don’t give a sniff about cats or small dogs, and they were never trained for this behaviour – and they’re not at all unusual. Also, they do NOT need large amounts of exercise unless they’re puppies. By 2 years, they sleep 18+ hours a day and just want a quick 10-20 minute walk, then back to sleep. You should teach kids not to rough house with any dog… that’s just common sense! Especially any dog that weighs more than they do.

  • Jeanbean

    The only ‘nanny’ dog I’m aware of is the Newfoundland. (This was the original ‘Nana’ in Peter Pan). I agree, Trish. The ‘bulldog’ was a dog originally bred to grab cattle on the nose–that is why the dog has a recessed face–so it could still breathe while holding on with its jaws. The ‘pit’ part came from using the dogs in bull baiting and later to fight with other dogs in an enclosed space (the pit).

  • jennifer28532

    I have been around and also owned 2 bullmastiff myself. My first bullmastiff was absolutely perfect with my children! She played gently with them, loved on them, and let them lay all over her. She would do what we all said (sometimes she wanted to be a little bull headed with me, but not anyone else in the house). We lost her to a fungal infection, but even after she had gone blind, she was the most loving animal. My children at the time were 7,5 and 3.
    Her puppy that we kept, is the most obedient dog that I have EVER owned! Loves my kids, loves us, and is a big baby!

  • Michael Bradley

    Every breed mentioned is well-known to be strong-willed, active, or both. They forgot to mention (for some reason) Pit-bull, Dobie and German Shepherd.

    It’s obvious little children shouldn’t be alone with large dogs. Sometimes dogs mistake “playing” for “fighting” and attack the threat. It’s extremely important not to let dogs off-leash anywhere they could accidentally get in a yard with small children, which is how many “dog bites child” accidents occur. There are way too many morons who let their dogs roam around their neighborhood off leash, thinking “my dog is very friendly [to me who feeds it], it would never bite anyone [until it meets a strange child who pulls on it and it thinks it's being attacked]. The sentences for that crime should be felonies. a year in prison……or maybe the first time it was an accident, but if it happens twice, prison for the owner and the pound for the dog — for sure…….that just might wise up the morons…..

  • Michael Bradley

    I love your fake name!!!! TOOL, TOOL, TOOL!!!!!

  • GeraardSpergen

    Viscious greyhound with 2-year old… because I couldn’t find the 1-year old photos.

  • Riplie

    Wow… and most the breed info, at least on the greyhound was straight up incorrect… good to know I don’t have to bother reading the rest if that was nothing but misinformation.

  • Mark Chipman

    Pauljames38 here’s your sign

  • lizzie

    never hit a weimaraner? never hit any dog as a form of discipline! and frankly, i have also supervised dogs and small kids, more out of concern for the dog.

  • marmar

    WOWWWW Whoever wrote this never had a greyhound….

  • MJ

    LOL I’ve watched plenty a human being eat a whole chicken, and have seen farmers butcher a hog….never saw them turn into cannibals based on that though. What a completely dumb-ass comment.

  • RC

    I am so unbelievably sick and tired of ignorant people like this author. History and experience has proven time and time again that the issue is not with the breed of dog, but with the owner, and how they trained him/her. It is all about how a dog is brought up and trained. A good friend of mine owned a 100 pound Rottweiler, and he was the SWEETEST, most GENTLE dog I have ever met. This notion that some breeds are inherently aggressive and untrustworthy around certain demographics (children) is total BS.

  • James Schoenman

    The more people I meet, the more I like my German Shepherds!

  • dcgregorya

    The dog’s breed is honestly only a small part of it’s overall personality. People tend to look at dog breed’s like every dog of a certain breed is the same…not really the case. The dog is first a dog, then it’s breed, then itself personally… All dogs share common social traits, their individual breed may have individual traits and then they personally might have developed their own behavioral idiosyncrasies.

    Babies are fragile. Any healthy dog can do terrible damage to your child physically. You need to be smart enough to monitor the situation appropriately and know the dog and your child well. People get into problems because they put too much trust in the dog. Dogs aren’t people. Dog’s reactions to situations will be different than a human reaction, with potentially disfiguring consequences. Strong leadership is one thing and it’s very important but really you need to be on guard regardless at all times (this shouldn’t be shocking to a parent…you need to be on guard around your child all the time…they don’t have the foresight to keep themselves out of trouble when unsupervised and will routinely hurt themselves if allowed to). They could have saved themselves a lot of writing and just said, “Every dog can hurt your child, you need to supervise at all times.”

    And when I say horribly hurt a child I’m not even necessarily talking about biting. If you throw a ball onto a table, the dog will look under the table for the ball…this is because of how their brain works. They don’t process thought like a human does. I’d even say that, essentially, dogs don’t really “think”. They don’t have the ability to understand a string of events and how they’re related to each other and develop into one thing or another. Instead they’re heavily driven by their association with a certain stimulus and how they’re “hard coded”. It’s similar to a baby – a baby reacts based entirely on an emotional recognition and response. They react to how something has made them feel or makes them feel combined with instinct. But early on they haven’t learn how to form complex thoughts yet including extrapolating consequences.

  • Summer

    I had a short haired St. Bernard that blessed our family for almost 13 years. She was perfect with our 3 children. She was too big for them to accidentally hurt her. And since Saint’s were bred to rescue people, she was very gentle. She never growled or snapped at anyone, ever. And she never jumped on people like smaller breeds often do. She took care of other puppies, kittens and my kids.

  • markpkessinger

    My sister and her family had a Rottweiler for many years — huge beast weighing in at about 140 lbs. Lovely dog and lovely family pet who was never aggressive with anyone, and in fact was very gentle with small children.

    BUT . . . my sister and her husband were also very responsible dog owners, and recognized that when there were a lot of small children around making noise, the dog woud seem to get uneasy (the commotion seemed to rattle him). And so, whenever, say, more than one or two of their grandchildren visited, they kept the dog in another part of the house for the duration of the visit. And when he was around smaller children, they made a point to watch him like a hawk. As my sister once said, “I really don’t think he would hurt anyone, but I also know that, in the end, he is a dog, and with that there can be a degree of unpredictability in certain situations.” As I say, they never had a problem of any kind with him. Would that ALL dog owners, of any breed or size, were as vigilant!

  • Paula

    I’ve had rotts, chihuahuas, etc with young kids around. Never had an issue!!!!!! Both my boys were raised w/ shepherds, tibetan mastiffs, rotts, chihuahuas. Our rott was from a broken home, disliked colored people but never had a problem with my asian family. This article is a toss up. Good owners will raise good dogs who have crabby reps.

  • Jack Khoury

    Uh, which is it?

  • Jack Khoury

    I had one Malamute and the neighbors small children would actually ride him while I was at work. That dog loved those kids. Now my wife wants another one. Great dogs.

  • NRPax

    And let me guess; the follow up pictures show blood all over the place from your savage needlenose?

  • Dee Jay

    English toy spaniel ?? Er the photograph is of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, which is a good family pet Doh

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