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.

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