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;
    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.

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