20 Worst Dogs For Small Children


There is always a number of factors that you need to keep in mind when choosing a dog and this number only grows if you happen to have small children living in the same household. You need to make sure that the dog is going to be a good fit and that it will get along with the child(ren) as well as possible.

While pretty much all breeds can be trained and made to play nice with children, some of them are just more likely to give you trouble and require more of you to ensure they will be great companions for your children. We will be looking at 20 such breeds here.

1. Chihuahua

The Chihuahua got its name from the Mexican state of Chihuahua and is considered to be the smallest breed of dogs according to many kennels. Quite naturally, you would assume that it is also one of the best breeds for small children. In reality, it is not.

Chihuahuas are actually very strong-willed and if they notice that human leadership is not strong, they can become quite dominant and hard to train. If they are allowed to become “pack leaders”, these dogs can become quite aggressive and jealous.

Finally, the problem is that they are often not treated the same way larger dogs are, meaning that owners cut them a lot more slack because they are tiny. This is a big problem. Add small children to the mix and this quickly becomes a huge problem.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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 !


    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.

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  • 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

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  • 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 😀 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! 😀

  • 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.

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  • 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

  • Slumlords and Pibbles

    Amen to what? Do you read?

  • Slumlords and Pibbles

    Seriously, you gotta find a better way to advocate the Pit. Just leaving your post at the first sentence would have been better.

  • Slumlords and Pibbles

    There is no American Pit Bull Terrier in the AKC list of breeds. That’s a new, unofficial breed…or it’s really just an American Staffordshire, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or (miniature) Bull Terrier.

  • Slumlords and Pibbles

    The dog in my picture icon….that looks like Mike Tyson to you? Yikes….I’m sorry for your vision loss.

  • Slumlords and Pibbles

    It’s definitely a Pit Bull type dog. Quite like the Staffordshire. Yup…quite like it.

  • traktorista

    An eight-day-old baby boy was killed by the family’s Jack Russell after it escaped from the kitchen through a stair gate, it has emerged.

    A post mortem examination on Harry Harper found he died after suffering ‘a significant head injury’.

    It is understood the family dog PJ crushed his skull with just a single bite.

    Wake up ignorant.

  • gail

    The most vicious dog I ever saw was a female dalmation my mother had. Bit my cousin and my son in the face both requiring plastic surgery. She kept the bitch.

  • Dobermum44

    Baseless argument, and totally wrong. By your argument, *any* dog is not worth taking a chance on (“you might get lucky–you might not”). You know they’re all derived from wolves, right? Sadly, it does happen that dogs “snap” and behave completely out of character. (People do too. Is reverting also the cause in those cases?) However, if you read the research, you’ll see it’s a relatively rare occurrence in the overall population, it’s not associated with any specific breed(s), and there is NO single reason for it. And this article was obviously written by someone who knows nothing about dogs, much less the breed specifics. It’s rubbish.

  • lagrange1772

    So, basically, get a cat.

  • Tony

    They give details of a alaskan malumute but show a picture of a husky, do they really know the dogs they are talking about.

  • LB401

    Greyhounds are just fast couch potatoes. They do not need constant exercise and are perfectly happy just laying around with their owners some days. In actuality, many top breeds have stated that greyhounds are excellent city/apartment dogs. I have never known a greyhound to attack smaller animals. They are coursing dogs, true, but rarely used for that nowadays.

  • Donna

    Absolute garbage!!!! Makes me so angry! I have a dogue De Bordeaux and saying they have an agressive nature is absurd!!! Only the owners can be blamed not the dogs, no dog is born agressive

  • John Quigley

    what an idiot. As a former breeder and now a rescue owner of Chinese Shar-Peis this article show the LACK OF KNOWELGDE of the breed. They were originally guard dogs for the royal family, including the children. There is no better dog for children. They allow children to do things that other dogs would not tolerate. They extremely loyal and easy to deal with, once you take the time to understand them. As far as skin issues, there is not that many issues, washing them regularly And keeping them on a low protein diet is the key. They also have more the one coat type.

  • Wyatt Earp

    Forget about every other breed and just get a Golden Retriever. There, problem solved.


    Complete B.S. On rottweilers.I am 46 and have owned Rottweilers since age 8,They are very good with Children and have a “HIGH” Pain tolerance .If A kid were to accidentally fall on one they Will simply get up and move on.They are not the Man Eating Dogs they are portrayed by the Media..”PURE” Bred Rottweilers are not the problem It is All the Cross Breeds That are usually the Problem .A Complete Bunch of B.S. .I would trust my Rottweilers With Children anytime over A Left Wing Liberal POS Democrats


    I trust my Rottweiler with my kids more than I do a Priest.

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  • Chas Mcarty

    I was expecting to see the Southern Blackmouth Cur listed. A very difficult breed where maintaining pack leadership dominance is utmost. Once trained they have all the intelligence, heart, and loyalty as was depicted in Old Yeller. But getting there is a task as I am finding out with the rescued 18 month old male I’m making good progress with.

  • Christopher

    That wasn’t her argument. You simply hand-picked a single sentence.
    It’s true. Dogs are bred for certain traits, and there are absolutely breeds that are better suited for families with small children.
    Any dog can be trained, this is true, but certain breeds will be more territorial, defensive, or untrusting. Some breeds are very trusting in general, and some aren’t at all. The Pekingese is an example. My mother has one, and she will bite if a stranger approaches. She’s gotten better, but is incredibly difficult to train.
    On the other hand, her Pomeranian isn’t that way. I’ve met several of this breed, and they are generally friendly toward strangers without any training.

  • This site sucks

    Keep laughing… Children have been killed by huskies (google it). The difference is in who owns them and how they care for them. It is still not a good idea to leave small children alone around large dogs in any case. Just because you have never experienced it doesn’t mean it can’t happen.

  • Montira Warran

    A family friend, Bob, had a rottweiler that he named Taza. Sometimes, Bob would put Taza out in the yard to get some fresh air. If visitors came around, Bob made sure to supervise Taza–especially if the visitors included children. Taza was generally a good dog, because Bob was a good and responsible pet owner. But ANY dog of ANY breed can ultimately do harm to a child who is too young to understand that harassing the dog repeatedly will make it angry.

  • Daz Martin

    OMG you made a mistake how wonderful am I for spotting it and then just had to point it out …..
    Doesn’t take a genius to work out that isn’t was supposed to

    have been typed as opposed to the first is.

  • Kristi

    That is true with any dog though. I have a Rottie who is amazing with kids. She is lovely. I have a Terrier mix who doesn’t like kids at all. He will bark and snap. It doesn’t matter the breed. Any dog should be supervised when with small children.

  • Jon

    Your article contradicts itself…. On the Akita “The Akita is a guard dog in Japan and many parents leave their children alone with the dog.” But you have it on a list for a dog not suitable for small children. Don’t understand your logic here.

  • 16pawz

    Have to agree with those calling bs on this info. We have rotties and bullmastiffs, both great with the grandkids. Important to note that we taught our kids and grands that it is not ok to ride, poke or otherwise provoke any of our dogs.

  • Crystal Parrish

    I own 3 Siberian huskies ages 10, 6 and 3. I have 2 black and white and a red. The red is the daughter of the black and whites. My male is the calmest of all three but the older female is very active. She rarely sits down in the house and paces all the time, she prefers to be outside. All 3 have killed and eaten chickens and has killed several litters of kittens. I know my boy is the one to let children come up to because of his calmer nature. My girls get excited at the sight of children. They want to play with them, they would never deliberately hurt them. I’ve had all 3 at the dog park and some of the “kid-friendly” dogs are more aggressive than mine.

  • Nicole De Plessis

    Humans, especially human children are far more important than dogs. Some of you need to be reminded of this, and often. Most of you would chose a dog over a human anyways, it’s really becoming quite the mental illness for many of you. Do you know how many times I’ve heard “my dog doesn’t bite?” When it does, it comes to light that people have often complained about the same dog that “doesn’t bite” in the past but the “oh my dog doesn’t bite” type owner was too mentally handicapped for it to ever sink in. And I love the whole “properly trained” argument. Must be the lot of you who have all this training time, don’t work. Must be nice to not have a job so that you can spend all day training a dog to not be a messy pain. Funny thing is, I know a lot of dog owners, and guess what? Their homes are stinky, their carpets gross, and a few dried turds have to be stepped over here and there. So in reality, people don’t have this “time” to “properly” train their pets to not bite or kill a kid. Sadly, kids are victims in their own homes more often than a stranger getting bit by the sweet family dog. Reading the ignorant comments on here made me want to puke. Again, humans before animals is the RIGHT way to be.

  • oldretfed

    OK, my take. I raised Alaskan Malamutes for six years while an adolescent in an upstate kennel, and have the following observations. First, ALL dogs need to be PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED, INCLUDING THE OWNER/S! Dogs are pack animals and need to learn that they are not the alpha male/female in the household. Typically, if it’s a large breed, the dumb suburban husband thinks that he can ‘train’ the dog, wrong! Unless he has professional skills, spend the money…Second, if you’re buying a pure breed dog, buy the AKC (American Kennel Club) book, read about the breed you want, and believe the content. Some dogs do not work well with small children. Wait perhaps until the kids are teenagers, and start with another breed. Third, don’t get a pit bull or rottweiler. No matter what the apologists say, the statistics show clearly that these breeds are dangerous to kids. Fourth and final: Many countries make the dog’s owner muzzle their animal while in public, a good thought. Dogs are domestic animals, they are NOT CHILDREN, and should not be fed from the table, or slept with, IMO. With a bit of commonsense, most dogs will be good with kids, if not, don’t try to change the dog, exchange the dog…

  • Mongoose218

    I agree with wac77!! All large dogs are NOT potential “attackers” of kids; nor are all small dogs helpless and likely to be abused BY kids….its up to the parents to TEACH (alarming concept, I know!) kids how to act around pets, and treat pets.

  • Mongoose218

    I carefully introduced our dogs/ cats to the new baby and NEVER had a problem or incident….the animal accepted the tiny “thing” with the odd smell and strange noises, and the kids grew up with animals and knew how to treat them: gently, (unless they were roughhousing in the backyard) even then no one ever got hurt.

  • Mongoose218

    Kids have been “BITTEN” by every single breed there is: often the kid is teasing the dog and doesn’t know when to stop, or is hurting the dog and either doesn’t care or doesn’t realize he’s hurting the dog…..but an adult stepping in is what is needed, not a total ban on dogs living with households with kids!

  • Mongoose218

    I absolutely DON’T agree…..dogs have been trained to think and act independently, think about guide dogs for the blind or K-9’s with police departments or the military. They CAN extrapolate consequences……ever see a good sheep dog (of any breed of sheep/ cattle dog) manage a flock of sheep ON THEIR OWN? They can and do this…..

  • Mongoose218

    Don’t you remember “Nanna” in Peter Pan? A large dog of unknown breed, absolutely trusted with the kids, and based on the author’s own large dog, a mixed breed.

  • Mongoose218

    Yes, Pit bull type breeds have attacked and killed people. GENERALLY these are dogs belonging to sociopaths that don’t socialize or train them, except as guard dogs, or for dog fighting. THAT is an inherently vicious dog, through no fault of its’ own.

  • oldretfed

    Guess my post got deleted…First of all, I raised Alaskan Malamutes for six years in a professional breeder kennel. That experience taught me that ALL dogs need obedience training. Not by the owners, go to a reputable school w/ the dog! They are genetically pack animals, and need to know that they are NOT the Alpha Male/Female. Second, buy and read the AKC Red Book, which summarizes the characteristics of each breed if you’re buying a pure breed dog. Third, shelter dogs are risky, may be wonderful with kids, or not…Your choice. Last, remember that dogs ARE NOT CHILDREN. Don’t ever feed them scraps from the table, or sleep with them. There’s plenty of time to play and love them for what they are. If you have issues, don’t try to change the dog, exchange the dog.

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  • tinyhawks

    As a trainer, it always makes me cringe when columnists suggest “leadership” for dogs based upon a misguided notion of what dominance really is. I suggest that people leave it out of discussions, since it often leads to harsh treatment, which has been shown (Reisner, Herron, et al 2009) to cause more aggression versus less, and focus on early intervention for ALL dogs – puppies need to start classes when they are under 12 weeks of age and receive proper and ongoing socialization. They need training, and not from a six week wonder, but from a person who has experience using modern, positive training to provide a solid foundation of manners while preserving the dog’s joyful desire to learn and work with their human family. Children should be taught how to correctly interact with dogs, and dogs should not be expected to tolerate anything children dish out. Most dogs dislike hugging and being picked up, unless they’ve been properly conditioned to accept that type of body handling. Again, a qualified trainer can help you use classical (yup, Pavlov) conditioning to show your pup that you mean it no harm. Dog training, however, is an unregulated industry, and even certified trainers (whatever that means) can use harsh methods on your dog unless you know what to ask.
    There’s a good blog post “Finding the Right Dog Trainer – Harder Than You Think” – that can help you to determine the truth from the marketing.
    Dogs don’t need a “firm hand” they just need education. Children need supervision. Simple, just not always easy.

  • tinyhawks

    Only about 30% of a given dog’s behavior is genetic, the rest is experience and environment. Dogs do have breed predispositions, and the key is to choose a dog whose predispositions you can live with if they “pop” at the age of social maturity, for example. If you are a risk-aversive person, get a mellow English Lab. If you don’t mind a bit of risk, get a Husky and train the CRAP out of it. Either way, don’t be surprised if your Lab always has something in its mouth, or your Husky is predatory and pulls on its leash;-)

  • Judith Shipstad

    Small children should not be added to a household.

  • rubagreta

    Pits are not natural guard dogs. German Shepherds are natural guard dogs. The sweetest GS will not let a stranger into the house. A well raised pitbull, on the other hand, will give strangers the most friendly greeting from a dog they have ever received. They will follow a burglar around the house with a wagging tail, and go home with him if he invites them into his car.

  • mrbp

    Reminds me of the story they did in the murkey news about the detailed study they did on mountain lions. After a lot of observations, they decided that a mountain lion would be able to take down a fawn easier than a full grown buck. Duh. Training and discipline will do the job.

  • Jack

    So over all i’m seeing raze your dog like a dog and keep it in line and expect a tail to crack your kid in the face every so often or at times your dog being exited may nock your baby down. I have a Black Lab Chaw who Naturally thinks its place is lower then my Wife’s cats who came in to the house AFTER he did. To say dogs of a any one breed are bad for family’s is like saying living next to a black guy will get you robbed. It all deepens on how that dog is razed and loved. The only time my dog has ever snapped at any one or anything is if he has had enough of your shit fucking around with him mainly at the cats playing with his tail for the last 50 min or if you back him in to a corner and are trying to do him harm. At which point he will defend him self like I expect him to do. I trust my dog with my life and the lives of others I know and love this is mainly a load of bull shit by some one trying to seem smart by giving you such basic generalized information its almost wrong.

  • Catjudo

    I’m a cat guy, but my daughter is a dog girl and owns a Maltese. I have to admit that aside from a lack of overall intelligence (this particular dog’s smarts would be doubled by the addition of another brain cell…), she makes a pretty good companion for my daughter. The dog is small and enjoys being held, but will just hang out in the room when my daughter does other things. She nips at my daughter playfully but never bites her, and is even pretty good with houseguests when she stops running laps around the living room. The most important thing, though, is that she makes a hyperactive nine year old happy, even though her mom’s parents wouldn’t get her a “real” dog like a Retriever or even an English Bulldog. Having the Maltese has even given her a better idea of how to interact with my two older and fussier cats, which makes everybody happy in the end.

  • Lonewolf

    Wow, talk about over blowing a situation. Makes you feel good to belittle others does it?

  • dcgregorya

    Extrapolating consequences was referring to human infants not dogs.

    Dogs don’t “reason” like humans do they respond to associations of reward/punishment, instinct and commands. In your example, those dogs are trained and instinctively do that but they don’t understand “why”.

  • Schatzie’s Mom

    One of the best breeds for families with small children is the Standard Schnauzer. (Not a miniature Schnauzer) That said, like any other dog, they require proper training and socialization. They shed little, but require frequent grooming. They have not been overbred like so many other breeds. It took me a year to find a breeder who would sell to me since I was not going to show the dog. They are loyal and truly love children. My dog is very careful around small children. They also need lots of exercise and don’t do well left alone for long periods of time.

  • Debbie Tucker

    The American Pit Bull Terrier is a breed. Just because the AKC does not recognize the “breed” doesn’t mean it does not exist. The “Nanny” dog everyone lumps in is the “Staffordshire Bull Terrier” from England. They have been known in England for hundreds of years as the “nanny” dog… The American Staffiordshire Terrier is an offshoot of the American Pit Bull Terrier although their bloodlines have been separated for a while now. ADBA and UKC will register American Pit Bull Terriers. UKC and AKC will register American Staffordshire Terriers. “Pit Bull” is used to label various square head dogs however you are wrong that the “pit bull” is not a breed. It is a whole and separate breed who’s bloodlines are long and strong and can be traced back to the original bull and terrier influence from Great Britain.

  • Debbie Tucker

    Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier are all separate breeds. Although they have similar heritage they are whole and separate breeds.

  • Debbie Tucker

    The AKC is not the only dog breeders association. American Pit Bull Terrier owners can trace their dog’s lineage back for a hundred years. the UKC and ADBA were created to register the American Pit Bull Terrier. Do some research.

  • Debbie Tucker

    Bull Terriers are Spuds dogs. American Pit Bull Terriers are Petey dogs from the little Rascals.. The American Staffordshire terrier came along because the AKC would not register the American Pit Bull Terrier.

  • Scott Matarrese

    Alaskan Malamute? Really? They have been raised by Inuit children for thousands of years, few dog breeds have had so much interaction with children over such a long period of time, especially with children being their historic primary care givers. Its in their blood to be gentle and loving to children. Historically, some would pull sleds, the rest would remain behind to protect the kids and those who didn’t go on the hunts. They are AWESOME with kids and would never harm them, the only danger is their immense size, and possible falling on a kid or sitting on them. Malamute loosely means “Of the tribe”, they are genetically distinct from all other breeds of dog, and can not be put into such silly categories. Some of the other breeds on here are also very much off the mark as a danger to kids.

  • Scott Matarrese

    Shows how little you know about sled dogs. Our Malamute would take a chicken nugget from a small child, but so gently the child would laugh. They have the most measured and thought out responses of any type of dog I have ever seen.

  • Scott Matarrese

    The only thing a sled dog will do to protect your property is act as a tripping hazard. They will protect their humans, but they are very reserved until decide they need to do something.

  • Scott Matarrese

    Children have been killed by spiders, so? Children have been killed by most anything you could name. Silly argument

  • Scott Matarrese

    Malamutes get excited? Not so much. They make Jamaicans seem like they need to be tranquilized.

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  • Scott Matarrese

    Shepard, someone need to look up that term, OMG! They are FANTASTIC with kids, they become one of them.

  • Scott Matarrese

    No dog is as dangerous as the average human.

  • Scott Matarrese

    Trish, you need help.

  • Scott Matarrese

    That is a Malamute, the eyes give it away, No spits can be called a Siberian if it does not have at least one blue eye, and the legs are correct too.

  • Scott Matarrese

    P.S. There is a reason little Makayla is not scared at all. She could punch Dosha in the nose and he would do NOTHING. Malamutes are absolutely wonderful with kids.

  • andy

    They did mix up the malamute and siberian, I have had both and the mals are great with children. Any dog can get restless without proper exercise. This article was written by someone who has never spent much time with dogs, esp large breed northern dogs.

  • Don Nasca

    Complete nonsense here. We owned several of the so-called dangerous dogs and like human beings they are a mixture of genetics and environment. If abused or neglected dogs and people can turn out bad. Each has it’s own personality and set of good and not so good behaviors. We owned small and large dogs, usually at the same time along with three kids raised over the last 40 years. The kids were never attacked or injured. We had one small and one large dog snap once. They only did it once, they got their ass whipped and forced to sleep outside for one night and it never happened again. Honestly, I can say the same exact thing for all of my kids. When they decided they were in-charge of the house, the belt came off one time and that was the end of any more of such insanity. We love our pets and they love us. If they damaged property or could not be trusted, they would not have a place to live. Too many loving animals need a home. Some have suffered horrible torment and torture from their owners and of course you don’t bring them home to stay alone with the toddler for god sake.

  • Marisa Nordstrom

    Every stinking distinction you people want to come up with to masquerade your pit bull as a legitimate pet is a joke. These dogs were bred to mangle bulls, and kill their own for bloodsport. Their distinguishing features are so flimsy, dogmen tell buyers to pass them off as boxer/lab mixes — and it works. What you want to look at is their work — more fatalities than all breeds combined. Disfiguring bodily harm, limbs eaten off, scalpings, you name it, these trash dogs should be sterilized into extinction. Trash people abuse me when I enter a park with posted rules about leashes… asking these trash dog owners to put a leash on their dog so I can take my little dog out of the car. Expletives, abuse, lectures… they got something to prove. Risking it, they risk nothing, not even a vet bill. They’d scurry off, and I’d be left with a dead dog or a horrendous vet bill, if I myself wasn’t attacked for asking them to get their dog on a leash. Some of the most abusive people I’ve encountered, regardless of their occupation.

  • Marisa Nordstrom

    Looks like a white Mike Tyson in the off season, so what! Can’t stand those white pit bulls… sick of seeing them… come a dime a dozen. What you get it in a grocery chain parking lot?

  • Marisa Nordstrom

    You’re speaking out of your ignorance. We know the killer is a pit bull. How do you know the owner is a sociopath? Is that confirmed in the report? Your statement is less credible than me calling you a sociopath for making such an outrageous claim.

  • sumguy2006

    We don’t have a dog (wife is alergic), but our best friends have had several rottweilers, as well as our next door neighbors. I have been repeatedly stunned by how gentle these large dogs are. When our son was 1 years old we had him in a stroller in the yard. A neighbor dog was trying to get at him and the rottweiler would sit next to the baby and defend him from the other dog. This dog would follow the the other neighborhood kids around and seemingly guard over them. I’ve seen him sit by while many a wrestling match went on and do nothing more then bark if he felt things got a little too rough. Our neighbors rottweiler has shown similar traits. I believe it’s all in how you raise your dog.

  • Cassie M Schoonover

    …everyone I know who has had a rottweiler or other large breed like a St Bernard, Mastiff etc etc the dogs were very careful not to harm the babies of the family.
    One neighbor had a HUUUUUGE Rottie named Thor, and their like 4 year old would walk him on a leash and he behaved beautifully.

  • Cassie M Schoonover

    children have also been killed by small and toy breed dogs…

  • Cassie M Schoonover

    my neighbors have a ‘pit breed’ dog (unsure exactly which breed) and he greeted me at the first time meeting him, with as much love and as many kisses as my old chocolate lab used to. lol.

  • jb

    There are no bad breeds only bad owners. When people get dogs as pets they look for what attracts them and have no idea how to handle them, thats why so many are given up in shelters when they are over a year or two, Getting a dog for a family pet means training them they are like children you have to show them right from wrong… some learn some don’t… but its up to the owners if its a bad dog there is a bad owner behind the bad behavior.

  • Colby Mikulich

    You’re insane. Huskies have a natural instinct to protect children, not munch them like nuggets. Clearly have never spent any significant amount of time with one, much like the original author of this.

  • thenextgenius

    Train your dog! I wish I would’ve spent more time with mine before I got busy, I let it run the streets and someone poisoned it with a bad jerky treat

  • Sarah Bavington-Smith

    Statistics show your more likely to be bitten by a lab… but then you can prove anything with stats!

  • Sarah Bavington-Smith

    Actually the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was called a ‘Nanny Dog’ by the Kennel Club in the UK. But I do agree with your comment about no dog being left with children. I trust my staffie x rottie 100% with myself, but still wouldn’t leave her alone with the kids. Only takes a second to misread a situation and react the wrong way! I also believe stongly that all dogs should be licensed (not currently done in the UK) and everyone should attend puppy classes, if not for training, then for socialisation. All children should be taught to respect animals and never approach with out permission.

  • Marilyn Lane

    they reversed the pictures for 4 and 8. The one with the blue eyes is the Siberian.
    Malamutes do not have blue eyes

  • No dog is safe for young children. If a dog feels threatened it will defend itself. They are safer, however, if introduced to your children as a puppy. Never bring an adult dog into a family with young kids.

    Whether it feels it is the alpha and the child is threatening that position, or has been badly treated by kids in the past is immaterial. I know of two incidences where a) a Westie attacked a 1-year old child who tried to grab it, and b) a German Shepherd savaged a 7-year old’s hands and arms for no apparet reason. I have scars on my face at 70 years old after being bitten by a mongrel when I was 5 years old. I bent down to clap it and it lunged up and bit me.

    Anybody who claims dogs to be safe around children are speaking through ignorance – they just haven’t experienced it yet! Let’s hope it stays that way. But I must repeat – never introduce a dog into your household if you have young children unless it is a new puppy that you can train.

    I see no point in abusing people giving this advice – dog’s are not humans, but will react the same as us if they feel threatened. Keep in mind that a child is usually bigger than the dog, so it’s the dog that can feel threatened by kids, particularly if untrained (kids or dogs!). The child needs to be trained how to treat dogs properly, and the dog has to be introduced to kids correctly so they do not regard themselves as being threatened when the child wants to play.


  • JB

    Chihuahuas are #1 and Pit Bulls didn’t make the list? Brilliant journalism.

  • janhalt

    This writer either doesn’t like kids or doesn’t like or know dogs.

  • Richard

    This is a ridiculous post. I have had rottweilers, saint bernards, and I currently have a husky as well as two german sheperds. They are amazing with my young siblings. It’s how you bring them up, as to how they are with people and kids. The same as bringing up a child.

  • Spirit of 1791

    I am on my second Rottweiler. She happens to be unusually large for a female at 120# just like my last one. I find the breed exceptionally loving toward the family, and especially the kids. My 2 year old grandson can get away with just about anything with her. He loves to grab her around the neck and give her a big hug. He can even take bones and toys from her. He always gives them back, and the dog has never given it a second thought. Unwanted peddlers at the door are not to happy with her, as she stands her ground with an extremely intimidating growl and look. That is why I have her. Only the welcome come in!

  • Tony

    Yeah…… I started dozing off when I realized the argument against the Saint Bernard was little different from the others. ALL dogs are pack animals who will take command if they perceive themselves the leader (dominant animal). Humans are no different. The biggest problem we had with our Saint Bernard following orders was getting him to wake up in the first place.

  • Kjia

    this is lie! i had a rottie growing up. she was protective of us. but only barked never bit. she lived for 14 years. she was so pretty.^^ dogs just need to be trained to obey for the most part. not like they need death, they can be really really sweet.

  • Janne

    Right now I have Sharpei, but she’s a classic sharpei. She is a gentle dog as long you wont hurt her. Not much wrinkle. Whomever wrote this article wasn’t accurate. I owned Weimereimer, Rottweiler, Alaskan Husky, Pekingese/Pomeranian mixed and also Brindle Boxer. I also owned German Shepherd. I no longer have them as they are all gone now. They were all great dogs. My chocolate weireimer walked my kids to the bus stop every morning and he also knows what time the kids get home as he was there waiting for the bus. All my dogs loves my kids and never have problems. Of all the dogs that I owned, I loved my boxer the most. My daughter have a Terrier right now, and the writer is right, altho he never bit my grandkids, he is not very friendly with an outsider. They have temper, and so is Chihuahuas.

  • Rick Black

    some people should not even write articles pertaining to certain things because they have no experience in what they are writing about,This person has plagiarized several dog books with, the whole, Large breeds might not be suitable for children, small breeds might not be suitable for children, as examples, and will need a bit of training and a watchful eye. All animals needs training and a watchful eye some a bit more than others. Some are easier and some are harder. With any breed, you really haft to train your children along with the breed so they know not to abuse the family pet. 9 times out of 10, a bite comes from playing too rough with a breed and not paying attention to what is going on in the enviroment.

  • Rick Black

    Children has been bitten by all breeds of dogs and other house hold pets, from the exotic pets to your pet hamster, if it has a mouth it can bite. Never leave any age child alone with a pet of any kind

  • Rick Black

    you mean you personally don’t think the pet is the issue but the owner and I totally agree

  • Rick Black

    I have seen Labs of any kind be more destructive and temperamental than some of the other breeds, and i have seen Huskies be mellow, like they were on Valium all the time. It all boils down to how they are trained and how they are treated.

  • Rick Black

    Trish, I will say I normally don’t revert to names but, you have no idea what your talking about, You need to do some more research. I changed my mind and i am not going to call you a name because I am sure others has done it. The Newfoundland has always be generalized as a nanny dog because of Peter Pan, the Newfoundland was called Nanna in the story, I have owned one and they are one of the most gentle breeds i know of. The Great Dane, another Giant breed was always used in royalty in the medieval times to watch after and guard the princes and princesses. Pit bulls were considered to be good with children til they were being abused and used in dog fight rings which was done by US, HUMANS. By the way the pit bull is a breed, in the kennel clubs and shows they are called by their real name, The American Staford-shire or the American Staford-shire Pit Bull. I would suggest you watch some dog shows or go to some dog shows and meet some of the owners of these wonderful breeds .

  • Rick Black

    now your not sticking with the facts and you obviously have a disregard to certain breeds and have made up your mind on which ones are dangerous and which ones you love, so tell us what kind of breed do you have?

  • Rick Black

    The Same could be said about Great Danes, They were bred to begin with to be boar hunters and were very efficient at it. This is why this breed started getting their ears trimmed is to keep them from being shredded by the wild boars. Most breads of dogs were bred to be a guard or hunting dogs, even the small toys and for you to want to get rid of a bread and make it extinct would put all other breeds in this category to be made extinct. I would suggest you stick with what ever breed you have and enjoy it instead of making comments that shows your ignorance.

  • Rick Black

    what a beautiful dog

  • Rick Black

    nope its a Malamute can tell by the coat


    The only thing CNN got right is the ALPHA. I’ve had several of those ‘killer’ dogs and they have been a loving part of our family..young,old, small and new borns. The only biting has come from nasty speaking adults. I guess i’m an alpha cause I stopped a angry dog in mid air with one word..’NO’. Or a screaming child (not mine) in the supermarket with…’ SUCK IT IN NOW’. Dogs like kids respond to how they are raised.

  • CST71

    Terrible title for this article. The title of this article should be “Worst Breeds for Irresponsible People to Own.” To the author of this article and to your publication, you are unfairly maligning these dogs. The problem is not the dogs, it is people who own dogs who have no idea what they are doing, and no clue how to properly train a dog! I know from personal experience that some of these breeds are in fact very good around children and can and will be protective of them, careful and most delicate around them. This article is an absolutely terrible portrayal of these animals. Shame on you. Do your homework!

  • Gramma

    What a load of horse hockey. I had a golden retriever that hated everyone-especially children. Now I have a rottie/german shep. and he plays and plays with all the grandchildren and is very protective of them. When the five yr old lays down for a nap so does my dog. Right beside him with a paw around his shoulders.

  • Shon Robinson

    My wife and I have owned Australian Shephards for several years now and I have had to worry more more about Adults getting to close to my grandkids when they are around then having my grandkids roll, pull on their ears, nose or hair. They have never snapped at the kids once, and if the kids get to far out of their sight, or to quite they check on them. When we watch our newest grandson which is now 7 months old I see my male Aussie check on him every hour on the hour, whether he is in the swing, his crib, or on the floor rolling around. I have had adults get bit that took one step to close to the kids and the dogs didn’t know them, its not the dogs fault, they do what is natural, and I warn everyone that comes though my door not to try and touch the kids without us knowing first,

  • ken

    Insurance companies exist with the sole purpose of making money. They all use actuaries to assess risk, and price accordingly. Emotion does not enter the equation. If they were, people would buy elsewhere. Run by cold hard facts and data they are. So will someone explain why many will not give homeowners insurance to those with Pit Bulls? If it was a “thug” issue as commented, how many of these “thugs” pay homeowners insurance? Uninsured claims not paid by an insurance company are not in the actuaries math. So are their facts and data all wrong, and the emotions of Pit owners, based only on the dogs they have had contact with, are right?

  • ken

    Because all emotion driven Pit owner’s are right, and all the fact driven insurance companies are wrong.

  • ken

    Oh yes. fact driven insurance actuaries are wrong. Emotional Pit Bull owners are right.

  • ken

    Actually the Newfoundland, a wonderful breed, was breed for water rescue.

  • ken

    and the FACT, not EMOTION driven insurance companies, using RESEARCH and ACTUARIES agree with you.

  • ken

    so one in twenty dogs is a Pit Bull?

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  • Pacer Rhodes

    Meh, sounds about right. No breed is perfect and people screw them up even further Bonegirl06.

  • Bonegirl06

    Um…ok? I’m not the one saying huskies or any breed are perfect. That was the original comment.

  • CharlieB

    So basically your child is doomed if you own any kind of dog at all. That’s pretty much what I got from this article.

  • CharlieB

    I have a neighbor that owns a husky and a yellow lab. They have two boys. I am sure they are nice dogs. But they never ever walk them. They chain them up to a runner once in the morning for a short time and once at night. When I walk my dog by the house the husky runs back and forth on the runner. She isn’t being aggressive. She just wants to run around and play. The owner always comes out and yells at her and brings her in the house because she is afraid she will pull the runner down. It makes me so mad because you can’t get a husky (or a yellow lab for that matter), and just leave it tied up to a chain all day. All dogs can become aggressive and unpredictable if they don’t get enough exercise. Huskies need a huge amount of exercise, and I just don’t understand why someone would get one not realizing that.

  • Scott Lanier Sprayberry

    Alright, I just read through the second page, the rotty page, obviously the author is not very well educated in dogs. To classify a dog as a poor playmate for children because of the owner is unfair to the dog. Maybe instead, those people shouldn’t have children. I have been training dogs since I was a child. I started helping my uncle who bred and trained police and military K-9’s. I have never had an issue with any of my dogs acting aggressive. I have owned 1 Rott, 1. yellow lab, 2 peka-poohs, 1 shi-tzu 1 black and tan coon hound, 1 pitbull, 2 chow-chows, and several mixed breeds.

  • wait4meto .

    I agree Paul James,My Siberian Husky was loving obidient and an escape artist. One day killed a sheep in my neigbour. I was devastated the fact that i cant trust her , I was pretty aware of thye fact that the same could happened if small child would be around,,, I love ‘m so much but never again. I have dogs both are heeler mix, great dogs! They maybe not as attractive and beautiful as my Husky but the best dogs i ever had.

  • wait4meto .

    Yah,but you never heard that children been killed by Golden Retriever!

  • Krjbolej

    My eyes are spinning from reading the exact same things over, 20 times.

  • Mark Jackson

    I’d like to see an article about the 18 worst children for homes with dogs.

  • Bill

    We owned a Rottie. Best dog ever! He grew up with our small sons and loved them. He always kept an eye on them as they played in the yard. He loved to play; he was trained to pull a wagon with the boys inside. He loved it! My sons rolled all over him and he love every minute of if. We’re so sad to lose him. Great dog. His name was Sumo.

  • Bill

    We owned a Rottie for 9 years until he died. He was raised with our young sons and grew to 125 lbs., all muscle. He was very loyal to the family and protective of the boys. He’d keep a close eye on them as they played in the yard. He’d love to pull a cart around the neighborhood w/ the boys inside, other children as well. He’d wrestle this them, always careful never to hurt them; they’d climb on him, pull his ears… he loved it. Never was he aggressive toward anyone in the family. Not the case if someone he didn’t know came in the yard. Very protective!

  • JBRoux

    I guess this article is for those who don’t know dogs, and kids.
    Oh and beautiful couple of French Mastiffs, not bull mastiffs.
    By the way, bred to watch children, Just as newfys are.
    You don’t leave your kids alone with strangers, do you? Then know your dog, train your dog, and you’ll know if they are safe with kids.

  • Jason Anderson


  • Jason Anderson

    Ok, where did the Staffy come from?
    They are genetically the same. Th e name was changed a hundred years or so ago because the AKC would not register a dog that had a “pit” reference. Voilá, A Staff was born…
    From that point on, they were only further bred down for breed standards, which became different (size, color). So there are slight differences, but “genetically” they carry the same DNA.

  • Jason Anderson

    The MAC would not accept the APBT, because the pit moniker. So from there the Am Staff was born. The APBT was registered through the UKC, and the MAC still will not recognize them, as they changed th breed standard to differentiate the two. A few colorizations changed, and th AmStaff I believe is an inch or so taller… Same basic dog.

  • rswon

    “… ALL dogs are pack animals who will take command if they perceive themselves the leader …” Maybe that’s why my Shih Tzu is so demanding. 🙂 Yes, I spoil the little guy. But he deserves it.

  • Chloe Belle De Vil

    I love Huskies and are good as Service, SAR, and Disaster Therapy Dogs. I use them the most and many of mone are mixed. Tink and Cinderella in picture are Husky, Lab, and Shepherd mix.

  • Balto2

    It is rare, but there was an incident in lower Ohio that a 2 year old child got into a pen with a Sibe and and Chow. The child was killed by the dogs…. my guess probably the Sibe was trying to get it away from the Chow and there was a fight which caused the fatality. The parent was having a shower in the home and child was unattended. Perhaps a food fight if the child had food in it’s hand. Another time, one in Waterford, MI where a small toddler got outside the house, early morning and when found, the sight was very gruesome. I talked to the Amimal Shelter and they confirmed the dog had to be put down due to human flesh in it’s intestines. I love my breed (Siberian Huskies) and it is the negligence of owners. In the case of the Waterford situation, there was also an Alaskan Malamute and Siberian Husky so it was probably a tug of war with a “toy”. I personally do not think the dog had intentions of the end result.

  • Lynn Pounian

    If you’re going to take aim at Alaskan Malamutes, at least use an actual photo of one. If you don’t even know what the breed looks like, doubt your advice here has much value.

  • OlneyFalcon

    I ‘up-voted’ you for the ‘pack animal’ statement which I believe is 100% accurate…

    Fact is every dog in my bailiwick is the “Pack Leader”, and as a result this is one dangerous neighborhood…

    It is no smarter to “spoil” a dog than it is to spoil a child…

    Both need to be prepared to be good citizens, and failing that the dog owner/parent is a failure..;. Plain and simple…


  • I believe the article was mean to be titled “20 Worst Dog Breeds for Irresponsible Owners”

  • PhilHartman

    All lies. They kill children and the “nanny dog” title is made up and seems to be based only on just a few people’s opinion. Pit Bulls are killers of more children than all other dog breeds combined.

  • sueb30

    This premise of this article is false. First, all dogs need training and supervision around kids. No “breed” is automatically good or bad for families. It depends on the individual dog and its personal experiences. The author shows his lack of knowledge of dog behavior by spouting the “pack leader” nonsense. Dogs do not try to dominate their owners. If a dog has bad behavior he needs training where he understands his owners clear consistent commands and rules. Dogs do not need to be dominated and punishment with fear, it only causes fear aggression and avoidance.

  • sueb30

    Actually Huskies are well known for having high prey drive.
    It is very common for them to kill animals. There are a number of cases where a family Husky actually killed and infants. I was a Humane Officer and had such a case. The Husky snuck in to the baby’s crib at night and killed it like it was a rabbit. The dog was a normal family dog otherwise with no aggression history. You would never have guesses it killed. Dogs are still animals and have instinctive behaviors that can be triggered. NO DOG is 100% safe all the time. We love them like family, but they are dogs, not mini humans.

  • caliconservi

    the dogs mentioned were clearly more intelligent than the author

  • sharongibson

    My two kids were raised around Japanese Akitas. There were no problems whatsoever with them interacting with my girls. They would walk, feed, brush them and play to their heart’s content. No one was ever so much as growled at, much less bitten.

  • BravoJunkie

    How the EFF do they compose a story about compatibility between dogs and kids and NOT mention Dalmations? A few years back when the 101 Dalmations movie became popular again (with Glenn Close as Cruella Del Vil), the shelters were inundated with unwanted Dalmations that idiot families dumped on them when they discovered that they don’t make very good pets at all.

  • Mark SuckerBurg

    We fostered a chihuahua once. That thing LOVED my kids!! If I pretended to go after my kids he would run to their defense and bite me.. I was never a dog fan, but I liked that dog!

  • duff

    Whoever wrote this is NOT a tool. My dad wanted to get a dog when I was two. We looked at a large
    Dalmatian. We took it for a test walk and it knocked me right over! We chose a pug instead.

  • nadia

    I got as far as the St Bernard before I started laughing hysterically. I have two saints and a Newfie along with a 6 year old and a 3 year old. they may be big but they are the absolute BEST family dogs! Gentle giants who are tolerant of the most rambunctious kid moments. Now that I’m over the hysteria, I’m actually angry that anyone would put these breeds on any worst list.

  • Penny Lane

    How dumb!!! My husky loved my kids and was my cats best friend! And the Greyhound we pet-sit all the time cuddles the cats too! Bad blog! Labs are supposed to be the ideal family dog, yet ours ran me over when I was a little kid. Why? Because I was in HER way while she was playing fetch! Most of the time its not the dog, its how you raise your children.

  • Meg

    uh, why would you let your dog eat a chicken bone let alone a whole carcass? Rule 1 when feeding your dog anything other than kibble, NEVER give your dog a poultry bone, they shatter easily and could easily choke your dog

  • marf

    Greyhounds require a lot of exercise on a daily basis. So untrue! They are sprint dogs rather than marathon dogs. We have 3, live in a flat and the dogs spend 99% of their time asleep needing to be woken up to go out.
    A crying baby can sound like an injured/ baby rabbit to some dogs but as so many of you have already said don’t leave a child unattended with a dog

  • jamie collins

    This list is garbage all dogs have the potential to be assholes if they aren’t trained properly

  • Lisa Launius

    We had 2 adults Weimaraners when we had kids. They were great together but the dogs were grown and well behaved and the girls were taught early how to act around them.

  • Anion

    That is some incredible nonsense you’re spouting. Where in the world did you hear that? It is not remotely true. None of it.

  • Wayne Wilkie

    Sorry but the photo labeled a Mal, is a Mal. Ears set to the side of the head, a broad short muzzle, large chest and almond eyes. It’s no husky. We were owned by Mals for years and I can’t think of a more loving dog. Mischievous, tricksters, diggers, hair factories, clown prince of the dog world, powerful, unending energy, beautiful, crazy all rolled up in one gorgeous package. Common sense dictates that escapades between small children and large dogs be supervised, any breed.

  • Taryn Wagner

    Basically if you have kids don’t have a dog? This whole article is BS. train your dog and your kids to behave and you won’t have most of the issues. Anyone who has a dog and kids knows that. what a waste of internet space.

  • kingfisher619

    This article makes me mad, and I’m only on dog #12. I’m a dog trainer, and while SOME of the dogs they have on here are legitimate concerns for families with kids (dogs like the Akita and Chow for example), most of them are fine IF the owners understand what the breeds are all about. Saying that every big dog is not good because they knock kids over and every small dog isn’t good because of small dog syndrome is crap. St. Bernards as well as other big dogs like Newfoundlands, Bernese Mountain Dogs and Swiss Mountain Dogs are actually the BEST dogs for kids because they don’t need a ton of exercise and they are like giant lumps if they kids decide to rough house. Smaller dogs CAN be good IF they have an owner that teaches the kids how to act around them. This article is assuming that every parent is crap

    Also a personal peeve of mine and a fact that is NOT true: I OWN a Greyhound. Yes it’s true you can’t rough house with them, but Greyhounds do NOT need a ton of exercise. This article seems to think they do. Do your research people. Seriously.

  • wizard0104

    yes dumb and they didn’t even mention Pomeranian’s they are cute little dogs.

  • LaughingBill

    This article could have been simplified into a single headline: IF YOU ARE TOO LAZY TO PARENT YOUR CHILDREN, YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE A DOG!

  • WowJustWow

    So in other words, those people who want to get a dog and not train it, nor supervise how their kids interact with the dog, shouldn’t get these breeds? How about – don’t get a dog at all?

  • Carlos T. Jackal

    #1 unsuitable breed – for ANYone – pit bull. The breed needs to be exterminated.

  • stevienix

    Australian shepherds?? My dad had one that babysitted my kids on his land like a nanny. Stressed her out if they got anywhere near the livestock, she herded them away with her nose very sweetly and we didnt live with her. I agree with the shitsu and add poodles (the bigger ones) terrified me as a kid, had one I never ever bothered rip thru my jeans and tear thru my skin for walking into my aunts house. I never would go in there without checking wear that dang dog was. I raised pit bulls nicer than some poodles oh and cocker spaniels holy ship sticks! terrifying! lol

  • Jessica Brophy

    Um… It’s Called training. I always had big dogs growing up. Never had a problem.

  • Jessica Brophy

    Actually Golden have a higher bite ratio to any breed out there. They are usually poorly trained because people think. Hey a Golden a guess the training for good behavior is breed in. WRONG! only dog that ever tried to attack me unprovoked was a golden and I still think it was thw owners fault NOT THE DOGS.

  • Bob Hanks

    I have three greyhounds adopted from the track. Prior to this, I had a pair of greyhounds, also adopted from the track. While it is true that SOME greyhounds are not good around small children, of those 5, two dearly love small children, two are, more or less, indifferent, and one will move away. These dogs are different, just like people are. Some are good with small animals (all of mine are) some are good with small children, some are strongly prey driven and can’t be around anything smaller then they are.
    I have also, in the past, had French Bulldogs. I don’t think I have EVER seen a Frenchy that was not child-friendly. They are, as a breed, sweet, loving, friendly dogs.
    I have to believe that the writer of this article has had NO experience with either of these breeds. Where they got their information is a mystery to me.

  • Feltois Young

    Chihuahua is the worst dog PERIOD. They are a one person dog. Mean and ugly is a bad combination for a pet.

  • JJ

    Best bet…don’t get a dog in the first place. The liabilities, diseases, expense and hassle out-way any positives and “best friend” fantasies in my opinion.

  • rebecca

    I am quite familiar with some of these breeds and what a CROCK! One of the best dogs we ever had was a Greyhound when we were very small children. Twice we had siberians and very loving.. Bulldogs… And our most recent dog is now a Golden Lab. Any dog can be very loving as long as you show it alot of love! As for chihuahuas. Mean little things. Never met one that I liked.

  • kat

    You writers need to educate yourselves about dogs. I have owned Akita’s and have never had a problem. In fact, when my daughter was born, my mom dog and her daughter used to guard my daughter, lay next to her, walk with her and would let NO ONE near her. Akita’s were bred to protect and guard their families It solely depends upon the mindset of the animal and how is was raised…

  • Diana Phoenix

    Or by an Australian cattle dog. When my kids were very little we had one named Mingo. She was a wonderful girl & very gentle with the children.

  • Bill m

    whoever wrote this article has obviously not owned a husky

  • mozart

    I strongly Disagree on Aussie Shepard is not a good dog for kids
    i heard of so many storys of them looking out for babies for instance one was a story of a child that was walking down a drive way going towards the street the aussie ran in front of the kid and so gently turned him around towards the hm . i had one he was all white with blue eyes no way was he blind nor def he was so smart that i never put him on a leash he was raised when he could fit in your hand. i had to bottle feed him from all ends of the night . when he was older or younger not once did he nip nor bite no on even babies that pulled his hair infact he loved it he loved every one but not the police if he saw a police man he would hide he never growd well to me he did lol thats because if i told him to do something he was like a grumpy old man he lived a very full and happy life he passed in my arms from heart failure at 21 years of age and yes he was intact i wanted a son off him so i got one his son was like his daddy i lost his son due to Coyotes but they paid for killing him as far as im concerned its not the breeds falt on how the dog turns out its the owner if the dog is trained correctly and treated nicely never harsh then the dog can live with any one. and yes big dogs are big clumsy bags of fur that does not make them a dangerous that just makes them more to love its the Responsibility of the parent for there child

  • Kristy Elizabeth

    What?? I have three chihuahuas and a large mixed breed dog and if I let them put their paws on my legs it will cause behavior issues? Ok. So I suppose letting them sit on me, is a big no no, and that at any moment they’re going to go Cujo on me. Come’on now, I didn’t bring dogs into my home to keep them at arms length.
    I will say small breed dogs are not ideal in homes with small children because small children have little regard for how fragile they are. I have a four year old and we’ve had our moments and I’ve had to remind him that our 3lb dog can’t support the weight of his head like our big guy can. It’s a situation that needs constant monitoring until a young child understands exactly how delicate a small dog is.

  • Jesus

    Whoever wrote this is a devil.

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  • MLJ

    I’m still on the Akita.
    He says if unfamiliar kids tease the Akita — stop right there. Of course they might tease the Akita. But they could tease any other kind of dog. It’s a dumb article when you can’t keep even a dog MEANT to protect children in case OTHER children behave badly. The only dog good for children is one that lets kids mistreat him!

  • Julia Gates Frascona

    Our Australian Shep. was the most amazing dog. She was the best nanny my kids with Autism could have ever had. She was gentle, patient, loyal, sweetest dog ever. We did all sorts of practicing on her (like what a trip to the dentist would be like including messing around with her mouth), She kept the boys in the yard, never nipped at their heals, just tightly circled and redirected. My boys were 3 and 5 when we got her as a pup and because of her they were able to leave their own worlds and join ours.

  • Ayla

    All breed of dogs are different, yes! But to call these dogs based on size or hyperactive doesn’t mean they are not “family” pets!

  • Alacrity Fitzhugh

    As usual, they could just write for all the dogs:
    “It’s the deed, not the breed.”
    All dogs have different personalities despite the breed, and any dog when scared, is a dangerous dog.
    Supervise how the children and dog interact, and repeat often.

  • Nola Saint

    “The difference is in who owns them and how they care for them” – – – The same holds true for ALL dogs regardless of size, breed, family dynamics, etc.

  • Nola Saint

    And don’t forget Cats & Kittens. They’re even quicker to bite/claw when they’re being “over loved”. 🙂

  • mary porter

    We have many dogs in our household and children. We have a Chihauha, cute, adorable, loves the children, no mean streak whatsoever; We have a german shepherd, gets along with everyone/other critters as well. And we have more dogs and never a problem. I truly believe the way the dog is raised, the attention it receives, the training and the love are the true factors in whether a dog is a good family dog or not, not the ”breed” itself.

  • W Van Landingham III

    I’ve owned 5 huskys and they’ve all mauled various children, I would not recommend them to anyone that doesn’t hate kids.

  • Dog owner & lover

    Sorry buddy but I own a husky and he is VERY protective. If anyone acts threatening to anyone in our family he guard hair stands up and he starts growling. One time he gave a guy a warning bite because of the sharp tool he was using to replace one of the wood planks in our house was pointed toward us and he had it moving in our direction. I happened to be close to the guy as he was doing so. Yes they are playful but they don’t play around roughly with younger kids, they often just let the kid play around with their ears and tail, and sometimes paw at them. Ours will even let kids use him as a pillow.

  • GusanoAmarillo

    Please, stop with the “nanny dog” nonsense. Photos of terrified children posing with pitbulls from the turn of the 20th century are being used to advance that trope, which is completely bullshit. Pitbulls were known to be dangerous even then. I have met many Pitbulls that are so sweet and docile, and the way they wag their tails you’d think you’ve never met a friendlier dog. However, I don’t trust these dogs, because they can “go Pit” without warning, and what’s even worse, Pitbulls will not warn you through barking or growling that they are going to attack you. They make amazing pets in the hands of loving owners who also know how to be the alpha pack leader, so I don’t necessarily agree with breed specific bans against Pitbulls. However, they should not be allowed to be adopted by just anyone.

  • Jaloney Caldwell

    all fish bite too but everyone recognizes the differences in goldfish “bites” and the catastrophic attacks that sharks do. The same logic applys to pitbulls.. they do not “bite”. Comparing the bites of other dog breeds to the life changing or life ending attacks of pitbulls is just propaganda and stupidity.

  • Not a Chi lover

    “Chihuahuas can become snappish and untrustworthy with kids and other humans if they don’t get enough daily exercise.” Well DUH, they are innately mean!

    But ANY dog will get snappy if not given enough exercise and attention.

  • swel

    The info on Akita is contradictory. You said the Japanese left the children home alone with the Akita’s but then you said you should never leave your children home alone with them. We have raised 3 Akitas in our life and they are the most loyal, loving dogs. The kids ride on them, play with them, cuddle them. I would trust my Akita to keep anyone away from them that would cause harm. If someone we know walks into the house the Akita’s just know. If someone comes to the home that we do not they will not let them out of the car. They feel and know the difference. I do agree that a mistreated Akita or scared Akita or an Akita that has not been socialized can be dangerous. So can any dog. I have been bit by little yapper dogs on several occasions just for walking by. If that were my Akita the animal control would of been called.

  • ronb

    Most of this is complete BS. There are very few dogs on this list that are actually “bad” with kids. Humans are worse with human kids than most dogs.

  • Jada

    I have a Rottweiler and I know other people who have take his siblings and met others with Rottweilers not even related to him and they are all sweethearts. His sister was given to a family with a baby and we have had many people with babies come to the house. Rottweilers and other ‘bully’ breeds are only dangerous if they are treated/trained to be. Plus any dogs actual instinct is to protect and they can all get aggressive not just pitbulls,rottweilers, chow chows, etc.

  • Verrillion

    Id have said Siberian Huskys were fabulous friendly dogs with little if no bad aggression faults. My replacement dog from a family which included young boys is a revelation. I suspect they got him as a puppy and mistrained him terribly. He is potentially a killer in that he goes completely mad when got by his collar to attach a lead. He trys to fully bite and unable to bite uses his paws to grasp your hands and uses his claws to score your arms . Note you cant just let go a husky in any open circumstances without potential runaways.

  • jaypay01

    this is ridiculous i have a rottweiler and she lives just fine with a child of 10 and has been around children as young as 5.I have experience of almost every breed mentioned, surely as this website gives advice on dog behavior they should know that with training (which all dogs should have) you can have almost any dog in almost any situation this article has little evidence to support it and was clearly written by someone who owns cats.

  • shelleyn411

    No, I had a pure bred Siberian and he looked exactly like the picture.

  • Robert

    Nothing against Pit Bull Terriers, however any story about dangerous breeds with children, who put a Chihuahua on top and leaves a Pit Bull off the list completely, is ‘suspect’ to say the least.

  • Heather Webb

    I enjoyed it because for ONCE they didn’t include pit bulls! Thank u for small miracles

  • Georan Churchill

    Husky’s are amazing family dogs and super protective. Whoever wrote this is a joker whithout a clue.

  • Scott Matarrese

    Ever thing it was YOU? Because it WAS!
    Read up on SOCIALIZATION as part of a dogs training, oh, and read up on the need to TRAIN YOUR DOG!
    Better yet, NEVER OWQN A DOG AGAIN! You clarly are not equipped to deal with one.

  • Scott Matarrese

    Most people cant tell the difference between a large Siberian Hisky and a small Alaskan Malamute, they are both Spitz breeds, they both look pretty much the same, but COMPLETELY different temperments.

  • Marisa Nordstrom

    What a piece of incredible crap… implicit bull dog propaganda. Pit bulls are the number #1 maulers of children. As such, they belong first on the list.

  • Ojibajo

    We had Black Lab/St. Bernard mix. His hobbies were sleeping and eating anything not nailed down. He was very gentle and rarely even barked.

  • Jes

    I call BS on this article! I have a Saint Bernard (that I got as a 13 week old puppy) and thats one of the only breeds I would have for young children because Saint Bernards are so gentle, and so loving! I’ve had two golden retrievers and one Great Pyrenees and the St Bernard was, by far, the easiest to train because he a huge pleaser. As for his size, he’s definitely big but he’s low energy (they have low metabolisms) and not overly exciteable so I don’t worry about him knocking my kids over and he doesn’t need, or want, to exercise for long periods of time. My Saint Bernard is just very affectionate and sweet, he genuinely loves his humans.

  • animal are misunderstood

    Exactly I have a Rottweiler and I am eleven and my brother is 13 we have had our dog for three years and the only thing you had to watch out for was running we always warned people who came over because if you run he will want to catch you and the don’t have a substitute for hands other than mouth! My dog Gustav has been just fine he never growls only a chuff and if he does he is inside and rarely barks my dog is not dangerous and all of the dogs I have met there was one and it was a very small dog I wish I knew what breed she is Rottweilers and Pitt bulls and MISUNDERSTOOD!!!

  • ApacheRosePea00

    As others have said, this article is a farce. I stopped reading on the Rottweiler piece, specifically when the article stated ‘Rotties are bad to have around children because they have to be monitored at all times’. If you own any breed of dog, you are a moron if you allow them around children and do not monitor their behavior at all times. That is why, when family dogs attack, we always hear ‘but he never did anything like this before’. Generally, I can believe people saying that but only because their lack of attention is the cause of the attack in the first place—I feel sorry for the dogs that get blamed because of negligent owners. Glad to see others here recognizing the same problems with the article. Bad dogs are never the problem(barring horrible inbreeding/medical issues); people are the problem.

  • What morons. I had 2 Huskies and they are great family pets, And were not destructive when left alone. Who wrote this crap.

  • Nicole

    Any breed of dog needs to be properly socialized with children, and all children need to learn how to treat animals and be supervised with them. If done right, most breeds will be fine with kids, you just have to know the individual dog and how the child behaves.

  • The Darling Kinkshamer

    Train your dog and don’t leave unsupervised dogs with babies or children. And yes working breeds need exercise as high energy breeds need stimulation. If it has teeth–it bites end of story. A dog is not a human, treat it like a dog!

  • The Darling Kinkshamer

    They have been, but it’s rare. Bitten? Yes, all dogs bite.

  • The Darling Kinkshamer

    They should be, if Akitas are on there.

  • The Darling Kinkshamer

    The cruelest part of the practice of crucifixion included the dogs that would feast upon the sentenced man’s body before death set in.

    An animal’s instinct is to survive. Dogs will eat you too, even if you’re still alive. And of course most dogs and cats will eat a carcass rather than starve!

  • The Darling Kinkshamer

    It’s just plain stupid. The only time a Chihuahua has killed a human was when it was running wild in a pack of dogs. Pit bulls frequently kill adult humans unprovoked.

  • Kimber

    I agree with the other commenters – whoever wrote this is an idiot. When I got to the Greyhound page I decided I had to comment. First of all, a reputable Greyhound rescue would NEVER contemplate placing an aggressive Greyhound into a family with small children. Nor would they place one with a strong prey drive into a family with cats or other small animals. I had a greyhound and he was the sweetest, most docile dog I have ever had. And he was able to be off leash at the park because there was no way he would get very far from his mama. A friend of mine has had 6 different greyhounds and they have all been so gentle and loving. Any breed can have aggressive individuals. Are you going to ban them all?

  • Kimber

    Oh, and one more thing… It’s a well known fact that Greyhounds are couch potatoes! Even the classic book about adopting an ex-racer says it.

  • James

    In my experience, French Bulldogs are very calm and tolerant. When a young child gets rough, they are more likely to walk away than anything else.


    hummm have to disagree on the Malamutes… my family breed them since i was little…and we had 3 of them at one time when i was between the ages of 5-7. Our dogs where never aggressive, and loved running and playing with us in the yard…honestly since they are so willing to please their owner… this was one of the best dogs ive ever had.

  • Erin

    Articles like these are why chihuahuas are the #1 euthanized dog in America’s shelters. You’re a bunch of pricks for posting this. Was this based on a scientific study? NO!

  • Joseph Kool

    Dog owners have the dirtiest smelliest homes. Unfortunately for them they are so used to the skank that they no longer notice it. Dogs stink up their homes their clothes their cars everything and they’re oblivious to it because they’re morons.

  • fuck you

    “This dog should be trained properly” is what this asshole says for every single breed they mention. Seriously, did you get paid to write this bullshit? Because I would love to get paid to copy/paste random shit too. Fuck you.

  • Michael Graham

    We have two Huskies and they are great with our kids…They keep us so covered in fur, we’ll be warm for generations.

  • innerstgth

    The author of this article needs to be punched in the face with a 20 lb sledge hammer. What a dumbass.

  • Matthew Lewars

    what a crock of shit this is.. who wrote it .. ?? and as for the bullmastiff section perhaps they should use a picture of a bullmastif and not of a dogue de bordeux and a crossbreed bordeux/mastiff .. fkin muppets .. i bred jap akitas and bulmastiffs for show too and they have always been around kids etc

    its the same for every single dog out there.. its how they brought up .. natuarlly aggressive bullmastiff .. pfft what a load of bollocks !!!

  • Honestly

    Total jackleg that wrote this. There are so far off on some of these breeds I doubt they’ve even met some of these breeds.

  • Jon

    I currently own a Siberian Husky, and find the entry about them to be ridiculous. My husky is very protective of my youngest sibling, often, when she and my brother fight, she will split it up, without biting of course. She is very friendly and would never let harm come to any of us.

  • HerrDerr

    jesus are we serious right now? ANY dog will be unruly if not shown who is “pack leader” in the home…if they don’t think you are doing a good enough job then they take over that roll for you. I have owned several of these breeds through my life….as a kid or with my two kids….not ever has there been a problem because we specifically train our pets with kids in mind. All three of my german shepherds, listen to my two year old when he gives them commands. we trained them to stop eating and sit, if one of the kids come near the bowl when they are eating. Its really NOT difficult to train a dog to be tolerant of kids and to teach a kid to be respectful of a dogs space….my dogs don’t ever have to give my son a warning if he’s getting too much for them, I know what to look for in their body language….Part of being a responsible pet owner, is being in tune with your pet….ANY dog can live with kids….it takes training and repetition, consistency and patience….lots of patience….thats it, no rocket science involved.

  • HerrDerr

    no…its you who’s the moron….

  • HerrDerr

    lol youre so dumb

  • HerrDerr

    And golden retrievers and Labs have the highest bite rates….they are mouthy dogs….god what are you 6 years old and completely uneducated? lol you’re cute running around the internet like a warrior making up false facts lol….where are your statistics sweetie?

  • Jo

    pile of bull…t about greyhounds. Clearly the author of this nonsense never been even close to this gentle and loving breed.

  • Hey You

    I’ve never had much luck with dogs. The problem may be that dogs can read human minds. As that great man said, “anyone who hates kids and dogs can’t be all bad”.

    Some people love their dogs, but I’ve never had any such feeling for a dog. I did have an “outdoor” cat that seemed to love me and I reciprocated. But among several pets which we’ve had, that was only a great pet relationship which I recall. Our neighbor has a dog which fortunately is one of the few likable dogs that I’ve run across.

  • Shona

    I have a Lhasa Apso, very similar to Shih Tzus, which may be a result of a Lhasa Apso/Pekingese cross. I adore the bones of the little man, but I do have to correct him from time to time because he does think he’s the boss at times. I must admit I don’t really spoil him, but then he isn’t that demanding and if he looks like getting that way, I tell him firmly to lie down, which he does. I couldn’t ask for a better pet!
    I notice Lhasas didn’t get a mention here even though closely related to Shih Tzu. Not sure if this is and oversight or if they are generally good with children. Mine is superb with children out and about (he gets a LOT of attention and LOVES it!) but I’m not sure he would really enjoy living with them as he sometimes even has to warn me off roughing him up too much when we play. Fortunately I understand what he’s saying and his right to say it 🙂

  • Shona

    Yeah kids have been killed by parents but surely that doesn’t mean kids should never be left with parents? Good grief!

  • Alisa Galbreath

    Wac77, you are ABSOLUTELY correct! This article was the exact same dribble over & over again! (Aside from a couple of health problems). WOW. Where is common sense now-a-days?

  • chewy

    Also The picture of a bullmastiff is not a bullmastiff, it’s a dogue de bordeaux… which are soppy as hell

  • Etta Bredeson

    They names 2 of my dogs the Chihuahua and the Jack Russel mix and they couldn’t be more wrong and are spitting nonsense/ 1/2 truths 3/4’s of the time and I really really could believe that my beloved Pit Bull wasn’t named @ all which they would be wrong about too.. It’s all in how you raise your Fur Babies.!!! Any dog can attack, bite and it is natural to have a leader of the pack you just have to make sure that is you when you have more than one…All my babies live happy together…

  • Cheryl

    We had a Husky named Kool when I was a toddler.My grandfather has a 8mm film of me, in diapers but walking, sticking my hand in the dog’s mouth and grabbing its muzzle and Kool was so sweet to me. He licked my face and never got impatient. I dont remember him ever being agrressive or too rough. My grandparents always spoke of him like he was the best dog our family has ever had, we’ve had three others since). I dont buy the not good around children bit. I can tell by the video Kool was.. well cool!

  • I Know A Lot About Dogs

    I have had Alaskan Malamutes since I was born. They do not become aggressive if you don’t let them have exercise. One of my mals had pulled a muscle and couldn’t run nor exercise. They are loving animals and make great dogs if you know have to train them correctly. These dog’s can be stubborn and you will need to let them know you are the pack leader. They might push over a child but it won’t kill them and teaching a child how to be responsible is easy with an animal around. Apartment life wouldn’t be the best since they are large but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t work. Also shedding isn’t a reason to not get a dog. You can vacuum.

  • carl

    Sounds like 20 reasons to have a cat

  • TheDoggMother

    French Bulldog?? lame!

  • Paislee Smith

    Rottweilers aren’t dangerous. They only are if you raise them wrong. We had one when he was 6 months old and he was very sweet. He loved small children and behaved very well around them. Me (13)and my brother (10)and my cousin Jacob (8) were the only children he was usually around. At the park, their was a one year old child who walked up to our dog and tried to ride him like a horse. Jax didn’t mind. The boy’s mother did, but not the dog.

  • Paislee Smith

    We had a rott who would eat the chairs. Toys? No. Couch? No. Weird kid down the street? No. Chair? YEEAHHH BOOOOYYEEE!!!!! He ate the reliner, dinner chairs, beach chairs, if it was a chair, look out because Jax will eat it

  • Joseph Kool

    And it’s you’re house that smells like a combination of shit and piss good thing your pussy smells like a combination of rotten tuna and shit to cover up the smell.

  • Dave

    This whole issue about Rotties not being a good pet for children really pisses me off!!!!!!!!! I have 2 Rotties and they love children!!!!!!!!!! I would love to email the idiot who displayed this articular on Rotties!!!!!! WHAT A DOUCHE BAG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Barb Walker

    Are you a jerk??

  • Wren2014

    I have to disagree with this. It all boils down to the owner not training the dog properly and nothing to do with kids in the household. Who ever wrote this sounds like someone who just doesn’t like dogs!

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  • The other Tony

    Every summer some of these stronger breeds, usually something like pitbulls or similar start to eat children. I can’t think I’ve heard of any yet this year so perhaps it has to be something due to the summer heat that makes then turn aggressive and some seem overly unpredictable. Most of the people writing on here are speaking of their own dogs that are not of the aggressive type and using this argument for all dogs, but they are not all the same as this is proven by the number of child deaths per year.

  • bonasa

    So I guess pit bulls are OK? Right?

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  • Jean Russell

    Well I got as far as the Australian Shepherd and the author didn’t herding breed. People with no canine knowledge shouldn’t be allowed to write articles about dogs. And not once is it mentioned that parents need to train children to treat ALL pets with respect. Kids can be spiteful little buggers.

  • Jacob Miller

    ..i stopped reading when it said bullmastiffs are considered aggressive. sorry, but i’ve had bullmastiffs my whole life. they’re big balls of love. unless you’re a total bastard to one, which i can’t imagine if you’ve ever known a bullmastiff..they are one of the most gentle large breeds out there. i mean, come on! the whole reason they ended up so prized was that their breeding made them a “sit on you till master says no” breed, rather than a “bite!! maim!!! kill!!!”..look up the history people. sure they were guard dogs, but they were basically like the first ones intended to be as nondamaging as they could be.

  • rosie lise

    Ive had both small and large breed dogs, in my opinion the smaller dogs are ones to watch around kids, I know a dog needs discipline and if not treated/trained correctly any breed could potentially harm a child, We have a 3 year old shihtzu female and a 2 year old husky female, both have been brought up and trained exactly the same way, I can safely say I would trust the husky around kids of all ages, she is extremely gentle and calm around kids, however the shihtzu can be aggressive around both kids and adults she doesnt know, she has in the past snapped at a child and bitten a adult visitor, she now gets put outside when we have visitors.

  • Oh dear, ohdearohdearohdear. Same misconceptions trotted out over and over again. GREYHOUNDS DO NOT NEED A LOT OF EXERCISE!! They are couch potatoes!! They can be great with small children, and by no means all of them are prey-driven. They are gentle dogs. It’s true that they don’t much like rough-housing, but hey – don’t rough-house! Teach your kids to respect the dog and they’re wonderful family pets.

  • sue rees

    i have 2 ex racing rescued greyhounds. they are very getle, loving and get on great with my 5 hyear old grandson

  • Sandy Moore

    Yep…if someone broke into my house , my sibes would likely have shown the thieves the valuables and then offered them whatever was in the fridge ( as long as the robbers shared).

  • Sandy Moore

    As there will always be a mean percentage in ANY breed.

  • Sandy Moore

    Actually cattle dogs, collies and heelers are on kill lists….but so is almost every other medium to large breed ever known

  • Siberian Husky made the list!? I find this difficult to believe. When my youngest daughter was born our family included 5 dogs. Our Siberian Husky is the pack leader. Guess who kept all the other dogs at bay and ensured the baby was safe from them. She did. Not to say that my other dogs are violent but she did lay next to the baby from the moment we brought her home from the hospital and treated my daughter like if she was her own. My daughter is five now and we have never had any issues. Hell, she even allows her to lay on top of her and I have the adorable pictures to prove it. I either own or have had experience with several dogs on this list and you have to keep mind that they are animals. Domesticated animals but still animals. If you put in the time and effort that it takes to train and love them and not leave a child unsupervised with them, then you won’t have any issues.

  • jcdfms

    I am the Alpha in my dog family.

  • jcdfms

    Many dogs will bite children because the child mistakenly looks at the dog in the eye, in dog language this is a challenge to the dogs place in the family. This is not the only reason but it is one reason if you watch a child with a dog many will cup the dog’s face meaning to cuddle with the dog, the dog takes that as a threight.

  • OlneyFalcon

    As am I…

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  • DemonHuntress

    What the HELL my first dog was an Akita she was my baby as i was hers she taught me to walk she taught my 2 younger siblings to walk that dog never once did anything wrong (besides get into the trash) Kuma was a baby when i was and FYI My next dog is going to be an akita!

  • steph

    I would like to see an article about children that shouldn’t be allowed within 10 feet of any dog. There are quite a lot of them! Their rough handling, teasing and cruelty make victims of every dog. These types of articles really tick me off. You can’t make these sweeping statements about any breed. Stupid people read it and make foolish assumptions. Caution should be used any time you put a child and dog together, no matter what the breed. Children should be taught respect for animals and the same for family animals with humans. Live dogs cannot be brutalized like stuffed ones without unfortunate consequences, no matter what the breed. Enough said.

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  • Graywolf12

    My RottieX trained herself to sit when small children are around her. She has been pulled on, yanked, bitten, peed on, and probably other things I did not see. I would not any one other than me or my wife to act like we might injure the child she is protecting. At 94 pounds she can inforce her plans to protect ANY child she is near.