The Six Worst Dogs For Children

July 14, 2012

Thinking of getting a dog? If you have children younger than twelve in the household, you need to be very careful about the breed you select. The wrong type of dog could put your kids in enormous danger of being bitten, injured, or even mentally scarred if they are chased or barked at.

Conversely, your kids could put your dog in risk too. If a breed is too small, a child may try to pick it up an drop it, or, memorably in the case of a friend of mine, try to shove it into an oven to see what happened. Or they might try to climb up on the back of a huge dog, and hurt the dog’s shoulder muscles.

If dogs and children co-exist in your household, you need to train them to behave themselves with one another. But there are some breeds that just do not get along with children, because of aggressiveness, possessiveness, territorialness, or some other attribute. If you have kids, or are planning to have kids, please consider the risks before you introduce these following dogs to your family.

 6. Chihuahua


These are so small that children will be tempted to pick them up. Unfortunately, Chihuahuas do not take kindly to such attention, and will react by nipping out at the hands of the kids. This breed is single-owner in nature, and will be jealous and untrusting of children that take up the attention of their owners. They are also highly territorial, and will rush barking at any child that puts a toe in what they consider their own area.

5. Collie

Rough Collie

Collies are large, bounding, energetic dogs, and they are a lot of fun to have around,if you are not lazy and can tolerate a bit of furniture chewing. But despite what you saw on Lassie, Collies are NOT good with children. This is because Collies, whether like the Rough Collie in the picture, or the more popular Border Collies, have been trained for generations to be good sheep herders, and will try to ‘herd’ children or other household pets by nipping or snarling at them.

4. Dalmatians


Forget the 101 adorable Dalmatian puppies, Dalmatians do very badly around kids as a matter of fact. This breed is extremely prone to deafness, which makes them nervous and jumpy, and they tend to attack in case of sudden movement. Dalmatians are generally impatient and irritable around children.

3. Chow Chow

Chow Chow

These gorgeous and royal looking dogs have lion size attitudes, and tend to bully and snap at children just to show that they can. While they are very loyal to their adult owners, they can be very difficult to manage around chilcren, especially visiting ones. They particularly resent being touched on their mane, and can even maul a child for tugging at it.

2. Rottweiler


Rottweilers, are fearless and faithful guard dogs, and are friendly and funny to whoever they deem to be their owner. But around children they can be unpredictable, and can bite out with sudden ferociousness at very little provocation. Because of their enormous jaw strength, a bite from a Rottweiler can be fatal for a small child.

1. Pit Bull

Pit Bull

Not for nothing do Pit Bulls enjoy the reputation of the most dangerous dogs. Just look into the eyes of the creature above and tell me fear does not crawl up your spine and into your soul. Pit Bulls have been trained for sheer meanness. They are faithful to one man and see everybody else, children included, as the enemy. Any act that they deem could harm they owner or his property, such as a child hugging the owner, will provoke an attack from the Pit Bull. Combine that with the fact that Pit Bulls go for the throat and don’t let go till the victim stops struggling, and you have the worst possible doggy to have in a household with kids. Pit Bulls cause the maximum number of bite related deaths every year, with Rottweilers coming a close second.

Please remember, a dog’s aggression and other attributes are not its fault, it’s the way it has been genetically bred for centuries. A lot depends on training and home environment as well. Most importantly, do a lot of research into breeds before you bring a dog home. Too many people abandon dogs every year because they found them unsuitable.

What breed of dog do you own? Does it co-exist well with children? Has your child ever tried to microwave a dog? Do leave a comment!

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33 Responses to The Six Worst Dogs For Children

  1. Bharati on July 14, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    I just adore Dogs but even I would be wary of a Pit-Bull,or Rottweiler.I didn’t know about Chow Chows or Dalmatians being not so good with kids. Labradors are wonderful and even Boxers will put up with a lot from kids as far as I have experienced. My Dachshunds too were pretty tolerant of my kids but can be pretty jealous so don’t know how they would be towards babies and toddlers who tend to pull and tug the creatures!

    • Bea on July 14, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      Hi Bharati di,
      Labradors and Golden retrievers are the best kind of dogs for kids, they are so patient and loving! I’ll write a separate article on that. I don’t know about boxers personally, but I’ve heard they are less fierce than they seem.
      I adore dogs too!

  2. mainak pal on July 15, 2012 at 4:16 am

    agreed. specially liked dumbo dalmatians. their nature is so much like katrina kaif

    • Bea on July 18, 2012 at 7:52 am

      You just insulted Dalmatians Mainak! and they are more handicapped than dumb you know.

  3. Priyanka on July 16, 2012 at 6:12 am

    i stilll hate dogs.. :(

    • Bea on July 18, 2012 at 7:54 am

      :) What are your favorite pets then?

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  5. Anwesha on July 18, 2012 at 7:37 am

    We have a German shepherd at home .
    I have barely got a chance to see her around kids. But yes I have seen her around kittens. New born kittens yell like anything and she gets attracted to the sound and sits near by watching the kittens play, turn over ,sleep. Sometimes she even attempts to lick them and even doesnt let the mother cat come near.Even though we understand that she might be behaving like a inquisitive dog ,but we try to keep her out . However time and again , without our knowledge it will somehow steal time to go and gaze at the kittens.

    • Bea on July 18, 2012 at 8:03 am

      Hi Anwesha!
      German Shepherds look ferocious, but are actually very gentle with small things, such as children, other pets, and as you observed, kittens. They are excellent with kids because of their patience and loving nature :)
      What is your German Shepherd called?

      • Anwesha Goswami on July 22, 2012 at 2:11 pm

        It is named Jhoomi … owing to its long silky coat ..It is
        black and tan variety.

  6. Roni on July 18, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    I have two of the six breeds listed above, a Dalmatian and an American Pit Bull Terrier. Both are quite sweet and very gentle with mydaughter, hew and their friends. It is not so much the breed that is bad, but the owner. Specifilly the owners lack of proper training with large breed dogs. Training a large dog is very important, and takes a lot of effort. Too often I see people getting large dogs in order to feel “strong”, yet do not understand the responsibility that comes with a large dog.

    • tlisted on December 27, 2013 at 4:55 am

      Completely agree, this is totally biased and completely based upon how the owner socializes and raises the dog to act… The tendencies can somewhat be related to breed, but how they act around people is based solely on the owner.

  7. Nishita on July 19, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I had a cocker spaniel when I was a kid, and he was adorable and very safe too. I think you are a dog-lover, if so, then you should see this video – absolute cuteness:

    There is actually a series of videos with Linus the Boxer and the baby

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  9. Miller on September 24, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Not to be rude, but this article is slightly ignorant. My family has always owned dogs and of various breeds. Border collies have always proved extremely intelligent, caring and protective. I have never seen one nip at a child for any reason. Claiming that a rottweiler is dangerous because of its ability is like saying a muscular father is dangerous because of his. Youtube is full of videos of people showing their “ferocious” dogs being loved, wrestled and yes even mauled by children. Dogs love their owners and their family. As someone with a lifetime of experience with dogs, I can easily say that the only dog that concerns me period is the pitbull.

  10. snowball the pitbull and Her owner! on November 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    i got so angry when i read this!!! american pitbull terrier is a breed with feelings just like the other dogs. We have always had pitbull,doberman pinchers and so on together with childrens. And they have never attacked anyone! it is the owner who makes the dog not the dog. If you train the dog right it will be a good dog. We had rottweilers,pitbulls,boxers and doberman pinchers together with alot of childrens and they never hurted anyone. A chihuahua is as much of a dangerous dog as a pitbull. If you don’t know anything aboute the breed then don’t write aboute it. Cesar Milan have alot of pitbulls and rottweilers together with childrens. And pitbulls don’t like the reputation aboute them! because people are hurting and killing the dogs because of that bad reputation! American pitbulls is a mix between bulldog and some sort of terrier. Pitbulls were breeded to hunt animals not fight. But because of the muscles it became wrong and people started dogfight. Boxer dogs were used as bull and bear fightdogs. that happend for 100 years ago as the same time as the pitbull started to exist. But no-one is talking bullshit aboute boxers! -.- :@ what you wrote aboute pitbulls in this ”article” is bullshit and even more bullshit!!

    • Timbo on January 10, 2013 at 6:43 am

      Hell yea! I agree with you….about 6 years ago I thought the same thing about pits!! then I came accross 3 orphaned pups…after raiseing them I said I would never own any other breed…and I have trained and bread many labs, beagles retrieve rs etc….but after seein my pits loyalty sence of humor and just there overall personality I havent owend anything elese on my 5th now and I,leave my kids alone with nothing but my dog a 100 dollars and let them walk threw compton, harlem or south side chicago and I bet theyll make it home and the sad thing is my dogs wont bite shit…..theyll lick you to death though!

  11. Proud Pit Owner on January 27, 2013 at 11:37 am

    I’m sorry, you are so ignorant!! Pit bulls are one of the gentlest breeds as long as you show them the love and discipline they need and want. My pit loves my kids and is super gentle with them. Yes she will wrestle with my daughter, actually it looks like she is trying to hug her a lot of the time and she is a teen, but with my 5 year old son, she sits calmly and lets him pet her because she knows he doesn’t like to rough house. And you can say that its in their nature, but look at the history of the pit bull, they were once named the “Nanny Dog” because they were so loving and protective of children. The protective nature of pits was what criminals found enticing and some owners started training their dogs to fight, they mistreated them, tortured them, beat them, all until they would fight.

    Did you know that small dog bites occur much more often than big dog bites? They are left unreported because either the bite was not severe enough to need medical attention, or the person that was bitten was the owner and they were afraid of what would happen to their dog. Yet go figure, if there happens to be a Pit bull bit, or any of the other SO CALLED aggressive dogs, boom, its all over the internet and news causing a huge frenzy.

    I WILL not have small dogs, with the exception of Cairn Terriers because almost EVERY small dog that I have encountered has snapped or tried to bite me. My husband was attacked my chihuahua and my daughter has a permanent scar on her lip from being scratched by a dachshund.

    Don’t listen to the hype about certain breeds, don’t be a sheep, do the proper research and since most of what I read above is not actual information about the breed and is solely your opinion, you need to state that in the post, otherwise you are misinforming other people out there that may actually trust that you are extremely knowledgeable on this subject.

    • Joel on January 27, 2013 at 8:35 pm


    • brower/scalise on July 6, 2013 at 10:00 pm

      ya know I totally agree with ,I am sick of all the pit bull abuse,as far as people bashing and putting a label on our loving ,perfect dogs if I could show the world how our zues acts they would be amazed-we need to fight back

  12. Joel on January 27, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Pitbulls are actualy one of the best dogs for children. All they need is love and attention. I’ve grown up with them ALL my life and they are loving protective dogs. Please don’t let yourself be misguided by media. These dogs are amazing and loving pets please trust me. Find yourself a respectable breeder and it’s joy from there on. Believe me.

  13. #dontbullymybreed on February 27, 2013 at 12:25 am

    Bea. You are dumber than a box of rocks. Get educated. It is the owner not the breed. Dumb people… I tell ya.

  14. Credibility? on February 28, 2013 at 2:54 am

    Aggression comes in many different shapes, sizes, and breeds. It is unfair of you to pick on 6 breeds of dogs and say that they will not get along well with children. Just as I don’t think you should pick 6 breeds of dogs and say that they will get along great with children. There are bad, abusive, and careless owners, and there are unsocialized, neglected, abused, and sometimes even ‘bad’ dogs. This can occur with ANY dog, so leave the breed out of it.

    You have one valid point in this entire article “If dogs and children co-exist in your household, you need to train them to behave themselves with one another”. This is what your article should have focused on.

    Aside from personal experience with most of these breeds, (particularly the pit bull) there are many things in this article that make me question the validity of your argument. So tell me, where are your sources for this information? Word of mouth? Media hype? Do your research.

    “Just look into the eyes of the creature above and tell me fear does not crawl up your spine and into your soul.”
    –And no, this did NOT happen to me. Quite the opposite, actually.

    • Nick Erwin on April 5, 2013 at 7:37 am

      I thought it was a beautiful dog and whoever owns it is lucky to have him\her

  15. Sam on March 9, 2013 at 3:05 am

    Whoever wrote this article is a complete Fucktard. I have an Australian Shepard (cattle dog) and he is very protective of our family. He is great with our 7 and 5 yr old girls. They are very energetic and also VERY intelligent. Not to mention a collie is the smartest breed in the world. Probably smarter than this biased writer who would take their time to write a BS post like this

  16. Kc on April 19, 2013 at 1:17 am

    I have a four year old and an almost three year old (humans) and two pugs, aged 8 and 9. There has never been a growl, a nip, or a distroyed child’s toy. I either have the best pugs in the world, or they are wonderful dogs with kids.

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  18. Teri on June 7, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    while I understand the negatives around pitbulls cutting down Bea is not appropriate, she is not saying one should not have a pitbull around children what I do see her saying here are the breeds that are unpredictable and to proceed with caution,unless one has the money to properly train a pitbull and professionally then you are taking a risk regardless how gentle they may seem and all the love in the world will not curtail what is in the genetics of a pitbulls temperament its sad that so many are right there to defend the pitbull and while it is not the breeds fault however it is the defensiveness and ignorance instead of education is why there are so many attacks from Pitbulls hence why they are feared and personally I wouldn’t have a pitbull around my children nor a rotweiller I don’t have the time nor the money to make sure they are in constant training in which is what it will take to own one properly even still the risks are still there just as not as high if you stay with the love concept, without proper training professionally again not all the love in the world shakes away the reality of the breed….

    • Ari on August 29, 2013 at 9:20 am

      i trained my first pit-bull when i was 7 obviously i didn’t have the so called bs money needed as you put it so your statement is wrong sorry to break it to you :)

      • Ari on August 29, 2013 at 9:22 am

        p.s. he was gentle and everyone loved him not one bite even when a two year old sat on him

  19. hyjinx on August 10, 2013 at 2:26 am

    This has to be one of the stupidest blog posts I’ve ever read. From start to finish.

  20. StevieBrit on November 26, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    your right there is no validity in “the dogs breed” its the owners that must be condemned. Yes certain breeds have “tendencies’” but it the owner that nurtures it. I have the 2 of the most peaceful and beautiful dogs. everywhere we go I receive comments on how well behaved and lovely they are. Not bad for an Akita and Siberian Husky. I also have 2 kids that play with them and are all friends. however they are dogs so care should always be foremost, as with any dog it can bite. but again its the careless owners that need to be addressed. my friend has the most aggressive Chihuahua ever! its the “worst dog” I have seen. but the owner thinks that’s funny!!! “as he’s just showing you who’s boss!!” hmmm who’s fault is that then??
    this is a poor list of best and worst. Best dog to own? not a type of breed, but a well trained dog of any breed is the best dog to own!!!! Worst dog to own? A bad handler!!! just remember though some dogs have needs which differ from others i.e. my Husky likes to run a lot! if she does not get the stimulant from enough exercise she will have destruction issues. again is that the dogs or would it be mine? only one answer NOT THE DOGS FAULT!!!!! its mine for picking a breed that does not suit my lifestyle. so for this reason I take my husky on a 5 mile bike ride each day and then walk the 2 of them for at least 3 mile. hence well balanced Happy Dogs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. rap22063 on March 20, 2014 at 5:08 am

    Articles like this really tick me off. Pit bulls this, Rottweilers that. If any one knows anything about dogs you will know that it is all about the owner and not the breed. I have a Rottweiler and a 4 year old granddaughter and that little tyke will sit on her, lay with her pet her while she is eating and my Rottie just loves her to death. When will people get educated and stop blaming the breed and start blaming the people that raise the breed. Do I watch her? Of course I do, dogs will be dogs. You could have what society deems the best dog in the world and you or your child(ren) could get bit. I really wish people would get educated about breeds before they write articles like this and not write articles on breeds because of what people have done to them. It’s just ignorant. Get a clue people, please.

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