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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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!