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Archive for May 7th, 2011

The best dog breeds for small children

Saturday, May 7, 2011
posted by Jim Murphy

dog-childIf your looking for a dog and you have a toddler in the house, don’t think that smaller is best.  It may seem logical to you at first but small dogs are very fragile and your child could easily injure or even kill a dog by dropping it, stepping on it, shutting the door on it etc.

The very large dog breeds pose another problem.  Even though very large dogs are usually very gentle, sturdy and robust, their size could injure your child. A Mastiff could easily knock down your child while trying to say “hello.”

It’s very difficult trying to stop a young child from poking, pulling, prodding and smothering a small puppy with hugs and kisses.  Mid size dog breeds that have a very clam, tolerant and confident temperament may be a great choice if you have a small child in the home. Here are some breeds that you should consider.

  • Beagle
  • Boston Terrier
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • English Bulldog
  • English Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Wheaton Terrier

Always make sure that you’re in the room with the child and new puppy. Teach your child how to properly play with the puppy with his dog toys. Pay attention and make sure that your child and new puppy are bonding properly.