Choosing a Dog To Live with Children

Things to consider, age and Activity Level Kids

  • Small dogs such as toys and mini’s are not suitable for toddlers and young children. These tiny dogs are fragile and cannot endure rough handling and supervising of some children. If a dog feels vulnerable and threatened he may lash out. Children that may be rough should have a dog no smaller than 25-30 pounds, this will be a sturdy companion who is not vulnerable.
  • Many of the large breeds — Newfoundlands, hounds, mastiffs, retrievers, Leonbergers — are generally more easy-going and are less likely to be hurt when accidentally stepped on or tripped over. They also are more likely to look after your tykes.
  • Only in households with active older children and teens, high energy medium and large breeds may be an appropriate choice if enough exercise can be provided.

Posted with permission from the APDT site: http://www.apdt.com/

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