what are some of the best breeds generally for smaller children?

United States
August 2, 2008 9:14pm CST
Our kids have been upset because our Border Collie has not worked out. After looking at the breed, I know why. We are trying to place her and the children are so upset that I promised I would try to find the right dog for us. I want to not make the same mistake again. What type of dog do you have with young children?
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@michelled (326)
• United States
4 Aug 08
wow that is really suprising your border collie didnt work out for you , we have one and she is great with my 4 year old son. wow that really is shocking. I would look into a couple of breeds , Soft coated wheaton terrier, poodle, bulldog, pug, cocker spaniel. good luck
• United States
11 Aug 08
The breeds you mentioned look like ones that are great with kids. I am going to be on the lookout for them. My daughter thought the wheaton terrier was cute and she likes poodles but I'm not a big fan of them.
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@dclary (141)
• United States
3 Aug 08
Hi kimberlylynn! Bless their hearts, I bet they are really upset. I would recommend for a home with smaller children a beagle, pug or a bull dog. Here is a website that can give you all kinds of information about dog breeds and the best one to get with children. http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/children.htm Good luck, I hope you are able to find something.
• United States
3 Aug 08
I will check out that site, thanks so much. I will definitely not rush into such a decision again. It was expensive and heart breaking for the kids.
@dclary (141)
• United States
3 Aug 08
you are very welcome:0)
@trickiwoo (2703)
• United States
3 Aug 08
I would look into local dog rescue groups. Unlike shelters, breeders and pet stores, rescue organizations have a very good understanding of their dogs' temperaments and personalities and specialize in placing appropriate dogs with appropriate families. Some rescue groups are breed specific, while others will have all different breeds and mixbreeds of dogs. But yes, just do a search online for the name of your city/town/state/county/etc. and "dog rescue" and see what comes up. Or you may want to search sites such as Petfinder.com to find local groups. Get in contact with the volunteers and they can help tell you which specific dogs they have are good for families with small children, as well as which dogs will best fit your lifestyle!
• United States
3 Aug 08
thank you so much. Unfortunately I listed our dog with petfinder since it looks like our local shelters use that. All I got was a ton of responses but all fakes trying to get info to scam me out of money. When I decide on a good breed, I would definitely consider a rescue org. I actually prefer not to get a puppy, we didn't have to house train our dog and that was a big relief. We have a great home in need of a dog that loves kids and we made a mistake once and don't want to do that again. I just feel bad for our dog, she loves me and is good to me, just not the kids :(
6 Aug 08
We have a dog breeding business here in the philippines and among threst of the breeds we have I think St. Bernard dog is the best!
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
3 Aug 08
I dont have a dog right now, but my daughter has 3 pugs and they are just great dogs to be around children. My daughter has a 2 boys.She had the 3 pugs before the kids were born.