There are many great dogs to consider when looking for your next pet. In order to determine the best fit for your family, you must first be realistic about how a dog will affect your children.
It is important to know that many of the dogs considered worst for getting along with kids are often miss-trained or not properly cared for.
A common factor that places dogs in shelters is families who don’t choose the right pet for their lifestyle and don’t know how to manage the pet.
Getting a dog should be a serious responsibility that is never taken lightly. Here is our list of 20 dogs that are not usually right for a family with children:
Because of their size and energy level, Weimaraners are better companions for older children and teenagers, than for children under the age of six.
The Weimaraner is an intelligent, thinking animal and, while he will tolerate a lot of abuse from children, he is a proud, sometimes arrogant creature and if pushed beyond the limit he will not take it kindly. – Weimaraner Club of Greater Kansas City
Very smart, highly trainable and easy-to-groom, the Weimaraner is a medium-sized dog with a decent lifespan of 12-15 years and fits into the active lifestyle of the family living in the country. His breeding was based on hunting and sporting, so families with younger children may not have the energy for this dog.
This breed is one that needs social interaction and will crave reassurance. His confidence and devotion is based on the level of attention he gets. This breed’s moody years may last until he is about two and training may take a lot of patience and time until that moodiness is gone.
When bored, a Weimaraner may become destructive and find his own forms of entertainment. They may make occasional gifts of dead frogs, birds, cats and other small animals. These gifts must be received by you as a gift, since punishment could hurt your relationship and cause him to feel unsure and uneasy.
Friendly to his owners, strangers, and other animals, the Weimaraner is often seen as a great family pet. Unlike the most popular family breeds according to the Dog Show website, however, this dog will be itching to go hiking, hunting, swimming or jogging.
With his high level of activity, his love for catching and bringing dead gifts to his family and the Weimaraner’s stubbornness at a young age, this breed is not considered the best pet choice when you also have young children.