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20 Worst Dog Breeds To Get Along With Kids



16. Weimaraner

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 mistrained or not properly cared for.

Getting a dog should be a serious responsibility, one that is never taken lightly. Here is our list of 21 dogs that are not usually right for a family with children:

1. Weimaraner

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 they will tolerate a lot of abuse from children, they are proud, sometimes arrogant creatures. If they are pushed beyond the limit, they will not take it kindly.

When bored, a Weimaraner may become destructive and find their own forms of entertainment. They may bring occasional gifts of dead frogs, birds, cats and other small animals. These gifts must be received by you as presents since punishment could hurt your relationship and cause them to feel unsure and uneasy.

With the Weimaraner’s high level of activity, their love for catching and bringing dead gifts to their family, and their stubbornness at a young age, this breed is not considered the best pet choice when you also have young children.

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  • MarieJ27

    Disney made this dog breed popular, but that doesn’t make it a kid friendly breed. If a Dalmatian doesn’t receive adequate attention and physical activity, it can become anxious and high strung, even showing signs of aggression.
    Truer words were never spoken.

    • clcntx

      They got 1 out of 15 correct.

    • Marie218

      I disagree….and in fact, the Disney movie “101 Dalmatians” did a huge disservice to Dalmations…..they became a “fad” dog, so puppy mills bred a lot of poor quality ones, and then the “experts” entered in with the “dalmations are dangerous to kids” thing, and the next thing was that shelters were filled to overflowing with Dalmations that people didn’t want around their kids…..even if there had NEVER BEEN A PROBLEM before.

      I had a Dalmation and a five year boy, no problems, then two years later gave birth to another boy, the Dalmation was wonderful with the kids…..the little boy could crawl all over the Dalmation, and she’d never harm him…..

      So called “experts” like whoever wrote this article, need to be somehow credentialed to write articles like these that scare a lot of people and cause dogs to be abandoned at shelters even though the dog has done NOTHING wrong.

      • pbrower2a

        Much the same happens with cocker spaniels,too.

    • JG

      We had the best dalmation ever. Ruby smiled when we came home. The sweetest loving dog. She died at age 12.
      It isn’t the breed, it’s the personality that is also transfered in breeding and the people that owns and raises the dog. Not all pitbulls are mean either.
      This article is like grouping different races into which is the top ten and which isn’t.

  • tipsytexter

    The default pic for this post on other pages is of a pug, which is why I clicked on the link-I couldn’t understand why pugs would be on this list. Very misleading.

    • matilda9

      I just can’t believe that – of all breeds to suggest are dangerous!! They are affectionate,loving little couch potatoes. Our last pug died in January and we are on a breeder’s list for a litter that should be ready to go home around Memorial Day. Can’t wait. We haven’t had a house without a pug in 19 years, since our children were little. Being empty nesters, the house feels empty.

  • Jessa Janes

    Are you kidding me?! It’s mostly herding breeds on this list which is bogus. Also the “Blue Heeler” they have pictured is more like Catahoula Leopard Hound (possible crossbreed) I have a Blue Heeler, with a newborn and a 4 year old, he prefers the company of children than other dogs! This is a ridiculous list…

    • Nicole

      I have a Blue Heeler/lab mix and HE looks more heeler than that dog does. And he knows how to behave around children, heck my 2 year old son will do the herding instead of him.

    • fancyqtr

      Totally agree. That does NOT look like a Blue Heeler or even an ACD mix to me. Just because a dog has a coloring similar to an Australian Cattle Dog (there are reds, too) doesn’t make it one. For a “Dog Reference” they should know better.

  • Ragman74

    As a husky owner I call Bullshit…..

    • Pearl

      Thank you, when our daughter was born we had been breeding/showing (big mistake)Alaskan Malamutes and had five of them, they treated her like a new pup, go ahead touch the kid (a stranger)and you may have to answer to us, when camping they would’nt let her go anywhere would stand in front of her or grab her by the pants, it blew us away, to this day the joke is she was raised by dogs. Mals/Huskies are pack animals you need to be alpha male/female of their pack, and that does’nt happen by abusing them.

      • rach

        It’s all generalisation. I’ve never had a bad experience with one. When I was little (and very annoying) my brother took me to a friends with a husky and it played with me until I fell asleep on their sofa with it curled around me.

    • Melancholy

      Not me! Every husky I have owned did NOT like the quick movements of kids and became quite irritated with constant petting and quite honestly did not want nothing to do with any kids. They (the husky) want to be the kids and I do not think they are a good match at all with kids. Husky’s need tons of attention, hate to be left alone for extended periods of time and if so will destroy anything they can get their paws on.

      • Ragman74

        Then as plenty of people have stated you needed to train your kids and your dog how to be around each other….

        Just because you are the top predator in your world there is no need to inflict yourself and your kids way of life on another being that is un-educated to deal with such situations….

        If you had of done any research into the breed and how they live with the Chukchi people you would find that they are very amiable dogs capable of living quite well with humans and children alike…..

        Maybe it’s the way you are raising your huskies or the complete lack of enrichment programs from a backyard breeder….

        You get out of your dog what you put in OR the lack thereof

      • Nacho Zaragoza

        What you have described could apply to any breed of dog Melancholy.

      • Pleasant Sanctuary

        We were good friends with a guy who had a Husky. The Husky was violent with kids, and with his loving owner. That dog was very mean and unruly. I would not allow our little ones around the Husky as it has a bad temperment. Be careful of Huskies, they can kill. I heard that our good friend had to put down the big Husky because it was very aggressive with his live-in gf and bit her hard way too many times. Huskies should not be trusted, that is foolish, around vulnerable little ones.

        • bankerdanny

          What you describe is an issue related to a specific dog, not a specific breed. Some breeds are very individual person or family oriented, but in general if you make the effort from the very beginning to introduce your dog to many people and properly socialize him/her then you are unlikely to have problems like you are describing. Your ‘good friend’ was sadly a bad owner and his dog paid the ultimate price.

          • Pleasant Sanctuary

            Bankerdanny, you are probably right. Our good friend could have been a bad owner as you said, but he seemed to be a good owner, because back then, we were around him a lot, and he seemed to be doing all the right things with his beloved dog, whom he named “Chaluka”. As I review the memories of Chaluka, I forgot to mention that he was also part malamute, something I did not add, which I should have added, initially. We saw our friend get the dog as a puppy, and the puppy, Chaluka, was treated well, was up on his shots, and seemed to be a good natured dog. But, somehow, he developed a bad attitude towards people as he matured. He was loyal to his owner, but was single minded in his loyalty and became somewhat fierce, even though everyone was kind to him. He may have needed a stronger “leader/owner”. I have watched “The Dog Whisperer” and since then, I have learned a lot about pack behaviour, dog psychology and how to raise a dog that doesn’t think it is the leader of the pack. Thank you for your thoughts. It is easy to tell someone off, but you didn’t. It is much more difficult to try to decide where someone went wrong with their dog, when you knew them, and observed what they were doing. Bless you, Bankerdanny, and thanks.

          • obot

            It’s also specific to certain breeds due to their size and strength. I’ve never heard of a pug or Jack Russell killing or seriously maiming anyone.

          • Sneshka Richter

            Size has nothing to do with it. A jack Russell is not able to kill an adult, but is very capable of inflicting serious damage to a child, for example. Fact is, most dogs, not just JRs won’t do such a thing. Another fact is, many small dogs are not properly trained exactly because their owners (many of them, not all) don’t think it is necessary, so they grow into misbehaved little terrors. I have come across more aggressive little dogs than medium or big breed dogs.

          • threenorns

            then let me enlighten you: my bff has reduced mobility in her right hand and needs to have surgery periodically to release her carpal tunnel and the skin binding resulting from scar tissue. this, from an 8lb JRT/chi mix.

            or how about that lady in … i believe it was ottawa – lost both legs and an arm because of a shih-tzu.

            or the infant that was killed by a 4lb pom.

          • marilyn mckinley

            I knew a woman who almost lost her nose to a Miniature Pinscher.

        • melissa25q345

          I knew a friend who had a very violent five year old boy who would bite and punch all the time. STAY AWAY FROM 5 YEAR OLD BOYS THEY ARE DANGEROUS!!! HAA HAAA Sorry your comment sounds very uneducated!!

          • Pleasant Sanctuary

            Sorry, Melissa, but I feel for the “violent 5 year old boy who would bite and punch”, as you said, “all the time”. Were his parents negligent or did he have a particular mental handicap? Your comments were not helpful, and you sound very uneducated, you are speaking to a person with a great deal of higher education, so you are foolishly ignorant, in that regard. That 5 year old boy you described has some sort of mental instability, and I hope he gets the help he needs. It sounds like you wrote that just to stab me in the heart, and you seem like you could use some help, too. I hope you get the help you need and that children are kept far away from you until you do. I wish you well.

          • Steve Ford

            So… it’s OK to blame the PARENTS of the KID… but not the OWNERS of the dog??? LOGIC isn’t a real big “HIGH POINT” for you is it???

          • Pleasant Sanctuary

            Steve Ford, put down the crack pipe. I have no idea what you are rambling on about, but NO this is not what I wrote, I do not blame the parents of the kid. I actually do blame the owners of the dog and I blame the dog itself. You are thinking of someone else on here, so go back and find that person you want to attack. It is not me. You are not just confused, you are a fool.

          • Pleasant Sanctuary

            Steve, again, I have no idea who you are talking to, but it can not be me. I never blamed the parents of the kid. Do you understand that? You don’t seem to get it. Stop shouting at me, you have the wrong person. Logic is strong with me. Also, someone came on here and attacked me. They started it. I am defending myself, I am allowed to do that. I only enjoy intelligent conversation that is beneficial. I do not like lies, as told by you, and I do not like angry people who seem to be lost and who can not read well, like you. Again, I am a teacher, am highly educated and am defending myself against a few people who have attacked me, falsely, including you. Please find the person you want to attack, and attack them. I am asking you to re-read things, try to comprehend them and leave me alone. I have done nothing to you.

          • Steve Ford

            When you start SNIVELLING about a DOG you need to take into ACCOUNT the dog’s BACKGROUND and the SCUM that own it!!! (YOU are OBVIOUSLY one of them!!!) GOD HELP any ANIMAL that has you as an OWNER TOO!

          • Guest

            Unfortunately you are not educated enough to understand that Melissa25q345 was being sarcastic. If you are going to say that a dog is mean and unruly you need go no further than the owner. Dogs can be trained, although breeds have their own particular characteristic traits they can be trained. So if a dog bites you cannot say ‘I must get rid of this dog’, you need to train it and work with it and give it love. The same thing you would do for a child.

          • Pleasant Sanctuary

            Well, you seem poorly educated. You are part of the problem, and you hide behind using the foolish anon “guest”, so no one can see who you are. I know you are a troll and should be banned from this board. You are a coward and a fool. Yes, I am highly educated, so you got that one wrong. Therefore, everything you now say is a lie to me and to others, as you have guessed wrong on something that I know to be the truth. You have added nothing but venom and lies to the conversation, so, good bye. You have lied and have been a malicious miscreant. Please go away.

          • threenorns

            no, she wrote that because what you said was blindingly ridiculous.

            i work in dog rescue – going by your logic, pomeranians should be on the BSL list because in all the years i’ve done it, a pomeranian was the only one that sent me to the hospital with multiple skin-thickness bite wounds!

          • Pleasant Sanctuary

            Not sure what you are blathering on about, but I can see you enjoy your own ignorance. I do not care that you volunteer rescuing dogs. I imagine you hoard animals at your house, too. You don’t have much common sense, so you attack individuals. Go away, you have added nothing to this conversation, except revealing what a self serving fool you are.

          • Karen

            You got that right!! 🙂

          • Olga Kim

            OMG. You’re the one that sounds uneducated, and also a bit unhinged.

        • Eleanor

          Have you ever considered that the owner could have had a “mean” streak and abused the dog??? Was he reacting to the gf because of something his owner displayed, either by actions or body language.

          • Pleasant Sanctuary

            Eleanor: Thank you for your thoughtful reply. You could be right. Without me knowing, that owner could have abused the dog. That was about 30 years ago, during a time when I was closer to friends and their daily habits than I am now, so I thought my husband and I knew the owner as our friend. I only keep up with my family now, but back then I thought I knew that the owner of that viscious dog, a dog that scared everyone, was a good owner. I would never, ever be that young and that kindly observant of a dog owner again. But, back then I was kindly observant and was involved in the daily activties of our large circle of friends. But, you could be right. Thank you for suggesting it could be the owner. As a teacher, when I question a dog and its behaviour on a board like this, many uneducated doggie fanatics will say that I am “sooooo uneducated”. Well, this is their first lie, as I have a lot of education, so I do not believe anything else that they post, since I know their first reponse is a lie about me. You did not attack me, and you posted what you meant. Many doggie fanatics will also add an analogy, a bad analogy, like ” If a 5 year old boy does such and such”. This is the most foolish thing they can do. I deal with the facts. I do not want to read lies and someone’s foolish analogies. You did neither, so I salute you, and thank you.

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        • dav12345

          Why are you judging every husky with your one experience ? Call yourself educated your taking like what your saying is a fact evidence is based on empirical evidence not by the superficial observations on your part

        • dav12345

          Why are you judging every husky with your one experience ? Call yourself educated your taking like what your saying is a fact evidence is based on empirical evidence not by the superficial observations on your part

        • dav12345

          Why are you judging every husky with your one experience ? Call yourself educated your taking like what your saying is a fact. Evidence is based on empirical evidence not by the superficial observations on your part

          • Pleasant Sanctuary

            Okay, I will give you that. You posted something that was not an attack on me or my experience, but it was a thoughtful reply and I liked it. I just had a stray dog run onto our farm 2 days ago. The owner happened to be running around the property, looking for her dog. As it came up on one of the porches in front, I petted the dog and held its collar. Turns out it was part husky. I was impressed with how good and well tempered the dog was. I was a little scared, after I learned it was part husky, but it was a good dog. What I am trying to convey is that we are all made up of our individual experiences, and we can only learn from each other. We can not erase what we have experienced, but we can allow each of us to convey our own personal experiences. This does not mean we color all dogs with every opinion, but that each opinion is formed through our experiences, and our individual experiences are valid and can be expressed without humiliating the one who experienced them. I hope you understand that, Dav12345. I enjoy learning from others about their own experiences with various dogs. It is a valuable thing to me.

        • Jenny Warren

          I have a 12 year old husky mix. The only reason she doesn’t get along with kids is because she hides out in my bedroom when kids she is not familiar with come over (too much noise, for her). She is an absolute angel with my 10 year old, special-needs daughter. My 2 cats love her, and she is always gentle with them. I also have a 14 year old border collie mix, another breed that happens to be on this list, and he is shy and sweet; never “nippy”. He loves to prance (and cuddle)

          • Pleasant Sanctuary

            That was very sweet, Jenny. God bless you, your daughter and your animals. With your positive energy and your beautiful temperment, your animals will do well. I wish you the best, thank you for your informative comment. I appreciate it.

      • Eleanor

        Perhaps you are showing your exasperation with the kids and your dog takes it clue from you. Your dogs will behave when taken the time to learn from a responsible patient person.

    • Ruby

      Yes, Alaskan Malamutes are GREAT with kids and babies. In fact, I shared a litter box with Mals from my babyhood on 🙂 but remember, Huskies are indeed different than Mals- they can be a bit more high strung. And the article only mentions Huskies, not Mals 🙂

    • Kaye Coleman

      We’ve owned 2 huskies. Our first one, Alexei, so loved my nephew Kyle! When Kyle was learning to walk, Alexei would walk at a snail’s pace so Kyle could toddle along holding to his fur. Alexei was the sweetest, most loving dog you could have wanted with all the kids. Our second husky, Claude, is a different story. Claude will growl and snap at anything–kids, other dogs, dust bunnies, imaginary things, you name it. Claude growls when he is mad, sad, or happy…he’s just an old grouch. And now in his dotage, Claude has decided he adores the great niece and nephew, but only as long as they are napping. We got both these dogs at the shelter, so we don’t know what demons they were raised with. Because we are careful to watch ALL our dogs when they are with kids, we’ve never had a biting incident (though baby Cohen does try to gnaw our beagle’s ears!)

    • SlimPickins_here

      My huskies loved kids. They would constantly get tugged and played with. Very gentle and affectionate with kids.

  • shane

    this is totally wrong where did you get information from i rescue huskies and malamutes i also have 3 and i have 2 children i have pics to prove what i feel is right where is the yorkie on this list i think people that make these pages should contact the people that own the breeds and ask them this is so wrong shame on the people that made this OMG you have a poodle on the list of best dogs they are snappers you really need to research before posting crap like this

  • Melissa Watson

    My Shar-pei was the best dog i have every had, he was so patient with my infant and all my nieces, he was very protective, but never aggressive and had never bit anyone.. I is all in how you raise your dog!!!

  • emma

    Seriously? History shows the inuits would leave the huskies (and other sled breeds) to “nanny” their children when they went ice fishing and hunting. This also how huskies learnt to vocalise in the way they do so they could communicate with the children. Whoever wrote this needs to go and research the breeds. Not just the huskies as there seems to be a few that are totally wrong. I have 3 huskies and 2 kids.

    • jim

      if the Inuits bred and raised this dog you would be correct…..The Inuits are Alaskan….The husky was bred and raised by the Chukchi from Russia

      • Danielle

        There are Alaskan Huskies and Siberian Huskies

        • Nina S

          Alaskan huskies are purpose-bred mutts, SIberian Huskies are purpose AND appearance bred purebreds.

          • threenorns

            “purpose AND appearance” is bollocks. pick one and go with it because you can’t have both.

            look how they’ve ruined the border collie with that nonsense.

  • Salka

    this is just stupid! it takes training for both kids and dogs to get along and that is regardless of breed and more to do with the character of the owner and the basic upbringing of the dog. Any dog can be difficult with kids and they can all be wonderfull.
    As allways people tend to generalise with dog breeds insted of looking at the owner and their understanding of their own dog and their willingness to work with the character they have got.

    • Nacho Zaragoza

      Precisely Salka from the lead this story starts with a false premise. Did not bother reading past the 1st one; that could apply to any breed.

    • itropicbird

      WRONG! Training and owners obviously do play a part in whether dogs and kids get along. But you absolutely cannot discount genetics as a factor. Genetics are the reason a Golden Retriever will bring a tennis ball back to you again, and again, and again. Will other dogs bring back tennis balls? Absolutely. Do ALL Golden Retrievers love tennis balls? Of course not. But genetics dictate that if you want a dog you can train to pick something up and bring it to you, it’s a snap to have a dog genetically predisposed to that. There’s a reason Newfoundlands are superior to Great Danes at water rescue. Or Bloodhounds at finding lost persons over a Greyhound. One of the most common reasons animals are relinquished for readoption or euthanasia is because of a mismatch between dog and owner, due to lack of knowledge on the owner’s part. Dogs can be very well trained, but unfortunately, instinct can often override the training. Example: Australian Cattle Dog given up for adoption because it bites the children when they’re running in the yard. Reality: Even though it knows not to bite the kids, this is a herding behavior. They naturally nip at sheep and cattle feet. Instinct in this case takes precedence over training. Also remember that dogs are naturally predatory animals, while kids are squealy, squirmy, prey-like creatures. Sometimes the two together will inadvertently spark an undesirable instinct. If you think you can 100% train out the instincts of a dog regardless of the breed, you are headed either for heartache or a lawsuit. It’s every parent’s responsibility to research a breed first, and consider temperament with children over appearance, color, and popularity. I have been a veterinarian for 23 years, and I can’t tell you how much pain could have been avoided if people would do only that.

      • threenorns

        the reason Newfs are superior than great danes at water rescue has zero to do with character or appropriateness for a family and everything to do with the fact that great danes are not built to be efficient swimmers!

        *absolutely* the herding instinct can be blunted or extinguished! i should know – i’ve done it. my dog is a border collie/retriever mix and i mistook the border collie stalk for predatory behaviour so i diligently worked it out of him (which i deeply regret now).

        • Pleasant Sanctuary

          You are not very intelligent and have little to add to any conversation on here. You seem proud that you volunteer to help doggies. Please step back and realize how little you know, but that you enjoy being a dog volunteer. Carry on, but have less pride in your ignorance. You think you can extinguish a dogs instincts, and that makes you a miracle worker. You are a fool, a dangerous fool, at that.

          • Steven

            I’m quite curious.

            Regardless of my positive or negative contribution I could potentially share to the discussion, would my intelligence be immediately judged to the point that you may assume me to be “not very intelligent” ….

            Or are your perceptions of an individual’s intelligence superior to the degree that you can immediately understand the qualifications, educational background, and personal experience from a paragraph or two written by any person who makes a warranted, logical statement that you are too closed-minded to agree with?

            This reply is not intended to attack you personally, but it is rather intended for you to consider more appropriate ways to extinguish a fire….

            I have put out a fire using gasoline… but I’ve more enjoyably (and frequently) used the fuel to enlarge one.

            I’m curious to know the extent of your psychology, sociology, and neuroscience background that you come from that gives you more credit than everyone on this page due to the relevance it has to our given discussion.

          • LenMe

            Good post. Looks like you might have shut her up.

      • Pleasant Sanctuary

        Thank you, Your post is the best post on here, and possibly the most intelligent and comprehensive post. I have learned that dog fanatics are the most aggressive and possibly the most unintelligable people on earth. They only see the extreme, yes extreme, love and deep feelings they have for whatever dog they own, and they do not see the dog’s behavior or the possible problems that will arise. Dog fanatics will lie, as many on here do. Dog fanatics like to use the line ” I call bullshit.” As a teacher, I can see many of them are uneducated, but they will throw that out to those who oppose their breed of dogs in a thoughtful manner. I know many dog fanatics are poor, are poorly educated and have aggression issues. Those doggie fanatics simply attack those who are cautious I see it on here. I am on your side, good doctor. I have a dog, but I am still cautious. I am not overly impressed with other people’s opinions. I only care about the facts, and you speak the facts. Dog fanatics, I am being kind with calling them that, are the worst people to trust. Tey lie to themselves and they lie to others. People who care about dogs and humans will be able to know the difference. Those who are dog fanatics, do not care about what their dogs are cabable of. They are the most dangerous people in the world due to not being able to accept , what their dog is cabable of. Thank you, good doctor.

        • LenMe

          With all the posts you have on this blog/site, I think you are the fanatic.

          • Observation

            I do have a sharp mind that can focus on things I am interested in, for that I am blessed. You added nothing but a rude statement, judged me incorrectly gave out an insult. Maybe that’s all you’re good for, obviously.

  • Candie

    WRONG! Huskies are amazing with children. I have 3 huskies and have fostered them as well and all have been very good with kids. These kinds of articles w/ little to no real world input breeds fear. Sadly many great dogs will end up in shelters because someone read one of these articles and believed it.

  • Cindy

    You have not done your homework…just negates the entire article. Huskies & Malamutes are fantastic kid dogs!

    • Alastair Ian MacArthur

      A Malamute which was a family pet has just killed a 6 day old baby in the U.K. last week.

      • Hannah Cottingham

        Parental abuse and improperly attached carseats/boosterseats kill more children every single day than dogs do. Deer kill thousands of people. Car accidents kill millions. There are around 12 million dogs alive right now and less than 200 attack or kill a human…sorry but dogs are safer than humans who kill millions each year.

        • conservative

          Hannah, you are deflecting! The fact remains that THIS DID JUST HAPPEN !!! I love animals and enjoy dogs but I will not own a dog and introduce a new baby into the household. All of the statements to the contrary from those on this blog will not bring that baby back. I won’t bet the safety of my infant on the blind loyalty of dog owners. Would you? Never happens…at least be honest people. I’ve been looking into this after a conversation on the subject with a friend a few weeks back. Didn’t have to look too far… 5 maulings / killings of small children from 6 months to 9 yrs old in 3 weeks!

          • LenMe

            That’s because people are ignorant. Infants, toddlers, small children should not ever be left alone with any dog.

  • Héðinn Þór

    im gone call bullshit on the border collie husky and well everything in this is pure bullshit 😛 were the hell do you people get your info ?

  • 2011CTSV

    … what? Actual scientific testing has been done that concluded that Huskies are the number one – NUMBER ONE – friendliest breed with strangers. That’s because Huskies have been bred for thousands of years to work with people and other dogs. Huskies were originally bred to live with kids, to protect them from predators and to live as one of the family, and this was thousands of years ago! Huskies are one of the absolute BEST breeds for kids, getting along with kids is almost directly what they were bred to do.

    Seriously, all this article does is state that huskies aren’t good with kids. Where is the proof of that, where is the study that determined that? Are you just talking out your ass? Who the hell are the editors of this site that allowed this complete garbage to be published without doing a single shred of research?

    EDIT – Oh and this is the best part. On that same site, dogreference, there is another article titled “12 most effective ways to calm your Siberian Husky”. The very first thing you see in that article – the VERY FIRST THING – is a picture of a HUSKY and a CHILD. These people are idiots.

  • Lori Harvey

    The author of this article obviously did NOT do their homework. Huskies are great with kids. Your whole article was just negated.

  • jim

    If the writer had bothered too do ANY research, they would see that the Chukchi people (the creators of the Siberian Husky) left the care of pups to the children and women. The Chukchi so valued their dogs that they often took them into their homes as guardians for their possessions and companions for their children. This, no doubt, accounts for much of the gentleness in the Siberian Husky personality.

  • Natashalynn Hoag

    Bullshit I agree!!! I have two huskies and the BOTH love my two babies/kids!!!!! Huskies are VERY protective over my kids. When my daughter was first born he wanted NO ONE besides ME to get her outta her crib!!! SO THIS IS BS STOP GIVING HUSKIES A BAD NAME!!!!!!

  • peterscates

    We have a husky, and he is very energetic and extremely enthusiastic around all kinds people. He weighs 60 pounds, is extremely strong, and can easily knock over a small child by accident. This is the only “threat” he poses to a child, and only at an age when no kids should ever be left alone with any dog.

    So, when our young niece (who is now three) used to visit before, he did knock her on her ass a couple of times – her balance was not so great as a toddler, and he was ever keen to get close and affectionate. It was very easy for her to learn to say “No!” to him, and for him to approach more calmly so that he could express his desire to be with and around children.

    He would never intentionally hurt anyone, let alone a child who he sees as a potential play mate.

  • Megan Ball

    Im calling bullshit on the Cane Corso. I have 2 kids and mine is amazing with them. He will get out and run with them as well as a great gaurdian and is the best snuggler when you are feeling down. He is the best dog I ever owned. Not only is he amazing with my kids, but he likes cats too!!!

    • joe B

      Cane Corso ? Just ask Diane Whipple how gentle they are .

      • Julie Deschenes

        Different breed. Diane Whipple was murdered by two Presa Canarios, who had been trained to be mean and mistreated. Cane Corso is smaller and less aggressive than the other.

      • Kathleen Biederstadt

        It was presa canario’s that killed her not a cane corso.

      • threenorns

        first off, that was 13 years ago.

        secondly, they were not cane corso – they were presa canario.

    • iowapatriot

      Agree Megan. My Corso is a big sweetie that loves to play with my 10 year old daughter and 2 older labradoodles. Never had any problems with agression or roughness towards my daughter. She is a much better guardian than the doodles, and loves to snuggle as well. The only issue is she does not like our neighbor’s little yipper dog at all. Overall great dog!

  • dragon5126

    This “author has NO experience or personal knowledge with any of the breeds listed, and in fact this list includes some of the BEST dogs for kids… Just proof that those who can DO, those who cant write about it.

  • dragon5126

    My daughters were born into a household with two established dobermans… bad news,,, the dogs immediately became overly protective of the girls when they were brought home. We seriously believe they knew my wife was pregnant before we did from the way they became protective of her too. both girls (6 years apart) teethed on the dobies ears, no matter how much we trued to keep the dogs away they literally OFFERED their ears, I believe they knew it offered pain relief. The dobies, referred to as our girls, went everywhere with us, even with our daughters, and were constant companions of our daughters and their friends. In fact, the dogs would bounce around, overjoyed when other children would come over. bur would act regal and aloof around adults, except for close family members.

    • Krista McCleary- Mast

      I have had 2 huskies one with each child. My first husky named ” Misty” was 5 yrs. old & we had her for the first 5 yrs we were married! She was our baby…we had no kids & no other dogs. When we brought our son home from the hospital I had him in the bassinet & we let Misty in & my Mother was nervous, I wasn’t she walked right up to the bassinet tilted her head & looked in….sniffed him over & laid down beside the bassinet! Every night after that she would go & check on him & make sure he was where he was suppose to be & that he was okay….if he wasn’t she would go looking for him until she found him! When he got older (toddler) he would climb all over her, pull her ears, pull her tail, for awhile she would take it but the older she got the crankier she got & she would just give a low growl….mainly under her breath & then she would get up & move! Our 2nd husky, named Asia was a second mother to my kids she watched over them & played with them! None of my family or friends were scared to bring there babies or kids around our dogs. I would always ask them if they would like for me to remove our dogs & all of them would always say NO! Yes huskies are an active breed but they are good with children & they were the children out playing with them & the children will were the dogs out playing with them!

  • Tyler Kirsenlohr

    Who ever made this list is an idiot I think it has cost your website any ground of being considered credible and would recommend whoever is looking at this site for a dog choice should find a different source multiple dogs on this list are great with children. Huskys were even needs to babysit the Inuit children while the adults were gone. It’s a shame this was even allowed to be published.

  • Brohdaw

    And I call the same thing with Border Collies…we had one when we were little and we did all sorts of things to that dog when my mom would be in bed with a migraine…one time we jellied it, another time we gave it chocolate ex-lax, and these are just examples…anytime my dad would yell at us or get too close like he was gonna punish us, he’d be in trouble with the dog, not us. 10 years later my neighbor had one too, with three young kids and she had the same good things to say about her dog as I told her about ours. (I’m glad someone else said “bullshit” cuz that’s exactly what I was thinking as I was scrolling down to the comments lol).

  • Nicole

    Though I was 11 when I found her, my best friend was a Husky/Shepherd mix, best dog I ever had and there will never be another. Had her for 13 years before she passed away, sure she was high energy but she was loyal and had the maternal instincts to be patient and quiet around younger children. Even into her old age of 11-14 she was patient when small kids would grab her tail, ears or poke on her or accidentally fall over her. Greatest dog I ever had, and the dog I have no is a Blue Heeler mix, and he knows how to behave around my 2 year old, he knew how to behave when my little boy was learning to crawl and walk.

    • mindee davis

      I can say, being a buyer of a Dalmatian puppy,when meeting the family and the parents of the pup and upon arrival both parents of my puppy met me at the door with much love and kisses. growing up ive heard so many bad things about the breed and their temperament with children and i always 100% believed it wasnt the breed per-say but the way they are raised. my puppy came from a home that has 4 children and they were hands on with them right from birth,and now to this day my dog gravitates to children and loves to be in their presence so i encourage you,never believe just anything people say and just because one person has a bad experience with a particular breed,it doesn’t mean every dog is that way!! Its always best to get at dog as a puppy if you plan to get a dog.

  • Patricia

    I think they worked through a book of breed descriptions and compiled their theories according to their interpretations – while some of their points are valid, most of their points can be interpreted a number of other ways as well. I have a Belgian shepherd cross and a Doberman cross for dogs and they both are excellent kid dogs – my kids are 4 and 5 years old. I grew up with a Rottweiler Doberman – another beautiful kid friendly dog. Any dog can be dangerous, especially for kids, if you do not raise it correctly and properly. Or if you frustrate a dog by not giving it the right type of attention and activities according to its energy levels and focus.

  • ListenToYourElders

    I have owned, raised, bred Chow-Chows for years and never found them to be anything but intensely loyal and protective of their human family, especially of young ‘uns. The Chow was originally a palace guard dog, so it is inherently well-socialized and protective. The breed does play well with others, and one of my favorite Chows actually adopted a kitten, raised it as if it were a dog, and I wound up with the only cat that was truly housebroken. He used to go out with the Chow when I took her out three or four times a day, and the cat would do his business in the woods near my home, just as the Chow did. The two were inseparable, and when the Chow died, the cat was disconsolate. The cat died within a year of the Chow. So I never take these articles seriously. The people who write them have no experience with most of the breeds they write about.

    • Enzo

      My brother-in-law had one for a couple of years and he would bring him over to intimidate my boxer until my boxer bit off his ear. The chow would stand in the door and not let anyone pass. I hated the thing.

      • Cary Miller

        Sounds like you AND your brother know very little about dogs and how to treat them. You hated “the thing”?

  • Ah Sugar Sugar!

    Rid the world….of ALL dogs!!! I cannot stand dogs OR dog owners.
    I love it when a neighbor walks by my trailer and states…..”oh….don’t worry…
    she is the kindest dog in the world.”…..BS! BS! BS!

    • Enzo

      They must SMELL something when you’re around.

  • theherbivorehippie

    Stereotype much? This article is absolute garbage. Where is your
    evidence to back these allegations up? Just because a dog falls under a
    herding, working, or high-energy breed does mean they aren’t suitable to
    be around children. Thanks for polluting the Internet with more
    worthless garbage.

    • matilda9

      It’s outrageous that they have a picture of a Pug at the top of this story!!

      WE currently are waiting for our third pug and our extensive families are also Pug People.. You cannot find a more gentle, affectionate little clown of a dog than a Pug. My daughter has two pugs and two little ones, one of them just six months old. Wherever that baby is the dogs are sitting next to him. And if the three-year-old happens to pull their tails on occasion they never snap. They are great city dogs because the don’t require a whole of exercise, taking them out for short walks several times a day is good.

      But they do shed quite a bit, and they will pork out easily if you’re not careful. If you don’t mind their snoring then then they are a lovely addition to any household. You also have to have air conditioning and you need to leave it on during very hot weather, even leaving for work because they have been known to die if left out in the heat,

  • Enzo

    South African Boerboel get real how many people ever SAW one of these?? I stay away from cocker spaniels and dachshunds how come they’re not in the list?

    • clcntx

      Cocker spaniels and dachsunds are the only 2 dogs I’ve ever been bitten by. My son has also been bitten by a dachsund. The only other issues I had were with some larger breeds that just played too rough for small kids.

      • Cary Miller

        2 out of the 3 dogs that ever bit me or tried to were a cocker and a dachsund. I would add poodles and chihuahua’s to the Not Good for Children list.

    • LenMe

      I fostered a dachshund from a shelter I volunteered for. He was fine at the shelter. I walked him, played with him, worked with him… He was playful and spunky. Couldn’t figure out what people were talking about when they said he was “aggressive.” Well, I found out pretty quickly when I got him home! Not only had he been abandoned, but I believe he was abused (thrown off the couch… manhandled…) He bit me a few times due to his fear and my inexperience, but we worked through it and he’s made great progress. I adopted him. Still would never trust him with small children though.

  • Enzo

    I don’t trust my dog with any kids since he’s not around them every day. Even though he’s a boxer and LOVES them to death he’s too big and rowdy with them so I keep him on a tight lease.

  • Sharon McKenzie

    Aside from being highly stereotypical with regards to the behavior of each breed, the article also has photos of the WRONG BREEDS for many of the illustrations! The “Canaan Dogs” are racing Alaskan Huskies, a mixed breed used almost exclusively for the competitive sport of dogsled racing, and the “Australian Cattle Dog” is a mixed-bred Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog(I say “mixed” because in that position its legs appear rather short compared to a real Catahoula’s) and looks NOTHING like an Australian Cattle Dog, aka “Blue Heeler”! This goes to show just how little research-as in NONE-the author of the article put into it, relying instead of hearsay. For someone who knows nothing about dogs to try and write something to “inform” others who know little about dogs, that’s a classic case of “blind leading the blind” right here.

  • jimmyb2020

    It’s expected that dog owners will defend their breed passionately…especially owners of pit bulls which should have been included on this list. Every breed of dog should be watched when around young children whose sudden and loud behaviors can startle and frighten dogs. Dogs who live in pairs or with a larger “pack” should be watched too…when the pack mentality takes over things can get out of hand quickly.

    • Kayla

      I was waiting for someone to throw pit bulls under the bus. Pits are actually extremely patient and loyal. According to the American Temperament Test Society, Pit Bulls tested better than most breeds. So tell me, besides a bad rap and biased media portrayal, what basis do you have for saying a pit bull is a bad match for children in a responsible home?

    • Hannah Cottingham

      I am sorry but small dogs, yorkies, poodles, etc are far more dangerous than pits. The only difference is that people don’t report when one of those breeds attack and if they do, it never gets put in the media. Pitbulls were known as the Nanny Dogs. Humans are the truly scary ones!

    • LenMe

      First it was German Shepherds, then Dobermans, now Pitbulls. You rarely heard about pitbulls until recently. People had them, and they were great pets… until the gang members and thugs got a hold of them.

  • RWW

    Dog breeds are a social construct.

    • Marie218

      Not really, dogs have been bred, sometimes over hundreds of years, to have certain traits and attributes. Our Golden Retriever was a “classic” Golden, always had to be carrying something in his mouth; great with kids, any kids, friendly to EVERYONE, and absolutely NOT a watchdog!

      Our Cairn Terrier was, as all terriers are, very TERRITORIAL! and a much better “watch dog” than the Golden who weighed about 4x as much!

      We also once owned a Dalmation, when the kids were little, had NO problems with her despite the pov of the non-expert who wrote this dumb article!

  • Sheryl Lynn

    whoever wrote this “article” clearly does NOT know dog breeds. For one the photo is NOT of a “blue heeler”. Second border collies do not herd by nipping, rather by staring so are very unlikely to bite! I have found border collies to be very people friendly, to the point where they will welcome a stranger. As for huskies, I have always found them to be even tempered and excellent with children. their only fault as they do tend to need a fenced yard and will run if a child leaves a gate open.

  • PatrickJT

    There are also some breeds of children that are absolute nightmares for dogs.

    • Heather Olson Swiderski

      Exactly Patrick!

    • Katydid

      No one hates abuse of animals more than me. But no one should buy a breed that they have been warned does not interact well with children–both for the sake of the children and the dog. And if one or the other has to go, it’s got to be the dog.

      • Sneshka Richter

        A dog is also a being that one takes on as part of the family and it is a responsibility to consider prior to getting a dog. Dogs happen to have feelings and it is our responsibility to provide them with the care, attention and training they deserve. A problem dog is always a result of an incapable or irresponsible owner, or sadly, abuse.

      • threenorns

        the entire concept is flawed to a fault.

        just because you’ve gotten yourself a golden retriever doesn’t mean you have a bulletproof dog and can sit back and relax because that GR will end up as neurotic as any of the so-called “risky” breeds. if you put as much effort into a dalmatian as you do a GR, then the risk of an incident is greatly reduced.

        btw: i notice they said nothing about the deafness dalmatians are known for – that’s a significant factor in bites, the dog defending against a person (usually a child) who rushes up on it unexpectedly.

        • LenMe

          I was also wondering why they didn’t mention that Dalmatians are very prone to hearing problems resulting in fear biting. Also, there are several other breeds that should have been on the list before the border collie and australian shepherd.

    • Jeffy

      Nailed it.

    • Jeffy

      That is a perfect answer.

    • susan faccone

      I hear that!

  • Tristan Liam

    Number 14 is most definitely not a Blue Heeler.

    • Oldilocks

      That’s EXACTLY what I thought!

  • Captainindustry

    That was fun, looking at all those random pictures of dogs. I’m glad to see pit bulls are not on the list. That would be racist. And I’ve found that German Shepherds are really bad with kids, but that’s a personal observation. Also, we don’t like to mention the “Germans” either.

  • Linda Calderon Troche

    Two things my husky was very gentle with the children who were babies when they met Sadie , always loving and protective. Yes she was an escape artist, but NEVER agressive! No 2, we had a Cane Corso for 10 years until he died of cancer, the best sitter I ever had for my 12 year old son. Loved him and miss him terribly. Even through his cancer he never cried or complained. RIP Sadie and Guido.

  • Borderdad

    Any breed can be a problem with kids, adults, other animals. Depends on disposition of dogs, genetic makeup, but most of all, good ongoing training from owners. We have had 3 Border Collies, all have been exceptionally good with kids, adults, and sheep.

    • matilda9

      My next door neighbor has a border collie and he is a beautiful, gentle dog, He was raised in a home with gentle, good people and dogs almost always take on the personality of their family,

  • Larry Scott

    we had a 1/2 siberian- malamute who left us because we didn’t have enough young kids and attatched himself to a family with 4 young kids. He was 135lbs. of love.

  • fancyqtr

    I would say that the temperament of the dogs depends on their breeding and training. I have had two ACDs (Blue Heelers for the author of this article) who loved children (one currently) and others who didn’t like children no matter what. One got use to children and would tolerate them, one hated them completely. One who mostly liked them around. One who was skittish around everyone. Those are a breed I have been around for 30+ years. Had a Dachshund who was find with children until we found out the neighbors were teasing her and hitting her with sticks when we weren’t at home. Dogs who are teased like that WILL tend to become aggressive, if for no other reason than to protect themselves (that was 45 years ago or so — I won’t leave my dog out loose in the fenced-in back yard now).

  • Chris Aul

    This is the worst list and worst article, related to this subject, that I have EVER seen. Does the writer have any type of dog credentials? Has he/she ever even seen a dog? Of all the breeds that truly are not recommended with children for various reasons this hits maybe 8 and lists as many that are wonderful with children and listed as so by any breeder/trainer/organization/(most anyone that has seen a dog and has an IQ above 50)

  • Carrie Putnam

    This whole list is BS! First off, I have a Cane Corso, and he is WAY more tolerant of my kids than my mutt is! He is in love with my youngest! They cuddle all the time, she runs up to him and hugs his face, and loves on him, and him her. Not a mean bone in that dog’s body, and he absolutely loves all the kids that come to my house, and there are quite a few! If you research, and read the actual breed description, it says they are a great family pet… because they are. I’ve also owned a Husky, and when my oldest daughter was a baby he was attached to her hip! Slept under her baby swing when she was in it, slept in her room, let her climb on him when she learned to crawl, etc. And there are a number of other breeds on this list that shouldn’t be!

  • Reina Wishart

    This is really dumb. Another “opinion” post, clearly compiled by someone who hasn’t had any of these breeds. Some of these breeds are known specifically for being good with children!

  • EricWolfsbane

    I have to laugh at the stupid morons who insist on posting here defending the breeds listed. Doubtless the author got their information from respective clubs associated with the breeds mentioned.

    Breed clubs have a vested interest in making sure their respective animals find owners and situations that they will thrive in and not do damage to the breed’s reputation by being placed in an unsuitable situation.

    • bankerdanny

      Feel free to contact a random sample of the breed organizations and ask if they think their breeds are good for families with children. I am confident every single one will tell you that a properly socialized and exercised __________ is great with kids.

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  • Diane

    I think that #5 is completely wrong…same with the huskys. I’ve never known one to act out against the children. However, the children weren’t little brats torturing the animals, so maybe that has something to do with it.

  • John David Tschohl

    i’ve had 3 dalmatians. I’m insulted by the first comment, this dog is poor choice as it needs attention and exercise. No Sh*t. if you want a pet you don’t have to lift a finger. Get a cat. My dalmatians have LOVED kids and love little and lots of attention. They are great dogs. Any dog miss treated with neglect will become anxious. Stupid list.

  • John David Tschohl

    i’ve had 3 dalmatians. I’m insulted by the first comment, this dog is poor choice as it needs attention and exercise. No Sh*t. if you want a pet you don’t have to lift a finger. Get a cat. My dalmatians have LOVED kids and love little and lots of attention. They are great dogs. Any dog miss treated with neglect will become anxious. Stupid list.

  • lgcatwoman19

    Who wrote this crap. Discipline your kids and I cannot think of a single dog that would be inappropriate.

    • Mary Nasatka

      The problem is the parents are not going to get rid of the kids, so the dog will end up in a shelter or worse. Certainly, the ideal is “discipline your kids,” but the reality is the dog suffers. Inexperienced owners need to do their homework and articles like this, although full of generalizations, can help potential owners make better choices.

  • Gary

    Thats not a Cane Corso

  • Gary

    This site doesn’t deserve anymore of my time, I just hope that the undereducated will quickly realize this, or not and stay out of this breed and bring less risk to muddying this breeds name, idiots.

  • Nacho Zaragoza

    Would you trust you kids with Kujo?

  • vincent

    I have 2 Patterdale terriers, although they don’t get on very well with other mammals they love human’s. Maxi will ever leave me on walks and play with a group of children. The girl dog Rosie is more of daddys girl but also likes people.

  • Christa Dahlheimer

    This article is a pain in the ### to page through with all the advertisements and how it’s over

    sized for the screen which makes me have to scroll up and down to see the pic and description. Boo

  • anon o mouse

    BULLS%$#!!! I was raised with dalmatians. They are extremely intelligent, loyal, and very protective of ‘their’ kids. Mom was not allowed to spank us if the dogs were around.

  • Jeanie Lewis

    I’m pretty disappointed that Great Danes were not listed. They are so sweet natured and loving they are great to have with kids. Great for any household really!

  • LL

    I had several of these breeds growing up and they were all great dogs! It just depends on how the dog is raised and how the kid is raised!

  • Judith Stefchak

    All this tells me is that people teach their children that a dog is a toy and not another living creature that deserves respect in their daily interaction. If they can’t interact with a dog how are they going to deal with the rest of the world? Looking around society today pretty much answers that question though.

  • me

    We had Dalmatians for years. All 5 kids LOVED our dogs and the dogs loved them. They even took them to “show and tell” at the school. SUPER SWEET DOGS. They’re both gone now, but we still have all the fond memories and pictures.

  • Matthew Chamley

    Other folks on here are defending the Chow Chows. My buddy (housemate) got a Chow as a pup in the mid eighties. Our sweet lovable Chow was a beautiful cuddly teddy bear with outrageously strong jaws. We constantly warned people that she was not as friendly as she looked. She didn’t like our girlfriends, bit two of them, completely by surprise. She was just so beautiful people would want to squeeze her. She was super loving and affectionate to us, so people would be shocked when she turned into a beast with no warning. She never growled or barked. We always kept a close eye on her.

    • LenMe

      Exactly. I had a friend who was a dog trainer and she said she had never met a “nice” chow. A girl I work with has a 5 inch scar on her face from a chow. There was a party, she went in the house to use the bathroom, she had been to the house before, was familiar with the dog, the dog bit her. My cousin had a chow that she wouldn’t let anyone near. The dog was great with her, but no one else. The neighbor’s doberman was scared to death of it.

    • LenMe

      I should also mention that I adopted a dachshund that is aggressive. I love him dearly, but he’s a biter so I have to keep a close on him.

  • I don’t know about other breeds, not wishing to make unsubstantiated claims about dogs of which I have no knowledge or experience.
    I would like to say, however, that this article is correct about Dalmatians. PLEASE, PLEASE, don’t acquire a Dalmatian if you have children of pre-school age. Unfortunately, there are some idiots who will let you have a Dalmatian puppy, despite the fact that you mistakenly expect an energetic, bright and intielligent dog to walk dispiritedly and dejectedly beside your designer buggy.
    No Dalmatian deserves to be pulled about, teased, or treated like a toy because your over-indulged brat has watched the Disney films, and has demanded that you buy one.
    They need a vast amount of exercise, intelligent stimulation, and generally speaking, are far brighter than those who would seek to buy one. They are not ‘untrainable’, nor are they stupid – they can outwit you many times over.
    Research them – and then some more – and then speak to a knowledgeable and experienced breeder who has loved them for years, rather than someone who has ‘raised’ a litter in a barn.
    Otherwise, they will give you the same grief that you give them.

  • Denise Zsorey SantaMaria

    We had a Dalmatian.. got her from a puppy…. she was 1 of a litter of 13 …. She was EXCELLENT with our kids and NEVER EVER did we have Any Problems with her…. She even knew what we said to her and I swear she understood english… and we understood what she wanted and told us in her own way.. WE WOULD GET ANOTHER DALMATIAN instantly if we ever wanted another dog… I think it depends on how you train and raise them…

  • Mary Nasatka

    Those of you who are saying “this is bullshit’ and “stupid” have experience with the breed you are righteously defending.
    These “generalizations” are valuable information for an inexperienced family wanting to add a dog. If more people paid attention to breed tendencies and “generalizations” we would have less dogs dumped and taken to shelters when the families realize that the cute dog they got has specific needs and requires more time and energy than they can give.
    You are right, for an experience owner, any dog CAN be a great family dog, but your short sighted comments are creating the illusion that any dog WILL be a great family dog. That is just not the case without knowledgable attention to the dog’s specific needs.
    Think about who can benefit (inexperienced dog owners and dogs) from articles like this, and who suffers (the innocent dog) from your self-centered rebuttals.

  • Rabbi Rick

    The reason we got an Australian was those were the dogs we had on the farm I grew up on. Never saw a problem with Aussies and children with the dozen we had over the years. Our Australian adopted my youngest daughter as her own.

    But then so did the Border Collie we rescued after our Aussie passed way at 17 years old.

  • Rabbi Rick

    Want the REAL problem? Owners who have no business having a Working or Herding breed because they have no idea what is required of that breed.

  • Blackaton

    Grew up with working stocks dogs as did my children and grandchildren. Some of the dogs are great others not so much. It’s not a one size fits all.


    There is no ‘Best dog for young children’- has anyone read the news recently??.. Dogs are animals and unpredictable- (young children are also unpredictable) a therefore highly dangerous, unpredictable situation, that no amount of training or upbringing can control- I teach my young children to stay well away from all dogs for their own safety. Far too many heartbreaking , horrific stories of children being attacked and mauled to death by them- and by ‘dogs that are supposed to be ok with kids… and just snapped?’… to have any dog and young children in your house at the same time is mind blowingly stupid and selfish….

  • Ski Mammoth

    I love the fact no one is defending the jack russell or the chihuahua

  • lissa511

    Don’t buy purebreds, especially the popular ones. “Nippy” is a euphemism for a dog that bites. Breed dogs for temperament, not appearance, and these problems will go away.

  • Heather Olson Swiderski

    As an owner of Pit Bulls, I’m used to my dogs being on lists… Sure breed personality can be generalized, but as anyone who owns a dog knows, each dog is different and may or may not fit the stereotype. There is no breed of dog that hates children, or people, or anything else. 99% of the time a dog with aggression has a reason for it, like abuse or lack of socialization, its not inherent. The absolute best way to minimize the chance of your child being bitten is to teach your kids how to treat animals.

  • FredC1968

    I was “adopted” by a Chow. That dog liked children when they ran away from her crying.

  • Laura Wilson Frazier

    I have a Cane Corso, and she LOVES my son. So I don’t know who compiled this list, but they need to recheck their facts. She follows my son around and lies next to him whenever he sits down, so WRONG WRONG WRONG!!!!

  • Sara Hoffman Jones

    Blue Heller no, Bluetick Coonhound maybe

  • jhenjoh

    We had a terrible time with the Australian Shepherd. Our children were three, four, and five at the time. It behaved for me, but was extremely rough with the kiddos. Lots of scratched faces… We gave it back.

  • Kate Kyi

    Well I grew up with a docile Dalmatian and I was 1 of 6 kids who played with it. It was a happy dog. I suspect these dangerous dogs are more due to lack of training by the owners.

  • TDR

    Incorrect, Dalmations are brilliant dogs for kids. My brothers and I grew up with them all our lives! they do require a lot of activity but to say they can get easily anxious or highly strung is factually wrong!

  • Julie Meisner

    Any dog can be good with kids, but some have personalities, that do not go with small kids. The most important thing is training of the adult owner first. I can not say how many times, I have seen good dogs, turn. But only because, their owners had not clue on how to handle a dog. Dogs are not babies!!!!!!! i.

  • bankerdanny

    #’s 1 and 3 are owner issues, not dog issues. Exercise your Dalmatian like you should and it will be a great pet for your kids. Teach your kids to be gentle with your dog and there will be no issues. Aussies bad with kids? Are you high? Aussies are excellent family dogs, that’s ALL families. My Aussie, Pie, was a city dog and with his striking blue merle coat and Aussie smile attracted lots of attention from kids. He was never anything but friendly and patient and that has been my experience with every other properly socialized Aussie (and Border Collie) I have ever met.

  • karin

    Please adopt! NEVER buy from a breeder. We are killing millions of dogs in shelters.

  • Gail F

    A dog’s behavior with children depends on the interaction of several factors: 1)physical and behavioral inherited characteristics (i.e. size, a curious child can look far more threatening to a 5-lb. Chihuahua than the child would seem to a 70-lb. Golden Retriever; some breeds are more aloof to strangers than others, and some friendly dogs can accidentally frighten or even injure small children because of the dogs’ size and physical strength); 2)the dog’s inheritance of temperament from his/her own parents and grandparents (within most breeds, there is a range of emotional response; some dogs are more sociable than others, some are more excited/pushy, some are calmer, some are more active), 3)interaction with children during the dog’s formative weeks and month – interactions with a child that frighten the dog, during the dog’s first three months of life, can negatively impact the dog’s tolerance of children in the future; early socialization to gentle, dog-friendly (and dog-savvy) children (or young children with dog-savvy parents) is important; and (4)training of dogs, and children, to interact in a positive way (basic obedience training for the dogs, starting at a young age, the parents supervising the children and the dogs, watching the pup/dog’s body language and training the children to be gentle and not ride the dogs or pull their ears and tails, etc., continuing the teaching of Bite Inhibition to the pup that was started by the pup’s own dam and litter-mates).
    So it can be possible to have a harmonious family that includes a Dalmatian and children; with a well-bred Dalmatian, a breeder who socialized the Dal to calm children before the puppy went to his/her new home, owners who committed to giving the growing dog training, continued socialization to pleasant experiences with children, took the dog to obedience classes, insisted on watching their own children and visiting children with the dog, and gave the Dalmatian lots and lots of exercise. Breed characteristics should be respected, but they are not the only factor in the complex equation of Child/Dog Relationship.
    I was born into a situation that could have been disastrous – a high-energy Irish Setter pup preceded me into the family when my parents lived in an urban apartment. If they had not been committed to exercising the dog (long walks on leash, excursions to places where he could run off-leash) and training him before I was born (and continuing afterwards), and continued to give the dog as much love and attention as they did before my arrival, the dog could have been over-excited, under-exercised, torn up the apartment, worn out my parents, knocked me over when I was learning to walk, etc. Instead, he gave my mother much-needed support when I kept her up at night, and was quite gentle with me and protective of me.

  • Aurelas

    It’s interesting, a lot of these dogs are on my “dogs I have been unexpectedly and unprovokedly bitten by” list. So far for me, chihuahuas have topped that list actually! A lot of the ones I have not been bitten by are breeds I have not even seen on the dog show that comes on on Thanksgiving day. And the breed that is responsible for the most deaths of children in my area is not on the list. If I say what it is, someone will send me a death threat or something, so I’ll leave it at that. I am surprised to see Huskies on the list, but have never had close contact with them, just admired them from afar.

    As for all of you who insist this is all wrong because your individual dog has been lovely to kids, try to remember that not all dogs are yours. It is likely that those motivated enough to read this and comment in defense of their breed probably do put more time and care into the training of their dogs and kids than most. But even dog breed books have these kind of statements. They are generalizations. Nowehere does it say that they are bad, evil, etc. Nowhere does it say that in your specific circumstances your particular dog is bad for your family. They are saying that for many people, these particular breeds have not shown to be as adaptable to children as others. It is just like how some breeds are better at getting along with other pets than others. A dog may make a great companion for a kid but try to kill the cat or go overboard with protectiveness when the meter-reader shows up (my dad used to read meters and boy does he have some stories!) And there are always going to be exceptions to what you call stereotypes (they are usually called breed profiles). I just think everyone is getting upset over nothing. Except maybe that blue heeler picture…lol that does look like a Catahoula to me too!

  • Tia Schenewerk

    Every dog is different! Just the same as every person is different. Even Identical twins have different personalities. Breeds can have a predisposition for certain things but that does not make it absolute! At the same time you can have a dog who doesn’t fit any of the breed norms! I have a lab who absolutely HATES the water and has never been destructive a day in her life…go figure.
    I also grew up with both and Aussie mix and a Heeler mix. I loved both of those dogs like crazy, and they loved me just the same, and let me say I was an obnoxious kid and neither one of them cared, even as young dogs.
    Any dog has the potential to be good with kids, it depends on how they were raised and at what age they were introduced and to what type of children. If you introduce a year old dog to a kid whos going to pull, bite and hit it well of course its going to be terrible with them. Even if its an “accident” children need to be punished if they hurt a dog so they learn not to do it in the future, and the same goes for dogs.

    • Dude

      People have fallen out of an airplane without a parachute and lived. Other people have jumped from an airplane with a parachute and died.

      Still, on an average, if you are going to leave an airplane in flight, a parachute is highly recommended.

      Yes, the most child friendly of one breed may be better than the least child friendly of another. Still there are breeds with much better averages than others.

  • Meghan

    When I was born, my parents had a female Shar-Pei that slept in the nursery with me and refused to let anyone near the crib that wasn’t in the immediate family. She was an excellent doggy, so sad when she passed away when I was about 6. My Border Collie always had a bad habit of “herding” children, haha. Used to crack me up.

  • Charlie

    Yes this is true. I lost count of the number of times our dumb dalmatian sent us flying down the back stairs.

    • LenMe

      My Weimaraners have done the same to me!

  • metoo

    We had 2 Dalmations, and they were sweethearts. To this day, my son’s still have fond memories of those 2 dogs. They were always friendly and gentle. Never had any problems with either one of them. They were bought from the same breeder, and were bred for temperment, not for show dogs. I wouldn’t hesitate to have another one someday. Oh yeah, one was female and the other male. They both lived a good long life, but sadly had to be put down, do to old age.

  • Tabitha McHenry

    I don’t agree with most of this article. I’ve seen first hand that it is all in how you raise the dog from the time it is a puppy. The only one I SLIGHTLY agree with is the Doberman. My uncle has raised Dobermans my entire life and none of them have been aggressive towards myself of any of my cousins or friends I brought around them. However, they do tend to pick a person they love more than all the rest, and if they think anybody is going to hurt that person they will try to stand their ground. My doberman I had as a child was the same way, he loved me and my sister very much, but was wary of any grown men who tried to come near us.
    I have a Chow/ Pitt Bull mix who is very timid around children, but would never consider biting them or anybody else.
    Point being, I’ve had mostly every breed known to be aggressive growing up and as an adult and I can truly say it is all in how they are raised.

  • loulou

    There are no bad dogs–only bad owners.

  • ProudMomma <3 kids&dogs

    I call bull$h!t on two of the breeds…border collie and boerbull. The writer obviously has no factual knowledge of the animals. As with ANY animal…they take training as well as educating others on how to treat them. We had our border collie before we got pregnant with our first child and she was attached to me…she is our baby. When we did bring our son home from the hospital, she became his nanny. She looked out for him, stayed by his side, and even let him crawl all over him when he became mobile. They were best friends from the start and still are. She will even allow our youngest, a girl, dress her up. As for boerbulls, they are bred to protect children in South Africa…something the writer obviously didn’t know. My in-laws have one and she isn’t around kids often, but is very sweet with them when the kids are around. Both breeds were bred to protect…border collies to protect the herd and boerbulls to protect the children of the villages. I can’t think of better KID FRIENDLY dogs that I would have around my family. Raise any dog right as well as your kids and you won’t have a porblem. Don’t blame the breeds…any problems are directly on the owners’ incompetence.

  • Eleanor

    Chows??Well, guess my half chow/pit bull was definitely the exception. Had not been around small kids except on the other side of a chain link fence. He was the most protective and gentlest with any youngster that walked into our home, as was our dauschund. Later had a Pug. By far the most intelligent dog I have ever seen, and in my 76yrs, have been around so many breeds. Could talk to Pug, explaining why he could not do something, and he remembered it for years. .Dogs are what their owners make them, either by teaching or body language.

  • Colin Bisson

    Dobermans are fiercely loyal and highly intelligent. They can generally recognize a friend you let into the house. If anything cocker spaniels should be on that list. Most people I’ve spoken to – groomers, vets, breeders, etc all tell me the smaller dogs are the more nippy/aggressive ones. It likely stems from people’s tendency to treat them like they are children, carry them high up in bags, give them a feeling of either superiority or equality.

  • Hannah Cottingham

    We had a border when I was a baby and my sisters very young, it was well trained and mannered, one of the best socialized dogs you could ever hope to meet. My sister took him to training classes when she was only 9. May not be good for families who do not know how to properly train animals or children, but can be a toddler’s dearest friend.

  • Emajun Patten

    This is ridiculous!! Its not the dog behaviour its the owners. These accusations are not based on anything can these apparent “facts” are generic can can be put towards any dog. ! Ive had both Border Collies and Red Heelers since day one – my parents must have really hated me!

  • Hannah Cottingham

    Dobermans are great with kids, you just have to train them and have visitors let the dog greet you.

    • mwpncookeville

      Totally agree. Never had a problem with them around children, and we’ve had three of them. We reared three sons around these dogs as well. Our “herding dog” types were nippy, not so with the Dobermans.

  • Selena White

    I’m chalking this article up as a warning for the lazy parents to both types of children.

  • Bee Farms

    PITBULLS can just “snap” without any expectation — and kill your kid or your neighbors kids — it’s like epilepsy my Veterinarian said — UNPREDICATABLE and they go just GO CRAZY and tear a kid to shreds. (i wouldn’t want to gamble having a pitbull — let this breed fade away — stop demand for it )

    • TattooedLittleMiss

      Actually, pitbulls aren’t prone to the syndrome you describe (rage syndrome). Spaniels, however, are. Pitbulls were the number one family breed for decades at the beginning of the last century. They’re known as nanny dogs because they connect so well with children and are person-protective, rather than territorial, so they won’t attack a visitor unless their person is threatened, they’re provoked, or their put in an already bad situation. But any vet who tells you that shouldn’t be allowed to practice anyway.

  • William Sellers

    I disagree totally with their characterization of the Husky as being bad with kids. We rescued a 2 year old female Husky from our local animal shelter, and she couldn’t be better with our two children. She’s loving, caring, and completely gentle with them. She would protect them with her life! I couldn’t ask for a better family pet.

  • Chuck Norris

    I’d rather have a dog than a kid anyway. I don’t care to have both, but Great Danes did not make the list anyway. 🙂

  • Canaan

    Considering that it was a Canaan Dog that saved my son’s life by alerting us to his seizures I have to disagree that Canaan Dogs are not for families with children. My son grew up witn Canaan Dogs & I never had any fears of the dogs with him. As a general rule, Canaan Dogs have a natural affinity for children. Additionally, the photograph used to depict the Canaan Dog is a photograph of sled dogs. Canaan Dogs are a desert breed… Of course, if it’s on the Internet it must be true. (Yes, that was sarcasm)

  • Large Johnson

    Good list. A lot of people on here disagree but I think its an actuate list. It is true that with training any dog can learn to behave but dogs are very instinctual and whether these people like it or not some breeds of dog are more dangerous around small kids than others. Although I was a little surprised that the Australian Shepherd was on the list and a little confused when I saw the picture of the “Blue Heeler” lol. If it were my list I would probably add Pit Bull, not because of its reputation but because I worry about any dog with “lock jaw” around small kids lol.

    • Rebecca

      I was also partly surprised by the Australian Shepherd since I grew up with several; we typically had 2 dogs, and we had three once when I got my Aussie puppy. While they rarely enjoyed actively “playing” with children, they are incredibly loving dogs. I can only really see them on this list because they would rather just be petted than play. I can also partly agree with the statement that they tend to bond with a single person. My dad’s dog knew that he was Dad’s dog, and he didn’t often listen to or obey anyone else, although he still absolutely loved anyone he met.

  • I_bet_this_name_is_taken_too

    I knew someone whose family dog killed his young daughter. It destroyed his marriage. He tells people he meets without much introduction. You can see that he’s just carrying that around every day.
    Another guy I knew had a very close call when one of his dogs started mauling his young child in front of him. Some quick thinking and a kitchen knife was the only thing that saved the child.
    Then I see some of my peers trust large dogs with tiny kids. I try to tell them, but they also don’t believe their pet could do that.

  • Felicia

    It’s how you train them!! Come on people. And you have to train your kids too! Proper supervision and respect, and you’ll never have problems! Grew up with a border collie, no issues. Own a boerboel, LOVES kids! And, my brother at a young age, was saved by his doberman!

  • bamasham

    Thats why I have border collies. Kids…forget it. Hate them.

  • baddad69

    kid loving huskies… geeze .. these two are part-time baby sitters…

  • #1 is not true. My two siblings and I had two dalmatians as children and they were amazing dogs.

  • pbrower2a

    Four dobermans = one tiger.

    All dogs are formidable predators due to sharp teeth and claws, strength, power, speed, agility, and stealth.

    • mwpncookeville

      My wife introduced me to Dobermans. Best dogs I ever had, over 20 years and we are now on our third… Oh, I should mention we only had the females, not sure I’d make that statement about the males.

  • Nancy Ray

    Dalmatians have been getting a bad rap and this isn’t true at all! Dalmatians are very loyal to their own family, and that especially includes the children! My mother had a Dalmatian when I was a kid and always said she didn’t need a babysitter because our dog would protect us. Plus when we walked down the street without a sidewalk, he would walk between us and the cars. Then he would stand in front of us when cars were coming, and nudge us across the street when it was safe. Then I got my own Dalmatian and raised 8 litters of pups. My own Dal was very protective of my kids and my house! No one got into that house without my approval and telling her to stand down. And that was without training. Dalmatians are VERY LOYAL TO THEIR OWN!!!!!

    • LenMe

      Yes, they are very protective of their family, which makes them dangerous. I know of one that bit the playmate (in the face, almost took his nose off) of the child he was “protecting.”

  • Lollipop10

    I have had 3 Dalmatians over the years, AND 5 CHILDREN. The dogs were wonderful, never aggressive…always happy ! They were a bit gluttonous about food, but one never bothers a dog when it is eating.

  • ross010

    I grew up with a rough collie and she loved me no end, always guarding and sleeping next to my crib or buggy when people were around. There’s a lot more to it than a breed, it’s down to the individual dog.

  • littlepieceoftheworld

    First dog on your list is the dalmation and that is wrong. We had a dalmation with little babies up until they were 12 and 7 and she was a wonderful dog. The best most obedient dog you would ever meet. For us its not the dog as much as its the owners of the dog and how they treat the different personalities of dogs. They are like people some need more attention in certain areas of their personalities to bring out the best. Don’t blame it on the breed!!

  • cvryder2000

    Not true about border collies AT ALL. The writer obviously knows nothing about them! They don’t herd by nipping but by staring, and they are very people-friendly, though they may be a bit aloof at first until properly introduced. Friends who lived in the country with their 7 kids had a border collie and would send him out to round up the kids for supper. He was a great dog.

  • Peninsula Lady

    We had two dalmatians (different litters) and our children were both upset about this erroneous ranking. Our dogs were playful and gentle to the nth degree with them and friendly to everyone of any age who entered our homes. They loved exercise but if you can’t take them for a vigorous walk or run 3-4 times/week, don’t get them or any sporting breed for that matter. When they were housebound, they never acted out. On the other hand, we had an Alaskan Malamute who chewed up our home and attacked my husband when he ventured near the dog while it was eating (obviously a bad idea but still….). Our pediatrician told us to get the dog away from our children, which we did immediately. Our dalmatians NEVER were aggressive, even when the children approached them while eating or roughhoused with them. So dalmatians are wonderful IF you know how to train and discipline them, like all dogs.

  • Prellyan

    talk about misleading information…the lead photograph for this article is a pug in handcuffs. This implies that this breed of dog is unsuitable for children. Then as you go through the list there is NO PUG!

    So you have thrown this highly family orientated creature in with what is otherwise a sensible collection of animals that do not like to be hugged, ridden as a horse or otherwise impinged upon lest they nip at, bark at or just downright take a bite out of your own pet rug rat.

    That said – yeah all dogs have the propensity to snap if a child sticks their fist in the animals maw or otherwise torments it – just the same as grown up humans

  • J M

    I don’t see Golden retrivers on this list or yellow labs , black labs or any of the breeds that my sister was attacked by, my son was bitten in the face and nose by and puncutred holes and I was bitten in the face more than once. Once a black lab and another a yellow lab mix. Not to mention I was sicked ( owner said sick em) and bitten by a German shepherd also not on the list.

  • Sneshka Richter

    I did read all of it, but already at part 1. I had to disagree…a friend and her family had a Dalmatian (old Croatian breed) with a little girl growing up by his side and he was wonderful with the little child.
    It is correct that some breeds are more predisposed to specific behaviour than others, but the ultimate problem caused to a dog’s behaviour is their owners. I read in the comments here about unruly and difficult, even aggressive and dangerous huskies, for example.

    An owner can be loving and kind to his/her dog and still create a ‘monster’ by not displaying suitable leadership behaviour to his/her dog, without shouting, drama or punishment, but with consistence and calm. We may wish to be the pack leaders to the dog, but it is our body language and our overall consistency in the way we will bring our dog up to become as we want them to be.

    This includes all members of the family and if there are children, they also have to learn and be ‘trained’ how to behave with a dog. Sadly, many dogs pay the ultimate price due to no fault of their own (mostly, as I recognise, on very rare occasions, there could be a psychological problem in a dog, just like in humans)

    Let me give you an example: I brought up an English Springer Spaniel and an Irish Setter from puppy-hood. As you would agree, working dogs, highly strung, easily destructive if bored. But, with a lot of patience, work, training, some failures (on our part, not theirs) they had both become incredibly calm, patient dogs, but still capable of expressing their individuality and their true wonderful nature. You might say it was luck, two dogs, easier to bring up etc.

    Another Irish Setter and what happens again: as much as she is lively, highly strung when out and playing with other dogs, she is calm, loving and cuddly. 90% of dog owners I know would never put ‘Irish Setter’ and ‘calm’ in the same sentence.
    It can be done and even though we invite a wolf into our home, this wolf wants to be loyal to us, this wolf wants to show love and affection. This same wolf, even after a bad owner has chosen to hit and abuse him, will still choose not to bite back.

    Few breeds were trained to fight and kill and even those, given the right leadership and care, can show their best side. There are some breeds that indeed display particular possible behaviours and it is a parent’s responsibility to research carefully. But, it is the same for any person looking for a canine companion: a runner or very active outdoorsy person won’t get a Basset Hound, just like an old lady who only goes for a little walk every day won’t get an Airedale Terrier or any of the Setters.

    Thing is, why just look for breed if you should just look for a dog that needs love and care? There are many dog pounds full of dogs of all sorts that will give so much in return for being rescued. You might have to be patient, but it’s worth it.

    Remember: they all do have a set of teeth they choose not to use to break the arm that hit them. Instead, they want our guidance, love and protection, whatever shape, size or breed they may be. They always choose to give love in return. Any problems are created by us, the dog owners, even if we don’t want to admit it.

  • Hicks76

    I am surprised that pit bulls are not on this list considering they killed 78% more than any other dog in the US in 2013: 32 dog bite fatalities in the US. 25 were Pit bulls, 3 Bullmastiffs, 1
    GSD, 1 Shibu Inus, 1 Huskey and 1 Boxer.

  • Hicks76

    I am surprised that pit bulls are not on this list, considering they killed 78% more than any other dog in the US in 2013. There were 32 dog bite fatalities in the US in 2013. 25 were Pit bulls, 3 Bullmastiffs, 1 GSD, 1 Shibu Inus, 1 Huskey and 1 Boxer.

    • TattooedLittleMiss

      Pitbulls actually used to be called nanny dogs because they’re so great with kids. But hey, nothing like buying into fear and propaganda.

      • Hicks76

        It’s not fear, it’s the facts. The “Nanny Dog” is a myth. At no point in
        history were they ever called this. “Bad
        Rap” a pit bull advocacy group recently stated this was a legend and the myth
        was dangerous to children. It was
        created from one breed advocate in 1971 and then picked up by
        a newspaper in 1987 and was promoted as fact.
        The retraction of the “nanny dog myth” has been highly publicized but
        obviously to you this myth lives on.

      • Hicks76

        It’s not fear, it’s the facts. The “Nanny Dog” is a myth. At no point in
        history were they ever called this. “Bad
        Rap” a pit bull advocacy group recently stated this was a legend and the myth
        was dangerous to children. It was
        created from one breed advocate in 1971 and this mention was then picked up by
        a newspaper in 1987 and was promoted as fact.
        The retraction of the “nanny dog myth” has been highly publicized but
        obviously to you this myth lives on.

  • lrltshw

    Whomever groomed that Giant Schnauzer needs a lesson.

  • Kathleen Biederstadt

    My border collie was great with my kids and in her later years great with a baby that was added to the family. One day I had my infant son outside and he started to fuss next thing I know she had given him a dirt and grass covered hot dog she had burried in the yard and when I threw it back to the bushes she retrieved it and gave it to him again. I think in her mind she was sharing her food with the new baby.

  • Scott McCollum

    It’s the owners that need to be trained no matter what breed they have. A well trained owner makes
    for well trained dogs.

  • mainbyca

    We have a Jack, he’s fantastic with our kids. It really is how you treat and train them to a certain extent. So a Rottweiller or a Pit Bull is better with kids than my Jack? Jacks feelings are hurt, yes that is his name.

  • threenorns

    yeah, i’m calling BS on this one.

    i have a border collie and my youngest was less than 2 when i got him. yes, he was a nippy puppy. he’s 5yrs old and not nippy any more. still hyper like a jumping bean on crack, though, but that’s just him.

    i had a wolf hybrid when my two older girls were 4 and 7. he flashed his teeth – once. after that, no more problem (and no, i didn’t beat the tar out of him, i just said “NO!” very sharply and he took the message).

    i’m in dog rescue – i’ve met more black labs that have bitten kids (in some cases really badly) than any of the “dangerous” breeds ppl keep shoving onto us when they decide to have babies or grandkids.

    • SaladeLégume

      my friends’ border collie bit his child in the eye. no BS there.

  • Cary Miller

    Our husky/corgi mix was the most gentle, loving, patient and smart dog we ever had. She was fantastic with our children and their friends. Of course, we “trained” our cihldren how to behave around ALL dogs, esp. ones they did not know. Our husky was an escape artist and would chase cats and small dogs, though. I would love to have another one.

  • disqus_QEE6lyQFpN

    The WORST dog breed along with kids (or just humans in general) is anything starts with “Pitbull”. Don’t even start with “No, MY loved pitbull is different.”

  • brenro

    We’ve owned two dalmatians and they were the best babysitters we ever had. In spite of their high energy they were very careful to never so much as knock down a toddler.

  • GrumpyOne

    When I was young we always had Dobermans and we kids had some real brawls and the Dobie would just lie there let things happen. But beware if some strange adult tried to do any of us harm. He knew what was what…

    • mwpncookeville

      Totally agree – we are on our third Doberman, all were wonderful around anyone- after a proper introduction. Until then do not try to enter… Exactly as it should have been…

  • Dennis Baker

    33 People dead by dog attack in 2013.
    Pit bull type dogs killed thirty of them. sixteen of the twenty-nine dead are children.

    Stars indicate people killed by a ‘family’ pit bull – ones that had
    been raised and cherished as an indoor pet, ‘never showed aggression
    before’, and knew the victim.

    Child fatalities by pit bull type dog (16):
    Christian Gormanous – 4 yrs old Montgomery County, TX
    …Isaiah Aguilar – 2 yrs old Sabinal, TX
    Ryan Maxwell – 7 yrs old ** Galesburg, IL.
    Dax Borchardt – 14 mos old ** Walworth, WI.
    Monica Laminack – 21 mos old ** Ellabelle, GA.
    Tyler Jett – 7 yrs old Callaway, FL.
    Jordyn Arndt – 4 yrs old ** Prairie City, IA.
    Beau Rutledge – 2 yrs old ** Fulton County, GA.
    Ayden Evans- 5 yrs old ** Jessieville, AR.
    Nephi Selu – 6 yrs old ** Union City, CA.
    Arianna Jolee Merrbach – 5 yrs old Effingham, SC.
    Daniel (surname as yet not revealed) – 2 yrs old (Gilbert, Arizona) **
    Samuel Eli Zamudio – 2 yrs old** Colton, CA
    Jordan Ryan– 5 yrs old Baker city, Oregon
    Levi Watson-Bradford-4 years old** White County, Arkansas
    Jah’niyah White – 2 years old ** Chicago, Ill

    Adult fatalities by pit bull type (13):
    Betty Todd – 65 yrs old ** Hodges, SC
    Elsie Grace – 91 yrs old ** Hemet, CA
    Claudia Gallardo – 38 yrs old Stockton, CA.
    Pamela Devitt – 63 yrs old Littlerock, CA.
    Carlton Freeman – 80 yrs old Harleyville, SC.
    Linda Oliver – 63 yrs old Dayton, TX.
    James Harding – 62 yrs old -Baltimore, MD
    chased into traffic by two attacking pit bulls
    Juan Campos – 96 yrs old Katy, Texas.
    Terry Douglass 56 years old. **Baltimore, MD
    Katherine Atkins-25 years old ** Kernersville, NC
    Nga Woodhead-65 years old Spanaway, WA.
    Joan Kappen, 75 years old Hot Springs Ark
    Michal Nelson, 41 years old Valencia County, New Mexico **

    (1 non-pit type killing) [Rachel Honabarger – 35 yrs old – mauled to death by her own GSD mix] Coshocton, OH.

    (1 husky-mix killing, unknown if the other half of the dog was pit bull) [Jordan Lee Reed – 5 yrs old] Kotzebue, AK

    (1 Shiba Inu killing) Mia Gibson – age 3 months, of Gibson, OH – mauled to death by family Shiba Inu.

    Three of the pit bull type dogs were BULL mastiffs, ie 40% pit-fighting bulldog.
    If 27 of 33 dead were killed by pit bull attack, that’s 82% dead by pit
    attack, 9% dead by ‘molosser’, 3% by some kind of GSD mix, 3% by a
    husky + possibly pit mix, 3% by Shiba Inu.

    If you count the
    pit-mix mastiffs as pit bull types, that’s 91% killed by attacking pit
    bull types. Pit types are only about 5% of the entire dog population.
    The man who ran into traffic kept pit bulls himself. He knew perfectly
    well what the two stranger pit bulls that were chasing him would do if
    they caught him, so he preferred to risk a swift death by oncoming car.

    534 maimed by pit type dogs 2013 (as of November.28)
    All easily confirmed by a quick google search of the names listed…

  • Dennis Baker

    List of dog bite related fatalities 2014

    9 dead by dog attack so far in 2014. 4 killed by ** Pit Bull type dogs / Pit Bull mixes, 3 killed by * Bull Mastiffs / Mastiff Mix, 1 killed by Shepard Mix and Lab Mix and 1 killed by Rottweiler.

    Child fatalities by dogs (6):
    Kara Hartrich – 4 y.o. – Bloomington IL ** [Jan 17]
    Je’vaeh Mayes – 2 y.o. – Temple TX ** [Feb 17]
    Braelynn Coulter – 3 y.o – High …Point NC ** [Feb 25]
    Summer Sears – 4 y.o. – Tallassee AL [Feb 26 – Shepherd Mix & Lab Mix]
    Unnamed Boy – 13 y.o. – Patterson NJ [28 Feb – * Bull Mastiff]
    Unnamed Boy – 2 y.o. boy – Killeen TX [1 March – * Bull Mastiff]

    Adult fatalities by dogs (3):
    Christina Bell-Burleson – 43 – Houston TX ** [Jan 5]
    Annabell Martin – 80 – Corona CA [Jan 26 – 3 Rottweilers]
    Klonda Richey – 57 – Dayton OH ** [Feb 7 – Two Pit Bull / Mastiff mixes]

    Non-bite fatalities:
    Carlos Eligio Trevina – 54 y.o. – Idaho Falls ID – [Jan 9] – Died of a heart attack immediately after breaking up a fight between his seven pit bulls / pit mixes

    That’s 88% killed by pit bulls / pit mixes. 10% by a closely related ‘molosser’ type and 1% other.

    And yes, that is four dead children in a single week.

    • Soliloquized

      Am I missing something, or did they fail to mention Pit Bulls?

      Buy a police radio and listen to the calls over these dogs. They are big trouble. I agree with your assessment.

      • Roy Gaston

        I guess they are going with the PC thought on Pits. Hey, that’s great if people want them, but they need to secure them. Also, they need not to get tired of the dog after six months and give it up. I’m trying to adopt a shelter dog right now, and all they have is freaking pits. If they are so great, why give them up? Maybe they are getting money from pit breeders to continually under emphasize the potential damage.

        • LenMe

          A lot of them are at shelters because people get them and find out the dogs aren’t allowed where they live. Others are dumped and/or abandoned after they have been bred and they just want the puppies. Some are used as bait dogs or did not work out as fighting dogs. Sometimes the owners go to jail. Unfortunately, the people who want these dogs so badly are not always the most responsible dog owners.

  • Dennis Baker

    Its not that any dog wont bite its that when fighting breeds attack they are deadly.This picture is a pit bull attack.

  • Atara Kennedy

    Herding dogs are absolutely wonderful with children. I had a Rough Collie that saved lives of 2 children on separate occasions, and the collie never nipped. Our corgi, another herding member, did nip frequently but in a non-hurtful manner. No skin is torn by nipping; I don’t even feel any teeth. We frankly appreciated that our herding dogs were intelligent and kept children from stepping outside off the lawn into the street. The collie was patient, quiet, elegant, calm, and comforting. In fact, one mother with two troublesome sons wanted to adopt him because he would sit in the lap of whichever son was instigating negative energy. Every parent loved our collie. Even the nipping corgi was fine for children–not perfect like my collie, but trustworthy nonetheless. Whoever wrote this must think we all want to raise our children in an overly isolated bubble.

  • Mariamaria

    These are generalizations, probably pulled from the research on reports from biting and attacks on children. Everyone is up in arms to defend “their” dog. Your dog is probably an angel but getting along with small kids is not in the general breed repertoire. If more people would research breeds then less people would surrender dogs for not falling in line with their expectations. Like having an Australian Shepard in an Apartment. Sure! I have met a couple of people who said their Australian Shepard did well in an apartment but that is an exception, not the rule. By the way, while I understand that the owner is usually at fault for bad training OR choosing the wrong dog for the wrong reason… but really? Why is it ALWAYS the “owner”? I owned two pure bred dogs, same breed and age, different breeders. I fed them the same, took them to the same professional trainer, same handling, same training… same everything. One turned out mean… really mean and uncontrollable and the other gets complimented on how well behaved he is constantly. I am a stay at home wife and took all the time I could with both dogs, together and then separately to see if I could resolve the issue. The mean one could not be resolved, ever. In the dogs adult life, I had to separate them and when I took the mean one for a walk people avoided me and whispered about what a bad dog owner I was… when I was out with the well trained one, people couldn’t compliment me enough about how good I was with the dog, ect… breeding… breeding… breeding. P.S. if you think there was bias… nope, both great puppies, so cute and nice and identical in looks. IF anything the only difference is we worked harder on the mean one… more classes, more positive reinforcement, more treats, more handling to try to offset the growing concern of early puppy/adolescent aggression.

  • Ashley

    This is a ridiculous list. All dogs need early training and
    socialization around kids, not just the kids of the family, but kids
    outside of the family. Most of the breeds that are on this list have
    either been service dogs or champion show dogs being petted by little
    kids who they don’t even known.

  • Kimberly Lindsley-guy

    I don’t know who made the list of worst dogs for children but maybe they need to rethink family grew up with huskies and chows BOTH OF WHICH WERE GREAT not only with me as a child but all my friends and the kids we had after I grew up.this is just poppycock! I also know a family that breeds pit bulls and I bet that is somewhere on the list .HOWEVER….they are nothing but sweet and gentle to all the toddlers and babies around them and all the sisters and I have had children and they around them all the time.ITS ALL IN HOW YOU RAISE THE DOG!!!!!

  • Lacey Eder

    This is why I’m glad I have cats.

    That being said, I had a husky/german shepherd mix puppy in 2009 and she was wonderful. I wish I could’ve kept her when I moved, but I couldn’t. She was sweet, good with my roommates’ new baby, and not aggressive at all. Since I worked overnights then, my routine was not what she wanted and I couldn’t give her an incredible amount of attention that she needed, but thankfully my roommate also had a dog and they’d play in the backyard and in the kiddie pool I bought for her since Texas summers can be brutal for huskies. Once she figured out my schedule and routine, she adapted and calmed down a lot and would even sleep in my bed with me until she either needed to go outside to potty or if it was time for me to wake up and I hadn’t woken up yet. It all depends on the owner of the dog and how they’re trained, raised, and shown love and affection, to if they’re an aggressive dog or not. Like with the BS crap about pit bulls, when I know SO many owners of that breed that have never had a problem.

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  • John Hopper

    I grew up with Dalmations my parents made playing with them or walking them a part of mine and my brother and sisters chores. They became the most loyal dogs we have ever had (we’ve had quite a few breeds) i wouldn’t hesitate to get a Dalmatian for one of my children

  • Meghan Quadros Wanser

    Umm where is the Cavalier King Charles? When I was choosing a breed of dog that was the first most important thing cause we have 3 young kids, years later we have two cavaliers, who adore not just our kids but all kids, and we would never be with out a cavalier.

  • Meghan Quadros Wanser

    I posted in the wrong section oops, this was supposed to go in best breeds

  • Spokies78

    We have a Border Collie/Aussie, both of which are in here, and a 4 yr old and 1 year old……..and she is amazing with all kids.

  • M Ryne Peddycord

    I am happy Giant Schnauzer is on this list, mainly becuase that it what I have nicknamed my penis

  • Jillian Mangrau

    The Australian Shepard one I need to disagree with. I have a mini Aussie (purebred) and she loves kids! She gets so excited to play with them, is gentle, allows them to tug on her in every which way. She shows love to new and old children that come into the family/home. I have met many families with Australian Shepard (full and mini) and every one of them would disagree with the above statement.

  • susan faccone

    I don’t think that the dogs in the article are any different than any other dog. They are living beings. Like any living being they don’t want constant hair pulling or a kid pulling on it’s tail. If you are the dogs owner, it is your responsibility to watch your child and not let him hurt your dog, especially very little children, who do not understand that poking at the eyes hurts, etc. It is also the owners responsibility to train the dog to not take food from the child’s hand etc. I see many u tube videos of children, infants even, who sleep with the dog, or on the dog. The dog is not a baby sitter and any breed should be watched around a baby or small child, that is just common sense.

  • disqus_NqpdqkF7na

    I have two pugs and they are absolutely great with kids. it is total bull showing a pug with handcuffs.

  • Jessica

    I know a lot of people with Huskies who have children. These kids grew up with them. My friends 1 year old will fall asleep on the floor laying next to their huskies, usually cuddled up to one. And they sleep on the bed with her four year old at night. And I have a husky. He’s great with my 3 and 5 year old nephews and my 9 year old niece! Huskies are gentle! As long as you train them they will be wonderful with kids!

  • Kate Williams

    I own a Cane Corso and would trust him with an infant all 140lbs of him. Why? Because I trained him properly that’s why. a big dog is the equivalent of a weapon would you hand a loaded gun with no safety to a child? Hell no. Train and socialize your dog. It’s not a breed issue it’s a lazy owner issue.

  • Sarah Scott

    That’s why when you have little kids, you need to buy a puppy not a already grown dog. The puppy will learn to interact with the child’s growth and the child will learn to grow with the puppy.

  • Brittney Davis

    Okay I have a Chow-Australian Shepherd mix and she is absolutely wonderful with my step girls. They are 7 and 3. She was around 6 months when she first met the girls and she only sees them every other weekend and knows when they’re coming. She’s great with them. It’s all about how the dog is trained and to make sure your kids understand that the puppy/dog needs their own time. The first thing I told them was when she walks away let her walk away and when she wants to be touched she will come to you. No tugging, no bothering her when she’s eating or has a bone, and no teasing her with food. Best. Dog. Ever!

  • Amber Hart

    LOL@this site… what a joke. A stable dog of ANY breed can get along with well-behaved children. Dogs don’t bite because of “breed”… they bite because people are idiots about dogs. Like suggesting a breed with a high pain tolerance as good with kids? Because you should let your kids choke, pull, poke, prod your dogs?

    I’ve owned Corsos with kids and I’d own more. Fabulous breed with KNOWLEDGEABLE dog owners.

  • Danielle Marceaux

    sorry but this is so wrong about rh blue heeler i have a ass shepherd/ blue heeler as i am concerned the info about this dog is crap lucy is very careful around them but she is not to fond of babies

  • sastruga19

    My Dobermans are as sweet as any Labrador with my kids’ friends. This article just feeds unfortunate breed misconceptions.

  • Jim A

    I have three rescues that were abused by their previous owners, and they are the best dogs that I’ve ever owned. They adore kids and when we go to the park they will spend 15 minutes hanging with kids before we hit the trails. Please consider the mutt and the shelters before buying a pure bred. Mixed breeds are healthy and just a laid back as can be!

  • innocent1bystander

    The best dog my family ever had was a Blue Heeler. There were 8 kids in my family, 5 under the age of 12 when we got her. She was great with young and old, we never had any issues, but she was very protective of her puppies but it is hard to fault her for looking out for her puppies with little kids around. She never bit any of us, but did growl a couple of times. An older neighbor kid was beating up my younger brother in our back yard (it was a less gentle era) and our Heeler put an end to that rather quickly–again it’s tough to fault her for defending one of her family on her turf. She was a great dog and I wouldn’t hesitate to get one for my children.

  • Carri Snyder

    I have grown up with Dobermans all my life and my mom had 5 kids plus her grandkids around and not one time did they try to bite .. She also currently has 3 husky dogs and they absolutely love the grandkids and haven’t even tried to bite them.. Apparently it depends upon how the dog is raised..

  • hrahr

    I have to disagree with them on the Dalmatian. I had one before I ever had a child and this dog would have lied down and died before someone could get near my son. Not to mention any other child in my family. She was over protective to a fault with me, my son, and all of my little cousins. Should anyone dare to even raise their voice to us she would place herself between us and bark until they closed their mouths.

  • Daniel Powell

    Did anyone notice that Pitbulls were not mentioned here. Kind of strange. All I ever read in papers and on internet, or hear on the radio about dog attacks are “Pitbull kills kid. Malls kid to death” They are the worst.

  • Andrea Dean

    I take issue with this article. I have a Dalmatian and he’s great with children. He was raised with kids and absolutely loves playing with them. He’s gentle. This is the second Dal I’ve owned – we originally bought one when our youngest was about eight years old. We had five kids in the house ranging in age from eight to 13 at the time and the dog was so laid back. I have never had an issue between a Dal and a child and I have to wonder why this lie about how bad Dal’s are continues. It’s dog owners that are the issue.

  • Liam Campbell

    You are SO wrong about Dalmatians. Where did you get your information? Personally, my family have had three Dalmatians in our lifetime (including one now), and two of them have grown up with my children. NEVER ONCE have ANY of them EVER shown any aggression towards my children or anyone else. Like nearly all dog breeds, it’s all about how they are raised and the people that raise them. In my experience, Dalmatians are a wonderful breed, and very good with children. Most breeds need attention and exercise … have you ever known a dog that didn’t??? This is a VERY generalized article, and quite irresponsible if you ask me. You are spreading bad information about one of the most lovable breeds out there. Next time, try doing some actual reporting instead of just using Google.

  • Ted

    This is ridiculous, I have always had Dalmatians and never see any aggression and quite the opposite…they become highly attached to children, especially new borns….our Dal would come check our daughters crib on a regular basis and would constantly lay with her on the floor to watch over her when playing…in fact, they are very protective of children and you cannot discipline your child in front of them without them getting anxious or upset….who ever wrote this article is an idiot…

  • Nicola Jordan

    Are you actually kidding me?!! Dogs that don’t get along with kids?!!!! I have a Dally and a Rottie, they BOTH get along with my kids, the kids were here before the dogs, which may play a big part.. But ffs any dog can turn on a kid, any dog can become aggressive, any dog can be “nippy” where the hell do they find out this shit?? Talk about BIAS! Let’s just tar a bunch of dogs we don’t like and give bullshit reasons as to why we think they don’t mix well with kids… Joke!

  • vmarshmallow

    We got a Shih-tzu puppy when our children were 8 and 10. Our dog has been great with the children and loves children in general. I guess though they were not toddlers when we got her. I would not advise getting a puppy at all while your children are toddlers. edit: We definitely let our 8 year old dominate her when she was a puppy. Our 8 year old was good with her but still 8. The dog KNOWS she is not head of the pack. Maybe that helped.

  • Steven


    Whether it’s the best dog or the worst dog, never leave children alone with your dog UNSUPERVISED.

    One of the worst dog bites I ever saw was a bite on a child’s head. The parent told me they had left the GOLDEN RETRIEVER and child alone, the child poked the dog in the eye, and the dog bit the kid.

    Even with my German shepherds, if……. they saw a friend roughhousing with my son, that would be it.
    They would protect my son, therefore I ALWAYS SUPERVISED MY DOGS, SON, FRIENDS, ETC.

    Dogs are wonderful. They will make your life a better life, but they require hours of exercise a day.
    And training.
    And socialization ( when they are young)

  • Messsgt

    I would thought that the Pit Bull would have been on the list..

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