Updated List Of Dog Breeds To Avoid At All Costs For Small Kids
Many people assume that the Chihuahua is one of the best dog breeds for children because of their small size. In reality, not only are they very strong-willed, stubborn and quite hard to train, but they also have the tendency to become aggressive and jealous of young children.
Considering that they weigh between 100 and 130 pounds, they can easily knock down your child when they start running. Early training is a must for this massive dog. Otherwise, you might find they're more aggressive than other breeds.
3. Alaskan Malamute
Alaskan Malamutes are at their best when engaged in hauling and pulling smaller creatures, your children included. Aside from potentially harming children, they also shed a lot, which is not good especially if some member of the family suffers from asthma or allergies.
The Rottweiler can be completely unpredictable. One minute it's lying there being part of the family, the next it could go into full attack mode. So, it's best not to have this dog around your kids.
Originally a hunting dog, the Weimaraner is full of energy and love to run around. Because of this energy they can easily knock over a toddler. Besides, their hunting instincts can come into play when they see small animals, and that includes young tots.
6. Australian Shepherd
Like the Weimaraner, The Australian Shepherd is also a high energy dog. They need to get daily exercise, otherwise they will develop behavioral problems. This daily need can be too onerous for families with young children. Moreover, they tend to mistake children for members of their pack, so they become aggressive towards children's transgressions.
7. Siberian Husky
If allowed to roughhouse without supervision, a husky can inadvertently nip or bite your children when playing with them. While there is an opportunity for training, the dog is known to break rules and become disobedient.
Energetic and powerful, Dalmatians love to play extremely rough. As a result, they are not the ideal dog if you have small kids around the house. Additionally, these dogs are known for pulling and even breaking their leashes. If you want a dog your child can walk with, a Dalmatian shouldn't be your first choice.
The Affenpinscher will become jumpy and noisy if he feels threatened. He loves his family but can be possessive of his food and toys, so you should not leave your Affenpinscher unattended around small children.
10. Chow Chow
Chow Chows can be highly temperamental, and also enjoy bullying. They require strong leadership, which children may have trouble understanding and displaying in front of the dog.
11. Afghan Hound
Their big size is a potential hazard for young children who can easily get knocked over by these large hounds. What's more, an Afghan Hound might see the playful nature of small kids as a threat towards them and react negatively.
12. English Toy Spaniel
Although it's true that English Toy Spaniels are generally cuddly and good-tempered, they are also easily overwhelmed by children and the stressful situations they create. If they feel threatened, they will react violently.
The Greyhound requires a lot of daily exercise outside the house, which can be difficult especially if you have to take care of small children. These dogs prefer peace and quiet and don't tolerate children hovering or trying to cuddle them.
14. French Bulldog
Don't be fooled by their small size and cute looks; this breed is not ideal for families with small children. If not given enough training and care, they can feel ignored and unappreciated by their owner, which in turn can often lead to behavioral problems, such as aggression and mischief.
15. Japanese Chin
If they are pampered too much, the Japanese Chin will feel that they call the shots and once they feel neglected, they will become very jealous. Just think of it in this way: getting a Japanese Chin is like adding another child to your family.
Akitas don't like to be teased and don't respond well to children outside of the family. This can cause problems when your children bring their friends over for play dates.
17. Shih Tzu
Shih Tzus make great lap dogs and companions for adults and older children, but they are not suitable for toddlers and small kids, because they are not patient and don't tolerate being pulled around roughly. If treated poorly, they will more than likely bite back.
The Pekingese is so cautious that even when gently poked by a well-meaning child, he will quickly defend himself. Additionally, they always want attention and can become resentful of small children who take the focus away from them.
19. Jack Russell Terrier
This breed doesn't put up with pulling, pinching, and poking, and may nip if they feel their space is being invaded. It's difficult for young children to understand the nature of Jack Russell Terriers, and they are more likely to irritate this dog than older children.
20. Saint Bernard
Although giant Saint Bernards make wonderful family pets, they are not recommended for homes with young children, as they are prone to unintentionally hurt small kids by knocking them over.