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Old 12-30-2009, 01:14 PM   #1
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Breed compatibility with children

I stumbled across this article on another dog site. As the owner of a Giant Schnauzer who loves the company of children I was quite taken aback at the placing of the breed in the lowest category of compatibility with children.

I can sort of understand that a large GS puppy or juvenile could inadvertently hurt a small child with their boisterous play. Surely that is true of any breed? No right thinking person would leave a small child unsupervised with a dog.

What do owners of the various listed breeds think of this "ranking"?


http://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/charac...ible-with-kids
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Old 12-30-2009, 01:52 PM   #2
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Considering where they ranked labs and golden retrievers I'd say this ranking is totally bogus as these breeds are known to be the best around children. Now that may change in the future with irresponsible breeders, over breeding and poor crosses being made but overall they are still extremely good with children. Also they listed a puggle as a breed...it is a mutt not a breed and this mix hasn't proven itself long enough to have 'breed' specific characteristics.
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Old 12-30-2009, 02:22 PM   #3
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After reading Fubilator's post, I didn't even bother looking at it. I have already wasted too much time reading stupidity. Anybody, the ignorant, crackpots, the agenda driven, lord knows what else, with a few bucks can put up a website. I have been hanging out on different dog forums for close to 10 years, Xpertsite, Ask me, Point Ask, Pooch Lovers, K-9 Forum, The Puppy Pub, and some that are still in existence that I feel it would be wrong to mention here. I have seen many links to perfectly dreadful advice plus the suggestion that you Google for more information. One of the worst ones was somebody asking for help with an 8 week old Great Dane puppy that wouldn't move on lead. One highly active idiot Googled up instructions from a Robert Koehler fan. Drop a choke collar on it and drag it around until it does walk. They did point out puppies have a short attention span, so you should limit it to a half hour. Sheesh! The internet is a hazardous place to seek advice on subjects you know little about. On that same site on an electrical questions somebody believing they were qualified to give electrical advice said aluminum wasn't a conductor.

Getting back to topic. I like larger dogs with children. They see a toddler falling on them as just more play. I think all but the most poorly bred dogs will be good with children if exposed to them early, before 12 weeks. We changed churches a couple of years ago. We rejected one for a lack of children to socialize our puppies with.
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Old 12-30-2009, 02:48 PM   #4
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Both of my breeds were level 2 with kids. And my dogs all adore children. I've seen 3 kids simultaneously sitting on cerb, yanking his ear, and the third stuck her finger right up his nostril. He was grinning through it all.
The doxies probably would've run from all that, but they do enjoy sitting on them and getting pets from kids. Brigit in particular is in love with my 10 year old cousin.
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Old 12-30-2009, 03:07 PM   #5
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Shelties ranked number 3, probably because they are a herding breed that has a tendency to nip at kids that run.

I really dont think its fair to classify breeds like that because it really depends on the individual dogs temperment and the childrens interaction with dogs.
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Old 12-30-2009, 03:34 PM   #6
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I really dont think its fair to classify breeds like that because it really depends on the individual dogs temperment and the childrens interaction with dogs.
I agree with Jessica. Individual temperment is a much more important factor when figuring overall compatibility with children. This so called "list" is a lot more like BSL in that it doesn't allow for the evaluation of each dog on an individual basis.
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A 'list for kids/bad for kids' is going to varry person to person, so going by someones website is just that, pure opinion.

I would trust my doxie around any child, and my border collie, who would be most likely to lick the kid to death vs herd-n-nip it. Each dog is going to be diffrent based on training/temperment/the kids in question.

I think Wolfwalker was just appauled someone would put a GS in the 'dangerous dog breeds for kids' since his does so well with kids. But I wouldnt worry about this, because again, people put up sites with opinions and facts that can be biased based on what point they want to make, aka...if they want to point out how dangerous X breed is with reports of nothing but about bad cases of that breed...ect...
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Old 12-30-2009, 06:39 PM   #8
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I agree with Jessica. Individual temperment is a much more important factor when figuring overall compatibility with children. This so called "list" is a lot more like BSL in that it doesn't allow for the evaluation of each dog on an individual basis.

Totally agree. I got/have had dogs who hated kids. All in the same breed.

Me and myself - go figure....I am older, had children of my own, blah blah....I should adore those little tykes you bring around but guess what? Leave your kids at home! I really prefer a DOG!
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Old 12-30-2009, 07:36 PM   #9
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Me and myself - go figure....I am older, had children of my own, blah blah....I should adore those little tykes you bring around but guess what? Leave your kids at home! I really prefer a DOG! [/color][/size][/font][/quote]


Thank you for that! LOL I thought I was alone not adoring everyone's kids but rather enjoying the company of their pets more.
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Old 12-30-2009, 08:06 PM   #10
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That was cool, pits and bulldogs are in the #2 . I love how my guys act around kids. They all love the kids that come play. Couldn't believe that the clumber spaniels are #3. That's my second favorite breed even though I have never seen one for real.
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