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Whatever breed, temperament of the individual dog is going to play a big part. Go to a breeder you trust who know what you need and knows her puppies temperaments. ... ldren.html

* Beagle
* Bernese Mountain Dog
* Bichon Frise
* Bloodhound
* Boston Terrier
* Boxer
* Brittany Spaniel
* Bulldog
* Coonhound
* English Setter
* Foxhound
* Gordon Setter
* Irish Setter
* Keeshond
* Labrador Retriever
* Mastiff
* Newfoundland
* Pugs
* Samoyed
* Siberian Husky
* Springer Spaniel
* Standard Poodles
* Vizsla

With proper training of both the children and the dog, any one of
the above breeds should be able to adapt without many problems.
Of course, there are some individuals, both human and canine,
that simply refuse to get along.

Watch for warning signs like overprotection of food, toys, bed,
or an area that he has claimed as his own. Be especially careful
with very young toddlers that may crawl right up to the dog while
it is eating. Even small dogs can leave a nasty bite on a small
child. Be careful not to let children play tug of war or wrestle
with dominant breeds, when the dog wins, he will feel empowered
and will consider your child inferior. This may lead to more
aggressive actions against your child.

Some dog breeds to avoid, or at least be wary of are listed
below. Obviously there are exceptions to every breed, but
research shows that the following are some of the worst breeds
for homes with small children (alphabetically):

* Chihuahuas - Intolerant, especially toddlers and infants
* Chow Chows - Often bond to just one person, can be very cranky
with kids
* Dachshunds - Intolerant
* Dalmatians - Too excitable, prone to jumping on and knocking
down kids
* Dobermans - A dominant breed, may consider child inferior
* Giant Schnauzers - A dominant breed, may challenge even adults
* Heelers - Prone to nipping at legs and heels of children
* Lhasa Apso - Intolerant, may be intolerant of some adults too
* Malamutes - A dominant breed, may consider child inferior
* Mini Pinchers - Intolerant, fierce for their size
* Pekinese - Intolerant
* Pit Bulls - Either adore children or hate them, Powerful bite
can break bones
* Rhodesian Ridgeback - A dominant breed, may consider child
* Rottweiller - A dominant breed, may consider child inferior*
Toy Poodle - May be injured by children, may bite in self defense

These following breeds may adapt to family life but should have
come with warning labels attached. Dogs chosen from these breeds
should be very carefully screened individuals that were raised in
homes that also had children. They should be well socialized with
many children from puppy hood, and they should most definitely be
obedience trained.

* Akita
* Cocker Spaniel - Inbreeding has caused personality defects in
some pups
* Collie
* German Shepherd
* Golden Retriever
* Great Dane
* Great Pyrenees
* Irish Setter - Inbreeding has caused personality defects in
some pups
* Irish Wolfhound
* Old English Sheepdog - Either like children or hate them
* Saint Bernard - Either like children or hate them

So which dogs are the very best breeds for homes with children?
In my opinion, there are five.

I think the very best suited for the position, is the Labrador
Retriever. They are intelligent, affectionate and can take a lot
of abuse from children without getting grumpy. A Lab is most
likely to lie on the floor, wagging its tail, as your toddler
plays his stomach as a drum set. They should receive firm
obedience training, but they will make excellent pets.

Second is the Golden Retriever. They are reliable, loving and
very sociable dogs that will also be able to take some rough
handling from children without getting too upset.

Third is the Basset Hound. Lazy and stubborn they most certainly
may be, but also very sweet and gentle. They adore children and
can be very affectionate with them.

Fourth is the Beagle. They are affectionate, intelligent and
lively dogs best suited for children over the age of six, but
somewhat adaptable.

Fifth is the Bulldog. They can be very good with children over
the age of six if the child is taught to respect them. They are
generally good natured, but very strong dogs.

The best choice for young children is always going to be a puppy
born and raised in a household with children. A good dog is one
that already has a history of pleasant interaction with

Introduce the dog to your children before you agree to purchase
or adopt, and make sure that there aren't any personality
conflicts. The dog should be attentive, loving and gentle even if
the children are a little rough with their affection. If the dog
or puppy plays well with your children in it's current home, it
will probably play well with them in your home.

Best of luck, and happy puppy hunting!

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A Doodle is a perfect choice
They were orginally bred for service and therapy ,they have a awsome temprament, if bred correctly of course,
Of course it does depend on breeder, interaction the pups get before placement, and YOUR family situation ages of children
Lots of things to consider, :)

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I say Goldendoodles are awesome with kids and
so are Labraodoodles.

I have both now with my goldendoodles however both for some reason are calm around small children and weren't trained to be that way,
It was just instinctual for them.

Peanut has been that way from day one and she now just turned 16mos old.

either doodle though is a good choice

NOTE" coonhounds are great too but OMG have fun with their puppy energy level hahahaaaaaaa

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NOTE" coonhounds are great too but OMG have fun with their puppy energy level hahahaaaaaaa
LOL and i cringed at the list Beagles?? OMG :lol: :lol:
Bermese Mt Dog, HEALTH HEALTH cancers terrible in that breed
Boston Terriers?? YIKES< for children??

who made up this list anyway??

I could go on and on,,but wont,, :shock: :lol: :lol:

Nancy, you make me laugh!! And I have learned from you that I should not consider getting a terrier (terror :lol: ) something I never knew!

I do think her top five are good:
Lab, Golden, Basset, Beagle and Bulldog
Except, I have heard Beagles can be food aggressive. I might switch out the Beagle for a Standard Poodle.

And, of course, a Doodle!!!! Should be first! :lol:

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I am writing an article for this forum regarding how to find a good breeder...but the question of finding a dog for your children is not part of that discussion so I wanted to respond.
I love the answers you have so far!
There is an important article about dogs and kids that really helps (of course I disagree with the parts about mixed breed dogs, because they can be well bred, as in doodles...but they can also be poorly bred...then again, so can pure bred dogs!) ... C=0&A=2229
Much of how a dog relates to a child comes from the temperament and training of the dog...but something not considered often is that dogs WILL act aggressively if a child is allowed to mistreat them. So, if you want a good, loving companion for your children, make sure that your dog understands that you will protect him/her too...if your dog trusts that you will be protective, then it will have less reason to growl or, worse yet, bite.
Teach your children not to get on the floor with the puppy until the pup is trained that your children are not littermates! Teach them not to play tug of war games or chasing games. When the puppy grows, these games are not fun any more for small children and can become dangerous...but the puppy will not understand that if it is not taught early on.
Best wishes!

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truly the most friendly dog EVERRRRR!!! so says all the doggie mom
and dads at the dog park..unless he is proven other wise he s going to be a real lousy watch dog..he thinks every dog and human is a friend..

Toby has yet to act aggressively towards any 2 or 4 leg d creature..

my only negative comment would be that Toby is a standard..weighing now close to 50lbs at 6mos..and he s like a lumbering elephant around the house..which could be a problem if u have an infant that is allowed to crawl on the floor..

but, ive also found that he is easily trained to not jump on people
and STOP and NO commands..

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Denver is a very tall standard that weighs
100 and he can tiptoe through nine cats and whenever
we have little children around he is very careful.............
We took him to a party with over 40 people and he was not only
the best behaved but he stepped on no little kids .............cannot
say that for the two small dogs who were in everybody's face and
food so size does not matter but training does...............

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abigale said:
What is a good breed for young kids?


And can I say this is a BRILLIANT question to ask in a Labradoodle forum?!!

You will get lots of answers but ALL of them will be in the affirmative.

I placed one of our puppies with a sweet family last year and they sent me these pictures:

They say a picture is worth 1000 words, so I hope these pictures answer your question!!!

PS: There is a good book 'Why we love the dogs we do" at the library or Amazon if you want to read of the various profiles of various breeds. :D

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I actually base it on individual families,
My pups are raised with my 3yr old granddaughter,
so i KNOW they make great pets
but parents have to be aware that pups are pups, they play rough,
Jacs comments were so well put,
As long as i am sure they are aware of the challenges that raising puppies and kids together and they are willing to do whatever it takes
then i am happy to help them choose a pup ,,and be there for whatever they need whenever they need it,
Its my job 8) :lol:
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