When you have children, some dog breeds are just not suitable to have in your house. Yes, every individual dog is different, but some breeds of dog as a whole are just not known to be great around kids. Here is a list of dogs that are reputed to not be suitable around children.
Chow Chows, those big fluffy dogs, are known for random aggression, and known to bite strangers (and even their owners) for no known reason. Chow Chows tend to be one person dogs, and tend to nip and bite at children who pull on them, or approach them wildly. A Chow Chow is not really a great family pet, unless you are an experienced dog owner who keeps firm control of their Chow Chow at all times. Not the best dog breed for children.
While many people enjoy smaller dogs, many of these little breeds tend to be very loyal to one person in the family, and are easily agitated or frightened around children. Small dogs known to bite or show aggression or fear around children are Chihuahuas, Papillons, Dachshunds, Miniature Pinschers, and Toy Poodles. Their patience with children is not usually too well-renowned, and when they are played with they often mistake the playful behavior as an attack and bite in self-defense. Small dogs in general tend to be more fearful and aggressive around children.
Cocker Spaniels are a beautiful breed, but a skittish one. Many Cocker Spaniels suffer from a genetic disorder called “rage disease” which causes them to randomly and without provocation attack their own families. These spontaneous displays of aggression can come without warning, and children can become the victim of a very dangerous and unwanted assault. If having a Cocker Spaniel is on your agenda, purchase one from a reputable breeder to ensure this genetic downfall known as “rage disease” is not in your dog’s genetics.
Giant Schnauzers, like their smaller counterparts, are very aloof and dominant dogs. They tend to challenge their owners, and have small patience for children, which can be disastrous as this large dog can cause serious harm if they snap at or lunge at a small child.
Most dogs are fine around children, so long as they are raised around children and their behavior around kids (and the kids’ behavior around dogs) is well monitored. However, some breeds of dog as a rule just don’t enjoy children in general, either by being predisposed to aggression, protectiveness, fear, or dominance. If considering getting a dog for your family, make sure you do your research to ensure that your children and the breed of dog you choose will get along.