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Just wanted to post a quick topic to get everyone's opinion. Basically, what dogs do people think are ok to be around children? I have always had a golden retriever and love them so much. However, now that I am married, my husband wants to get a rottweiler. I definitely know 100% golden retrievers are great for kids but I just would like to know about Rottweiler's and kids. I have no idea and I am hesitant. If anyone knows, please feel free to share
I grew up with all sorts of dogs. My first babysitter was a German Shepard/malamute cross. He let me crawl all over him and would get my parents if I made any noise. It's all about socialization. Rotties are big sweethearts when it comes to kids, they will turn into babysitters and be very wary of anyone new coming around little ones and will make sure they plant themselves in between.
You know, its really all in how you raise them. Rottys are great dogs, and so are goldens. I have a 1/2 choc lab/1/4qyeensland/1/4corgi cross, who is very gentle, but does not like to be cuddled or sat on, my 1/2pit/1/2 staffy, max is great with the kids. He lays with them, doesnt mind them sitting/laying partially on him, loves to cuddle. At our old house he broke our gate while we were gone and we found him at the park in the sand box filled with toddlers petting hugging and kissung him, where as sadie wouldnt have that. Ive also had a blk lab/pointer cross, amazing dog. A rhodesian ridge back/lab cross also great. I had a german shepard/akita and? Cross who was geeat. It just really depends on the dog its self, not the breed. A big factoe is honestly how they are raised. I prefer having pups because its easier to teach them to stay w u. ( sadie stays w me, max is a runner) Got sadie as a pup got max just shy of 2. I know there is a huge debate about certain breeds with kids, but everyone that meets max loves him and hes changed alot of opinions. ( hes also great w cats and farm animals/livestock)
Please DO NOT get a Rottweiler with kids! I was bit in the face by a Rottweiler when I was around 12, and had to have plastic surgery! Please if you love your child(ren) do NOT get a Rotti!
I'm sorry you had such a traumatic experience with a Rottie, but I believe it was just the specific one you encountered and not the breed itself. My best friend when I was in elementary school had a Rottweiler and she was a very sweet dog.
To the original poster -
Like others have said it's all about in how you raise them. ANY dog can be a good family dog, yes certain dog breeds tend to be more aggressive but in all honesty I think it's because of how their owners train them. I've met many behaved Pitbulls and only one not so sweet one for instance.
I have a Goldie. He is the sweetest thing in the entire world. He likes to kiss strangers, mainly kids, and plays with anyone who will give him the time of day. He also happens to LOOOOOOOVE our cat (seriously she's his best friend). However, when we were finding a breeder we kept in mind that over the years Goldens have become increasingly aggressive due to bad breeding. They are currently one of the top dogs on the "Bite List".
With ANY dog it's important to do your research, whether you're going to a breeder or getting a dog from the Humane Society. Research the breed to get an idea of their typical temperament, health issues, grooming needs, etc. Then if you're going with a breeder make sure you look at each breeders website, always always always look at the pictures of the adult dogs the breeders own first (the puppies are always adorable!), see if you can pick up on any signs of bad breeding; very droopy eyes, significant over bite (depending on the breed), etc. Also this here are some signs of a bad breeder. If you're getting a dog from the humane society I'd still research the breed and find out HOW the humane society knows that the dog you're considering is good with children. They often do tests but many dogs are also surrendered and the previous owners will let them know if they're ok with children or not.
Also when getting a puppy you'll have to know how the breed you're considering are as puppies. When DH & I were decided to get a dog it was between a golden and a lab. He had labs growing up and my aunt and uncle had the sweetest lab in the world, as well as the kids I used to Nanny. However, labs take a VERY long time to calm down, sometimes 3+ years, they're also jumpier and more nippy than Golden pups tend to be. That was one of the reasons we began considering Goldens more than labs. (Plus we couldn't get over how gorge goldens are, seriously!)
Another example is my mom fell in love with the breed the Shiba Inu after encountering one on an outting. She did a little research and ended up getting one a year or so later and was surprised to see how HORRIBLE he was as a puppy. He chewed absolutely EVERYTHING. Apparently this is common with Shiba Inu's as puppies but because she didn't do too much research she had no idea. Having an idea of how a certain breed is as a puppy, and which ones are the easiest to train, will help you make the decision of which breed to go with. Also knowing about life span, health issues, how trainable, grooming needs, etc. are other things you should really know about before making a decision.
I know this post is old but I hope you found a dog that is perfect for your family. Goldie, Rottie, or even a mutt!
Amber. Married to Dean. Expecting Our First Jan 27. Team Green.
I grew up with dogs in the house. My whole family loves pets and ever since, we always have pet/pets around. We had a rottweiler before and he was one of the most loyal dogs we had. I think it's up to the owners how to take care and discipline dogs. Like children, they want to be loved, pampered but the right disciplined should be enforced.
Do what feels right to you. ANY breed can be dangerous due to it's home environment. Labs are the typical family dog, yet my mother was attacked by one when she was a child. I personally have a pitbull. He's been around children only half his life. Before I had a baby I had a roommate with two children and now I have a 2 year old. Do your research and look up what is better for your lifestyle instead. Do you have a big yard? Is your family very active? I would worry about that before worrying about a breed. Good luck finding a new family member!