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Q: What is the best type of dog to buy for a 3yr old boy and 9 yr. old girl

September 26, 2008 | By Melissa C. | 21 answers | Expired: 2263 days ago

My son is the rowdy type and my daughter tends to be scared of animals. I feel like I need a cross between one that can handle a tough and tumble boy but in return not freak out my somewhat timid 9 yr. old.

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Crystal S.
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Oct 07, 2008

I would definitely not get a puppy. The playful teething and jumping could scare your daughter more. At our humane society, if someone comes in with a child who's afraid of dogs, we let them look at the dogs in the pens and choose form there. Letting them choose sometimes helps. We had a child come in who was afraid of dogs but ended up loving a bassett hound we had. You'll definitely want to get your daughter at least somewhat used to a dog before adopting.

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julia e.
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Oct 05, 2008

I suggest a lab.

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Anonymous
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Oct 04, 2008

I know some people would suggest big dogs and although I love all types of dogs. A big dog may knock a child over without even meaning too as I have had a big dog hurt my bad back without meaning to. A very good breed of small dog is a Boston Terrier as they are very gentle. They love children, other animals and people in general. That is why they are called the Boston gentleman. Please read up on them.

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Coral
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Oct 01, 2008

I would suggest a small dog such as maltese or a yorkie. I would not recommend a chihuahua though. They tend to have a snap back if picked on by small children.

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Missy M.
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Sep 30, 2008

please don't buy a pet - rescue one from a shelter..It's really about individual dog temperment than a specific breed

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Ellen K.
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Sep 29, 2008

I had come across this a few times when I was an adoption counselor -- people come in -- want a dog -- but not all the family members are present or someone is afraid. You want to make sure that your 3 year old learns to be gentle with the pooch and you want your 9 year old to be comfie around dogs. I would tell the family -- keep coming back -- I will bring dogs out and 'test' the kids. Some families were good w/that -- others would say that they will all get used to each other... meanwhile a child is afraid or a child it too rough. I would not get a small puppy -- get something 6+ months or even a year. You will say that it will grow with the kids if get a small pup -- but you can only hope in a good way -- those sharp puppy teeth hurt, now you have another baby in the house -- not house trained and looking to get into mischief... Get a little bit older -- can housetrain easier -- bowels are bigger to hold longer, can focus more on you and training, etc. Socialize the dog and include the kids in all training so they are pack leaders too. Don't expect the kids to take on full responsibility of the pooch -- the novelty can wear off and you will be the primary caregiver... Hope these are some words of wisdom -- and if you hear the same story from a shelter/rescue -- do not storm out and say you will go buy a puppy because they will give it to you then and there... That has happened too -- then the family would call our shelter and say -- you were right -- and want us to take in their pet shop pup that now has gotten big and outta control.

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Cathy S.
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Sep 28, 2008

Labs!

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Cindy
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Sep 27, 2008

As below, Goldens are notious for a good and even tempered, but please know that dogs are individuals. So, within any breed, there will be some variation in personality and temperament. The larger breeds, e.g., the Newfoundland, if you can tolerate the drooling, size and shedding are notoriously good with children. I would recommend doing some breed research to find just the right dog for you. Two books I can recommend that will give you an overview of the most common breeds and their characteristics are The Perfect Match by Chris Walkowicz and The Right Dog for You by Daniel F. Tortora. Whcihever dog you get, suprvise all interactions between dog and child, and socialize and train your dog early. If you get a puppy, don't adopt one younger than 8 weeks and get it right into puppy kindergarten. Include the children in training the dog and find a trainer that knows how to integrate the dog into a family with children.

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Wendie
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Sep 27, 2008

First off, like others, I hope you SKIP the pet store and the breeder and go right to the animal shelter. A large breed younger dog would be best for your situation. A lab or retriever (or mix with predominately one of these breeds) is probably best suited for what you're looking for. As long as you get the dog before it's full grown, your younger child shouldn't be too afraid of it. Small breed dogs tend to be nippier and more likely to be injured by young children, hence the suggestion to go with a larger breed FROM A SHELTER.

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Jessica T.
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Sep 27, 2008

Labs tend to be fairly good with kids so do Goldens. That doesnt mean that all of them are though you'll have to do some research. Try taking your daughter to different places that have dogs that you know are good with kids so she gets used to them before you get one.

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