Anyone who has tried to look for the perfect dog to adopt will know that it is not an easy thing to do. It is not easy to look for the right fit, especially when there are youngsters at home. Dogs might be man’s best friend, but every breed comes with its own set of characteristics. You should figure out which ones suit your situation best! Even though you can always train these creatures, there are breeds that find it hard to stay around kids. On the other hand, there are also breeds that might not be good for your homeowner insurance. If you have young kids in the family, think twice before adopting these dogs.
They might be small and cute, but chihuahuas might not be ideal if there are little children in the house. The dogs have a tendency to display dominant behavior over the younger members of the pack. Since they look at human children as part of the pack, they usually get jealous and show aggressive behavior towards kids! On top of that, they are also notoriously strong-willed and stubborn dogs, which might make training even more difficult.
Over the years, Alaskan Malamutes adapted in order to survive very harsh environments. They are usually bred for isolated and freezing environments, which explains why they have amazing survival skills. Sadly, these dogs have gotten a bad rep because they have a tendency to attack small animals and children. On top of that, it is not easy to train them, especially if they get the sense that the owner is weak! If you have asthma, you should also consider the fact that Alaskan Malamutes shed.
Best known for its huge size and amazing strength, Rottweilers are bred for their athletic prowess. They used to be used to herd livestock and pull carts. They have a tendency to behave in a violent way if they sense strangers. Their loyalty and courage make them ideal as guard dogs, so they are usually used by the police and security guards. Bear in mind, however, that they might take playtime a bit too seriously.
There is no problem when it comes to their huge size, but most Bullmastiffs do not seem to be aware of just how big they are. On top of that, they are usually more aggressive than other breeds of dogs! You can adopt a Bullmastiff, but the catch is that you will need to train it to the best of your abilities. They are usually loyal to owners since they believe that their human is the leader of the pack. However, you should always keep your guard up and avoid showing signs of weakness around them.
In the 1990s, the Saint Bernard breed became famous after it was featured in a movie called Beethoven. It is possible to train these playful dogs, but they can get a little rowdy. They are sweet, but their massive size almost makes it inevitable for them to knock over little kids! As a matter of fact, you will need to secure everything in your house to ensure that they won’t wreak havoc. They make for good family dogs, but you need to put in the effort to accommodate their stature.
Another dog breed that you should avoid if you have small children would be Weimaraner. However, we say this for a different reason! These creatures are excitable and have high energy levels, so they can knock things and people over. They had been bred as hunting dogs, so they are easily bored and require a lot of stimulation and attention. It might be hard to care for them on top of taking care of small kids.
If you want to get an Australian Shepherd, you should keep in mind that they need a lot of exercise. Bred to be disaster rescue dogs and watchdogs, they need a lot of runs and walks if you do not want to see behavioral issues in the future. When you have to look after kids as well, you might neglect their needs! Australian Shepherds are not comfortable meeting new people as well, so you might want to set weekly playdates. People with busy schedules might want to reconsider.
We all want Siberian huskies, but you need to think long and hard before you adopt one. They have a lot of energy to spare, which is not easy to deal with when you consider their desire for affection and strong personality. These dogs might even compete with your children for attention! They are not meant to be guard dogs either since they were bred as sled dogs. It is not impossible for them to be family dogs, but you need to exert a lot of effort and time into their training.
Best known for their playful and entertaining nature, Affenpinschers are huge jokesters. In general, they are very mischievous and curious. When it comes to size, they are tiny and often get treated like stuffed toys by kids! They are able to defend themselves just fine, but you should be careful because they will likely act out when it is too much. Just look at that photo! We can see why they are mistaken for toys.
Up next, we have another dog breed that gets mistaken for super fluffy stuffed toys. As you can see, Chow Chows are too adorable! There is no denying that they are super cute, but they are pretty big as well. Do you really want to dog-proof your house on top of childproofing it? These dogs often get attached to their owners, so it is possible for them to show jealousy when you interact with kids and other family members. There is a good chance that they will compete for your affection!
These strong-willed creatures are looking for a strong leader to lead the pack. They were originally bred to be guard dogs and hunting dogs, so you need to stay calm and collected when dealing with them. It is hard to make your kids act like that when they are still young. On top of that, these dogs are also huge!
The English Toy Spaniel
Even though the English Toy Spaniel is tiny and cute, you might want to rethink your plan to keep them when you have little kids. These dogs usually get threatened by rough play and act out when they think they are being mistreated. You need to show dominance since they are strong-willed dogs that might show aggressive behavior. It is not impossible to correct this, but they are going to need a lot of training.
Thanks to their high energy levels and amazing speed, we can see that Greyhound dogs truly were bred to be race dogs. They have a constant need to run, so you will have to go after both kids and a dog! They attack small animals as well, so it is not out of the realm of possibilities for them to do the same thing to your little kid. On top of that, they are not big fans of rough play, hovering, and cuddling.
The French Bulldog is a playful and energetic breed of dog. If you want to own one, you need to shower them with affection. However, this is not an easy task if you also need to look after little kids. When they do not get enough attention and training, it will be easy for them to feel ignored and unappreciated. This might then lead to mischief and aggression! Kids will need to display authority over this animal.
Did you know that the Japanese Chin was initially bred to become companions of the royal family? We can see why it needs a lot of affection from us! They are jealous dogs too. You just need to be careful not to pamper them more than necessary. When that happens, they might act like they are the master.
These little dogs are cute, but they find it easy to get excited and scared. Shih Tzus might get nasty and bite when kids play rough or sneak up on them. On top of that, they get separation anxiety when they are on their own for long periods of time. Retirees and people working from home make for the best fit.
This is a good case of “do not judge a book by its cover.” It is important to know that the Pekingese is independent and courageous. Kids have a tendency to pet, hold, and cuddle these creatures excessively. These dogs are not fond of these acts of affection, so your kids will have to show authority over these creatures instead. Not only that, but they also need to be taught about the nature of Pekingese dogs.
Jack Russell Terrier
The Jack Russell Terrier is one of the most energetic dog breeds on the planet. They do not like rough play, so they might feel vulnerable and bite when you pinch or poke them! On top of that, they get protective of the space that they claim to be their own. Kids will have to respect these boundaries.
Chinese Shar Pei
We know that Shar Pei dogs are cute with their extra skin folds, but you need to be careful. This is a dog breed that is known to be susceptible to a number of health problems. For one thing, those skin folds can contract pathogens, which can then cause the kids to get sick. This is a recipe for disaster that no one wants in their house! On top of that, they can be aggressive and hard to train for this very reason.
Dachshund Standard Smooth
Since the dachshund was bred to be a hunting dog, they do not get along with tiny animals like kittens and hamsters. On top of that, they often suffer from the so-called small dog syndrome. It means that they usually make up for their small stature with a lot of attitude. You can have them with kids on the condition that there will be no rough play. Otherwise, you can expect them to act more aggressively.
Did you know that the Dalmatian used to be bred to become a guard dog and hunter? They usually act reserved when they are around other dogs and desire constant affection and love from their owners. These animals might bite and scratch when they do not get enough attention! They are great with older kids, but you should be at least a little hesitant about bringing them to the house if you have little ones.
The Neapolitan Mastiff is a rather big dog, but they are gentle giants! We are sure that older kids will find them charming and affectionate, but they are walking hazards to the little ones since these dogs might knock over, step on, or sit on your small kids. It does not help that they drool a lot and are clumsy!
It is great that Skye Terriers are self-assured and fearless, but they also tend to be aggressive towards other dogs and act out by chewing, digging, and barking. They need plenty of TLC as well. Their brains are hardwired to hunt tiny animals, so they might not be the ideal choice if you have little kids at home.
Originally, this dog breed was bred to be a Japanese guard dog. The Akita is great at its job since it is unfriendly, even aggressive, with strangers. But there is a good chance that these dogs will consider your kids and their friends to be intruders! This is a dog breed that has its own set of likes and dislikes.
It is no secret that pit bulls do not have the greatest reputation when it comes to dog breeds. Just so you know, they are not all violent. Even so, they were bred to join dogfighting. This explains why they have strong jaws and short tempers. If you are ever unfortunate enough to be bitten by one, they are not going to let you go lightly. Studies have also revealed that these dogs are responsible for a third of all fatal dog bites. They can be loving and family-friendly dogs, but many people would rather not risk it.
Thanks to its aggression, the military has used Doberman Pinschers in the past. This was a popular dog breed back in the ‘70s. Sadly, this rise in popularity also came with a rise in dog bites! There are horror stories claiming that they attacked the owners for no reason. While the numbers are no longer as high, who knows when one of them will turn on you? It is why insurance companies are still wary of them.
One of the most popular dog breeds, the German Shepherds is famous for its loyalty, obedience, and intelligence. These dogs are also aggressive, making them ideal as police dogs. Insurance companies are aware of these things, so you should probably check your policy before you get one. They are known as family dogs, but you should probably train them very hard to avoid any untoward incidents in the future.
These dogs sure look regal! The Great Dane is one of the tallest dog breeds in the world. Thanks to their size, they can be quite dangerous and usually overpower little kids and small animals. You do not usually hear them attack others, but we can imagine that it will be difficult when it does happen. For starters, they weigh above a hundred pounds! This is the reason insurance companies are not fond of them.
How can anyone look at the Wolfdog and not think that it is gorgeous and majestic? They are part wolf, so they have wild animal blood in their veins. This breed might be dangerous because they will always have some of those instincts regardless of how much they have been trained. Insurance companies are not big fans of these creatures. We are sure that they have anecdotes and data to back this up!
Look at the Staffordshire Terrier. Doesn’t it look like the Pit Bull? These dogs were bred for dogfighting as well. They might bear a resemblance, but this breed is actually friendly to humans! Well, this is true if you take the time to train them as needed. This is why a lot of people stay wary of these dogs.
The Japanese Tosa is rare, but it has been banned in different countries! It makes sense to hear that it was originally bred for dogfighting. It is known for being aggressive toward humans and animals. They are bold animals whose big size will make it hard to keep them under control should anything go wrong.
Originally bred as hunting dogs in Argentina, the Dogo Argentino has also been used for other things since then. The police and the blind also rely on this dog breed! There are six countries that ban this dog breed because of its aggression. We are sure that it is not hard to find stories of Dogo Argentinos who turned against their owners all of a sudden without any warning.
The Tosa Inu was originally bred for dogfighting. This Japanese breed of dog is rare and exotic. On top of that, it can weigh anywhere between 130 and 220 pounds and grow as tall as 24.5 to 32 inches. Many people consider them dangerous, so they have been banned in various countries across the globe. With that said, you can see why it is not exactly considered for the title of the most family-friendly breed.
Will you look at how fierce the American Bandogge looks? Known for its strength, this dog breed is a cross between a Neapolitan Mastiff and an American Pit Bull Terrier. It is neat to note that while it is a muscular creature, it was not bred to be a fighting dog. Despite this, people have used it in dogfighting. At any rate, this is a fierce creature that might not make for the easiest family pet to deal with.
You should not be fooled by those big brown eyes! Also known as a Mastiff, the Cane Corso is huge and muscular. The Italian dog breed can weigh anywhere from 99 pounds to 150 pounds. They say that this pooch is a descendant of a Roman fighting dog known as Canis Pugnax. Those dogs had unpredictable natures! You might want to look for something else if you do not want to be on your toes all the time.
This dog breed is best known for its muscular physique and egg or shark-shaped heads. In terms of pound-for-pound lean muscle tissue, the Bull Terrier is at the top of the list! However, you should remember that these creatures boast a strong “prey drive.” This means that they are aggressive, independent, and stubborn animals. If you put in the time and effort to train them properly, there is a chance that they are going to be spirited and fun. However, it might not be the best idea to own one if you have small children.
Take a look at this variation of the South African Mastiff. What a large and stately-looking dog! The Boer Boel is a powerful dog breed that was originally meant to be guard dogs. It was supposed to be the first line of defense against predators. Aside from that, they proved to be invaluable at holding down and tracking prey. It is an intelligent breed that is loyal and protective, which are great qualities in a family dog. However, you might be better off having a fluffy dog in the house instead of a gladiator!
The Gull Dong was originally bred to be a fighting dog. Also known as the Pakistani Bull Dog, it was the result of a cross between the Gull Terrier and the Bully Kutta. It is a powerful, independent, and strong dog breed. The one in the photo might look smiley and friendly, but these dogs are generally fiery and difficult. If you want to play it safe, you might want to avoid bringing a fighting dog into your home.
The Basenji is a dog breed hailing from Central Africa. Also known as a sight hound, it is another hunting dog breed. This is a dog that observes and looks to alerts the owner of anything troubling. While it is reserved around others, it is curious and affectionate. We won’t stop you from getting one as a pet, but you must be ready for a challenge! It has been ranked the second least trainable dog breed for a reason.
Muscular and heavy, the American Bull Dog was bred to be a farm utility dog! This explains why it is amazing at holding and catching cattle, wild boar, and the like. Aside from that, it has also been used to kill vermin and guard the house. While these dogs look pleasant and friendly, you should always bear in mind that they are still bull dogs. Feel free to take them in as house pets, but you might find that these fiery, independent, and confident dogs will be difficult to take out for a walk!
The Fila Brasileiro is a big and strong dog breed that has a pretty terrifying appearance. It came from Brazil and boasts amazing tracking skills. Its size, aggression, and temperament have made for a pretty scary combination. This is the reason that several countries have banned the breed. You might not be happy with these dogs if you are not in the market for something that will scare away other people.
Perro de Presa Canario
The Perro de Presa Canario is a big Spanish dog that was originally bred to be a farm dog. Also known as the Canarian catch dog, it does not look like the most approachable dog out there. You might not be shocked to hear that it is naturally suspicious of others and behave aggressively toward fellow dogs. Owners will need to train these dogs in socialization and obedience so that they will stay domesticated. We can see why some parents are not willing to keep one at home with small children around.
The Boxer breed of dogs came from Germany. It is a big dog breed that resulted as a cross between an Old English Bull Dog and Bullenbeisser. These dogs can weigh anywhere between 50 and 70 pounds! They are not super aggressive but are still energetic and playful dogs. We daresay that they are one of the most family-friendly ones on the list. However, they are also headstrong animals that might behave in aggressive manners when provoked. You will want to be careful around them!
Take a look at this furtive-looking creature. You are looking at a Wolf Hybrid, which is what you will get when you cross a grey wolf and a dog! They might look cute and fluffy, but you would be wise to remember their genetics. The truth is that they often behave less predictably compared to fellow dogs and wolves. This is why it might not be a good idea to leave these dogs alone with your little kids!
There is no doubt that huskies are one of the coolest dog breeds out there! Maybe literally as they were originally bred for sledding, racing, and trekking in cold areas. If you think of yourself the outdoorsy type, you might want to get one of these dogs. In general, they are energetic, graceful, gentle, loyal, and soft. However, do not forget that they have a predatory instinct as well, which actually makes them act more aggressively towards smaller animals. They might get destructive when they feel bored as well!
Also known as the Caucasian Shepherd, the Caucasian Ovcharka was originally bred to protect livestock. It is a dog breed that is known for being assertive, brave, and strong-willed. You might think that these qualities make it a great family dog. However, you will need to keep them trained and socialized since they are still fierce creatures that sometimes fail to keep their defense tendencies from acting up.
We can see why some people think of Borzoi dogs as big tender poodles. It is possible to socialize and train these fluffy and friendly white giants so that they can become great family companions. Sadly, these animals have a tendency to be very stubborn. We hope that you are ready for it to test your patience! They like to play rough, often not realizing that they are stronger than their playmates.
Pit Bull Terrier
Even though Pit Bull Terriers are not naturally aggressive creatures, they are not going to back down from a fight when provoked. This is the reason it is a good idea to keep an eye on them at the dog park. They are not ideal if you have kids since they are going to need plenty of care and attention. To be fair, you probably should not leave any dog alone with kids regardless of its breed and size. However, this is one breed that will be a handful. After all, they are very intelligent dogs that require stimulation so that they do not get bored and act out.
Are you surprised to find the Cocker Spaniel on the list? These animals are not great if you have kids in the house. You see, they often get something known as the “rage syndrome.” Once a dog has this condition, they are going to violently lash out for no good reason. No amount of training is going to help dogs with this condition.
This dog breed has earned a reputation for keeping lions away from prey as hunters go after them. The Rhodesian Ridgeback hails from South Africa and is not fully domesticated. Even though they are loyal and smart, they tend to be aloof with strangers. On top of that, you will have to train them a lot since they might develop their aggressive side if they do not receive enough care and socialization.
We know that the Russian Toy looks adorable, but it is a highly sensitive creature. Even though it is nice and loyal, it won’t enjoy the noise that comes from being around small kids. They will get scared and act in an aggressive manner. On top of that, they are very weak. This means that you should not squeeze, shake, or drop them. If you ask us, kids and a Russian Toy will be a recipe for disaster.
Even though it looks like a huge and furry white bear, the Alabay is a dog breed that likes to dominate. If you bring it to a home with kids, you will need to train it a lot of exercise careful supervision. You should know that these dogs are not the best at following commands, so we wish you luck. They don’t respond to voice commands right away, especially when you are asking them to do something they don’t like.
If you ask dog experts about Corgis, they will tell you that these dogs think they are Shepherds but do not realize their size. Families with small kids should avoid these dogs because these animals need strict rules to behave. Puppies can get aggressive after they realize what they can and can’t do. This is especially true for male Corgis. You will need to put in a lot of patience and time if you want to change the way they act. On top of that, they might try to lead and herd the kids by biting them on the legs!
While it is an intelligent dog, the Weimaraner is not right for everyone. They are energetic but do not seem to have an “off” switch. On top of that, they do not like to be left alone and get separation anxiety. They can be hard to train as well. If you ask us, they are not the ideal breed if you have little kids.
Polish Lowland Sheepdog
Even though the Polish Lowland Sheepdog is durable and strong, it requires daily exercise. They can be aggressive as well. With its high prey drive, these creatures like to run after small creatures. On top of that, these creatures act in a manipulative and dominant manner. These dogs are independent thinkers that come up with their own decisions but get bored super easily.
If you want an athletic dog that requires a lot of exercise on a daily basis, the Bearded Collie is for you. It is a dog breed that requires constructive activities to satisfy their inquisitive minds. When you leave them alone for extended periods of time, they tend to be unhappy and behave destructively. In general, they are stubborn dogs that like to chase and nip at anything that moves.
If you are not on the market for a bossy and stubborn dog, the Tibetan Terrier might not suit you. When they do not get enough socialization, they tend to become suspicious of strangers and timid around people. On top of that, they have long coats of fur. This means that they need a lot of maintenance!
The Scottish Terrier is a pretty energetic and stubborn dog breed, but it is not the most affectionate. These dogs like to play, but you should not leave your kid alone with this dog for playtime. After all, this hound has a chasing instinct and a tendency to get aggressive. Their defensive reactions make them unsuitable if you have little kids because they are not going to tolerate anything they perceive as nonsense! They are also possessive when it comes to their toys and food. With such strong minds, you will have to train them hard early on so that they do not become so dominant.
The Staffordshire Terrier is very similar to an American Pit Bull Terrier in more way s than one. They are both agile and athletic dogs that require a moderate amount of exercise on a daily basis. If they are confronted by other dogs, they will not hesitate to engage. Things can get dangerous quickly should this ever happen. When they are bored and do not get enough stimulation, they can get destructive.
The Airedale Terrier is known to be smart, independent, and stubborn. They are diggers who might just eat the drywall when they are bored. If you want to stop them from doing that, you should give them enough mental and physical stimulation. On top of that, they do not get along very well with others.
Australian Cattle Dog
Also known as the Australian Heeler or Blue Heeler, the Australian Cattle Dog is a medium pooch with a lot of endurance. These dogs have earned a rep for being stubborn and energetic. On top of that, they are adventurous and believe that they are invincible. They often get a lot of injuries for this reason!
We know that the Schipperke is not what you have in mind when you think of a dangerous dog. But with high energy levels, a strong will, and a mind of its own, things can get out of hand. When they are left alone, they can get destructive. On top of that, these dogs are suspicious of both other animals and strangers. Thanks to their high pretty drive, they tend to harass small animals. They are light-footed creatures with quick reflexes, so they can chase just about any tiny prey. Lastly, they tend to bark a lot!
The Presa Canario originated from the Canary Islands. It is also known as a Canary Mastiff. These animals normally grow big. They are dominant dogs with a dangerous rep. Even though you can deal with most of the issues through proper training, be warned that there are a lot of recorded attacks as well. Yikes.
Anyone with eyes can tell you that beagles are cute! However, it is not common knowledge that they were bred to be hunt dogs that can alert owners when there is prey nearby. This is the reason their bark is so loud! We do not think that it is a good idea to have one if you have babies and small kids. On top of that, they are hard to train because they are single-minded when they catch onto a scent.
Just so you know, these energetic dogs require a lot of maintenance. They are feisty creatures who do not enjoy being trained. If there are small kids in the house, you might want to think long and hard before adopting one of these. After all, do you really want to have all that energy under a single roof?
German Shorthaired Pointer
German Shorthaired Pointers enjoy exercise and running. This explains why they can get bored in no time at all! If the household is active and enjoys playing outside, this might be the best dog breed for you guys. However, you better be ready to shower the pooch with a lot of attention to keep it happy!
Up next, we have yet another energetic dog. The Irish Setter can get bored right away as well. It is not low maintenance nor mellow, but they are generally good with kids. Even so, you will be unable to lock them in the kennel when you step out of the house. They require a lot of stimulation and attention as well.