Be very cautious acquiring a dog for such a young child. When we lived in Virginia we went to the shelter and adopted a lab mix and he bit three children before we had to finally put him down. The problem with a mix is that you don't know anything about the parents or their temperament; fine if it's going to an adult but use caution when purchasing for a child. I would suggest waiting until you child is around 6 years of age and then go with a more mellow breed such as a miniature poodle. Check out the shelters and try to get a dog that has been in a home environment and used to small children.
Golden!!! Our new baby is 11 weeks old and she is the sweetest most lovable girl ever. She learned sit, stay, and crate trained from first days home with us. Now I can put treats on her front paws and tell her to wait and she will until I say to go get the cookies!!!
Such smart and lovable breed. Great with kids and other animals.
Golden!!! Our new baby is 11 weeks old and she is the sweetest most lovable girl ever. She learned sit, stay, and crate trained from first days home with us. Now I can put treats on her front paws and tell her to wait and she will until I say to go get the cookies!!! Such smart and lovable breed. Great with kids and other animals.
I think the suggestions are great I too own two Golden Retrievers HOWEVER she asked about a SMALL dog... ha ha Everyone seems to have missed that!! I bought my son a Shih-tzu when he was only two years old... My son is now 18 and we still have her... He was pretty rought with her and she NEVER EVER even snapped as him... She was perfect for my little ones... I also am a huge fan or a rescue dog!!!
I work for a groomer in Kingwood and I have two small dogs that are great with kids. Oneis a year and half female ****zu and Chihuahua mix. The other one is 5m old and a ****zu weiner dog mix. The younger one is only as big as my husbandsize ten shoe and probably won't get much bigger. If you are interested I can post pics.
I would say a lab. BUt I would wait for your son to get a bit older. Get him potty trained then get a puppy.
I love our lab. But the first 2 years are hell. They chew everything they are bat sh*t crazy rambunctious. But after 2 years they mellow and you will love them like you can't imagine.
A great pyrnese would be my second choice. They are sturdy dogs, and will love your son like you can't imagine. Besides a lab they are the only other breed I would have.
I know I will catch grief for this, but there is no way I would adopt an older dog when you have young children in the house. You do not know what may set the dog off, and yes this could happen with any dog. But much more likely to happen with a dog that is no longer a puppy and you do not know how the dog may have been mistreated. I would do this if my kids were older, but never ever while they were young.
That said, you can still go to any rescue group for the breed you want and get a puppy.
Good luck. Boys are just suppose to have a dog while they grow up And a big dog is faster to potty train, and they don't yap nonstop lol
Whatever you decide, please adopt from a shelter or rescue. There are so many homeless animals. The puppy "Sterling" that was recommended by Pharlap on this message board would be worth looking into. He sounds like a winner.
I have seen where a small child will hurt a puppy trying to pick them up or with just rough play. An older puppy say 6mo or so of a smaller dog ( such as beagle or cocker) can roll with a childs roughness without having to nip back in self defense.
If you are on Facebook go to "Stop Crosby Puppy Massacres" site. They are a rescue group in Crosby who have a small 8 month old Shep/mix called Joey. He is adorable looking, beige with a black muzzle, friendly with other dogs and very lovable. He won't get much bigger. Check him out. I just posted his picture and profile below
Low maintenance coat, goofy personality, intimidating presence, loyal to the bone. The total package
That is really cute! That's how our german sheppard was when DD was a baby. If someone she didn't know held her or even stood near her, she would growl & I'd have to tell her they were ok. She did the same if she saw a man approach me that she didn't know. I swore that GSD's would be the only breed I ever owned because of that dog's intelligence & loyalty. Seeing this makes me consider a doberman though. We never trained our GSD formally, she was a rescue off the side of the road. Covered in mange, broken leg (vet said someone had thrown her from a moving vehicle), ear mites, in terrible shape but she was gorgeous by the time we got her healthy. She was fully potty trained in 3 days, picked up commands in a week or so, & listened to absolutely every thing I told her to do. Miss her terribly. I've always thought dobermans were beautiful but are they super intelligent as well?
Here is a photo of sweet Joey who is also now at Dogtown Ranch and Sanctuary. Joey is an 8th month old Shepherd mix who only weighs about 25 pounds. He will be a smaller dog when he is full grown. He is great with other dogs and very loving. If you are looking for an active, playful pup please consider giving Joey a forever home.
Heathur, GSDs and Dobermans are my favorite. I rescue both breeds and own both. If you ever want to meet my Dobe just let me know. I'll show you some of his obedience and he can be a taste tester ;D
You know. Im always looking for fosters for GSD and dobes. I pulled a red cropped and docked Dobe out of BARC a couple days ago(posted a thread for him here) and I just got a notice of another cropped and docked purebred Dobe there, ugh. I looked at two purebred GSDs pups today at Montgomery county shelter and tomorrow I'm supposed to go evaluate a purebred white GSD at Harris county shelter. It's never ending.