Top 10 Dogs Good With Children Part II

This article is a continuation from Dogs Good With Children Part I. If you haven’t already read Part I then I highly recommend you go back and read through the article before starting this one.

Once again I’m going to post my little disclaimer:

***The Disclaimer – This is my personal opinion. Please do your own due diligence when searching for a breed of dog. The personality of a dog is often influenced by several factors including line, breeder, and owner more so than the actual breed of the dog. This list does not imply that all other dog breeds are unsuitable for children. Individual dogs may not show all or any of the traits associated with the breed. Puppy training, socialization with children, education, line, breeder, and living conditions with the family will all heavily influence your dogs personality.

A quick recap of what Part I covered:

  • The Top Dogs Good With Children Scoring System
  • How I Chose The Breeds
  • Dog Numbers 6-10

Top 10 Dogs Good With Children 1-5

Now what you’ve all been waiting for at number 5 we have the…

Number 5 – Vizsla

Vizslas

The Vizsla sounds like a great dog for children. A very loyal dog who is also a quiet dog (they only bark when provoked). I guess this could be a negative if you’re looking for a watch dog. From Wikipedia:

Vizslas are lively, gentle-mannered, loyal, caring and highly affectionate. They quickly form close bonds with their owners, including children. Often they are referred to as “velcro” dogs because of their loyalty and affection. They are quiet dogs, only barking if necessary or provoked.

I know very little about the Vizsla and I’m pretty sure I’ve never run into one in person, but the sites I’ve visited rave about this dog. I go as far in my notes to say that “they have very little doggy smell and hypoallergenic coats”. Coupled with a nearly optimal size gave this dog a high score on my rating scale. If anyone owns or knows a Vizsla I’d love to hear some of your comments.

UPDATE – I’ve learned a lot about Vizslas since I last wrote to this page.  We ran into a working Vizsla training to become a Cadaver Detection Dog.  We have one friend who has a 3 legged Vizsla.  Finally we have a neighbor who regular walks her Vizsla through the neighborhood.  Every one raves about this dog being a great family pet from their low maintenance coats and the lack of doggy smell.  I have heard that they can be a little energetic, but aren’t all sporting dogs!?!?  

Energy Level: 3
Size: 8
Temperament: 8
Intelligence: 7
Intangibles: 10
TOTAL: 36

Number 4 – Pembrooke Welsh Corgi

Corgis

Isn’t that picture of the Corgi puppy just adorable? A nice sturdy sized dog with really short legs. It’s hard to imagine, but the Corgi is an active, athletic, intelligent dog despite their short legs and stocky body. I guess there’s hope for my short legs and stocky body. From Wikipedia:

The Pembroke is very intelligent, quick, active, and exceedingly bold. It is thoroughly devoted and protective of its family, defending its home at any cost. It barks occasionally, but makes a good watchdog.

One of my neighbors owns a Pembroke Welsh Corgi and seems active. I don’t think my neighbor has him quite under control as I see the Corgi often pulling his handler in whichever direction he wants to go. He has also met both my dogs and is friendly with them, although the owner has told me that he will sometimes growl at strange dogs as a dominance thing.

UPDATE – Another neighbor just brought home an 8 week old Corgi and I must say he is adorable.  They named him BigFoot and he loves people.  He’s a tad active and as a puppy might be a little much for younger kids, but overall he seems like he’d make a wonderful family dog after he grows out of puppyhood.

Energy Level: 2
Size: 10
Temperament: 7
Intelligence: 9
Intangibles: 9
TOTAL: 37

Number 3 – Poodle

Poodles

What do you think of that Poodle haircut? I’m really not a fan of the funky hair-dos (although I did have a mohawk for a short period of time). The Poodle comes in high on our list only getting average scores for energy (medium-high) and intangibles (I like the poodles coat because it does not shed, but on the other hand it is difficult to maintain and groom). From Wikipedia:

Proud, elegant, dignified, good-natured, highly intelligent, very trainable, pleasant, happy, sensitive, friendly.

Poodles are one of the most intelligent and trainable dogs. That being said there is a standard poodle in our neighborhood who I would consider highly intelligent. However, I have noticed that this poodle does bark a lot (everytime we walk past the house) and is aggressive towards my dogs. I have a feeling these are traits not common to the poodle. Throughout most of my readings the poodle almost always gets high marks.

Energy Level: 6
Size: 8
Temperament: 8
Intelligence: 10
Intangibles: 6
TOTAL: 38

Number 2 – Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers

Coming in at number 2 is one of my favorite dogs and almost always shows up as great family dogs when researching on the internet. The Labrador Retriever is well-balanced and a very versatile breed. Labs are used extensively as Guide, Service, Search and Rescue, Therapy, and Assistance Dogs. From Wikipedia:

Friendly, reliable, loving, affectionate, lovable, patient, highly intelligent, loyal, willing, high-spirited, lively, good-natured,and protective.

As most readers of this blog know I’m currently raising a black lab named Stetson for Guide Dogs of America. I do have a decent background with Labrador Retrievers and have been working on Stetson’s obedience training and socialization for the past year. The only drawback I’ve noticed with Stetson is his sometimes rough play. As he grows out of his puppy stage I think he will mature and be less rambunctious (he’s only a year old). Other than that he’s an excellent dog and he displays all of the great qualities people rave about when talking about labs.

UPDATE – I’ve been around Labs more than any other kind of dog.  Since writing this article I’ve raised 4 Lab puppies for the Guide Dog program as well as puppy sat countless others.  In my opinion these pups can be a little energetic and oversized for smaller children.  However, my older pups have calmed down quite a bit since puppyhood.  I highly recommend Labs as great family dogs.

Energy Level: 4
Size: 5
Temperament: 10
Intelligence: 10
Intangibles: 10
TOTAL: 39

And the number 1 dog who is good with children is…drum roll……..:

Number 1 – Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers

It was close, but the Golden Retriever edged out the Labrador Retriever by a single point. The two dogs are very similar however I had to give the nod to the Golden in Energy (Medium-High vs High for the Lab) and Size (The lab is slightly larger which I considered less favorable to the smaller Golden). The Golden received lower marks for it’s higher maintenance coat. From Wikipedia:

Friendly, confident, biddable. Never timid or aggressive. The Golden Retriever temperament is a hallmark of the breed and is described in the standard as “kindly, friendly and confident”

Growing up my parents chose the Golden Retriever as the family dog. They purchased our dog Kiko the year after I was born and he was with us until he was 10 years old. He was a wonderful dog and a shining example of the breed. Golden Retriever are used in many of the same service occupations as labs including Assistance, Search and Rescue, Guide, and Therapy.

UPDATE – I’ve raised one Golden Retriever puppy for the Guide Dog program and puppy sat several others.  They have great temperaments and are very lovable.  Their coats do require a bit of maintenance, but they are wonderful family dogs.

Energy Level: 5
Size: 6
Temperament: 10
Intelligence: 10
Intangibles: 9
TOTAL: 40

Parents Responsibility

Often times children are unaware of their own strength and can be a little rough (the same can be said for many puppies). Parents should take the responsibility to teach their kids and dogs to be gentle with their interactions with each other.

There are many breeds out there that work well with children not just the breeds I mention on this list. Remember there are good dogs and bad dogs in every breed. No matter what breed you choose you should never leave your dog and children together unsupervised for the safety of not only your child, but the dog as well.

Conclusions

I’m happy to say I learned a lot while putting this list together. Before researching I knew nothing about the Vizsla. Now I’m very interested in this breed and would be interested in any information about them. Do you own or know a Vizsla?

I did my best to be as objective as possible in the compilation of this list. A lot of this information is my personal preference. I prefer a medium to large dog. However, others may prefer small or extremely large dogs for their children. I prefer low to medium energy level and higher intelligence in my dogs. Other people may think the exact opposite. Hopefully this list helps you choose your family dog.

Just in case you missed Part I of this series check it out at the following link: Top 10 Dogs Good With Children Part I

Let me know what you think. Do you have a dog that is good with children?  Tell me a little about your dog.

Comments

  1. Steve says

    The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is not on your list, why? It is widely referred to as the nanny dog because of it’s protective nature, and complete loyalty to it’s owners, and their kids! It is officially regarded as the the best dog with children with the Kennel Club of the UK. I am dumbfounded as to why this loving, intelligent and gentle breed is not number one, let alone not on your list! PS. Labs have the highest bite rate of any dogs with children, google it and see for yourselves, saying that, in my opinion as a dog lover, all breeds with the right commitment, nurture and training can be safe and reliable to a point, with kids.

  2. says

    I REALLY THINK YOU SHOULD RANK THE ENGLISH BULLDOG HIGHER THAN 10. I HAD AN ENGLISH BULLDOG FOR 13 1/2 YEARS, HE PASSED AWAY ON SATURDAY. VERY INTELLIGENT EXCELLENT WITH CHILDREN. HE WAS RAISED WITH OUR CHILDREN 16, 11,9, THEN MY GRANDDAUGHTER WAS BORN 2 1/2 YEARS AGO HE WAS VERY PROTECTIVE OF HER ALSO. IF I EVER GET ANOTHER PET, IT WILL DEFINITELY BE ANOTHER ENGLISH BULLDOG. WHAT A GREAT BREED.

  3. Wendy says

    On Ruff Collies – My father was attacked by one as a child and my sister had one that bit her son and then later attacked a visiting child who has had to have reconstructive surgery to his face.

    On Great Danes – They do have a lovely temperament but MUST be trained as puppies before they are too big. My sister got hers at 10 months old and he hadn’t been trained. He is energtic and loves to play with the children but is constantly knocking them over.

    On Basset Hounds – Lovely natures but tend to wander and not return home.

    I am currently researching smallish dogs to get one for my son and have found that your scoring system covers the same things that I am interested in. Thank you!

  4. c.j. m says

    I agree with goldens & labs this person dose not seem to know much about dogs. Vizsla’s are extremely hyper, corgi’s & poodles can be nasty (I am surprised they didn’t put pitbull’s on the list). What about beagle, american bulldogs, pugs…etc not to mention a gd mutt from the pound.

  5. JP says

    I liked your list, however from knowing a lot about all these dogs a couple do not fit for something I would have around children. Number 1 & 2 are right on the money as is a Bull Dog.
    I have a Golden Lab / Golden Retriever Mix and he was never needed to be trained around children he just grew up loving all kids.

  6. says

    Labs are the best, Best for kids as well as adults and those who have physical disabilities. Tey love children and very protective, very intelligent and a good guard.

  7. patricia says

    HI, I had a corgi and a 2 labs but they both had a problem with nipping at the kids heals. The corgi it wasn’t a big deal because it didn’t happen very often. But both labs had a problem with biting. So I had to get rid of them. But I loved loved loved my German Sheppard. We got him right before our first son was born and he was fantastic!

    • says

      @Patricia, thanks for letting us know about your experiences with Labs, Corgi’s, and German Shepherds. My Australian Shepherd mix likes to nip at people’s heals, but that’s something I expected since he’s a herding dog. My Labs were mouthy as puppies (seems like most dog breeds are as pups), but as adults I haven’t had any problem with nipping.

      • Mary says

        What about Dachshunds? I have a 15 year old rescue Dachshund who is absolutely wonderful with children, especially babies. She’ll almost choke herself on her leash while walking to get to child to play with them if one or more are nearby.

  8. T11306 says

    I feel the true number one was left out of this list completely. People do not give enough credit to the American Pitt Bull Terrier. I have one he is absolutely great with children. Bad owners have given these dogs a terrible name. However, they truly are the most magnificent of all breeds. I was a skeptic to until a few years ago. My neighbor next door had two. I saw how friendly his were. His male dog would let his daughter ride him like a horse. So after seeing this my decision was made I knew it was the breed for me. I have had my Pitt for two years now and he got his AKC Canine Good Citizen by the time he was 8 months old. I don’t think there are many dogs out there that could accomplish that. Truely a great dog.

  9. Rebekah says

    thank you for a great list and I enjoyed the comments too. We have a black Lab and a 2 year old, they seem to be a perfect combination. Even though the black lab is an old dog and is getting on in years. He has always been good with kids and very protective the only time I ever heard of him bare his teeth was we had a neighbor boy who would play with him as his family and ours shared a back field. A strange man wondered into the field one day and obviously the dog did not like this and put himself right between the child and the man and made enough noise that both my husband and the boys father were alerted and the man left immediately. Those are just two reasons that we will probably end up sticking with the lab. I’m glad Labs made the top 2.

  10. Carissa says

    I have a 4 yr old Vizsla and love him to death! He’s great with the kids (a 10 yr old & a 7 mo old). He is aloof around strangers, not ever too eager for their attention. He lives up to being a velcro dog, loves attention, wants to learn new things, loves to play fetch, & I even taught him to be a ‘helper dog’. Came in handy when I was 8 mo pregnant & couldn’t bend over anymore! His coat is ‘odorless’. He only gets bathed when he’s very dirty or rolls in something dead (which happens like 4x/yr). I would not recommend this dog for someone not willing to exercise or entertain the animal. They can be a handful sometimes, especially if not properly trained. All in all though, they are wonderful affectionate dogs!

  11. Pat Repstock says

    HI
    I have had minature poodles and love them.Now I have two young Grandchildren and I am wanting a medium sized dog for them.I love the Standard Poodle,but I am concerned it will be to big.Are the female Standards smaller?What do you think of the Labradoodles?
    Pat

    • says

      @Pat, we’ve had both Standard Poodles and Labradoodles in our guide dog group and they are both very nice breeds. I don’t thin you can go wrong with either breed (of course you need to properly train the dogs). One thing I really liked and I’m sure you enjoyed too was the lack of shedding. In general the females are smaller than the males. According to the Dog Breed Info site the average size for female Standard Poodles is 45-60 pounds.

  12. Lindsey says

    I enjoyed reading your website. Thanks for sharing your opinion. If you are interested in the vizla I would reccomend looking into all the pointing breeds. Pointers and German short haired pointers are wonderful from first hand experience. I like pointers a bit more than the other two breeds because while active outside inside they enjoy a sprawl on the couch while the others are always looking for something new to do.

  13. Perdendo says

    I thought this list was very good. It at least is a start for people looking into breeds to get to interact with their children. Colby, I am very sorry that people are hassling you over the fact that you didn’t mention every dog in the book, I think they missed the fact that there are more than 10 breeds in the world, and you chose to do the “Top Ten” … It’s also personal preference to be totally honest. I’d trust Weimaraner or a Rodeigian Ridgeback (Spelling?) around my children *personally* because I’ve found they are very gentle and amazing breeds to have around. But, thank you for this list! It does give a bit of food for thought and it at least is a nice stop to make during your google searches for more breeds. I hope the posts weren’t to bad later on (Seeing as how this is 4 years later) and people learned that not everything revolves around them.

    • Perdendo says

      (Ah, forgive me for the date, I was looking at the wrong things. Apparently the “Trackbacks” at the bottom of the page hold a different date, and appear as comments. Forgive me for this misunderstanding)

    • says

      @Perdendo, thanks for commenting and thank you for understanding the point of this blog post. I took a look at the date and I actually did publish this post about 4 years ago.

  14. Tish McKenzie says

    I have had Golden Retrievers for years. Love this breed! I have used them in pet therapy both with the elderly and with children. I do want to say, however, that just because a breed is considered number one breed for children, does not mean that all Goldens are good with children. My own Grandchild was attacked by a Golden Retriever without provoking that attack. This was while adults were in the room with the child. Something about the small child walking behind him startled him and he attacked. The attack required stitches and could have been more serious had supervision not been right there. This was a Golden that had been around children all his life and was a trusted friend. I say this to caution that no dog breed or dog is 100%. Small children should always be supervised with all dogs.

  15. Elizabeth says

    I own a vizsla, and everything you report about them is true! They are the best, most kind, gentle loyal dogs ever. However they are extremely high energy and need to be exercised DAILY. I cannot stress this enough, otherwise thy cn get bored and become destructive. We have to take our dog to th dog park every single day. But she is the best dog we’ve ever had. She is the most beautiful dog and is the perfect size. She’s very clingy and must be considered part of the family. Ie sleeps in our bed under the covers with her head on a pillow

  16. Cp says

    Labs & retrievers are both excellent around kids. We had a lab growing up. He was a bit hyper, but never bit anyone. And my best friend had a retriever that took it upon himself to escort us everywhere, making sure we were always safe.

  17. Janice says

    I love that the Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever made number 1 and 2 on the list! We have 2 Black Lab/Golden Retriever mix puppies and 5 kids. I couldn’t wish for a better family.
    Our puppies are about 15 months old now, brother and sister. They play with each other enough to keep most of the energy level down with the kids (unless there is a tennis ball in someones hand!). The are very intelligent and loyal, and just the right amount of watch dog. They have all the best qualities of both breeds. If someone can’t decide between the two, I recommend a mix (but ONLY if you can give them PLENTY of exercise).

    • says

      @Janice, not a bad idea! Along with purebred Labs, Goldens, and German Shepherds our Guide Dog school also uses Golden/Lab mixes in their guide dog program. I’ve also heard that some of the service dog schools use primarily Golden/Lab mixes for their service dogs.

  18. Kris says

    I am surprised at Golden being top. I have meet many a Golden who are very bad with children and other dogs. The majority of the time when my lab was attacked at dog parks it was a Golden. I am also surprised that Pittbull was not included at all, bread bias? A good pittbull is by far the best dog for children. Mine was 5 years old when we brought our baby home from the hospital. He was patient with her from the time she started putting cloths on him and mounting him like a horse.

    He was also our baby monitor. If the baby was in her crib and fussing he would come get us. This is not a fluke, after speaking to many other Pitt owners it is very common behavior and before they got such a bad rap they were known as “Nanny” dogs in England. I am sad to not even see a nod to the breed.

    In fact the Pitt was much better with our children than our lab was. MUCH BETTER.

  19. says

    Great post – But I have to ask – why isn’t the Boxer on here? I’ve read and heard numerous amount of times that the boxer is supposed to be one of the best breeds of dog to have with children?

  20. mark says

    I had 4 kids and multiple dogs the best advice is to raise the dog right. I prefered the working dogs over the hunting breeds only because they were easier to train to stay in the yard, The best was a Shepherd / Husky mix that we had from a puppy. No aggresive behavior was ever allowed by the dog. but we gave out dogs lots of love my eight year old daughter would use her for a pillow while watching TV. By treating the dog with love , repect, zero tolerance for aggresssion and constant exposure to kids we have always had good dog.They need to grow with you and the family.They will not come automatically kid ready

  21. rhea says

    Hi, I’m 11 years old,and I heard that if there are alot of rats around the house,then it would not be a good idea to get a toy poodle,because they are very small.I really want a dog,but I’ve been trying to look for a medium sized one and the most suitable one for my age,and also the most suitable one for hot weather(because I live in Malaysia,and its kinda like a tropical country if you ask me).I have been thinking about maybe a miniature poodle,toy poodle,or miniature schnauzer?

    • rhea says

      Oh and we have quite a big yard,but there are quite a lot of mosquitoes there.But there are two parks near my house.I’m also looking for a hypoallergic dog like the poodle,because my sister has some skin problems.

  22. ryho says

    when i was younger my neighbors dog attacked one of the family members. that dog was a golden retriever. where is pitbull on this list? where is the boxer on this list? people will probably laugh when i say pitbull, but i have to admit, there are very protective of kids. i trust pitbulls more then labs. weird huh.

  23. Tina says

    I have a 2 year old Vizsla named Abby! She is a bundle of energy! She makes friends wherever she goes! She has the sweetest personality, shes my 60lb lap dog! She has never shown any signs of aggression whatsoever. All the neighborhood kids just love her, and she loves them more! I would highly recommend the Vizsla to anyone! They do need alot of exercise.

    • says

      Hi Tina,

      Thank you for telling us all about your Vizsla. One of my friends just lost his Vizsla and said it was the best dog he ever had.

      Thanks,
      Colby

  24. Tom says

    Colby, I really enjoyed your article and system party because I’ve been doing a lot of research lately to find the right breed for me and my family and I’m looking for the exact things you grade on. I even had the same experience of finding out how awesome the Vizsla breed is.

    However, I ended up comming to a different conclusion and I think you need to know about this breed as well. You’ll have another “Vizsla” moment when you realize how awesome this breed is.

    The Staffordshire Bull Terrier! It’s been said already in the comments, but it’s worth repeating. The Nanny Dog from the UK, which is the 5th most popular breed over there, knocks it out of the park in pretty much every one of your categories. Slightly high on the energy level (but not too much so), awesome size, AMAZING temperment, highly trainable, and fantastic intangibles like short manageable coat, loyal, *just the right amount of protection ability*, and sound realiable personality makes this dog a “must consider.”

    Even if you don’t change your list, you owe it to yourself to check out this breed for your own personal gain… and that goes for the rest of you folks too!

    • says

      Hi Tom,

      Thanks for telling us about the Stafforshire Bull Terrier. We have friends who have Staffies and they are very good with the kids. This list is really just a starting point for people looking for good family dogs, but maybe I should have made it a little bit longer…top 20? Really the discussion area is just as important (if not more) as the original content as there is feedback from many different people and their experiences with certain dog breeds.

      Thank you for contributing to the article.

      Take care,
      Colby

    • jennly cerrle says

      You DO know that an American Stafforshire Terrier is the true name for a PitBull, right? I am in no way against PitBulls, but they need a LOT of corrective training to keep them from turning. If you have young children, you will not have time for that. You may try another breed if you have somewhat young children.

      • Jessi says

        Actually, the term “Pit bull” can refer to the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, or the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. The dog we commonly think of as a “Pit Bull” – the one with the reputation of being aggressive towards humans, the one that’s raised brutally and used in dog fights – is the American Pit Bull Terrier. Consequently, this is the most gentle and least aggressive to humans (and dogs) of the three. In fact, they are not recommended as guard dogs because it is almost impossible to train them to be aggressive to humans. This trait (more so than their strength) is why they are the preferred fighting dog; they will not turn on their masters, no matter how poorly they’ve been treated. While it is true that the Amstaff and Staffy can be dominant and therefore not always likely to get along with other dogs, all three of this variety score very low on aggression towards humans. In fact, almost all fatal incidents attributed to Pitt Bulls are the result of dogs who had been trained to fight. These are gentle, loving dogs who are heavily misunderstood. I urge anybody with compassion for dogs to do their research about Pit Bulls before parroting ingrained misinformation; their reputation is undeserved and it is our responsibility to educate ourselves and change that.

  25. JZ says

    VIZSLAS ARE AWESOME DOGS! I am no expert. That said, my parents, sisters and I always had numerous dogs at once, and always a variety of breeds from toys to sporting. After experience with now 5 Vizslas, it is by far my favorite breed to recommend for and “all-around-great-dog”! I agree with the concern about separation anxiety so recommend 2 rather than 1 (much easier actually) because they prefer to be with other dogs when their humans leave for work or board them (most of us must work but try taking them on vacation with you for an unforgettable experience). We have found that Vizslas are active outside but with daily exercise can be calm and always snuggly in the house. They are relatively healthy and clean and can be quickly brushed or bathed and dried when they discover something fun to get them dirty. Ours rarely bark and show no aggression so may not be best choice for a guard dog. They are affectionate and can be gentle even with smaller children and pets when supervised or part of their family. Vizslas are hunters though and will chase the wildlife in your yard so a fence is a good suggestion if possible. The medium build of a Vizsla may satisfy those who prefer bigger dogs while their desire to sit on laps and sleep in your bed will help lovers of toy breeds forget they ever considered something smaller. We found ours to be smart and relatively easy to train with praise and rewards with minor mishaps when they get distracted. I love all dogs and suggest people research the breed that is right for their family…and consider Vizslas!

  26. One suggestion says

    To be honest, I think the number one should be a chihuahua! Have you seen how much energy they have? I have one and she is as energetic as a kid when he is bouncing-off-the-walls hyper.they are super trustworthy and alert. They are really intelligent, dispite what you may think. They have a great temperament. They are bread to love their owners, they are classified as velcro dogs. Aside from that, they are extravagantly cute and impossible not to love.

  27. One suggestion w/ direction ???? says

    To be honest, I think the number one should be a chihuahua! Have you seen how much energy they have? I have one and she is as energetic as a kid when he is bouncing-off-the-walls hyper.they are super trustworthy and alert. They are really intelligent, dispite what you may think. They have a great temperament. They are bread to love their owners, they are classified as velcro dogs. Aside from that, they are extravagantly cute and impossible not to love.

  28. jennly cerrle says

    Great Pyrenees dogs are the BEST dogs with kids. Where did you research this information???? I have a pyr and he is the kindest dog. He is a professional obedience dog. Most beautiful dog ever, altho they are not supposed to be that smart, they really are. Wikipedia it: Great Pyrenees dog; not to be confused with a Pyrenean Mountain Dog.

  29. Jessica says

    I owned a vizsla, we got her when she was two and a half and she was a wonderful and I mean wonderful dog! A couple years after we got her my sister moved in with us with her infant son and our dog (Annie) was very protective of the baby! If we put him down in the swing she would lay right underneath him and did great with him until my sister moved out when he was a little over two. Then we had a friend stay with us for a little while who also had a infant son and she did good with him as well all though she was getting up there in age and she did snip towards him (but wasnt going after him just warning him) one time when he got a little too rough with her but that was it. A couple years later I had my own son and she did great with him, Unfortenly she passed away when our son was about 10 months- She rarely barked I only heard her bark once at chickens when we visited a farm and once at my husband when he lost his house key and was breaking into our bedroom window :) her favorite activities were cuddling on the couch and cuddling on the bed and eating. She did enjoy our daily walks as well but mostly she just liked to sun bathe when she was outside. She was super calm and had such a loving, caring, loyal, laid back personality! I highly recommend them for any dog lover!!! I miss ours and have been trying to adopt for a while but none our in our area :(

  30. Ralph says

    I’m busy doing research on dogs at the moment as I am looking to get a good family dog which is very good with kids. The kids are 2 and 5 years old respectively. As a little kid we had a boxer but I have not had a dog since. I think I have made up my mind to get a boxer again as I loved that dog so many years ago but I’m trying to find out how good they really are with kids? I’ve been onto numerous sites such as this and I have yet to find one with a boxer in the top 10 for kids. Can someone tell me why this is? Other dogs come up so frequently but I am really looking for some positives for the boxer as that is the dog I really want.

    While I haven’t seen much regarding boxers I also haven’t heard any negatives. What has been said has been positive albeit very little. Why is this? Is the Boxer just not a very popular dog? Please help, thanks in advance.

    • says

      I have a few friends who have Boxers, but they don’t have kids. I’ll see what they have to say about Boxers and whether they would make a good family dog.

    • Mary says

      Boxers are great with children and very protective. My mother grew up with one and she talked about Lady till the day she died. GOD bless you Mom.

  31. Greg says

    I have to agree about the Golden Retriever’s being at the top of the list. I had one from a puppy until he passed away on his 11th birthday. He was very intelligent and obedient, loving and friendly around kids and strangers, and was a true retriever; he’d play and retrieve tennis balls until I’d get tired of throwing the ball. He’d fetch the tennis ball then bring it back and set it near my feet in preparation for the next toss. I would tell him to put it closer to me, and I’d tell him to move it closer until it rested right next to my foot, and he’d obey this command. He loved to be around my young kids and thought he was one of them, and would stand in the yard (off-leash) and not leave the yard. He would cry if the kids went down the street as if he was supposed to be included in their fun with the neighborhood kids. The only down-side was he needed the usual attention to his coat, including frequent baths.

    My new wife had a female Vizsla prior to us dating and marrying, and the dog lives with us in the house (as opposed to my Golden who lived outside most of the time and he was happy to do so). Our Vizsla tends to bark at any strange noises, including the bombing from the nearby military base, lightening, and at other dogs that pass our home (while she’s tied up in front on the driveway on a long leash). While she’s very affectionate and intelligent like my Golden was, our Vizsla also seems to have a short memory and sometimes selective on ‘when’ she’ll obey commands. She was trained, but still seems to need more. Like others have said, she needs lots of exercise and attention (which we give her as much as we can, including runs and long walks since we’re both athletic), more than my Golden needed. Our Vizsla is also VERY clingy and whiney, and it can actually get quite annoying especially since she’s underfoot constantly and needs to be near us, particularly my wife (who babies her). We frequently take our Vizsla with us out in public, and over the last couple years noticed she has started being unfriendly to other dogs, particularly small ones. They’ll check each other out, then out of the blue she’ll snap and bark at them and we have to restrain her. The upside is her coat doesn’t need the same maintenance as my Golden required and doesn’t have a ‘dog smell’ to her.

    Since our Vizsla is very intent to be underfoot, she’ll race ahead of us in anticipation of any / all moves we make around the house, including going up and down the stairs. We are planning on having a child together, and the concern is that the Vizsla will be too much dog around a newborn, particularly when the baby is learning to walk and go up and down the stairs. So, we’re planning on how to deal with her exuberance when that time comes.

    Nonetheless, either one actually makes a great family pet. But, I will admit, a Vizsla requires much more attention, exercise, and continuous training, including more patience since they’re very interactive, clingy (hence the ‘velco’ tendencies), whiney, and sometimes hyper-active. Another consideration that needs to be understood, Vizsla’s and Golden’s were actually bred to be a working (hunting and retrieving) dogs, so space is important, and it would not be fair to have either breed in a small house or apartment.

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