Choosing a new four-legged member of your family is not as easy as you might think. There are many important factors that you need to consider before getting a dog—especially if you have small children. While dogs are considered man’s best friend, you need to be sure that your breed of choice will get along with not only your own children, but other young visitors and neighbors. Not all dog breeds can be trained to get along with kids. Worse, some breeds even command a homeowners insurance premium hike. Here are the top 24 dog breeds experts agree should not be around children and young families.
#24 – Akita
Traditionally used as a guard dog in Japan since the ancient times, the Akita has a good reputation for a great household guard dog. They are aggressive pack leaders, especially if you have other dogs in the house. The problem with this dog breed is that it might see small children as intruders, especially if your kids bring friends over to play. Of course, this breed can be trained to be friendlier; but, it is also important to educate kids on how to approach this dog breed.
#23 – Chihuahua
Chihuahuas are cute. Many people are quick to assume that, because of their small size, they are also the best breeds for children. In reality, they are one of the very strong-willed and stubborn dog breeds. They are quite hard to train especially if they sense weakness in the human leadership shown. They also have the tendency to become aggressive and jealous of young children—all because of their sense to display their dominance over the younger members of the pack. Apparently, they see your kids as members of the pack.