People often consider only how dogs would be with their children and not whether their children will be good with dogs. Dogs are not the only one in a relationship (especially with children) that need to be trained. Not every dog is right for children and not every child is right for a dog. The vast majority of
dog/child problems involve children under six years of age.
If your children are under six you should invest a great deal of time and thought before choosing a new dog. Large dogs that have been bred as guard dogs or have a history of being aggressive or biting should be avoided. Large, high-energy dogs that can knock children over or dogs that bark excessively would not be good choices, as well.
Parents with small children are usually very busy – they often do not have the free time or desire to spend hours grooming or walking a high maintenance dog. Initially, puppies require almost as much time as a child does, so ask yourself if you are ready to bring a new puppy into a home that is already too busy.