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    I never watch my kid while she is with the dogs. Terrible I know but she always goes out the back by herself and has sone since she was about 2 (although when she was 2 I used to sit by the window watching).

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    I have two amstaff's and they are fantastic with my 4 year old nephew (he's quite little though probably only the size of an average three year old). If they start getting a little roudy he has been taught to stand still with his arms behind his back and say NO very sternly. They quickly stop.

    Now this has been developed in the space of about 2 months, the boy was 11 months and girl 4 months when we got them and they hadn't had an introduction to kids before. He's never with them when we aren't.

    They also play well with a friends 20 month old and they sit quietly so my best friends 12 month old can pat them. Always supervised with kids but they are fine because they've been taught to be.

    Mind you the kids have also been taught how to behave around them.

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    I will side with the others, young Labs are too much around little kids. They are happy well-meaning dogs, but solid, heavily built and full-on. A collision between them barging about and a small person can be disasterous, little people being knocked flying and falling over onto concrete etc. Shudder.

    Something smaller? Cavalier? Or other spaniels? Field spaniels and Brittanys spring to mind.

    Or yep, a rescue dog. The benefit of this is that they may have been in foster for a while and their foster carers know their personality well and ill strive to match them perfectly to your family.

    Have a browse of PetRescue - find your new best friend!

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    Sorry can't help myself.
    Most children who are injured as a result of dog bites are under the age of 5. Whilst some dog bites occur in public places majority are bitten by buy their own dog or another familiar dog in someone's home. All dog irrespective of breed can bite.
    Children do not understand that animals do not follow "human rules" of behavior and habits.
    Always supervise.

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    Cavaliers win hands down as family dogs, do not need a terribly experienced person to train them, naturally gentle and love kind kids, they can have genetic problems as many dogs can but are just the sweetest natured dogs going well worth a thought

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    Leaving a child alone with a dog is completely irresponsible. I have a dog who is aggressive towards kids (and people generally, he was abused) and the lengths I have to go to in order to make sure he never encounters them are crazy.

    As for breeds good with kids, labs are suited to older kids and teenagers -- they're so rambunctious and so full on. They don't respond terribly well to a loud NO or a sound to dissuade them. Like any breed raised correctly, they can make a great kids pet, but the work has to be put in, and with kids that young, a lot of people don't have the time.

    I would recommend a breed like a Staffordshire Bull Terrier or similar - perhaps an American Staffy. They are naturally excellent with kids, easy to train and overall a healthy breed.


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    The Labs I've dealt with don't respond to much at all!
    I took the one I was looking after to my horses during the week. I was longing one of the horses in a round yard. When my dogs come into the yard, I can say 'get out!' and they will.
    This Lab comes in, I say 'get out' and flicked the whip at her, and she stands there like nothing happened. I walked over, grabbed her by the collar and guided her towards the outside and said more firmly 'out!'. She stood on the outside for about 3 seconds, and came back in again, my horse had to slam on the breaks cause she was standing in the way, she didn't even care a 600kg horse was running towards her!

    Sorry, that was off topic
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    Thanks evryone for all your great opinions, will keep in touch on info of how she goes.

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    What she needs to think about is:- how much time she will have to exercise, train, groom the pup and then from there search breeds that fit that criteria.she may also let the kids play with the dog if the dog is very safe to cope with,they are usually safe.
    My dog breeds, dog health and care,dog walk,dog sport,how to equip a dog,I hope my dog is strong I like small dogs.small dogs are cute to me.

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    We've got a little boy bichon frise who's super friendly around everyone, children especially. Definitely recommend this breed for families, as long as you provide them plenty of attention!

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