We want to get a new puppy for our home. What is the safest puppy for our child?

Avoiding Dog Bites:  Choosing the Safest Puppy for Your Child

Whether you’re planning to adopt a dog for a child’s birthday or as a holiday gift, you should first check on which breeds adjust well to children in a home. Of course, you must also be ready to do most of the caregiving until your child can safely take over certain tasks.

To help you search for a child-friendly dog, we’ve set forth links below to some of the websites (like PetMed) which offer guidance and statistics on this topic. However, since any frightened dog can become aggressive, it’s often wise to obtain some obedience training for a new pup -- to help him calm down.

Finally, be sure to ask your vet for his or her opinion about a specific dog breed before adopting a puppy. After all, as some the statistics below reveal, some dogs can still be quite dangerous.

General Statistics Regarding U.S. Dog Bites – Especially Related to Children

  • Close to 20% of those who are bitten by dogs each year “require medical attention for dog-bite related injuries; half of these are children;
  • Kids between the ages of 5 and 9 are most likely to suffer serious dog-bite injuries;
  • During the year 2012, “27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten by dogs.”

Dog Breeds Frequently Recommended for Families with Small Children

(The following list was developed by PetMed.com)

  1. The Golden Retriever. If you had a golden retriever while growing up, your memories are probably very positive ones. These dogs are extremely loving, patient, and protective of most young children. If you choose to adopt one of these dogs, keep in mind that they need plenty of daily exercise. In regards to size, a Golden Retriever is usually a bit smaller than a Labrador Retriever;
  2. The Beagle. Often thought of as the “Snoopy” dog since cartoon character Charlie Brown’s dog is a beagle, these dogs love to play and can usually handle being around excited children;
  3. The Collie. Most Boomer adults still recall watching the show “Lassie” while growing up and already tend to trust this type of dog. Collies are often described as mild-mannered;
  4. The Newfoundland. Words like “gentle, kind, and patient” are often used when describing the demeanor of these lovely animals;
  5. The Bull Dog.  Although this canine looks a bit unfriendly, many people claim they do well with young kids because they’re rather “docile” or a bit lazy;
  6. The Bull Terrier. A number of dog owners claim this dog breed can be very affectionate in response to your warmth and proper treatment. You’ll need to make your own decisions about this dog (as well as any others on this list);
  7. The Vizsla. Older children willing to help give this dog the extensive daily exercise it loves may be best suited for this animal;
  8. The Irish Setter. Since this dog is another one that requires lots of exercise, it would be best to only adopt an Irish Setter if you have a yard. They are supposed to be very loving and good with children;
  9. The Poodle. “Smart” and “gentle” are two words often used when describing this dog. You can normally expect this canine to be very careful when playing with your kids;
  10. The Labrador Retriever. Few big dogs are willing to play this well with kids and sometimes even allow a bit of cuddling. They are also smart and willing to endure plenty of active kids in their midst.

Should your child ever be seriously injured or bitten by a dog, you need to contact the Law Offices of Fort Worth attorney Tom Hall. He is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He’s been representing injured children like yours for over 25 years in Tarrant County. You can reach his office by calling 1-817-831-6100 today. Ask to schedule your FREE consultation

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