I am i love with a Jack Chi puppy. I was wondering how they were with kids. any info helps
on Dec 15th 2010
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Much of how a dogs is with kids depends on its early socialization, before 12 weeks. Bring a new puppy into a home wit children and supervise them to prevent abuse, intentional or not, and it should grow up loving the kids.
I personally think a larger dog is safer with kids.
Aster answered on 12/15/10. Helpful? / 1
You should never get a puppy that is under 8 weeks. Jack Russell Terrier/Chihuahua mixes may have a high energy level.
It really depends on the induvidual kid, how old they are, how they react to having a dog in the house, how the dog reacts to living with kids.
I suggest taking the kids around this particular dog to see how they all act.
I disagree with Aster. Larger dogs can knock over and harm very young kids. Smaller dogs can tend to be slightly more aggresive, but can also be much safer than bigger dogs.
Buckeye answered on 12/15/10. Helpful? / 0
Small dogs are NOT better for children... they tend to be more fearful and reactive, which easily leads to biting. A small dog's bite may be less harmful, but it's still a bite. Large dogs when properly trained are much more tolerant of kid stuff like rough petting, tail pulling, etc.
It really depends on the kids whether the dog will do well with them. Young children are notorious for picking up small dogs and puppies and then dropping them, which can easily break a leg in fragile breeds like the Chihuahua. Most dog experts do NOT recommend toy breeds with children under age 6 or so, for the safety of the dog.
I think a Jack/Chi mix would be particularly bad for young kids... You could get the Chi's delicate bone structure and "one-person-dog" personality, and the Jack Russel's energy and aggressiveness. Not a combo I'd buy, personally.
Bruno CGC answered on 12/16/10. Helpful? / 1