Recently, an article titled “5 dog breeds that don’t mix well with kids” was brought to our attention. We support making responsible decisions when selecting pets and encourage prospective pet owners to do their research, but we are concerned that prospective pet owners may develop inaccurate perceptions based on the article’s content.
Let’s establish some fundamental facts. One, any dog can bite. While genetics can contribute to how dogs respond to different situations, it is certainly not the only determinant, nor is it necessarily the most important one. Two, young children should never be left alone with a dog, regardless of how trustworthy the dog may seem.
When choosing a pet dog, prospective pet owners should consider the dog’s size, temperament, activity level and needs, and whether or not these qualities are compatible with their family’s lifestyle. It’s not a decision to be made lightly, and pet ownership comes with responsibilities.
View our dog bite prevention page for more information on dog bite prevention, including videos, podcasts and other educational materials. The AVMA-hosted National Dog Bite Prevention Week (which is May 20-26 this year) provides everyone with an annual opportunity to learn what they can do to prevent dog bites.