Cute But Not Cuddly: Dog Breeds all Families Should Avoid


Even though dogs are our best friends, sometimes even more so than our human friends, there are certain breeds that families should be cautious of. Although they may be cute and get lots of ‘awwwws’ from kids on the street, that doesn’t mean these dog breeds are meant for family living.


Saint Bernard: not exactly a lap dog

These guys only fault is that they are almost too friendly. Because they are easily excitable and love the snuggles, they often forget how big they are, which can be a problem for smaller kids. Even though they only want to play, sometimes their lovable nature is actually their downfall.

Australian Shepherd: kids are friends not food

These fluffy puppers are adorable and usually very well behaved, the only problem is that they can mistakenly think that small children are part of their pack and get a little too rough with them. Although they mean well, this aggressive behavior can still cause injuries.

Affenpinscher: little but mighty

These petite puppers look like the perfect dog for children to play with, however, their aggressive tendencies and impatience often lead to biting. They act more like the quirky aunt at a family dinner that secretly hates all the kids than an adorable teddy bear-like dog.

Chow Chow: the fluffy guys

These dogs look more like toys than living beings, but these dogs need a lot of training and leadership rather than cuddles and playing. This can be difficult with small kids who just want just want to hold them like a stuffed animal.

Greyhound: sleek and salty

These majestic creatures were built for racing, so if they aren’t allowed to roam free and get a lot of exercise they will often turn hostile. If they are not properly cared for they become a little stand-offish… not ideal for a family with young kids.

French Bulldog: but they’re so cuuuuuute

These wrinkly boys hold a special place in almost everyone’s heart, how could you say no to that smooshed face? It may be tempting to come home with one of these cute guys but they will often become violent if not given the right amount of attention.

Shih Tzu: you might as well have another kid

Shih Tzu’s are super high maintenance. They require constant attention and get jealous if your time is spent with children instead of them, which usually stems from acute separation anxiety. So, if you decide to get one, make sure they are the only thing in your life.

Jack Russel Terrier: more like Jack Russel Terror

These guys are basically Tigger from Winnie the Pooh because their energy levels are through the roof and they bounce around like maniacs when they don’t get enough exercise. On top of that, their tolerance levels for children are very low.