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Big or small dogs?

Posted: Sun Aug 28, 2016 3:23 pm
by micole88
What are better?

Re: Big or small dogs?

Posted: Sun Aug 28, 2016 3:35 pm
by Caustic Burno
Big dog in a small body Jack Russell
They are quirky little dogs need a special quirky owner

Re: Big or small dogs?

Posted: Sun Aug 28, 2016 4:44 pm
by tater74
Big dog = big poop

Re: Big or small dogs?

Posted: Sun Aug 28, 2016 5:56 pm
by TCRanch
tater74 wrote:Big dog = big poop


Big dogs can be taught to pinch off their big poop in the brush, woods, etc - not the yard :)

Re: Big or small dogs?

Posted: Sun Aug 28, 2016 6:02 pm
by Rafter S
micole88 wrote:What are better?


Better for what?

Re: Big or small dogs?

Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 1:41 am
by micole88
Rafter S wrote:
micole88 wrote:What are better?


Better for what?

Better for children

Re: Big or small dogs?

Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 7:38 am
by Rafter S
micole88 wrote:
Rafter S wrote:
micole88 wrote:What are better?


Better for what?

Better for children


It's been my experience that larger dogs are often more easy-going and tolerant of children. Less quick to snap or bite because of the rough treatment children may unintentionally give them.

Re: Big or small dogs?

Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 7:43 am
by M-5
I have found that a dog that is gentle with kittens will be gentle with children. even though there is no correlation it has more to do with the temperament of the animal.

Re: Big or small dogs?

Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 6:30 pm
by NECowboy
Hate little yippie dogs that are annoying as snot and bite at your heels. Any kind of terrier (jack Russells are awful) or God forbid a chihuahua aren't my cup of tea.

Then dogs can get massively big too like St. Bernard, Great Dane and have hip and joint problems and much shorter lives (some other dogs like German shepherd can still be massive too). I agree that bigger dogs usually seem to have better temperaments (what do they have to prove?)

So I think medium sized dog and good temperament are probably best but it's all personal preference.

Re: Big or small dogs?

Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 7:46 pm
by Caustic Burno
NECowboy wrote:Hate little yippie dogs that are annoying as snot and bite at your heels. Any kind of terrier (jack Russells are awful) or God forbid a chihuahua aren't my cup of tea.

Then dogs can get massively big too like St. Bernard, Great Dane and have hip and joint problems and much shorter lives (some other dogs like German shepherd can still be massive too). I agree that bigger dogs usually seem to have better temperaments (what do they have to prove?)

So I think medium sized dog and good temperament are probably best but it's all personal preference.


I won't own anything but a Russell
Russell's are tough smart fearless dogs that need a firm kind hand.
They are special little dogs that need owners that understand the breed.
Got one laying in my lap right now.

Re: Big or small dogs?

Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 7:55 pm
by Rafter S
Caustic Burno wrote:
NECowboy wrote:Hate little yippie dogs that are annoying as snot and bite at your heels. Any kind of terrier (jack Russells are awful) or God forbid a chihuahua aren't my cup of tea.

Then dogs can get massively big too like St. Bernard, Great Dane and have hip and joint problems and much shorter lives (some other dogs like German shepherd can still be massive too). I agree that bigger dogs usually seem to have better temperaments (what do they have to prove?)

So I think medium sized dog and good temperament are probably best but it's all personal preference.


I won't own anything but a Russell
Russell's are tough smart fearless dogs that need a firm kind hand.
They are special little dogs that need owners that understand the breed.
Got one laying in my lap right now.


I agree. They're great dogs, but the OP was asking about a dog for children. Would a Jack Russell be a good choice?

Re: Big or small dogs?

Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 8:03 pm
by Caustic Burno
No I would not recommend them for little kids. They are hunting dogs that need a job from ratting in the barn to tackling any varmit that doesn't belong.
With proper training and work they are calm well mannered dogs

Re: Big or small dogs?

Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:12 pm
by A.J.
Both sizes have have their advantages and disadvantages with kids. I've had big dogs all my life, and since Ive been married I have acquired 4 little yappers. 2 of the little ones are great and tolerant with our 1 year old son, the other two are afraid of him, and will growl at him sometimes if he's next to them and they are afraid he is gonna get rough with them. We have to be careful that he doesn't accidentally hurt one of them with their small size and him not understanding how to be gentle with them yet. Our farm dogs- a golden retriever and black lab are great with him and try to be gentle, but sometimes can accidentally knock him down just because of their size and their high energy level. One good place you might check is if there are any rescue groups around. They have all ages, shapes, and sizes and can tell you a lot about a dog if they have had them a while and worked with them. Like if they are good with other animals and kids, any bad habits or fears, and what their personality is.

Re: Big or small dogs?

Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 10:33 pm
by dun
A.J. wrote:Both sizes have have their advantages and disadvantages with kids. I've had big dogs all my life, and since Ive been married I have acquired 4 little yappers. 2 of the little ones are great and tolerant with our 1 year old son, the other two are afraid of him, and will growl at him sometimes if he's next to them and they are afraid he is gonna get rough with them. We have to be careful that he doesn't accidentally hurt one of them with their small size and him not understanding how to be gentle with them yet. Our farm dogs- a golden retriever and black lab are great with him and try to be gentle, but sometimes can accidentally knock him down just because of their size and their high energy level. One good place you might check is if there are any rescue groups around. They have all ages, shapes, and sizes and can tell you a lot about a dog if they have had them a while and worked with them. Like if they are good with other animals and kids, any bad habits or fears, and what their personality is.

Excellent suggestion about the rescues.

Re: Big or small dogs?

Posted: Tue Aug 30, 2016 1:31 pm
by TexasBred
Dachshund and a Great Pyrenees here. They make a great pair. The GP let's the Doxie think she's winning every war they have. Both are great with kids but the Doxie is a big possessive of everything.