Amanda - posted on 04/22/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )
In a few years when my daughter is old enough to start school, my husband and I are going to buy a house in a safe school district and we also want to get a dog. My husband wants an Irish Setter, but I'm debating on what kind of dog to get for myself. I'd like 2 dogs because they are very social animals and do get lonely by themselves.
I have good and bad experiences with different breeds. As a little girl, I was bitten by a pitbull, but I don't blame the pitbull. I blame the owner because he allowed the dog to wander the streets and did not have the dog on a leash or have any control. I have family member with a pitbull/mastiff mix and he's the friendliest dog ever. My inlaws have a purebred german shepard who attacked my neice at my wedding reception but is very gentle with my 18 month old. I don't blame the dog for the attack, I blame my inlaws because it was a very hot day, high 90's, and the dog shouldve been in the house because we all know dogs get irritable when they are extremely warm. Plus there were alot of people. My neice just kneeled down to pet the dog and the dog bit her in the face.
As a kid/teen, my family has had both nice and mean cocker spaniels; the nice ones were raised by us from pups and the mean one was actually a stray we took in. I've had mixed breeds that were awesome: german shepard/husky/newfoundland mix, german shepard/airedale mix, a snauzer/poodle mix, and a german shepard/black lab mix. Out of all the mixed breeds we had, we only raised 2 from pups which people say makes all the difference but sometimes it doesn't. One dog we raised had to be put down because he turned due to neighborhood kids throwing things at him when he was outside in a fenced backyard. My mother would call the police to no avail. These kids eventually drove the dog to be mean. We lived in a bad neighborhood where there were many kids committing crimes, dealing drugs, stealing cars, etc. So they obviously had no respect for other people or their property.
The mixed breeds we adopted were the sweetest dogs ever. I'll probably never find any dog like them again. I will, however, use my experiences to not only find the right dog for me and my family, but to teach my daughter the proper way to behave around dogs. There are many people who fear dogs or certain breeds. These fears are based on personal experience or just falling prey to fear mongering. I'm not gonna judge a breed based on one specific animal's actions. I want to hear stories and experiences. I'm hoping everyone will read this and share ideas and experiences that will help my decision-making process a little easier. We won't be getting a dog for a few years but I'd like to be prepared when its time. I'm a very cautious momma and I want my daughter to be safe so choosing the right dog to get is critical.