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Question by CRIS
Submitted on 8/2/2003
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Answer by Dr. Kel
Submitted on 8/6/2003
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That really depends on how you train the dog.  Both breeds are great around children if they are taught properly.  Keep in mind that when a puppy first comes into your home keep your children and the puppy in eye sight.. together they both might cause a mess.


Answer by Katie
Submitted on 10/12/2003
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A Golden will do better (for children). Goldens are fun but so are labs. Goldens are more patient and love to play. I say that Goldens are better. Labs play rougher but do just fine. Both are very good and nice. Yes, it does depend on how you train the dog but the way I see it, I love Goldens and Labs, but as long as I have knew them, Goldens have always been better to me.


Answer by Mrs. Roth
Submitted on 12/20/2003
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Both are good dogs, but labs, especially young ones tend to be very high strung.  Golden retrievers have the best reputation when it comes to children.  BUT, please look into a breed rescue whatever you decide to do.


Answer by Eric
Submitted on 2/13/2004
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No kid is safe from any dog. If a child hurts a lab or a golden they will bite, they defend them self when they feel that they are danger, just like humans. But don't forget for a dog to be good with children he needs to be raise with them as a pup. A golden and a lab are probably one of the best dog around children but be care-full.


Answer by Mariah
Submitted on 3/30/2004
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I think a Lab does better! They are great around kids and they have a lot of patience. Labs are probably the best dogs for kids!


Answer by Sarah
Submitted on 5/4/2004
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I have a labrador, and I think that they are very well with children. I used to torment her when I was young, and she took it. Also, my neighbor has a golden retriever, and has 5 kids. The dog is very well with the kids, and is kind and does not bite them, as well with my dog. Personally, it all depends on the personality of the dog and how you treat it when it is young. Also, once again, it all depends on how you train it.



Answer by Rob
Submitted on 6/11/2004
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i agree with what you are all saying but remember what ever dog you get, to tell your kids to treat the dog with respect and not a toy


Answer by Ryan
Submitted on 11/30/2004
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I have the best of both worlds, a lab/golden mix. She is GREAT! My son is 13 months old and my dog (female) is almost 10 years old. She is amazing with him. the other day I found my son being dragged down the hall, holding on to my dog's tail. I of course stopped him, but how many animals are that patient with a child? She was never really around children before and adjusted quickly. I couldn't ask for a better dog. As I am writing this, my son is washing her nose with a washcloth. Life is good.


Answer by jon
Submitted on 12/5/2004
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I mostly agree.. Respect is the Key point in Humans or Dogs....  Based on a good breed, training and respect.. The Dog or human will be a good friend for Life.


Answer by Tampa Girl
Submitted on 12/17/2004
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I have a 1 year old Black lab and couldn't think of a better breed or dog to be around children. My daughter is 4 year olds LOVES to play with my lab tells him to lay down sit she lays all over him and he loves it!!He sleeps by her bed sits by her when she's watching TV or playing on the computer. He is her shadow. My friends little girl is 6 months old and crawling everywhere! My lab follows her but is very gentle when around her. When she does cry he will start to whimper and will actually come and get us to let us know "Hey mom the baby is up!" he is wonderful! When the kids play age ranging from 3to 7 years old he doesn't knock them over or bite he's gentle runs with them but doesn't run them over. He's wonderful and I am VERY happy with him. Then again we take him swimming "almost" every Saturday (we all love the beach)the dog park/ kid park on every Sunday and we take him for an hour walk at night (helps us all stay in shape) So, maybe his easy going has to do with the fact that we are so active with him
Hope that helps.

I do have a question? I am thinking of getting another dog well, we are getting a puppy in May chocolate female are the temperaments the same as a black lab? That may sound really silly to most but I did hear that the black labs tend to be a lot calmer then chocolates or yellows. Is this true? What about breeding? Can you breed a chocolate and black lab? Would blacks come out more then chocolates? Thanks for any help.


Answer by Richie
Submitted on 1/3/2005
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I think all them dogs act good around the kids.  Just, like, train them first, you know?  Otherwise them kids might get bit.


Answer by Droog
Submitted on 2/9/2005
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I had a golden and he was just way too hyper, he wouldnt of been good around children, i am on my 2nd yellow lab, so I would have to say the lab, but it can just depend on their temperment, can't go wrong with either one..... BTW, I would get an adult dog, not a puppy, an adult dog you already know there temperment.


Answer by kesiah
Submitted on 4/27/2005
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for me golden are much better. Because I have three friends that have goldens and they are so nice and cute too.Labs are okay but maybe there not as good with children than the golden because at pet shops there so active. But as everyone says it matters how they think and how you train them. But it all matters to the dog.


Answer by jackle
Submitted on 1/26/2006
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golden are a bit better i think because i have a golden and she was and is a sweetie every lab i see is a bit hyper and destructive except my golden was very young and we had to train her so if you get a golden prepare to house train it


Answer by chloe metcalfe
Submitted on 2/4/2006
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I think it really depends on the personality of the dog and how well it had been trained + if it was an older dog when you adopted it or bought it, it will depend also on what it had been through when it was a puppy until now so Chris I really don't know!


Answer by Em
Submitted on 7/11/2006
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I think a Soft coated wheaten terrier. They do GREAT around kids and have the biggest heart of gold.


Answer by Jenni
Submitted on 1/24/2007
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Get a lab/golden mix then your problems are solved.  I have one that is 8 months, and she has the best temperament of any dog I've owned so far.  Mostly labs.


Answer by Samantha
Submitted on 3/7/2007
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Labs. At first and earlier into their lives they do play rough. But When we got ours i was an older child maybe 12 years old and he loved to jump and run and play. They will be god for older children. It does depend on if there are any other dogs in the house when you get it. They tend to take after the other dog. I would also consider a jack russelterrier. This was MY dog. VERY loyal to ownder. and is a WONDERFUL guard dog. consider your choices before making a commitment.


Answer by Rameesha
Submitted on 6/18/2007
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I think labradors and Goldens are both great. But kids have to treat it nicely, if they hurt the dog, the dog WILL bite, and it depends on how you train the dog. I think both are great dogs for kids!


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