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What kind of dogs are good with younger kids? By younger kids, I'm looking at the age range of infant to two years old. The only kind of dogs I really don't want are toy dogs. I've just got no interest in really small dogs.
I think most large breed dogs have the potential to be a great pet for children, it's all in how they're socialized and trained. However, I watch Animal Planet's Dogs 101 and golden retrievers, Great Danes, and Newfoundlands have all been mentioned as being good with children. If those breeds are too large for you, a collie would work.
Large breeds eat a ton of food which can get expensive. Have you thought about going to a shelter and getting a mutt? They tend to be healthier.
These are all great suggestions! I guess I should have mentioned one other thing that would be nice - avoiding long-haired dogs just because I have a problem with promising I'm going to make my dog be outdoors most of the time but then letting them rule the house. I hate cleaning up dog hair 99% of my life. Otherwise, I'd be all over a Bernese Mountain Dog. They're so gorgeous. I'm worried it'd be too hot for them where I live too. But I may just have to deal with the cleaning because most of my favorite breeds are long-haired. @MiketheGrinder I've considered a mutt, I have one right now and love rescuing animals, but sometimes I buy into the hype about some dog breeds being more aggressive or at least maybe not so great with children. I know, I know. That's bad. Behavior is learned. Being a mother has brought out this super paranoid side of me that I'm not very comfortable with. Never considered a great dane though, I'll have to look into them! @MissMe Labs are beautiful and great. They're at the top of my list right now, but still exploring other options.