A veterinarian has urged families with young children to avoid dog breeds with strong herding instincts.
These adorable dogs look cute but they can bite and chase people.
That’s not a great combination when you have young children around, says Dr. Katrina Warren (@drkatarinawarren).
She’s a TV veterinarian with 49,000 followers on her TikTok, and she loves these traditional working dogs — but she recognizes their downsides.
“Border collies are my favorite dog breed and can make great family pets,” she said. parcel.
“But I wouldn’t recommend them as a choice for families with young children.”
This dog’s herding instinct is part of its DNA, which is great on a sheep farm, but less so in a home environment.
They require a lot of training, which she admits is difficult to do when raising a young family.
“Raising and training a Border Collie puppy is stressful, and it’s difficult to spend dedicated time with them when you have young children who are focused,” she says.
“Border Collies are really energetic and they can get very excited by the noise and chaos that often happens to young children.”
Veterinarians say some habits, such as biting and jumping, can be difficult to break.
And these energetic dogs can’t shake their basic instincts either.
“Remember, border collies are herding dogs and they can also learn to corral and chase children if not properly trained.”
This breed is much better suited to families with older children and can make “excellent family pets,” she writes.
“Raising and training a border collie is a huge commitment and requires focused attention,” she concludes.
But opinions were divided in the comments section of her post.
One person said: “My border collie has been with all three of my children since birth and is the most beautiful dog to them.”
It was the same answer from the second person: “Maybe I got lucky, I have a border collie and little kids and he is the gentlest dog ever .”
But this person took her side: “Completely agree. We have the most amazing border collies but would not recommend if you have children under 8.”