A small, breakable one at that. Does anyone else see the folly in this? And why would a baby need a dog in the first place?
This is what I wrote this person. It might be a little jumbled but I’m sure my message will be clear:
Hi-- I just want to reiterate what another person wrote to you at craigslist. A small dog for a baby would be a bad idea because they’re so fragile. I once knew a teacup poodle that broke its leg just by jumping off a couch. Your little boy is probably just learning to walk or will soon. Imagine what would happen if he lost his balance and landed on a tiny pup or whacked it with a hard toy or knocked something over onto it. You don’t need vet bills on top of the costs of raising a baby.
I would strongly urge you to wait a year or two to get your son a dog–when he has some sense of what can and cannot hurt it. When you do, study up on several larger, sturdier breeds. Labs and golden retrievers generally have easygoing personalities. They can take some roughhousing without getting upset and maybe angry. Herding dogs such as border collies and Australian shepards are good too but need lots of exercise. However, if you got one, it would likely consider your son its “sheep” and will try to keep him away from trouble.
I would recommend not getting a puppy but a dog at least a few years old. Puppies have needle sharp teeth and have no idea how much damage they can do to tender skin. An older dog will be more settled and patient with a young boy.
Please do some research before getting any dog. Too many of them wind up in shelters because their owners once thought they were “cute” or “cool” and then grew tired of caring for them. They also didn’t bother to teach them proper doggy manners and then got mad because they barked too much or were destructive. The most common reasons for both these behaviors are because a dog is bored. You wouldn’t leave your baby for hours on end with no attention. Dogs need to know you care for them too. They need to understand what is and isn’t expected of them, just like your son.
I hope you will wait to get a dog. Learn what you can about them before jumping in. Both your family and the dog you eventually choose will benefit from it.
I hope this person will think about it though I worry they won’t.