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Beagle, Corgi, or Tibetan Terrier?
We're thinking of adding a dog to our family (our daughter is almost four)
and I'm looking for some first-hand feedback. I've lived with dogs, trained
puppies, and know the pros and cons of puppies v grown dogs, purebreds v mixed,
and getting your pet as a rescue dogs v from a breeder v from the shelters.
Having thought this through, we're leaning toward a puppy and considering a
beagle (I grew up with beagles), a pembroke corgi, or a tibetan terrier. I've done a lot of research on breeds -- I have a sense of the general qualities of each of these three that make them possibly compatible with our family.
My questions are:
a) If you have firsthand experience living with these types of dogs and small children can you please say what you found to be great or difficult about that?
b) If you know of a reputable beagle, pembroke corgi, or tibetan terrier breeder you'd recommend, can you please give me their contact info?
Generally terriers are not the best dogs for children but there are
exceptions to the
"general" part. Beagles are generally good - although I believe they have a
tendency to dig - now whether they can dig a hole under a fence big enough
for both the dog and the child to escape on an adventure, I don't know. Our
labrador dug holes and he and our basset hound would go out for a stroll. He
would find a mud hole to roll in.
The Corgi's I have seen seem to have been good with kids. If you will go to
Baubles" on Solano in Albany and talk to the owner she has had Corgi's. He
most recent one is so nice and she knows a breeder. She may also now of
I have always got my eye out for a Basset as ours is elderly and our lab
passed away, but if I see a Corgi I'll post it. Cindy
My family and I rescued a Tibetan Terrier from the SPCA about 4
years ago. We now have a 14 month old daughter, and we worried about how
this high-strung dog would behave around the baby. In the end, he has been
wonderful, but not because he is patient: rather, he is very skilled at
getting out of her way when she wants to "love on him" with high-pitched
squeals and hair pulling. The baby will also try to "cuddle" with the dog,
by laying down in front of him and getting very close. He will allow that
for a few seconds and then get up and walk away. All in all, we trust him
with the baby and he is very protective of her, as long as we let him get
away when he wants to. I think the baby's experience with a medium-sized
dog has been a good one. She is not fearful of animals (or of anything
else much, it seems), and we know that we will have to teach her soon to
be cautious. My only concern with a Tibetan is that this is a herding dog,
and a watchdog, and ours has a tendency to bark and run around when
excited. However, he becomes very calm when the house is full of people,
even if some of them are small children running around. I should caution
you that we had this dog professionally trained away from our home for
about a month, since we could see immediately that his normal high-strung
nature would need to be controlled at times for the safety of the family,
visitors, and neighbors. But he is a wonderful pet, and is good with the
baby, my older stepchildren, and visitors.
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