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Old 04-29-2013, 03:49 PM
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I am looking for a large breed of dog for my son with autism. He does well with our Beagal and I would like a large breed around the house as well. Any suggestions from experiences? I would like a rotweiler because well trained they are protective and great with children and make great family pets with proper training when they are puppies. I was also looking at a mastif because they are great family pets as well. Any suggestions would be appreciated because we are still just looking around for ideas.
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Old 04-29-2013, 03:52 PM
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A nice pit bull? Forgiving, tolerant, stoic, honest, driven, energy with an off switch, plus they're cute and fantastic snugglers.
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Old 04-29-2013, 03:54 PM
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Don't look for breed. Look for an individual. Try checking your local shelter for dog that are good with kids. If you get an adult dog, you know what you're getting. I'd avoid getting a puppy.

I have a boxer, and he ADORES children. My collie also loves kids, but he's a bit more exuberant and is likely to accidentally knock them down to smother them with kisses.

There's really nothing that would make you need a different type of dog just because your kid is autistic. A kid is a kid, and a dog that's good with kids doesn't care if the kid is different.
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:32 PM
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A pit bull would be my first suggestion too. But honestly, it is hard to recommend a dog for that one aspect as many dogs could be fine, but it depends on other issues.

Do you own or rent? Are there any breed restrictions where you live? What other qualities are you looking for in a dog? What about grooming? Activity level? What is your experience with dogs? Etc.

My Dogo is awesome with autistic children. He adores them, but I wouldn't choose a Dogo based on that reason.


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Old 04-29-2013, 07:30 PM
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There's really nothing that would make you need a different type of dog just because your kid is autistic. A kid is a kid, and a dog that's good with kids doesn't care if the kid is different.
Pretty much this. ^^

What's more important are things like whether the dog's activity level meshes well with the family schedule. For example, if you're in an apartment with a beagle and kids, you probably don't want a large active breed that needs to run an hour or more every day.

Things to consider are:

Are you willing to groom or have a professional groomer work on your dog periodically? Or do you want a wash and wear coat?

Do you have a fenced area the dog can get some exercise on days where things are too hectic/busy for a regular walk?

Do you want a dog that's friendly with everyone or reserved/suspicious toward strangers?
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:37 PM
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Okay, I did think of ONE thing to take into account with autism. Hair type. Why? Sensory issues. I don't care for GSD hair, but I can tolerate it. I really prefer smooth coats, like boxers and pointers. But I love the look of wiry coats. Do you think your kid would be okay with a long coat? A wiry coat? A soft and curly coat? A medium-length double coat? If you already have a beagle, odds are a coat along those lines is fine. But there may just be issues with other coat types.

Way back when I was planning a service dog program for autistic adults, I was wanting to have standard poodles, smooth collies, and rough collies. That gives a wide variety of coat types to choose from, since poodles can be clipped really short or really long, or anything in between. They can even be corded.

Along those same lines, drool. If your kid's going to be sensitive to drool, stay away from breeds that tend to be drooly. I don't like getting slimed with dog spit, so I'd never choose a drooly dog. It took me a long time to even be okay with dog kisses (but now I love them )
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I agree that it is first more important to narrow down to breeds that fit your family's lifestyle, and then find the perfect one for your son. Going through a rescue or shelter might be an option, someone may be able to help you find a good match.

Consider how much experience you have in training and raising dogs - Rottweilers can be a tough breed to train and handle, especially without experience. They need a good deal of exercise and might be overprotective of your child if they aren't socialized properly, but they are also excellent with children. If you've got the energy to exercise one and the experience to train one, they might be a good choice.

I also think a pit bull could work well, they're often called "Nanny dogs" for a reason. But if you already have a beagle, you want to make sure the dog you bring home will be friendly towards your other dog - and sometimes pit bulls, rotties, and mastiffs aren't great with other animals.

Golden retrievers are also typically very fond of children, as are springer spaniels - but they're quite a bit smaller than the breeds you're considering.

If you want a dog as large as a mastiff, a st. bernard might be a good breed to look into. They're a bit easier for someone less experienced in training to handle than a rottie or mastiff is.
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:44 PM
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I totally agree with Sael but i wanted to add...

There's a program around here that raises puppies for children with Autism, SPDs, ADHD or ADD, BiPolar seizure response dogs (some learn to alert, it's amazing), etc.... the most common breed I see is Goldens. In second Collies and Labs. There are also a few GSDs, also a few Paps lovely dogs with amazing temperaments, from good breeders. BUT, SO many of them don't make it and get placed in "pet only" homes - amazing pets at that!!!
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Old 04-30-2013, 06:22 AM
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I would get a dog with short hair and one that did not need a lot of grooming. Such as a poodle. My some does well with short hair and I was thinking about taking him to the pet store to see how he tolerates different types of breeds because he does have a lot of sensory issues. I am now looking into a Pitt but aren't Pitts and Rotties about the same when it comes to temperament and training? If you have experience with both that would help. Thanks.
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I would get a dog with short hair and one that did not need a lot of grooming. Such as a poodle. My some does well with short hair and I was thinking about taking him to the pet store to see how he tolerates different types of breeds because he does have a lot of sensory issues. I am now looking into a Pitt but aren't Pitts and Rotties about the same when it comes to temperament and training? If you have experience with both that would help. Thanks.
Poodles don't shed much, but they still need a lot of grooming! That means taking it to the groomer's or clipping yourself.
To your question- No. Most well bred "pit bulls" are pretty easygoing, goofy, very friendly to most people, and often wonderful with children.
Rottweilers are awesome dogs, but even friendly ones are often reserved and protective. If they aren't socialized with children, they might not get along too well. When I was little and I'd be screeching and wrestling with an adult, the rottweilers would often assume there was a threat to me and go into hyper-protective mode.
With pit bulls you have a very high chance of getting a dog that is dog aggressive. That means you need to be very careful to avoid fights, do not take it to the dog park, etc.
Rottweilers can also be dog aggressive, though it's most often same sex aggression.

I also want to suggest that you do not get a dog from a pet store. You have no idea where they come from or what illnesses or temperaments their relatives had and passed on. I'd recommend getting an adult dog from a breeder or rescue, so you already know what the dog is like.
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