18th March 2012, 03:22 PM
Question about cavaliers and kids
Yesterday I took my 4 yr old son to our first cavalier show. We don't own a cavalier never have in fact(maybe one day) But I wanted to go and let him see the dogs. We have an old poodle but he was here before my son so.....this would be dog would be his first new dog. Anyway, I told my son before we went in NO TOUCHING unless Mommy says. We walked in and there were beautiful cavaliers everywhere every time we pass one going to the seats the dogs turned to approach on son. I was amazed how many tried this......my kid was like a doggie catnip. My son was very well behaved and did not reach out to any dogs. We took a seat (between showings it was only one ring) and a cavalier who was sitting with his owned in front of us. The dog actually inched slowly under the chairs to in check out my son's shoes! I said well hello to the dog and the owner turned around to apologize I told him it was fine and asked if my little boy could pet him. I told my son its ok and he got on the floor with the dog and was very gentle petting him while I chatted with the owner. He said they do not have small kids at home but that his dog loves kids. So my question is are cavaliers really this attracted to kids? I know these were show dogs but is this something any of your cavaliers do? My son is a little shy about meeting new dogs and is afraid of big dogs period. If we ever get a cavalier I know both my kid and the dog will need supervision and training to be together.
18th March 2012, 03:49 PM
My two are divided: Guinness thinks children move too fast, make too much noise, and just generally do not make good friends. Thistle LOVES children, she climbs on their laps, they rub her tummy, their faces are usually covered in food, she washes every one's face. All she has to do is see a kid and she gets excited.
18th March 2012, 06:52 PM
We went to Crufts on the Sunday as we couldn't go on the day that Cavaliers were on. We met the Cavaliers on Discover Dogs and they were wonderful with all the children. Two of them had never met children before and loved to be cuddled and even by very small children.
18th March 2012, 06:55 PM
My Izzie wasn't good at first but now she tolerates gentle petting but if they're running around screaming she doesn't like them.
George also stays out of their way!
But then again we don't have many children in our family with me being the youngest - so maybe once I have a family they will learn better.
Mum to Izzie and George
18th March 2012, 07:05 PM
My girl, BB, loves kids and will try to approach them all the way you described. I believe it is because she has consistently been around kids since I got her and seems like my nephew and BB have learned together how to interact together! They are always supervised though - he is about 9 yr. old.
One other fun story, Jake has a friend who is scared of dogs and BB is the only dog he has ever liked. She is really gentle and has turned him into a Cavalier owner, his Mom is actually thinking about getting a dog for the family now because he likes BB so much!
Noelle, B.B., & Tucker
18th March 2012, 07:22 PM
I don't have any children around the house, but my two get a lot of fuss from all the local children that we meet playing outside in our small council estate. Aled, being a rescue, wasn't too sure about them at first, but will now stand patiently to be fussed, with his tail gently wagging. Oliver has also helped a couple of times with children who are dog phobic. It seems to be part of the Cavalier's general gentle and friendly temperament. Having said that, I would never leave any dog and child together unsupervised - for the dog's sake as much as the child's!
Kate, Oliver and Aled
18th March 2012, 07:25 PM
Oliver loves kids and is very tolerant.
His breeder had 6 children and therefore he was trained young that being slightly manhandled is the norm.
I would say after all the health checks a breeder with a busy child full household is a must. That way your puppy will not be shocked when moving in with children.
Oliver still perks up at the Cow&Gate adverts!! (Babies laughing!) lol
18th March 2012, 07:38 PM
18th March 2012, 08:31 PM
Thanks Karlin thats good to hear since I am looking into rescue cavaliers. I have worked with small children forever.....and if theres one thing I do know its child behavior. I understand my kid (or any kid) and a dog requires active supervision until both child and dog learn the rules about each other. Even after you think you can "trust" them together you still need to watched.
Originally Posted by Karlin
18th March 2012, 08:55 PM
One thing this topic has reminded me of, there was study on kids interpretation of dog facial expressions. Up to around age 8 or 10 (I don't remember) children think a dog showing its teeth is "smiling", so another reason kids may get bit is that after the dog gives a warning, the children misinterpret the gesture and keep antagonising.