[blindkid] pet dog: what size to adopt?

Holly Miller hollym12 at gmail.com
Tue Nov 22 00:18:07 UTC 2016

It's not so much size that matters but personality. 
Granted, a tea cup yorkie might not be advisable but if a tea cup yorkie was your dream dog, well, there's almost always a way to make it work if you are willing to put in the work!

So, how to figure it out? take a step back and take blindness out of the picture. Think about what kind of dog would be a good fit for your family when it comes to each of your personalities & your schedule.  

Do you want a big squishy lab to play ball with?  Labs & Goldens are awesome family dogs. Trade off is they are big, boisterous and hairy. 

Greyhounds are awesome big dogs for "indoor" folks. Extremely low maintenance when it comes to grooming, don't need a lot of exercise. Almost cat like. Can be a little boring if you are looking for the old yeller type. 

Shih tzus are small but sturdy. Generally well behaved, not as neurotic as some small breeds. They shed very very little but high maintenance when it comes to grooming. 

And so on...  this doesn't even touch on mutts & mixes lol!  

When you talk to adoption groups, I wouldn't mention you have a blind child.  It's not important. Tell them the ages of the kids, what your day to day routine is like, all things like that. 


> On Nov 21, 2016, at 2:48 PM, Alison Stephens via blindkid <blindkid at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Our family is considering adopting a pet dog (not guide dog).  My 7 year old son is totally blind.  I also have two sighted tween boys.
> I would rather get a small-medium dog, but one rescue group says that a small dog could be injured if my son accidentally steps on or sits on the dog.
> Does anyone have insights into sizes of dogs?
> Thanks,Alison
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