BRINGING a dog into the home is a big decision to make.
But it requires even more careful consideration if you have children in the house.
And one dog behaviourist has revealed the three breeds he would always advise against getting if you're a parent.
"What are the worst dog breeds for children?" Will Atherton said in a video on his TikTok page.
"As a canine behaviourist, I specialise in when things go terribly wrong with dogs and unfortunately, that often happens with bites towards children.
"And I see certain breeds cropping up time and time again."
The first breed is the border collie.
"Contrary to popular belief, people think that because they're so trainable, they're easy dogs to live with," he explained.
"But that couldn't be further from the truth.
"Those herding instincts will kick in and if you don't fulfil the dog properly, which many people don't have the time or energy to do so, they will start herding your kids.
"And by herding your kids, I mean chasing them round, biting their ankles."
The second is the Akita.
"I love Akitas and in the right situations they can be incredible dogs," Will said.
"But time and time again I see them having serious issues with children and it's never pretty when that happens."
And concluding the list, the Dalmatian.
"Most people don't realise that the Dalmatian has one of the highest bite histories here in the UK," he said.
"And oftentimes towards children."