|Barked: Tue Jan 31, '12 7:40am PST |
|When I was growing up, I had a Cocker Spaniel with very nearly the same issues. We were her third home by the time she was 6 months home, and in the last home she had started growling and snapping at the small children/toddlers. She was fine with me (I was 9 or 10 when we got her), but always preferred adults and was never very reliable around children or other dogs.
When my 3-yr-old nephew came to visit one time, we weren't careful, and she did 6 stitches worth of damage to his face when he got too close to her food bowl. There was no warning, just 20 lbs of angry dog suddenly attacking.
When our family split up and my mom and I had to move to a non-pet-friendly apartment, we took her to the vet and had her euthanized. We loved her, but couldn't take the chance of her going to a different home and hurting someone. It was a tough decision because we loved her, (and I still wish mom had tried to find a different apartment so we could've kept her), but I do believe it was the right decision. She was just too unstable.
That said, I second the vet check-up just to make sure there isn't a contributing factor, but please NEVER leave the dog in the same room with the baby unsupervised.
Best of luck, and I hope your story turns out differently than mine.
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