IMy youngest was a little over 1 years old when we got our dog. At the time he was only 7 weeks. If they grow up together, it makes it that much easier for the talk to get accustomed to your child. My son is now 3 and does everything from pulling his ears, to sitting on him, laying on him…and so on. My dog does not react to it at all. I guess he just understands that thats the way my son is with him. Instead, as soon as my son is enar him, he licks him and lays his head on him. Like everyone else has said, they are a very misunderstood breed. They are considered nanny dogs, which means they are very protective, especially of children.