A: If you read things suggesting the Pekingese would bite your daughter, why did you decide to bring this variety of dog into your home? You did the right thing by researching but maybe the wrong thing by ignoring research suggesting the dog might not do well with small children.
Your dad, however, does make a wise point about the dog growing up with your kids. Because all the creatures will be raised together, this surely will cement the bond and ease the strains. However, please be vigilant and never leave the dog and your youngest daughter alone until you are 100 percent confident they will peacefully coexist. You must train your child to get along with the dog as surely as you must train the pup to do likewise.
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