Do you like dogs? If you do, then go ahead and get one. If you don't, you'd better train your kids really well so they can take care of the dogs. I personally don't care for pets. They're animals and shouldn't be contained in small spaces. But, to each his own. My gf loves dogs, so one day we might have to get one. If we ever do, she's going to be 95% responsible for the dog.