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Old 11-25-2012, 03:20 PM   #1
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Help me find a good family dog.

We are in the market for a dog. It needs to be good with kids and babies. We also have chickens. I wanted something small to medium in size.
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:23 PM   #2
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Go meet some. Really no one can tell you any greed is a perfect dog. Although goldens are likely the best universal fit. Contact local rescues if you want to avoid the puppy stage which is what I'd do so you can test chickens ect. A border collie would complete my family- but a mature one as they are in constant need of stimulation and should be 'worked'. A lot of people don't consider the DOGS needs. And many amazing dogs NEED to be worked. And that's intense play for 60+ minutes a day. NOT easy with kids. Play does not equal roaming the yard, either. Lol.
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A goldendoodle is perfect.
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:17 PM   #4
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Re: Help me find a good family dog.

We have a golden retriever and she's wonderful. We got her as a 6yr old as I had no desire to do the puppy stage She's happiest when the kids are lying all over her lol. However the shedding is a bit much and if we had a baby or very young child it would likely make me crazy. Ours is also so friendly she wouldn't be any kind of guard dog.
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Re: Help me find a good family dog.

I have a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, who is an amazing family dog. He's small in size (he'll be about 18lbs fully grown), is fairly low energy - he does as much or as little as you need him to do. Loves hiking, but also loves sitting on your lap on any given day. The downside is that he really hates being left alone... he's happiest with people, his people. He is great with the kids, and just a really good dog. I honestly never thought I'd like having a small dog - and after having a cavalier, I love this size/breed of dog.
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Our BEST and healthiest dogs have always been mixed breeds The shelters have a lot to choose from and many try to socialize them before they are adopted out. If you aren't stuck on a purebred its worth visiting a few shelters and seeing what's available.
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Our BEST and healthiest dogs have always been mixed breeds The shelters have a lot to choose from and many try to socialize them before they are adopted out. If you aren't stuck on a purebred its worth visiting a few shelters and seeing what's available.
Our first dog was from a rescue and he was the best and most loving dog ever. Unfortunately we had to put him down about 2 years ago due to liver failure- we still miss him so much!

We also have a purebred min pin and though we love him, he is not anything like our other dog (they did not really mesh well). Don't get me wrong, he is really good with our kids and is extremely patient with them (not with anyone else) but I would never pay as much as we did for him ($900- my husband bought him because I wanted a little dog and min pins looked the most manly; I had just had a miscarriage and he was trying to make me feel better).

If I were you I would go and "meet" dogs to find one that you like.

A little more babbling here: When my husband and I moved in together we wanted a cat. He went to an animal shelter and they showed him a cat and said that she was going to be the next one euthanized- she was gray and had no tail. My husband felt so bad for her and decided to bring her home. She was the best cat ever (we got her before our beloved rescue dog- they got along great). She did no like the min pin my husband bought and one day she got out of the house and just never came back. We never found her but to this day I have a feeling that she left because she hated the new dog and that she found a new home- she was a street cat before we got her so she was a tough little kitty.

Rescuing an unwanted animal is the most rewarding thing you can do, as long as you find one that will fit in with your family.
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Will it be an indoor dog? Does it have to be content with being an only dog? How often will it be alone each day? What activity level matches your abilities? How often do you plan on going for walks? What training resources are available to you? Are you willing to or able to find a more specialized vet if the breeds medical needs aren't the same as most breeds needs and additional precautions need to be followed (such as with greyhounds, low body fat breeds, and some others)?
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Re: Help me find a good family dog.

I agree breeds are an individual choice. For example, I love poodles and can't stand to live with beagles. However, beagles are a great breed they just don't mesh well with me and my wants yet poodles can be pretty high maintenance because of grooming requirements but that doesn't bother me.

The smaller the dog the more easily hurt they can be by small children. If your kids are still preschool age or less I would cross smaller toy breeds off your list because they are more vulnerable to rough treatment.
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Re: Help me find a good family dog.

I'd cross small (toy) dogs off; your kids are too young to be as gentle as they would require.

How much time do you have to devote to exercise, grooming, etc.? Mostly inside dog or mostly out? And what do you mean by "medium" because to some people my 60 lb black lab is a big dog but I don't consider her big at all.
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