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Your very best dog recommendations for a family with a young child?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by sheneversaidit, Aug 1, 2009.


  1. sheneversaidit

    sheneversaidit PetForums Junior

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    I am thinking of getting a dog some time within a year or so. I quite like Lhaso Apsos but hands up I dont know a huge amount about dogs. So bearing in mind I quite like a shaggy, friendly, gentle dog, what would you recommend? I actually do not care about breed at all so am happy to have a cross. I am happy to have a slightly older dog. My main criteria is the dog's personality. So, fire away!
     
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    Nicky09 PetForums VIP

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    What size are you thinking of? A golden would suit if you want shaggy or maybe a poodle mix.
     
  3. sullivan

    sullivan PetForums VIP

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    sHITZU ARE NICE FAMILY DOGS AND TEND TO LOVE KIDS ON THE WHOLE. jUST WILL NEED THE GROOMING TREATMENT AS THEY GET OLDER. oR BICHON FRISE THERE SWEET. oR A BORDER TERRIER BUT THERE NOT SHAGGY.
     
  4. sheneversaidit

    sheneversaidit PetForums Junior

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    forget to mention we have 2 10 year old cats so would have to be ok with them too. :)

    I love goldens but they are on the bigger side of what I would like. I dont want a weeny peeny little dog nor a huge one really.
     
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    Nicky09 PetForums VIP

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    One of the spaniels? Cockers and springer are very good with children and are in your height range.
     
  6. sullivan

    sullivan PetForums VIP

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    wHAT ABOUT A MED SHNAUZER{SORRY MAY HAVE SPELT IT WRONG} THERE NICE DOGS MED SIZE CAN BE MORE SHAGGY LOOKING IF NOT CUT SO MUCH.
     
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    Whippets are great with kids and make great family pets. My mum is a child minder and has a whippet she says she's never had a better dog with the kids although the dog is never left unsupervised with the kids.

    I've just noticed you say you want a hairy dog so how about a whippet bedlinton lurcher?
     
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    sullivan PetForums VIP

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    hAVE ACOCKER HES FAB WITH KIDS VERY FREINDLY BUT NEEDS LOTS OF EXERCISE BUT LOVES EVERYONE. cAN BE VERY SCATTY SOME TIMES.
     
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    To be honest I never liked small dogs but my sister has adopted a Lhasa and he is brilliant! a big dog in a small body, hes great at obedience and agility! he does have a little bit of aggresion towards some dogs but not every dog and seeing he had two homes before we dont know what he went through, I would certainly have one when im ready.
     
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    sullivan PetForums VIP

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    aGREE WITH ABOVE POST.
     
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    dobermummy Banned

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    What about a rescue dog? They will find out what you want in a dog and find you the perfect match :D
     
  12. sheneversaidit

    sheneversaidit PetForums Junior

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    oh lovely! thanks all for the great recommendations! I love them all to be honest :eek: I mean from looking at pics of them they are all gorgeous.

    Is there a dogs in need of homes section on this site? And what is the best way to choose a laid back dog?
     
  13. Nicky09

    Nicky09 PetForums VIP

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    If you go on I think dogsblog they have a lot of dogs up for adoption on there and the rescue should be able to tell you the temperment.
     
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    sheneversaidit PetForums Junior

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    Am happy to have a rescue dog! Really the most important thing to me is the personality matching my family. I dont care about pure bred in that sense at all. And I dont mind a slightly older dog. I do love the shaggy ones though with soulful eyes. And I want a dog who can give me as much love as I can give him/her.
     
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    sullivan PetForums VIP

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    we USE TO HAVE RESCUE REMEDIES ON HERE THERE ARE A LOT OF RESCUE ADDS MOST DAYS.
     
  16. Jazzy

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    Bichons are usually great with kids.:) My daughter was three when we got our first Bichon and he has been absolutely fantastic with her. We now have a 16 week old Bichon puppy too and she loves children. She gets so excited when she sees them outside school. The only downside is they need regular grooming as they don't shed hair. Our older Bichon usually goes to the groomers about every 8-10 weeks.
     
  17. sheneversaidit

    sheneversaidit PetForums Junior

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    regular grooming both at home and professionally is fine with me!
     
  18. dobermummy

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    Start a thread asking for rescues in your areas, that way people can help you with smaller less unheard rescues ;)
     
  19. sheneversaidit

    sheneversaidit PetForums Junior

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    will do now!
     
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    Rescue remedies specialise in terriers, and won't rehome far outside their area (London). Dogsblog is a great rescue site, it's updated daily apart from Sundays, also look at Dog's Trust site, and Dog Rescue Pages. Find your local rescue and see what they have. Don't be tempted to go for the first dog you see, wait until you're sure it's right. It took me 5 months to find my first rescue dog, she was worth the wait. In the meantime, see what training classes are available locally, maybe sit in on a few. Most rescue dogs will benefit from training classes, and if you are a first time dog owner, you definitely will!
     
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