Originally Posted by nikki1
We are thinking about getting a dog in the next year or so. We have a fully fenced yard, and our 2 kids have been asking, and it seems like a good time. We're having a tough time deciding on a breed or mixture of breeds. Here's what we're thinking:
4 year old DD wants a chihuahua or a toy poodle. DH and I would rather get a rat. Just too little and yappy. Toy dogs MUST get training or they will become terrorists and may bite. I've seen it happen. Right in training class. Not all little dogs are yappy--check out the breeds.
DH and I both dislike terrors...Oh! I mean terriers.Terriers are hard to train and like to kill things. A good friend has 6-8 terriers at any iven time. AND they do not have children.
DD and I like the temperament of a lab, but they're too darn big. Wish they'd develop a mini-lab. Also a little worried since they're bird dogs...Some lines are small. FInd a good breeder of the English type, not the american type. Being a retreiver means they are not to kill the bird only pick it up and bring it to his owner. THey are not killers. THey are more puppy like compared to terriers.
I grew up with FABULOUS shelties with obedience and herding pedigrees. Smart, and trainable to see chickens as wards. (My first one would herd the rabbits! They could hop right underneath her.) The right size, the right temperament, but perhaps too much fur. (I would love it, but DH would like something less fuzzy.)Fur was a big deal to me. I needed a dog that I didn't need to groom regularly. MANY herding dogs now available tough I think all have a long ish heavy coat except the rottie. Might be worth investigating for any shorter haired breeds.
I've heard about mini australian sheepdogs, but I know nothing of their temperament...Anybody know one? Call several breeders and ask. Noting that you have children.
Anyone with corgi experience? Right size, right fuzziness, herding background, but I haven't owned one or had much experience with them. DH has a friend with a friend that breeds them, he always has nice things to say about the dogs as his friend has one ( show) and takes care of friends dogs. Dh enjoys throwing the ball for the corgi. ( he never plays with my dogs.)
I have no problems with a mixture, as long as the mixture is of family-friendly breeds and not too huge. So! What have you got that works with your kids and that you dearly love? Skip the hounds. Unless you are into tracking and hunting and like loud dogs; tracking instinct will outweigh any commands to come. BIL lost his hound/lab mix to a squirrel running across the busy street. Nice dog too.
A well bred lab is ALWAY a good choice. As are many in the retreiver family, but not all. Buy from a reputable breeder and make sure the parents have had the hips xrayed and are clear of hip dyplasia.
English setter--met one , nice dog. Tall but light weight.
Many people adopt gray hounds around here; they can tolerate being cooped up in a house and are very quiet. Need to be walked on a leash.
Read the AKC site; just know they are out to promote every breed and usually do not reveal the best lifestyle for that breed.
I also talked to my vet as he saw MANy different breeds of dogs and could help me with temperaments.
I personally love rotties and labs; I've had 3 rotties, all under 80#, BUT they are not for the average dog person; they need very good training and a master in charge. Most of us with kids don't have time for that,; the labs are a better choice as the labs will not challenge your authority the way a rottie will. My next dog will be a lab again. My frist lab weighed 95 pounds and my second weighed about 65# and out weighed his mother. THe small ones are out there.