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Old 06-14-2007, 12:16 AM   #1
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Question Which breed is best for a family with kids?

Hi everyone! Thank you so much for providing such a great resource for all of us. As I'm researching the forums I find all the info fascinating and quite helpful. Our family is looking to get a dog for the first time. We have a 5 and a 6 year old kid who have been bugging us to get one. So some things we are considering is that it has to be small, family type, friendly and loves to be around little kids. We are also considering allowing it to be an indoor dog where it has a little doggy door and goes outside as it needs (provided proper training). So which breed would be best?

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Old 06-14-2007, 12:33 AM   #2
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For the smaller breeds & having kids the age of yours, I'd opt for some of the sturdier toys or terriers that are kid/family friendly. Going through the AKC breed list, these are some I'd consider good family choices:

Beagle
Cairn Terrier
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Cocker Spaniel
Havanese
Lhasa Apso
Miniature Schnauzer
Norfolk Terrier
Norwich Terrier
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen
Schipperke
Skye Terrier
West Highland Terrier
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Old 06-14-2007, 12:43 AM   #3
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Hi Katz! Thanks so much for responding. That is a great list for me to start. Thanks!

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Old 06-14-2007, 12:55 AM   #4
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Hi s-one!

I urge you to go to your local shelter. Bring your kids, too.
Go as often as possible. You will eventually find a dog whom fits your description and is perfect for your family. Promise ~ I found 3 of mine that way.

You will be potentially saving a life and a soul. There's no better feeling! Petfinder.com is a great resource for finding companions online.

Your dog will be best suited inside the home where he/she can learn the rules of your pack and respect your children as alphas. So, that is certainly something that should be considered.

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Old 06-14-2007, 01:02 AM   #5
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Hi Kay! Thank you so much for your response. I've have adopted a pound dog before (as a kid) and had great luck with the mixed breed we got. He was a puppy (Terrier mixed) with a broken paw and limped around. When we adopted him, we figured an appropriate name would be "Limpy". As he grew older, his paw healed well and no longer had the limp. So Limpy was limpless. Also thanks for the Petfinder link.

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Old 06-14-2007, 12:26 PM   #6
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we had a Golden Retriever for 8 years until he passed on, but he was by far the greatest kid companion. I would highly reccomend a Golden, and if not, a Lab or a Goldendoodle or Labradoodle.

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we had a Golden Retriever for 8 years until he passed on, but he was by far the greatest kid companion. I would highly reccomend a Golden, and if not, a Lab or a Goldendoodle or Labradoodle.
Whoops, I didn't realize you're looking for a smaller dog.... Then I would suggest a Bichon( ) really, Spike is great with the kids... I would also suggest a Boston terrier.

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I would have recommended the Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever too if we weren't limited to small dogs.
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Labs are very nice with kids. I grew up with abbey, and she put up with me grabbing her tail, ears, nose, etc. Labradors are a very good choice!
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Thank you all for the suggestions. I'll add them to my long list and get it shortened.

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