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Old 06-24-2012, 05:24 PM   #1
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My family currently consists of 6 humans (4 of which are children ages 8, 6, 4 & 2 all boys) and 2 furry (9 year old Great Pyrnesse/Lab & 4 yearl old Austrialian Shepherd). I have tried adding to our family once and it didn't turn out so well. I want to do more investigating this time before I try again.

Originally, having done some homework, we thought a Terrier breed would be suited for our needs. During and after our attempt to adopt a Terrier we found out that breed wasn't the best choice. Now I'm asking for advice and recommendations on breeds.

What are we looking for??? I'm looking for a working dog and one that will also blend in with our family. We have a 20 acre farm that we need help with our over abundant vermin (which is why Terrier was our choice before). But I also need a dog with a good tempermanent for my kids (come to find out Terrier is NOT a good choice). The dog we adopted before was older which is NOT good for young children. When my Vet saw my son's arm that got bit he insisted on my family getting a puppy so it can grow with my children. So we are interested in a small/medium dog with amibition to hunt and be gentle with children. So far I have heard about Corgi (sp?) but was wondering if anyone else out there has suggestios/recommendations

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Corgis are herding dogs and fairly small too. Always supervise your children with the dog. This is very important.
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What breed of terrier did you already try? Some terriers are better suited for children/other animals, than others. A terrier might still be the fit your looking for, just a different type, maybe.
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Definitely don't want a herder, already have an Austrialian Shepherd and that's what he does. I tried a Rat Terrier, which all of my research said great with kids but when I actually talked to people, NO. I've been looking at SPCA and rescues and I'm seeing a lot of Fox Terriers, Wire Haired Terriers. I think I need to stick with a puppy simply because I need a dog to grow with children and not already be set in their ways.

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Headed to SPCA today with the kids to look, will let you know what I find!

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Saw 2 dogs today, one was a 5 month old female Terrier mix (coloring resembled a Jack Russell) and the other was a 10 wk old female Terrier/chiuhaha mix (mom was in the kennel with puppies and some kind of wire haired terrier).

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Since they are both mixes, there is no way to really tell just by breed alone. Terriers can be stubborn, have a higher prey drive, and are very smart. While chihuahuas tend to be bold, or timid, attached to their family and a bit shy with strangers, putting aside individual personalities.

I would say the best judgement will have to come from your shelter. If you haven't already, ask them if they temperament tested the two dogs. This should include reactions to children, other animals such as cats, other dogs, human genders (fear of males, ect), food aggression, and reactivity to new experiences (an umbrella opening, or bowl dropped on the floor). Some shelters don't do these test, but I'm sure before you adopted you could ask them to provide the test done for you. I would also bring your children along, as well as your other dogs and see if you can meet in another area besides the kennel (the stress of the kennel can sometimes cause reactions the dog would not otherwise do in other environments). You can also ask the staff who provides daily care for the animals what the two temperaments are and which they think would be best suited for what your looking for.

Edit - Also, they are both quite young, so they are going to be open to training and new experiences that YOU provide, making it easier for you to let them know what to like and not what do. The 10wk old, of course, would probably be easier to start working with, but the 5 month old is still very young, and depending on their history, is probably still a clean slate. Meaning they shouldn't have aggression issues or anything. But again, I would ask the staff.
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Great questions K9to5, Thank You!!! I have a phone call into a trainer right now as well to see if they are capable of not only obedience training but training for hunting. I took all of my kids with me today at the shelter. Both dogs were very friendly, came right up to the kennel gate, licking fingers and playful. I didn't ask if there was an area to "play" at but when I go back will definitely ask.

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Well we added a 5 month old Terrier mix, named Penny, to our family and so far she is quite the spitfire! I think my boys will be getting a taste of their own medicine! Have a phone call into the trainer to get started right away. Wish us luck!

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Well training is so important!! Like Sit/Stay/Leave it/Come etc, etc! At v5 months old this terrier should be able to do quite a few things like the commands I have mentioned Did you ask at the shelter for any history on Penny and why was she given up by her owner nd find out what you can! Set ground rules in your house straight away to avoid any confusion
on Penny's part Great that you are getting a trainer involved too!
There's no reason why your 8 year old son and hubby can't help with some of the training your supervision once the trainer has evaluated Penny's problems if any All must sing from the same page too. Good luck and please keep us posted on Penny's progress!!
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