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Posted 27 February 2018 - 04:03 PM

What type of dog would you recommend for a family with kids under 10 years old.  Pictures too.


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Posted 27 February 2018 - 04:44 PM

Catahoula Leopard Dog. Hands down.

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Posted 27 February 2018 - 05:31 PM

In general, labs or golden retrievers, but the answer really depends on your lifestyle. Do you have an active family? Are you hunters or outdoorsmen? Do you just want a companion? Whatís the climate like where you live? Anybody with major allergies? Are you in a house with a yard or apartment?

I would recommend finding a multi breed dog rescue in your area and getting exposure to a variety of breeds.

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Posted 27 February 2018 - 05:40 PM

You can't go wrong with labs or goldens

If your kids are old enough to run around, shepherds (border collie, sheltie, Australian shepherds) are super rewarding dogs. Very smart but a lot of energy
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Posted 27 February 2018 - 05:45 PM

 jholz, on 27 February 2018 - 04:44 PM, said:

Catahoula Leopard Dog. Hands down.

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Aggressive snugglers.

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Posted 27 February 2018 - 06:44 PM

Agree with labs.

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Posted 27 February 2018 - 07:00 PM

We had an English Setter. The sweetest dog I've ever seen.

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Posted 27 February 2018 - 08:16 PM

I have a Pitbull she will be 8 this year and my son is turning 13 this year. I’ve had plenty of little cousins and even my 1 year old niece around her and never had her even growl at any kid for any reason.

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Posted 27 February 2018 - 09:33 PM

 dukeman, on 27 February 2018 - 05:31 PM, said:

I would recommend finding a multi breed dog rescue in your area and getting exposure to a variety of breeds.

I would second this. My Catahoula is a shelter dog, and a mongrel breed by nature. I wouldn't suggest picking solely by breed or paying big bucks for a puppy. Individual temperament is everything.
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Posted 27 February 2018 - 10:02 PM

Another good dog, and decidedly low energy is a Newfie. Big, super mellow breed who exists purely to make you happy.

They are big (small females run about 110-120) and males get up to 180), but they are really nice dogs.  Oh, the only downside is sometimes their lips are a little loose so they might drip a little after drinking water.


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Posted 27 February 2018 - 10:27 PM

I have owned many breeds and mutts but have always been partial to labs. But whatever you get, please please get a rescue or shelter dog.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 06:10 AM

I'd recommend a golden retriever.  I dog sit my neighbor's 5 year old Golden and she is the sweetest dog you could want.  Neighbors have two children, and Penny is good with them.  Penny seems to need a lot of love and attention, though.  At least with me.  She glues herself to me, when she visits.

Only drawback, is Penny seems to be prone to ear infections.  I don't know whether that is unique to Penny or the breed itself.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 12:48 PM

 dukeman, on 27 February 2018 - 05:31 PM, said:

In general, labs or golden retrievers, but the answer really depends on your lifestyle. Do you have an active family? Are you hunters or outdoorsmen? Do you just want a companion? Whatís the climate like where you live? Anybody with major allergies? Are you in a house with a yard or apartment?

I would recommend finding a multi breed dog rescue in your area and getting exposure to a variety of breeds.

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Your lifestyle, where you live, and how often someone will be home to be with the dog will determine the best choice. All of the dogs my family owned were smaller dogs that didnít need a ton of excercise or space (Yorkie, French bulldog, and a poodle-shitzu mix). My mother in law used to work at a facility that trained guide dogs for the blind. We had the chance to adopt one of their washed-out Labradors but I didnít have the yard space or the time/lifestyle to justify getting one.

Whatever you decide try and keep an open mind about shelter/rescue dogs. They really make great pets. In fact with all of the medical bills Iíve hadnít to deal with for my pure bred dogs, my poodle mix ended up being the healthiest, low maintenance one out of the bunch

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 04:28 PM

Golden doodle......family friendly, no shedding.... no dog smell.... cute!

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 04:56 PM

Currently have a Golden who will be 12 on St. Patrick's Day and an English Setter pup. Highly recommend either, but there are so many things that go into getting a dog. Temperament is crucial as is good breeding if you want more predictability getting a brand new puppy. So many breeds to choose from, and lots of good info out there. Labs awesome as well.

Remember part of the equation is exercise for the pup, my Englush Setter is pretty darn calm but he needs to burn off energy as well and not fair to him if he isn't getting it.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 05:05 PM

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 05:11 PM

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 05:14 PM

Labs can be a PITA to train when they're young but end up being awesome dogs when they're a little older.  Goldens are good but got to watch out for health issues with joints.  Actually many pure breed dogs have health problems.  Newfoundlands are AWESOME if you don't mind the size but they need TONS of exercise, probably a minimum of a half acre yard for them to run in.  

I'll third or fourth or whatever the idea of hitting a shelter.  Getting an older dog from a shelter may be a bit much for your first dog and your kid, but by the time puppies can go home you can pretty much tell what they're mixed with.  I've gotten 3 dogs in 10 years, all from shelters, an awesome lab mix, a great australian shephard mix, and a golden mix.  Got them each in the 12-14 week range and taught them right.  Cool thing about the shelter is they probably have a room where you and your kids can play with potential matches.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 08:02 PM

Labs need some work.  We always say they don't grow a brain until they are 2 but they are great with kids, protective but not aggressive and they have a deep bark that helps keep the bad guys away.   The thing is they have a LOT of energy so you need to walk them.  I can launch tennis balls into the lake all day and she never stops.  

We picked ours from a breeder who was a serious hunter.  We don't hunt her, but she was by far the smartest dog I have ever owned.   I also had a Golden Retriever.   Much less energetic but a great family dog.  They do require a lot of brushing and grooming.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 09:50 PM

 highergr0und, on 28 February 2018 - 05:14 PM, said:

Labs can be a PITA to train when they're young but end up being awesome dogs when they're a little older.  Goldens are good but got to watch out for health issues with joints.  Actually many pure breed dogs have health problems.  Newfoundlands are AWESOME if you don't mind the size but they need TONS of exercise, probably a minimum of a half acre yard for them to run in.  

I'll third or fourth or whatever the idea of hitting a shelter.  Getting an older dog from a shelter may be a bit much for your first dog and your kid, but by the time puppies can go home you can pretty much tell what they're mixed with.  I've gotten 3 dogs in 10 years, all from shelters, an awesome lab mix, a great australian shephard mix, and a golden mix.  Got them each in the 12-14 week range and taught them right.  Cool thing about the shelter is they probably have a room where you and your kids can play with potential matches.

Over the years I have had a myriad of large dogs. 2 Great Pyrenees, St. Bernard and now we have a Newfie. It is the mellowest dog we have had. If it runs for 5 minutes she needs to nap. Right now sheís laying on couch next to me wondering why Iím not petting her.
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Posted 28 February 2018 - 10:13 PM

Boxer, it's one of the best dogs with kids and they have awesome personalities.  Easy to train but they keep their playful side for a very long time.  Mine is 12 and she still acts goofy which is hilarious.  Short hair is a perk, so is a docked tail (the contents on your coffee table won't end up all over the floor).  

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 11:27 PM

I've rescued an abandoned dog showed up in hunt camp skin and bones probably Yr old,
Hung around all week came home with me great dog some kind of lab breed. I'm all for the rescue thing but call me selfish
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Posted 01 March 2018 - 08:14 AM

Historically was a big dog fan. Raised with Shepherds and Labs and Goldens. All phenomenal dogs in their own right. Married a darling who is allergic to her shadow, and we both work long hours. Researched some of the breeds with a more human like hair and lack of dander and under fluff. The stuff that kills you with allergies if youíre so inclined. Picked up a Shih Tzu. Heís simply my favorite of all time against my previous experiences. Personality all over the place, total love bug - and he will protect us from all those nasty birds In the back yard. Enjoys a short walk, stands tall and proud and is probably the best looking dog in the city. Thatís his opinion, and Iím coming around to it.

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Posted 01 March 2018 - 08:31 AM

Hard to beat a basset hound.  Great with kids and tend to have a lot of personality.  

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Posted 01 March 2018 - 09:49 AM

Im in the boat that there isnt really a bad breed, maybe pit bulls but thats just from stories in the press, I have never met a bad one though. I have had little dogs and big dogs, pure breeds and rescue/mutts and all of them have been great.

I would look at things like do you want a big dog? Medium? Little? Can you deal with shedding? My two (lab/pointer mix and corgi/terrier mix) shed something awful, Cant wear black in my house bc white fur winds up everywhere. It seems the bigger dogs like to chew during their puppy years. My brothers lab/beagle mix ate/chewed drywall, my big dog ate/chewed anything he could find. Either which way you go, I dont think you can go wrong. And please post pics when you get the dog!!


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Posted 01 March 2018 - 12:52 PM

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Posted 02 March 2018 - 12:34 AM

Bernese Mt. Dog and GSD. Greatest combo out there.

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Posted 02 March 2018 - 01:23 AM

 Redbird, on 28 February 2018 - 10:13 PM, said:

Boxer, it's one of the best dogs with kids and they have awesome personalities.  Easy to train but they keep their playful side for a very long time.  Mine is 12 and she still acts goofy which is hilarious.  Short hair is a perk, so is a docked tail (the contents on your coffee table won't end up all over the floor).  

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Agree 100%, best family dog ever, loyal and aggressive to anyone threatening your family. Always had them from when my son was born, gentle but stupid at the same time. Fun dog.
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Posted 05 March 2018 - 09:19 AM

I've had 2 Bernese Mountain dogs and they are great! Excellent with young kids and just a great disposition. They do drool, but not as much as Newfies or St. Bernards
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Posted 05 March 2018 - 10:15 PM

Weíve got a cocker spaniel, boxer/pit mix and a German Shepherd puppy. All 3 are great with our 10 month old son. I agree with the others that you should check out shelters/rescues. Your family can interact with the dogs and get a feel for what their personality will be like. Iíve been to several shelters in the last that had adoption rooms set up where you can meet the dogs away from the kennels and a lot of the stress that they cause the dogs.

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