Breed of Dog?

Australia
November 13, 2006 8:25pm CST
What isyour opinion is the best family Dog to own. I have a 4 year old who wants a puppy and although my all time fav dogs are Sheppards, I do believe our best bet would be a Lab or a Golden Retriever. What do you think?
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@manzician (4739)
• India
14 Nov 06
I like pug...
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• Australia
14 Nov 06
Pugs are neat, but too small for me.... LOL Thank you
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• United States
14 Nov 06
I have 3 children ages 8,5,1 and we have an english mastiff. These are big dogs, but they are laid back. Not real hyper. Super gental with the kids. My son who is 1 years old, learned to crawl and walk with help of this guy. They are best friends. My son even sneaks him treats and he takes them out of his hand so soft. great dog.
• Australia
14 Nov 06
Great information Thank you so much.... The mastiffs I believ are banned here now, which is sad really because thes type of dogs only have a bad rep because of the few who are not brought up properly.
@nichjake (524)
• United States
14 Nov 06
Labs are great, I've got three and none of them seem to have a vicious bone in their bodies.
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• Australia
14 Nov 06
I have heard Labs have a tendency NOT to grow out of their puppy stage... how true is that?
@nichjake (524)
• United States
14 Nov 06
Thats kind of true. My labs are perfect in the house unless they're sick. No chewing or messing in the house. My youngest lab, Blue is a puppy at heart though. He LOVES to play and if I even mention ball he hounds me till we go outside to play. My yellow labs though are very laid back as long as they get to go for a walk every day. I've heard, not sure how true this is, that chocolate labs are the most agressive of the labs, yellow labs are the most relaxed and blacks lay somewhere in the middle. They're all loving and sweet though. Heres my black lab Blue.
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@nichjake (524)
• United States
14 Nov 06
Blue - My black lab Blue
Oops, pic didn't work, let me try again.
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• United States
14 Nov 06
My personal favorite breed of dog is the American Pit Bull Terrier.
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• Australia
14 Nov 06
Another with a bad rep because of stupid owners.... Unfortunatly these are banned in OZ
• United States
14 Nov 06
Aww! That's too bad. They are such awesome dogs...especially with kids. I'm so glad they're not banned here. I have 4 of them!
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• Australia
14 Nov 06
Well youi need to be commended for being a responsible owner. One of the very very few left :(
• United States
14 Nov 06
The tiny ones seem to be more high strung and snap. You can look on the internet, and they will list the breeds and their temperments. Or, go to the pound and save a dog. If it's a little older, you can see it's character. Good luck.
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• Australia
14 Nov 06
Thanks for the information. I would dearly love to "save" one from a pound but infortunatly there are too many bad owners around to trust the one I choose isnt the one who is going to bite the hand that feeds it....LOL One mistake is too many, These days you have to fork out the big money to make sure you have the breeding.
@tom123 (82)
• United States
14 Nov 06
The A.S.P.C.A temperment tests all there dogs.
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• Australia
14 Nov 06
Good point, but the RSPCA dont normally. and you cant test a dog for every situation either......
@atbpa5 (663)
• United States
14 Nov 06
My sisters and I had an Old English Sheepdog..We were older though..I don't know if it would be a great dog for a four year old but the one we had was so sweet and he never tried to bite us and we played pretty roughly with him.
• Australia
14 Nov 06
LOL I dont know how I would handle all that hair...ARGH Imagine the malting........
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@atbpa5 (663)
• United States
14 Nov 06
Oh the hair was horrible!..but he was such a big goofy dog..haha
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• Australia
14 Nov 06
HAHAHAHAHA... My best friend in highschool had a big St bernard... and although he didnt have the hair to deal with we all used to have to take cover when it looked like Lollie was going to shake... EWWWW Alll that drool.
• United States
14 Nov 06
We have a golden retriever and she is adorable. She lets the kids do anything to her and doesn't even flinch. She'd never hurt our children but at the same time she lets strangers outside that they are not welcome!
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• Australia
14 Nov 06
She is a guard dog too???? Excellent. I have heard nothing but good things about Retrievers. And I am slowly starting to choose them over Labs. I think they "grow" up faster too.
• United States
14 Nov 06
Sable - 3 yr. old golden retriever
I didn't know at first if she would be a good guard dog, but she knows who doesn't belong around!
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• Australia
14 Nov 06
I think most breeds have the capacity to become terratorial of their family. But only some feel the need to do it...LOL What I like about Retrivers and Labs is they have the bark of a big dog, which behind a gate / fence can sound more intimidating than it really is
@queen_bee (221)
• United States
14 Nov 06
german shepard....i had one and he was a great family dog and a great guard dog too he protected the family while being the family pet as well....
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• Australia
14 Nov 06
LOVE german Shephards... I grew up with them and I know they can be taught the right things. Brilliant guard dogs too.. but being my son is so small I am concerned as puppy sheps are all feet and prone to inadvertantly knocking small children over LOL
@mgmagana (3621)
• United States
14 Nov 06
i actually think german shepards r not good dogs to have, some homeowners insurance will not cover them, u should really look into it b 4 making a decision, they say some german shepards can be dangerous if trained bad, i'm sure u wouldn't train them bad, but why would u want a dog around ur children with those words even said about them! trust me i think siberian husky is the way to go, smart and nice!!
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• Australia
14 Nov 06
oooh Huskys are nice but untrainable... I have owned and trained huskies and Malamutes. Personally I like and prefer the Mals better then huskies as huskies have a tendencie to be "snappy" by nature. All dogs have a tendencie to attack and even kill a child no matter how small. The owners of these dogs are normally to blame, the breed of dog should never be put down just because of the fault of people who dont deserve to own them... :c)
• United States
14 Nov 06
We raise shih tzus at my house. They are great, very small, most are very friendly ... and most of all, they're adoreable. They are the most loving dogs I've ever been around ... very tame and not too hyper. They also don't eat so much if you're on a budget. And talk about easy clean-up in the backyard!
• Australia
14 Nov 06
Cute but I need something with a bark... not a yap.... Theyare the most adorable little dogs though I will admit.... :D
• United States
14 Nov 06
Hah! You should hear my dog Puff! Funny name, but he's definatly got a bark ... nothing NEAR a yap! :-)
@tjmoola (1862)
• United States
14 Nov 06
Huskys are so cool! /\~~~Good~~~\/ /\~~~Luck~~~~\/ /\~~~On~~~~~\/ /\~~~MyLot~~~\/ Tjmoola ™
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@mgmagana (3621)
• United States
14 Nov 06
i agree my husband wants a siberian husky
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• Australia
14 Nov 06
Huskys are cool... but tempremental. :c)
@7nicole1 (1634)
• Canada
14 Nov 06
i have a lab/ rottweiler mix - see pic, she is great mannered and is so full of love. i prefer female dogs over the males - they seem less aggresive
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• Australia
14 Nov 06
awwww nice .... its amazing when dogs are treated the right way. They respond exaclty as they should as pets.
@MakDomMom (1474)
• United States
14 Nov 06
My Sheltie - Sheltie
We have a Sheltie (Shetland Sheepdog). She is very good with the kids (ages 4 and 2 plus I have an in-home daycare). She will let them know if they are doing something wrong (since they are a herding dog). I have never had any problems with her. I would recommend Shelties anytime! Good luck finding your new family member.
• Australia
14 Nov 06
Thank you so much ... they sould like our Australian Kelpies... Do they need much room?
• Australia
14 Nov 06
the best dog breed i had ever had was an english springer spaniel he was a wonderful dog had him since he was 9 wks old and he had a wonderful 15 yrs of life and i found old max to be loyal, and loving and if i ever get another dog thats what i would get in shakespear they where known to be mans best friend
• Australia
14 Nov 06
Awwww sounds good... do they need much in the way of space?
• United States
14 Nov 06
i honestly dont know about a german shepard around a small child..especially if its mixed breed from a pound or something we adopted a shepard from the pound and she was down right vicious she would about eat us up even trying to pet her..she was very dangerous around her food stuff..and we thought maybe she needed another dog to try and calm her down..we adopted a newfoundland mix..(who is the most gentle loving thing in the universe) and she tried everyday to kill him..after repeated attempts to try and just calm her down ..and her still biting us and leaving scars..we finally had to take her back to the pound ..:(( i still cry myself to sleep over this but wasnt anything else i could do..so please make sure whatever you do get is very very mild tempered
• Australia
14 Nov 06
You need to be commended for trying hun... This is what I get concenred about in having a mixed breed or a pound dog. That poor dog was probably put down because of the first owners and how they treated it. YOU on the other hand gave it a chance to live and be happy. He/she was obviously too tormented to realise this. I give you a positive for this post.
• United States
14 Nov 06
I will be getting a Red Healer in a few weeks from my neighbor.. She is a really sweet dog and they don't get very big. If you don't want something too big..
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• Australia
14 Nov 06
Heelers are good and loyal too... My dad had a blue heeler and he was a great little dog... Well worth the thought... Thank you
@tom123 (82)
• United States
14 Nov 06
I think a lab or a beagle would be your best bet. Labs have a very good temperment and not as hyper as a golden. Or just adopt one from a shelter, they need a good home too.
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• Australia
14 Nov 06
hmm Like I said before, I would dearly love to give a dog a home from a shelter but its not worth my childs life because of someone elses mistake.... Its not like it used to be back 20 or 30 years ago when you could go and get a good dog from the shelter, or even a Mixed breed. But these days, people dont care about what they do to dogs or how it affects the dogs in anyway. Maybe if I didnt have any children I would, but for now it isnt worth the risk.
@mgmagana (3621)
• United States
14 Nov 06
labs ande golden retrievers r good dogs, so r huskies, and small dogs, a toy breed doesn't interest u, i have a shih tzu my kids luv him!
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• Australia
14 Nov 06
Shitzus are the cutest little mops around arent they... I love them, and thats pretty neat coming from someone who doesnt like little lap dogs.
@cikedo (3487)
• United States
14 Nov 06
Golden retrievers are a good choice for a family dog. I don't know of any really mean golden retrievers. Labs can be tempermental at times but are still a good choice.
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• Australia
14 Nov 06
I think Golden Retrivers learn quicker too..... Not sure why as they really are of the same tree.
• United States
14 Nov 06
Ive got a little bijon maltese. He's about 10 lbs and super smart and playfull... not to mention the cutest thing on four legs!
@14missy (3185)
• Australia
14 Nov 06
We have a tibetian spaniel. Gorgeous but loves to take off if the gate is open.. and she's a sook
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