What breed?

Australia
January 15, 2007 5:11pm CST
We are thinking of buying a puppy soon and are now deciding on the breed. The main issue for this decision is that a dog should be a good family pet, friendly to children. I am sure dog owners have this experience and I would appreciate if you could share it - what breed do you have and how good is it with children?
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@bel1965 (154)
• United States
15 Jan 07
With children I recommend a lab. Labs are fantastic with children, they are great protectors and thier size alone keeps others from bothering you or your home yet they are the biggest babies ever. I had a lab for many years and he would lay in the yard while the kids were outside and watch everything they did, he never let anyone pass the property line when the kids were out. He didn't bite but he would sit himself in front of the person trying to come in and make it clear they were going anywhere plus he would bark so I would know someone was out there. Once I told him it was OK, he let them pass.
• Australia
15 Jan 07
Yes, we were thinking about a Lab too, they seem very friendly. Put it on the list. Thanks for the advice.
@smacksman (6074)
15 Jan 07
Labrador retriever; yellow, black or chocolat. We have had labs for years and they are just wonderful pets. Very soft mouthed and a lovely narure. Short coat so they dry quickly and shed mud easily. My pup, Ruby, is at my feet now, quite contented. BUT,BUT - read on!!! A dog reflects it's owner, whatever the breed. You MUST treat them properly to get the best out of them. I won't go into all the details here, but proper training; plenty of exercise for body and brain; a proper diet, are amongst the most important. Love your puppy and good luck!
@stailgate (2364)
• United States
15 Jan 07
I have a lab and two St. Bernards, and all of them are great with my kids. However, if you have very small children or a baby i would not recomend a St. Bernard because they are a little sloppy and clumbsy. On the other hand, labs are great with small chilren and to grow with them. They are very intellegent, and will respond to your mood very easily.
@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
15 Jan 07
In my opinion there is no "right" breed, it really depends on the dog. I think the best thing you could do is gather the family. Take a trip to your local shelter and chek there first. That way you will save a dog and see how he fits in with the family. You may find a very faithfull friend that way. There are so many wonderful dogs in shelters, just hoping to find a loving family.