I have 4 children and myself. My children are ages 5 1/2, 9, 16 and 17. They all love animals, except cats, my 9 year old is afraid of them. I don't want an excessive drooler, or excessively hyper breed and preferable nothing larger than a lab. I am hoping to opinions on what everyone thinks.
My options I have selected are
Boxer -- Everyone says they are great with kids of all ages, a little hyper, some drooling, very bad gas, and snoring is unbelievable. :0)
Golden Retriever -- Great with kids, a little hyper, Some say they drool, (I have never heard of this), and love to run off if you don't have a fenced yard, which I don't.
Yellow Lab -- Great with kids, a little hyper
I have never had any of the above three. I do not have a fenced yard but do intend to take the puppy to puppy class. No matter which I choose, I will more than likely have a "bed dog"/"lap dog". Just me, silly I know. :0)
I went to the local shelter as well and they have a Yellow Lab/Sharpei Mix that is 10 weeks old and also a Yellow Lab/Sharpei/Pit Bull mix that is 7 months old. I really wanted the 10 week old as it was so loving, quiet, not the hyperness I expected from a 10 week old but very alert. He was the last of a litter of 8. The shelter said the mother was full blooded yellow lab and the father Sharpie. The mother was extremely sweet, but the father was a "butt head". When I called back for clarification on the "butt head" comment, I was told the father was very stand-offish, somewhat aggressive, very stubborn and just didn't like people in general. People at work are torn 50/50 that this would be a great dog because of the lab in it but others say that the temperament of the father IS GOING to come through and they would be hesitant to adopt the little one for fear he will turn mean even with the proper training.
Please help. I know this is long and I apologize. I just don't want to make snappy decisions.
I'm not an expert, but... Boxers tend to be short-lived compared to your other choices. I believe their average life-span is 8-10 years, vs 12-14 years for labs and goldens. My husband's boss had 2 boxers-one was incredibibly smart and one was really stupid! Goldens will require more grooming than boxers or labs. Goldens and labs both have the reputation of being really good with kids, but both are also real popular breeds and have been over-bred. If you're looking for a pure-bred dog, really check into the health of parents and grandparents, especially hips. If you're getting one from a shelter, I wouldn't worry too much, especially if you get a pup. Yes, parents have an influence on the dog's temperment, but I think a loving environment can overcome a lot.
I like all 3, but naturally, Goldens are my fave! ;) I REALLY want to get my mom a boxer for christmas, I just dunno yet. We'll see. =) Goldens aren't big droolers, the ones I've been around are fine. Bloodhounds and dogs like that drool more. Not that I would love them any less. =)
I personally like the Boxer. My mother has one and his name is Baxter. He is so good with my 3 year old daughter. he can be a little hyper though with new people around but if he is just around the people that he sees all the time he lays at your feet. My mothers other Boxer she had died when he was 6 but he got ran over. He was also very good with my daughter. Good luck with your choice.
i believe that sharpei's in general can be standoffish. but labs are so much the opposite. i think "a little hyper" is an understatement for all three of these. i've had a lab and a golden and VERY hyper was the temperaments as puppies. you may want to fence your yard with 4 kids and a lively dog. honestly if you are going to have the time to really socialize and train the lab/sharpei mix you might be fine. it's really kind of a roll of the dice. also, the pup may be quiet now in the shelter but may really change once in a home and be more lively. what did the shelter say about this one's temperment as far as liveliness there? there are some tests you can do on a puppy to get some idea of dominance. it's ideally done at 7 weeks, but i will look up a few simple things to try and come back. not foolproof, but may give some idea of personality.
Hi. Welcome to the board. I have 4 children also from 12-17. I also have 4 dogs. I will put their dogster link below.
My golden does not drool but he sheds like crazy. I got him from a shelter and he was already about 1 1/2 years old. He's never been really hyper, but I know some who are.
Labs are great but in my experience are also hyper and like to be able to run.
I don't know anything about boxers, but I like them.
I don't know about the one you are looking at. Someone will come along with more knowledge about that than me. Are you wanting a puppy? If you are willing to get an older dog I can tell you that I adopted a greyhound from the racetrack, she is 3 years old. Great with the kids, little to no grooming, not at all hyper, actually a huge couch pototoe. The only thing is if you let them outside to go to the potty you will HAVE to keep them on a leash. While they prefer to stay inside, if you do let them out off leash with no fence they will take off full blast and you cannot catch them.
Wow...what a tough decision. All of the breeds you mentioned make great family dogs. The only one I have any extensive knowledge of is the Boxer (and I am totallly biased lol). Boxers are amazing with kids...very low grooming maintenance...BUT they can be very hyper,and need firm consistant training.They stay puppies pretty much their entire lives. As far as life expectancy, I have had 6 Boxers throughout my life, and they all lived to be 10 or older. One thing to keep in mind with Boxers is that they are prone to several genetic disorders such as cardiomyopathy, epilepsy, thyroid problems, cancer, and allergies (to list a few)...doesn't mean they'll get them, but it is something to consider. They also do not do well in extreme temperatures so they can't be left outside . They are a breed that wants to be with their people at all times...very family oriented...so if you don't want a 'clingy' dog, a Boxer isn't a good choice. Some drool more than others....the two I have now don't drool at all... :)
My opinion would be to go with the golden retriever. they're not excessiely hyper, and don't drool much. i don't own any of these breeds, but i have been around them. and while all of them shed....i find boxers to be more hyper and drool (not much, but more than the golden) and labs are fairly hyper as well. i'm not saying that goldens aren't hyper....but in my experience they're the less hyper of the three! best of luck choosing!
all are great dogs but boxers are the most hyper of the 3 you listed and they do drool, shed and have gas that can peel paint. they are also not for a first time dog owner. i would say a golden or yellow may be what would fit your situation, but like boxers the golden and yellow can be very stubborn.
Actually, American Pit Bull terriers or American Staffordshire terriers are great with children. I would trust any of mine with children. two of my dogs actually do pet therapy. They are very trustworthy. As with any breed, Its all in how you bring them up. good luck in your search!!!!!
Great suggestion Gina. I also think greyhounds are suited for kids. They can be very very sweet dogs. I know this guy who jogs everyday w/ his greyhound. It is offleash but only sticks to the pavement. It always stops to lick evryones hand as they pass by.
Labs dig, bark, and chew everything. You have such a no-no list you will probably hate them. My advice is to get an adult so that you know what you are getting, so you don't abandon it when it is 6 mos. old because it makes the mistake of drooling or touching you. Oh, and some become very hyper at 6mos. so don't get a pup because it is "cute".
***Edited By: Kittys mom on 11/22/2004 2:22:26 AM*** Reason: Don't sell to 1st time buyers.
If you are considering a large dog, I would definately get a fence or an invisible fence. I can't imagine having a large dog without one. The all need exercise and unless you are a jogger, you will have a hyper dog if it cant run in the yard and burn some energy. A dog that can't burn energy will be destructive in your house. Maybe a pug would be a better choice if you cant get a fence or any other dog that has lower exercise requirements.