Hi everyone! I need some opinions on what type of puppy to get for my family. We are a family of four in a large home with a huge backyard. Right now we just have a cat but we are now looking to get a pup. I have two small boys, 2 & 4 that are scared to death of dogs, so we decided to start them with a puppy to get them to adjust. Their experience with dogs consists of my in-laws Old English Mastiff and Great Dane (whom they don't play with) and my aunts Mini Snauzer who barked and jumped on my oldest scaring him greatly. I personally would like a small dog so that in can be in the house with us most of the time. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
In my opinion, golden retrievers, german shepherds and labs are the best family dogs. They are good with children, smart, easier (in my opinion) to housetrain, and they can also be protective of your family. For a smaller breed I would say a pug would be a good choice. They are prone to heat stroke though, so in hot weather you'll need to watch them closely. I would not recommend a fragile breed, like the chihuahua or a pomeranian because you have small children.
english bull dogs make wonderful pets they are very lazy,but they have to be indoor pets they can't take the heat or the cold, they are very loveable, easy to get along with, just a bigggg rolly polly. they will play for a few minutes and then it's nite nite time for them. hahaha
I agree with getting an older puppy. We have a boston terrier puppy he is 4 months old. He loves kids and is a great dog. If your kids are afraid of dogs then you are better off getting an older puppy. When we first got Ziggy he was biting and chewing on the kids. All puppies will bite and chew and jump and chase. Baby pups love to nibble on little fingers and they bite hard at first. You have to teach little pups not to bite and it takes time. Ziggy knows now not to bite and it has taken this long for him to figure it out. We got him when he was 10 weeks old.
Actually, larger dogs tend to be a little friendler. Sometimes small ones can be on the nippy side. But pugs are great with children, they are small, and have cute faces. Pugs are a little lazy, chubby, and very cute.
You may think I'm crazy, but American Pit Bull Terriers are great with kdis too. I'm 13, and I have a four year old brother. My little pit-lab mix loves us all to death. They are medium sized, and are great compainions to have around, regaurdless to what the media says. =) Good luck with the puppy search!
Definetley a golden or a lab..they are wonderful family pets..especially for smaller children, but I would have to agree with the other posters about getting an older dog. Shelter dogs are wonderful...this way, you can introduce the dog to your family and see if he is a good candidate for your family. Not only that, with a big yard...it would be perfect.
I would look into a shiht zu they are on the calm side and small but they do need alot of grooming.I have a neo mastiff that is a puppy same line as the old english I would say they are the most relaxed dog but crazy puppies and their life span is very short again I would look into a shiht zu.
I'm biased, but I think you should at least consider a Miniature or Standard Poodle. Almost without exception, Poodles like children, and are a gentle breed. Some other lesser-known, but equally child-friendly breeds which have not yet been mentioned: Bichon Frise Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Springer Spaniel
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well as for small breeds you definatly want to stay away from jthe Jack Russel, the Pomeranians, and the min pins and Chi chi's. They tend to not do well with little kida and are very hyper dogs. Honestly I think the Cocker Spaniel is the best starter for a kid. As for pups not all pups are jumpy and nippy it really depends. I see alot of pups that are pretty calm. This has a lot to do if they are caged a lot or not. Depends on the pup. Getting a pup has its advantages with kids rather then older dogs. Older dogs may not be used to kids while a pup can grow and learn to tolerate children. I don't recomend bigger breeds for this kind of situation because they grow larger then the child faster then the child can really adjust. A large breed dog is quite larg 6 to 8 months old but still has the puppy attitude and often children get hurt from being knocked over by a larger dog. You want to look around and take the children with you. I personally do not like poodles for children. But thats my opinion.
I would definitely suggest a bichon frise. I have one and she is perfect! I have 3 girls 12, 8 and 12 months and have had her since my 12 month old was 7 months old. She is a puppy still as well and has never had a problem with my little one tugging or pulling on her. Not that I allow my baby to do this, but it has happened. i also watch a 5 month old baby in my home and she will lay right beside her and let her pat her as hard as she wants. I have been so pleased with her and her way with my children as well as my friends' children. She's playful and yet will calm down and just be still and let the kids rub her. She also sleeps with my children at night...I know some will not agree with me on this with her being under 1 year old, but I don't mind. She listens quite well for a puppy and she potty trained very easily. I would definitely get another...and I have 2 chi's as well! They all get along great. I HTH!
A sheltie is also a good breed with kids of all ages. I have had 5 and all of them were great with kids, dogs and cats. They grow to be medium size - not too big and certainly not small. Whenever we take ours out, all the kids come running to see them, pet them, play with them - they never had any special training but they have all been very gentle with kids.
Good luck in your search. Don't forget, your local shelter probably has the perfect match for your family!