I have a 3 year old daugher and a 2 year old Minature Schnauzer.
Sasha (the Dog) has been great and I have to say that my daughter has been a typical child she has drug her pulled her and loved on her consatnatly.
The thing I personally love about the breed is they seem to act like their enviroment. If my 3 year old is playing Sasha lays around and watches her but the minute Breanna (my daughter) gets up to run or play Sasha is right in the middle of it. I also have 2 other children 9 & 14 and Sasha is the same way with them. since I got Sasha I have met may other mini Schnauzers and they all seem to have the same type of personality. But tha t is my opinion Good Luck!
With all that the non-shedding is just a bonus!!
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I have a Miniature Schnauzer as well. Although I have no children of my own my sister has a 3 year old and a 7 year old. They get along great and although he barks at other dogs when he first meets them he then makes friends and all is well. Of course he dosent shed and is extremly intelligent. He is absolutely great, I'm sure you don't want me to go on and on...... but I could! lol
We had a boston terrier growing up. Personally, I love the breed. They don't shed to much, require little grooming and are a fun family dog. Poodles are also known for not shedding though I'm not sure how they are with children.
That website on dog info listed goldendoodles and schnoodles as dog breeds! They are not!
As far as getting a small dog that will get along with kids, it depends on how old your children are.
As for "non shedding", all dogs shed, it is just the amount of hair and the texture of the hair that is different.
Poodles, bichons and bichon-type breeds grow long curly "hair" that is shed much more like human hair is shed and must be clipped as human hair is clipped. Terriers (like the schnauzers discussed above) also tend to have more "human" "hair" and shed less often. Many terrier breeds have grooming needs that require a professional. You will have to decide whether you want to pay a professional to groom your pet or get a pet that sheds more normally but does not need professional grooming.
Also, most of these breeds are not recommended for small children, because they are delicate and/or do not take to the rough handling a very young child can dish out.
I know of one family that owns a very badly bred toy poodle that was abused before they got it. That animal adores their ten-year-old son and sleeps in his bed and has for two years.
My mother had a West Highland White Terrier that hated children and actually had to be euthanized because he bit my cousin in the face. The child had to have plastic surgery. Westies are generally very sunny-tempered dogs and this story shocks most people who know the breed.
You would be better off getting a dog a year or more old that was socialized with children. Or give up on the idea of the "hypoallergenic" breeds and get yourself a Labrador Retriever or Golden Retriever. These dogs are popular because they love everyone and get along with all ages. Also, they can put up with some rough handling. You will just have to vacuum a lot and brush the dog.
I have a one year Bichon Frise/Westie Mix and he is great with everyone, in our household the youngest is 21 and the oldest is 85 but when we go out in public he is great with the kids too. When I got him at 3months old I would look for activities that had small children around and I would take Cody to them to get him around small children, I took him like to our Church when they had trunk and treat afternoon, he had a ball, there were so many different noises and kids yelling and running and having a great time and he never got upset. As far as shedding, I brush him once a day and I use the smallest slicker brush they make and if I have a brush full of hair in it I am very surprised. I wear black a lot and everybody is amazed when they learn I have a white dog.
I work as a dog groomer so these are a few breeds that I would have to suggest Shitzu, poodle, miniature schnauzer, Lasa apso(can be aggressive) cavalier king charles, most of the terriers do not shed much.
Dusty, LOL! Welcome to the forum. If you had read the post above you would know that there is no such thing as a dog with non shedding fur. I think that many of the "hypoallergenic" breed don't bother allergy sufferers as much b/c they require frequent grooming. A poodle has to be bathed, brushed and clipped much more often that a Lab, so they don't cause as many allergy problems. As for the very well trained part: no dog comes that way. If you want a very well trained dog, you have to put in the work and train them.
here is the breeder i told you about in your other post. according to her there is NO SUCH THING as teacup shih - tzu's. http://www.morganshih-tzu.com she is in endicott new york , is that close to long island ? sorry i originally thought she was in conneticut. penny has 3 lovely shih tzu's from this woman. http://www.eastbuy.org