Looking for a family dog. Have a 3 and a half year old daughter. My wife is looking at golden retrievers, but I have always loved german shepherds. My wife is afraid of german shepherds, but I think if we get a puppy from a breeder there shouldn't be a problem. Our house is not small, but not big either (2400 sq. ft, including basement with a fenced-in backyard that is not too large, either). Looking for a family pet, not a protection dog. Opinions appreciated on which dog is the better choice. I also like beagles, which my wife and I haven't talked about yet, but could be another possibility. We both want a child-friendly, loyal dog that is also attractive. Please offer any opinions, including other options.
You may want to consider a young adult or perhaps a retired show dog. Breeders will occasionally have young adults available to a good home so when you contact breeders you may also want to ask if they have any older dogs available. A young adult is generally a better choice for families with young children. It's often overwhelming to raise both a human toddler and a canine toddler at the same time. Developing a positive relationship between the child and the puppy can also be a challenge. We prefer to not place our puppies in homes with children under 5 years of age.
I don't see the problem with a German Shepherd. You'll see it written a lot here, but the temperament depends on the way a dog was raised more than anything. Of course, some breeds are less likely to be snappy or aggressive, but I think if the dog was raised with kids, there isn't much liklihood it'll be vicious. Even if it wasn't, it all depends on the individual dog.
I know you didn't mention Boxers on here. My nieghbor has a young daughter ,she's 4 ,but was 3 when they got their puppy. I would say this dog is awsome with young children,but is extremely full of energy. I had a GSD when my son was small,he was 5 when we had Max.He was very good with my son. Unfortunately when we had to move we couldn't take Max with us,so my father took him. He loved my son.The problem with Max was very bad hip problems,he had to be pts at 8 years old.Please make sure you get a GSD with good hips if you decide on this breed. It was so sad to watch him detoriate like that.
I think either dog would be fine. The hips need to be checked on both breeds. Also obedience class is a must with both(really all pets). The goldens are great, they love everyone, but are puppy until about 2 years old. I like the shepards, tend to be a bit over protective sometimes, but again obedience classes and socialization the pet will be wonderful.
If she is afraid of the dog it may not be a good idea. You want a family dog. Go for the Golden. They are easier to traing than most breds and excellent playmates for kids. At your childs age it will do things to a dog that most breeds won't accept. A boxer may also be a good choice. Keep in mind that both breeds are very people orientated and will need a lot of attention. Beagles are great pets, too. They are pretty stubborn to train, boxers are a bit stubborn, but not as much as the beagle.
Goldens are quite the family oriented breed. Loyal, playful, and extremely cuddly. However, they are very energetic for mant years. If you spend most of your time outside they would be perfect. They need lots of exercise. They will also need constant grooming for their long fur or else mats will start to form. GSD are very elegant and patient dogs. They can be a family dog but were bred as guard dogs. They can be difficult around strangers if you don't put in the time to train and socialize them. They will also need lots of grooming with their long coat. Beagels are small, tolerant, and sweet. Just remember that beagels are very vocal. They have many different howls and barks and love to share them with the neighborhood. All in all, your three choices can all be wonderful dogs. If you read up on the general care and know what you need to do then any of them can be a wonderful, caring addition to your family.
i have said this in many post because it's true...if ur trying out a dog on the family why not go to a rescue for BOTH breeds and pick out a couple that you both like and then meet them, find the one that's right for you. N also you might want an older dog because it may have more experiance with a very young child then a puppy would, and they tend to be more calm about things. hope it helped! :) ps. another GREAT type of dog is a soft,haired,wheaten terrier...that's the type of dog we have...and he is the best...he doesn't bite, just barks at ppl and it does take a while for him to calm down but still, he's a great guard dog, specially if you don't want him to bite anyone unless they are in danger, or a family member is.
I got a shepard when my daughter was 4 and they got along great. He was a pup when we got him. He followed her everywhere, even when the fence was locked and she went next door to play he would climb the 5 ft high fence to watch over her. One time she took off several houses down the street and I not knowing where she went was freaking out. I was out side calling for her and Winter came running up to me and walked to where she was. I truly believe if raised from pup with youe child a shepard would be great.
I think either dog would do great, I grew up with a GSD and he was so smart. I distinctly remmeber him ripping to shreds my Evel Kenevel motorcycle toy but I must say that was the noisy version. If you get a GSD, make sure you get it from a breeder that only breeds dogs that are OFA good or excellent for their hips. A fair rating isn't high enough for this breed. Same with your golden, actually.
Beagles make great family pets. Their size is not overwhelming for small people and they're fairly low maintenance...not alot of grooming. As a drop eared breed, it's important to keep their ears clean and, of course, their nails trimmed. Contrary to popular belief, they aren't necessarily big barkers. Beagles like to be with their family and barking is most likely to become a problem if they're bored or lonely, ie. left alone for 8 or 9 hours/day. Another popular misconception is that they are difficult to train. The important thing to realize, in training a beagle, is that they are very food motivated. They'll do just about anything if there's a cookie involved. We recommend obedience classes and be sure to look for a trainer that allows you to use treats in your training.
Well, my bias is going to show through here, I just know it. GSD's are great dogs, firstly. My bias always leans toward Goldens, since that's what I breed in my program, and have for a long time. I'm not trying to sell you a dog, just to make that clear. Goldens are extremely loyal, as GSD's can be. Both are lovely breeds when bred and trained appropriately. The biggest reason I think I'd go with a Golden in this case is your wife's fear. Now, let me say that if you think that the fear is based on a lack of knowledge, then you may be able to overcome that with reassurances from a competent vet, and perhaps some discussion with a competent breeder (PLEASE don't choose a breeder that is NOT well versed in his or her dogs). I would also recommend checking out books on the two breeds...pet stores often sell them. It'll give you a springboard for discussion. Having said that, a golden would make a great choice, however.... 1. Any dog will need to be trained. Don't assume that a "good dog" won't need work. It will. Obedience training will be paramount, especially since there is a child involved. You want to ensure that very early on, the dog knows the limits, but so does the child. A child should always be taught how to respectfully treat a new member of the family, because esentially you'll be bringing home a "new baby"...it just has four legs, that's all! 2. Talk with the breeder, and make sure that together you choose a puppy that will be a good match for your specific family. A breeder should be able to tell you about every puppy in that litter, and help you make a choice within the litter. Any breeder that can't should be avoided. 3. There is no such thing as a "perfect breed of dog". Yes, generally, Goldens are loyal and wonderful with children, but they have unique personalities. And with indiscriminate breeders who may breed for a specific headpiece or coat colour or trait, temperament can suffer. So beware. You can have a wonderful GSD that is well bred and socialized, and you can have an out of control one from an indiscriminate breeder or puppy mill. Whatever breed you choose, take your time. Trust me, this is no decision to rush on. I hope it all works out well for you, and I hope that whatever dog you choose will be a wonderful addition to your family. And let me say, as a breeder, thank you for taking the time to make a good decision.
When my English Setter died many years ago, I wanted a GSD, but my wife was against the breed, simply because she had only seen them on films represented as vicious guard dogs. I got a friend of mine to bring his around to my house, it was about 7 months old. My wife was smitten. I am now with my third shepherd, he was brought into my home when my son was 3, They became inseperable, and still going strong.
well of course my answer is going to be a german shepherd. having been raised with them all my 37 years i think they are the best.when i was little our gsd would play with us and also come into our rooms at night when we were asleep to make sure we were ok.the ones my mom has now were not raised with children on a daily basis and her male is like my son's best friend when we are there. my son used to just grab him by the collar and run with him around the house. kohl never tired of it and went as long as my son went. my mom's female was kennel raised as a schutzhund dog and was never exposed to a house or family. my mom got her when she was 4. we were careful when we brought out son over cause we didn't know how she would be. she took him in as if she had known him all her life and she is great with him too. if you are in the jersey area let me know and i can find you a good responsible breeder of quality gsd's.