while there are certainly breds out there that are not ideally suited for households with young children. what you put in to the dog is what you will get out og him/her. early and extensive socialization will help a great deal with the dogs tolerance of not only your children but others kids as well.
steer clear of the terrier group. again exposure to and socialization with other animals will help in this area greatly as well.
4) Tolerant of other dogs.
again its more socialization and training then it is breed specific though there are some breeds that do not toelrate other animals well and are more prone to same sex aggression.
5) Jogging partner.
any breed you get will not become an instant jogging partner. you cannot jog a dog until it has matured so as not to cause undue stress on growing bones. so what ever dog you choose will not be come that jogging partner til they hit at least 2 years of age.
I've been looking to adopt a dog from one of the local shelters for a number of reasons. (For instance, if I want a jogging partner, I need an adult.) But I also understand how socialization as a puppy is important, so shelter dogs present a big unknown.
I think the fact that I have seen NO standard poodles at either nearby shelter (after watching for many months) says something.
try checking out the sites like puppyfind they usually have some older poodles that you can adopt for a low adoption fee. My friend just got a older standerd she was 5 for 100.00 spayed already because she was a breeding dog but they were done breeding her. Just a sugjestion!
I agree, a labra-doodle sounds like a good fit. Have you tried looking on petfinder.com. You can plug in the breed and then see if there are any matches. I was just on the site and saw a couple of labra-doodles. Seems like they were a popular holiday gift this year so the pounds are now full :0(
maybe you could take the whole family and spend a few hours at a shelter. if you are looking for a dog that fills all your requirements, do not focus as much on a "breed" as much as in finding the right "dog. spend some time with each of the dogs .see if your husband has any allergic reactions. see how the dog does with your children. chances are good that you will find one that is perfect for your family. at least your family will all be able to agree on the dog. things will work out alot better when making finding a family pet...a family decision.
Believe me -- this is most definitely a family decision. We live about 1 mile from the closest shelter, and about 10 miles from another. My daughter and I go nearly once a week to visit with a dog just to get experience and exposure to difference dogs and personalities. If we see one we really like, we'll get the rest of the family to go see.
I have NEVER seen a labradoodle (or goldendoodle) at these shelters. The one I've seen advertised have all been $1000+.
after you have researched the breeds and find one you think will be compatible to your situation you can try a breed specific rescue group. the dogs in these groups are in foster homes so the foster families can tell a great deal about their personalities. i have a foster dog myself and i know from living with her what kind of home she would do well in and what types of homes would fail for her.
if poodles really strike your fancy google the poodle club of maerica and on their page should be a link to a rescue group.
and labradoodles are not all hypoallergenic. so if you really need a hypoallergenic dog stick with a pure bred poodle.
I own a poodle and I don't feel he's aloof at all. I did hear that the females can tend to be a little more aloof than the males though. Cooper is very friendly with the entire family, including the family cat. He's also great with my mother's two dogs when they go on play dates. The major thing...my son isn't allergic to him at all!
"Maybe a labrador/poodle mix? Some might be hypo-allergenic... but it could go either way. "
I think you should really steer clear of any mixed breeds claiming to be hypo-allergenic. That's really not a fair method of advertising since they absolutely cannot guarantee that. They are breeding two dogs together and you can end up with the genetics of one, or both, breeds in the puppies. My son was highly allergic to doodles and oodles and poos. He's doing wonderfully with the standard poodle though. For all the hype, it just remains that human-kind has not learned to manipulate genetics to a perfection and you could end up paying a fortune for a dog that ends up causing allergy problems with your home. I would recommend going to a poodle breeder and spending time at their home to see how everyone reacts. JMO of course.
If someone in your home has allergies the best bet is to go with an adult dog. You could ahve a pup for months and when ti gets an adult coat learn he is allergic to it. The labradoodles were bred to be hypo allergenic but the project was scrapped cuz it didn't work. Its only byb saying it does.