hi I am looking for a non shedding dog that would get along well with young children and cats.and enjoy palying fetch with the kids, like going for walks and carrides and snuggling . I would like an easy and out going dog. thanks for any input. I have looked into cockapoos and american hairless terriers. steffanie
before I could recommend a breed, I would need to know several things.
What exercise requirements do you want? high energy, low energy or inbetween..... do you have a fenced yard? what size do you want? small, medium or large? Grooming requirements? longhair or shorthair? Does the dog need to get along with other animals? Do you want a watchdog, that won't actually attack anyone-not extremely aggressive to strangers? Does it matter if the dog is easy to train, or do you have time to train a more stubborn breed? Can you afford vet care for a dog? do you care if it is a breed known for barking or not? Are you willing to get obedience training for your dog?
I would suggest poodles ( any size) or I like schnauzers...althought they are a terrier and can be fiesty, yappy and can chase things ( like cats if not raised with them) I just like them as all around family dogs. They can and do make a lot of racket...so..if your not into barking..look to another breed or invest in training. They are small enough to be lap dogs..yet big enough and sturdy enough for rough house play with kids...a good walk and are not a frail dog like some small breeds tend to be...they have draw backs..as all breeds do...but I would suggest looking into the breed types such as toys, terriers, and the like and see if the characteristics are what you can deal with but not one breed will probably fit the whole bill...so...you might have to compromise...good luck to you...picking the breed and the pup is always fun...take care
I would suggest the pug/beagle mix or also known as the puggle. They are extremely good with kids, love to snuggle, play go for walks, and go for car rides. They have minimal shedding. I won't say that they don't shed at all because that is untrue, but it is not very bad. However, since they are a mixed breed this may vary.
I would suggest the Bichon, their temperments are usually really good, regardless of the experience of the owners, and are very easy going/Happy little dogs. (Don't go the cocker X anything/to risky). The grooming is something that needs a routine, but a simple short clip is the easiest for a busy family.
thank you for input on this. again for someone that asked I am looking for a small/med size dog that is non shedding. I have three small kids under the age 5 and have hairless cats. so the dog needs to be easy going ,good with kids and cats and not to bark alot. we do have a fenced in yard. we like to take walks and enjoy our boat in the summer. would like the dog to play fetch with the kids and can be layed back with mom at night. someone said not to get a cocker x...any reason why? thanks for the help. steffanie billitier rochester ny
If you are looking for dogs that don't shed much, a terrier is a good option. We have family friends with Westies. They are cute as can be, out-going, playful, and shedding is minimal. They usually go to a groomer for a trim and bath every once in a while.
Hey, I would try a greyhound. They usually do not bark much, I can say that they do not shed much. Many of them are HUGE lovebugs (they love to snuggle and love and attention) They are great with kids. They are great with fenced in yards, and many can be taught to play fetch. But I do warn you that many are not small animal/ cat safe so I guess that wouldn't work for you! I just read that post....I just adopted one and I am very happy.
Or you could try petfinder.com to support your local shelters. I would not suggest a puppy since they can be additional work on an all ready over worked mother. Plus when you get an older dog you all ready know their personality. I've heard terriers can be great! You might want to try breeds that have short hair, since they can usually be lower sheders. I know Golden Retrivers are GREAT family dogs too. My childhood dog was a golden mix and many of my childhood friends had goldens.
We have a Bichon Frise/Westie mix and he is great for our family. There are 5 of us (we don't have small kids) our age range is 22 to 85 yrs. old and we each had our own wants in a dog, he meets all our needs and we meet all of his. Cody is 1-1/2 yrs. old-weighs 17-1/2 lbs and is so much fun! He loves walks, car rides, he plays fetch with all of us, he snuggles nicely. He sheds very, very little but we do take him to the groomers every 5 weeks. he loves other dogs, is not very happy when a cat is around. He loves to chase squirrels and tries to get the birds when they are in flight, not on the ground, that is fun to watch. We don't have a fenced in yard but we do take him to the dog park once in a while, specially the day before grooming cause when he comes back he is pretty dusty! Here are a few pics of him taken at Christmas time. Have fun looking and finding the perfect dog for your family.
Try to do a google search. I got this one just to get you started but you can probably get many more, also some will have a questionnaire form and they will pick out which one suits your family the most.
The Cocker Spaniel is one of the most attractive breeds that we have created, We can thank puppy mills, & BYB's & some so called responsible breeders for creating many health rpoblems and temperment problems. It could be strong minded and outgoing to fearful or fear aggressive. A Cocker with a balance, well rounded temperment is hard to find, if you find it, thats great but rare. Common problems are excitability, fear, dominance, super submissive urination and lots of different types of aggression.Not a great breed for kids, to much risk. Just because they become mixed with a different breed, doesn't mean they will not show those unwanted behaviors.
thank for all input. I did come across a breed they call the american hairless terrier. it is really a rat terrier but with no hair. and yes with us having hairless cats a hairless dog seems only natural.
I would suggest getting a Miniature Schnauzer they are non shedding good with kids love to play and also lovev to be a lap dog theey do get along with other animals as well as people. They are very very loyal family members and will let you know if someone is approching and they don't know them. We love our Minis!
If you're looking for nonalergenic and little/no shedding. I'm going to suggest a toy poodle mix. Alot of members are probably going to slam me for that, but I own two toy poodle mixes. A shihtzu/toy poodle mix.. she's calm, rarely sheds, loves to play and it quite the snuggle lap dog. Very intelligent, was puppy trained 80 percent within' the first day. I also have a pekingese/toy poodle mix.. she sheds a little more than my shihtzu mix, but has the same personality.. very out going, but also very much a lap puppy. :)
Well - while they are not non-shedders (but light shedders) the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a wonderful breed for a family companion. Wonderful with children, sporty and outgoing - but also content to warm a couch