We're planning on getting a dog for a family pet and need some advice. Looking for a medium sized dog with minimal shedding who is friendly to children, is not escape-prone and can be trusted not to wreck the house if allowed to roam free. Doesn't have to be a watchdog, but that would be a bonus. Prefer to avoid high-strung, hyper types. Most likely we'll get a puppy.
I know a bit about dogs but need some advice. All suggestions appreciated.
Well first off must of the stuff you said you don't want it to do is stuff it will do unless trained not to. So must of it is going to depend on you and your training.
Your best bet is to go to the AKC, UKC, or ARBA websites and look at the breeds and read up on their charactoristics. Then you need to decide what activity level you want and then go from there. Once you think you found the breed for your family then the hard part begings and that is finding a good breeder.
You can also go visit your local shelter and see what kind of puppies they have. They might have just want your looking for.
From your list of "wants", I would suggest you NOT get a puppy! Any puppy is going to be high-strung, will wreck the house given half a chance, and will escape faster than you can even realize! They will chew everything in sight, given an opportunity. Unless you are willing to take the time needed to train a pup (and I'm talking months-NOT days or weeks) I would recommend adopting an adult dog. And don't limit yourself to one breed. Since you don't have your heart set on anything, there's all kinds of mixed breed dogs out there that need a loving home. Good luck with your search!
From your wish list, I would suggest a stuffed animal. All kidding aside, there are many great medium size dogs. However, what ever you choose, obedience classes, crate training and puppy class would be mandatory. You can have the dog you want, but it entails work, a lot of work. I would also suggest you go to a puppy class or obedience class or a dog show in your area to see first hand the medium size dogs. I prefer larger dogs, but if I were to get a medium size dog w/low shedding it would be a Standard Schnauzer.
I like him a lot better than I like most people. To you he's a dog. TO me he's an adopted son who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn't speak clearly. I have no problem with any of these. <
A standard dachshund is a wonderful family dog. They are extremely loyal, sweet, and are great with kids. They do alert you when someone's at the door, and are wary of strangers until the owner oks the stranger. Dachshunds are NOT a hyper or yappy dog despite popular belief althought thay are stubborn. You do have to keep them on a leash or in a secure fenced in area when they're outside because their noses take them off often!
There are 3 hair types-longhair, smooth hair, and wirehair in many different colors. They are sometimes called the baskins and robbin dog because they come in so many different "flavors" They can be anywhere from 16 to over 30 pounds-under 11 pounds are miniatures.
there are great mixed breeds available. Shelters have plenty of PB's & mixes. You can go to PetFinder.org to see what may be close to you.
If you want info on any particular breed, the best place to look is on the rescues sites for that breed. They will give you much more accurate, usable information than what you will get from the National Breed Clubs or AKC. What they will tell you is geared to show dog temperment - the cream of the crop - not what is available to the average person
check you local shelters. but to get what you want in a dog you will have to train it yourselves.If we could go to a shelter and get a housebroken dog good with kids and roams the house free range with out a problem the the shelters would be empty. it take time and effort on your part to get this kind of animal
A lot of good advise I have read here.Our family has couple different breeds. Cocker Spaniels,Min. Schnauzers. We have 4 teenagers so like people dogs are different to and you are doing the most important thing by thinking what you want size,personality and as we know many dogs shed much more then others. I personally have found that short haired dogs do more shedding then longer haired. I love the cocker spaniels for there laid back temperament but yet very playful when the kids want to play. They love to cuddle watch TV with the kids and sleep with them. to me if they are breed correctly beautiful loyal and loving.
I like the Min. Schnauzer. Again if breed correctly. not hipper as lot of Terriers are. Easy to take care of and very hardy little dogs .Playful great personality non shedding.and very smart. There are lot of nice dogs and I agree others on here go to sites that tell you about each breed and see what you like and fits for you. The only thing I would be very careful about is think twice getting a puppy from animal shelter . Don't get me wrong there are many good dogs and puppies that need good homes. But I have helped in rescue and finding homes for some of these dogs and have taken in couple my self. First of all if you can not get an information on the back ground of a puppy or older dog think twice taking it home.Our family took in a 4 mo.old mixed breed to give it a loving home and we knew nothing about it just a cute little puppy. I was bitten in the first week ,my son them 10 yrs old was holding him watching TV he wanted down and the puppy got upset and bit his neck he had to go to emergency room. This puppy's teeth went in deep. We took him to vet he checked this puppy out and at first seemed fine played then was not long the vet went to pick him up and he showed his teeth and bit him on the back of the hand. The VET said this puppy needed put down . I could not bare to do this I took him back to the animal shelter they agreed and said they have seen lot of mixed breeds that just doesn't mix well and cause temp. problems as well as lot of health problems. Just be careful take your time and be sure to play with the puppy for a while before getting it. I am not putting down animal shelters I am just saying be careful if you do rescue one . Good Luck wish you many happy years with your new little one