Krissy, you will train them not to jump or dig. I would check out rescue or Humane Society. They usually have a pretty good idea of how big the dog will become. etc. Best bet, and older dog not a puppy.
You will find a lot of good dog breeds :) Most of the dogs on their are between small and medium sized their are a few petite dogs and large dogs :) Good luck finding the right dog breed, before you know it you will be looking in a kennel and finding the dog of your dreams, just give it some time and try not to rush into things. :) Good luck!!!
I have a boston, hes 30 lbs and a great family dog, does not dig, does not jump, short hair. Very cool breed I also have a pug, hes still a puppy but so far hes alot like rocky. French bull dogs are cool little guys too.
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bbkoo, your so right. We had two Yorkies the first was a sweetheart loved everyone and everything. We got the second when the first was 6. He was a pistol. Liked no other animal except the other Yorkie. We had him for almost 14 years and every time we were near little ones, I picked him up because I honestly didn't trust him. Good Dog, just not for kids. Our newest dog is a dream. He loves everybody and everything! I am with you Yorkies are not medium size!
While many on that list did not fit the requirements, the one that struck me most was the golden retriever. Not only will he likely be around 80 lbs. but I could make another dog with all of the hair that comes off of my boy. As far as energetic goes, don't get me started....:)
You need to train a dog not to dig or jump the fence. Puppies have lots of energy and need lots of attention. If you want something that doesn't shed much, gets along with kids, and has only little energy....get a cat.
The other thing is you listed a bunch of terriers on the list. Do you know where the name Terrier comes from? Terra, meaning earth. Digging is what true terriers do. They are bred to dig into the earth to hunt quarry. A Boston is not a true terrier, nor is a Tibetian Terrier. But a Doxie that is in the hound group is in fact a terrier as well. I can't really think of many smooth coated medium sized dogs. And smooth coated dogs shed more than some hairy dogs because the life cycle of the hair is shorted, thus the hair falls out more often. I think a nice mutt from the pound or a rescue group would be your best bet.
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I've seen breeders that are giving away some of their older dogs to "good homes".. If I didn't have a male lab I would have taken them up on their offer.. But theirs didn't get along with other males.. Point being, check around.. Don't rush into the decision.. And if you find a low engery medium sized dog, please let me know :) So far I've found cats the size of medium sized dogs, but even they have a bit of energy :)
For dogs digging, any breed could do it. Just teach them to stay away from the garden from the beginning or give him someplace where he can dig, like in a dog run. I would suggest a lab, they are really energetic, but if you can walk/play with him enough and teach him some manners you shouldn't have a problem with them. They shed a bit, but if you brush once in a while, it won't be a problem. Labs are very smart dogs, they learn quickly, very easy to train. Male Labs can get big, so if you want a smaller one, get a female, they are usually not too big. And they are good with kids, with training. My dad has two labs and they are the best behaved dogs I have ever seen. They wont pee on the grass/trees/bushes or gravel in the back yard, they go to their pens to do that. They listen to my dad so well. Don't bark too much, they love swimming. Oh and I though of English Bulldog as a good dog too, short hair, not too energetic, good with kids.