I like these breeds alot mini goldendoodles($$$),shichons and lhasa-poos so far.Anyone have any positives and negatives about these breeds. I do have a house full of kids .But were active and really have thought about this for a few years.So please tell me what you think...Thanks
Go to a shelter first or to a rescue group. It is better to rescue a dog before you buy one. There are problems with all breeds. It all depends on what your family is capable of taking care of. Every breed is different but you could always get a mutt from a shelter then going out to buy designer breeds which are very costly.
Those aren't really breeds..they are mutts. Is your family very active, want a dog that shed a lot or a little, big or small? Stuff like that. And the shelter has many good dogs who need loving homes there too, pruebred or not. I resuced a purebred shih tzu puppy from a a rescue, so you will never know what you will find unless you look.
Most of what you are looking at are mutts, so remember when you may see one on the street you like. Yours may not end up looking like that. Goldendoodles can get really large(100+ lbs). They become big puppies quickly. Lhasa's can have a nasty streak, so keep that in mind. Out of every couple good ones I groom, there is at least one bitter in the bunch. Mixing them with poodles can make the difference, but it just depends on what traits the puppy take from the parents. All 3 require alot of grooming, generally every 8wks give or take depending on how much hair you want. I would suggest going to your shelter and see what you can find. You may find just want you want. There are a ton of rescue groups around. Take a look before you decide.
They are not "breeds." They are mutts. Golden Retrievers are wonderful dogs and very good with kids. Also, since they are quite popular, you should be able to find an adult female in a shelter, which would be a better fit for your children than a puppy.
We try not to encourage folks new the site to get involved with "designer dogs." They are expensive, poorly bred and a potential time bomb around small children.
Get an adult dog with a proven temperament. Go to a Golden rescue group. Become informed.
Don't believe everything people tell you about "designer dogs." Most of it is pure nonsense.
None of the dogs you have listed are "breeds". There are oodles of doodles and poo poos at varies shelters or rescue organizations that would be thrilled to be taken home by someone who is looking for a mutt.
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
I have Jack Russells and 4 kids ages 18/15/8 and 2 and these dogs are just the greatest with them we ,live on a farm and when Justin goes out(I mean all over the farm,his best buddy Toby goes too and always brings him home before supper!
I do not have any experience with the mixed breeds you are referring to, however, I will say that though I can understand how everyone feels regarding purchasing from a shelter instead of a breeder, as someone who has done both....finding a dog at a shelter is not always the answer.
The original poster stated they had a house full of kids and although it is possible to find a dog at a shelter that will be good with kids, you are bringing a dog into your home that you do not know much about. You don't know it's history, how it was treated prior to being turned over to the shelter, etc. And if you have a house full of kids, depending upon their ages, a shelter dog can be a risk.
In some cases, it is better to start from scratch with a puppy that you can raise yourself so you know it's history and so it can grow with your kids. Bringing an adult dog, even one that is notoriously good with kids, can be a tricky thing. Unless you personally know the family and the dog that you are getting, you can not be sure what emotional baggage a dog is bringing into your home and though we all love our dogs, our first concern needs to be that of our children. Just my opinion.
With young children, you need to look at your activity levels and find a breed that matches. I would certainly go with a puppy simply b/c you never know what history an older dog from the shelter may bring. As one mom to another, your main concern is the safety of your children. Great breeds with children are boxers--who I love! Excellent breed to have around kids, as well as golden retrievers, labs, english bulldogs, just to name a few. I have small children as well and highly recommend going toward the boxer. We've had one for years and he is awesome. We've also have english bulldogs and they are wonderful as well!
In my opinion, an older shelter dog (1-3yrs) can actually be a great choice for a young family. Unlike a puppy they do not have the weak bones and have sometimes even already been around children.
A smart way to go about potentially adopting a shelter pup/dog would be to ASK the people that work at the shelter what the background on the dog is including temperment etc. Sometimes they can offer insite along with allowing you to spend some one on one time with the pup/dog.
Another option would be to check out a local breed rescue as they may have a dog or can suggest a good match that would suit your family as well. Enrolling in classes (no matter how old or where you obtained the dog from) is also a great way to ensure a happy home =) Also making sure children get in on the training/feeding time (as long as not food aggressive) can help create bonds as well.
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First of all I would like to say ask yourself how much time do you have to devote to a puppy, purebreed,or mixbreed because taking on a new member into your family takes up a lot of time and patience. Dont be in a rush when selecting your new member I have owned purebreeds and mix-breeds. Just like when you set out to purchase or take on a added task think it through select a puppy that you have time for so that it will be a wonderful experience for you and your family check the breeds to the left and take your time check prices, temperment, shelters and choose as a family, good-luck I had a cocker and loved her to she died and now I have a puggle and I am loving her the same way good luck
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One thing to keep in mind with the breed rescue centers is that many of them are hesitant to adopt out to families with children under 5. My son is 2 and is very good with our young pups, but we wouldn't have had a chance for a breed rescue.
If your children are very young and you don't mind the shedding, consider a Golden. They are generally very patient and will usually put up with children who are a little too agressive.
Gotta say CatDogMom - really nicly put, great post. Probably one of the best answers I've seen here :)
Momtoall - from expiernce I know that both poodles and lhasa's a pretty snappy pooches unless thet are trained with a firm hand, they may be small but they got huge attitudes. I wouldn't recomend either breed for small children. Please do have in mind that because these doodle and such designed "breeds" are often breed for the sole reason of getting quick cash and riding the wave of fashion. They are often not truely thought through before breeding and mixing. Although many think that because they are mixed they don't have the health issues of the sole breed, they often do have the same health issues and if you're very unlucky they can have health issues of both breeds which will end in spending a heap of money. Adding a dog will often complete most families.. still you need to make sure your getting a healthy pup. Research nearby shelters and take your time - The right dog will find you :)
If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them.
Hi. My husband and I have a Shih Tzu/Bichon mix and she has been absolutely wonderful. I disagree with some of things said about them, though all dogs are different. Alot of it has to do with the way they are trained. Our puppy Roxy has always been around people and we travel alot so shes been in the car tons of time. She loves people, doesnt matter who it is and loves riding in the car. I babysit a little girl who is about 17 months old, and surprisingly Roxy is great with her. She more or less protects her. She always allows the baby to hug her, pet her, and pull her tail without snapping or barking. In my opinion this is a great family dog. Very lovable and loyal. She follows me everywhere and has to sleep next to me. Also they do not shed.