I would think a Lab is a good pick.... They are good family pets and are well tempered. Many can be energetic (atleast the ones i know). You wouldn't want to get a small dog because little kids accidently hurt them. Good luck
Labs are a great choice, but like the above person said, they can be very energetic. They also can make big puppies quick, and when a 50-60lb puppy accidently bumbs a small child it can hurt. You as a family also have to decide what do you have time for. A springer or brittney spaniel can also make a great choice and is smaller. They do require grooming, but if you don't want a style you can have them cut every 4 months or so. Brittneys tend to require less grooming then the springers. I have mini aussies, they can be great with kids if trained properly. Any herding breed can have tendency to herd small childern. The best thing is to talk to reputable breeders about your situation, they will let you know if it is a good decision for you and your family.
I personally would not reccommend getting a puppy . With the ages of your children I am wondering you if you are going to have the time and energy to train a puppy. What about the kids' toys, socks and shoes,etc on the floor, these can become expensive to replace if chewed on and could be fatal to a pup if swallowed.I would look for a spayed female about two years old that was well behaved in the house and good with children.
Labs are great dogs but big handfuls from the people I've heard that have them. I may be biased, heck I know I am, but my basset is the most even tempered, sweet, gentle dog. You can do just about anything to her and the most she'll do is look at you with those big sad eyes.
Don't get a brittany unless you are prepared to give it tons and tons of exercise! Also, they really don't require grooming. Mine get brushed on rare occasions, and they get a bath when they roll in something dead-that's about it! But they are very athletic and VERY hyper dogs.
The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
well....i personally think Rottweilers are wonderful family dogs. My aunt has one but was hesitant to get a rottweiler at first because of there reputation but my uncle convinced her and she loves that big dog to death. Hes great with the kids(ages 7mnths,4yrs,7yrs,& 11yrs). They all love him and hes lk a big teddy bear, hes the greatest..even my mom loves him lol. My aunt also has 2 labs and theyre very energetic. The male(buster) is 2 yrs and the female(jenny) is about to turn 1 yr. The male is very energetic for his age and the rottweiler(diesel) is more calmer than him. Now my aunt would rather have rottweilers than labs... And rottweilers are very good watch dogs as well as family members. They are very intelligent and learn quickly =)) They can be such goofballs sometimes too well i hoped ive helped...good luck
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I agree that Rotties can be great dogs, but its takes training and socialization. With three young children, that would be difficult. Please don't buy one on whim! When I was 12 my family adopted a schnauzer mix from the pound. Dudley was about 6 or 7 months at the time. It really worked out great, he only weighed about 20 pounds and he loved kids.
Personally, I would wait a few years before getting a dog with your kids being so young and all. I would wait at least until they're all school age. Usually dogs in situations like this end up confined 24/7 in the backyard or end up being re-homed or worse yet taken to the dog pound when the dog becomes too much of a handfull, tears up shoes and clothes, pees on the floor, all the things that are natural growing pains of owning a puppy. After all, training you kids to potty on the toilet and training your dog to potty outside sounds like a bit much to undertake and the outcome for the dog might not be all that great.
Really I think whether you can handle a puppy/dog depends on what level of sacrifice you're willing to make in your own life. The OP didn't necessarily give us enough info for us to make that determination. My Mom brought our first Sheltie home when I was 7, my brother 6 and my twin sisters 4. He was well trained, well cared for, and we really enjoyed growing up with him. Having a dog with young kids can be rewarding. But the parents have to understand the work that goes into it.
I agree that a well bred lab might be a good choice. Visit the breeder, interact with their dogs and make sure they aren't high strung, pushy, one track mind dogs. I have a friend with a lab who is an absolute angel, gentle, fairly calm, very personable. But I've been in Obedience classes with my own dogs with labs who'd just as well plow over any person at their level. Understand that if you get a puppy, especially a larger breed, that obedience classes are advisable and that regular consistant training at home also is. You want to make sure your breeder can give you insight into raising a puppy with small children (as there are a lot of good tips for doing this).
And getting a well bred dog from a reputable breeder is key. Don't go with the first cheap puppy from the closest Backyard breeder. Make sure health testing has been done on the parents (having to put your dog down at 2 years old because it has hip displaysia is hard - it's tramatic when young kids are present). Make sure that you meet the breeder and interact with their dogs and see if you can imagine having one of them in your home 24/7. Temperament is inherited - and honestly, your breeder's dogs should be well trained pets - which is why I also recommend you find a breeder who shows or does some sort of performance - you know those dogs can be trained and that is also inherited (kennel dogs are rarely trained - and if the parents are hard to live with, the offspring will be too).
Making an actually financial investment into the quality of the dog would make having a puppy easier. If you look at your budget and you say "we've got $300 to buy a dog" I recommend you save up, wait, and get a really well bred one. You may also want to consider finding an older, retired show dog, or an older puppy that a breeder was growing out for show that didn't quite work out (these are usually fully trained already, AND are past the potty training stage where you need to get up with a puppy in the middle of the night - you can also see how they react to your children as their temperament is set and can be better evaulated than a puppy's).
I wouldn't rule out getting a dog based on your kids ages - but I would do some more research into the work involved and see if it seems like something you can commit to.
My kids are 5,8,12 and we have 2 chihuahuas and a minature pinscher.All are great with them,I have a niece who is about to turn 2 and they are good with her.I also have 4 grandbabys who are 8 months,1,2,5 and they are good with them.So I guess it is just how much time you have and if you want to walk,groom,and all that stuff what you decide about.Most don;t want chihuahuas with kids cause they can fall on them and hurt them but if kids are raised right they know how to treat animals.