My 5-year-old son was devastated when our 1.5 year old black lab/border collie mix had to be given to a new home. We truly did find a wonderful home for the dog, so I get some relief there. I tried the bark collar- many types and other ideas. Nothing worked. I was pretty much told that some dogs are just barkers and if you have truly tried everything that that is what you are left with. I guess my dog was just in the 10% that don’t seem to get fazed by the shocking. The spray collar and shock collar both didn’t work for me. I resolved myself to the idea that the lab was not working out, do to the neighbor threatening to take me to court if the barking didn't stop. I hope you can understand. He had great temperament and was wonderful, except that he would howl all day when we were not home. If I left him in, he would destroy the house. Can anyone recommend a reasonable sized dog that is good with kids and doesn't normally bark or howl? Size really doesn't matter. I am fine with small, but bigger is fine too. A little boy needs a “fun” dog, so I really don’t want a lap dog. My son wouldn’t want that. Any help would be wonderful. Yvonne (Hayden's Mom)
there is no breed alive that doesn't bark - just varying degrees of how much they will bark. and same goes for biting. all dogs start out being mouthy. it is natural to them as they have no other way to explore things other than with their mouth. it is up to us to teach them not to bite. i would maybe try a boston terrier or a french bulldog. they don't tend to bark alot, but if made into an outside dogs any dog will become a nuisance barker.
Thank you. He wasn't an outside dog at all. He was in from 3pm and all night. He was "only" outside when I was at work. Ocassionaly on the weekends, but when we were home, he was in. He definately wasn't an "outside" dog. Thanks for the advise. I just need a breed that normally doesn't bark and howl.
If you don't want a barker, count any breed with the word "terrier" in it out, except for the American Pit Bull Terrier. I suggest a Basenji. Those dogs can't bark, but they make squeals & howls as a subsitute for barking. They are on th smaller side, too, and great with kids. ---Allie the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?41063 ---Mönica the Kitty http://www.catster.com/?57596
Yes, Keeshonden (plural for Keeshond, pronounced "KAYS-hond) are very sweet dogs. They do need a brushing once a day, too. It would give your son some responsibility with the dog if he wa srequired to brush it every day. ---Allie the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?41063 ---Mönica the Kitty http://www.catster.com/?57596
I think that a poodle mix would be a great idea. my friend has a multipoo that is great with kids. A lot of energy to keep up with a small child and hardly any barking. Only when she thinks she is protecting them from the unknown! lol
We have a dog that is mixed with australian cattle dog that has never barked. Not once since we got him. It could just be his personality, but my husband grew up with a cattle dog, and he said that one never barked either. Like everyone else said in here though, all dogs bite (puppies bite until taught not to) and all dogs bark at one time or another. Some just bark more than others. What I would do is if you're planning on getting your next puppy from a breeder, explain to the breeder that you are looking for a puppy with a laid back personality that doesn't bark or whine much. If they are a good breeder, they will be able to tell you if any of their puppies are like that. If you get one from a shelter, same thing. Tell the shelter staff what you are looking for so they can help you. Once you get the dog, invest in obedience training right off so the dog gets a good head start.
Basenji dogs do not bark. Though you must TRAIN the dog not to bite, and ALL dogs make noises. They don't bark, but they do yodel. What is wrong with barking anyways? It's how dogs talk, and I think it is cruel to make them nto able tot alk by wearing a bark collar! How would you feel if someoen told you you couldn't talk or you'd be shocked?
I agree about the not barking thing. My dog really barked, really loud, all day while we are away. Surely it is wrong to try to shock him if he barks, but I also couldn't force my neighbors to deal with it. We didn't want to loose him so I tried it to try to keep him. I had a feeling that it wouldn't work prior because he is very very very strong willed. That is why I found him another home. Thanks for all the support.
I suggest a Golden Retriever. They are a medium to large sized dog but they rarely bark and they're good with kids. You just have to teach your pup not to mouth or bark. I own a Golden Retriever and Kelsey rarely ever barks even if she is outside. I of course try not to leave her out there but just like you I have to go to work and school. If you have any questions about Goldens or if you need help finding one then you can e-mail me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org I have owned them on and off since I was 5-years-old.
I don't have children, but I do have a Miniature Schnauzer, and they are said to be one of the best breeds with children. I believe it. Dexter RARELY barks, and he LOVES kids when he gets to be around them. Here's my schnauzer: http://www.dogster.com/pet_page.php?i=48901&PHPSESSID=37869469ecfa8a67b22b22a242b14551
Well if you like big dogs i would suggest a bullmastiff (kinda partial). Mine is 1 year old and only barks if he feels I am in danger. Very laid back but also loves to play with the kids outside. I have been able to leave him home alone for hours since about 8 months without any puppy mischief or accidents. Though I take him to work with me almost always. They are very smart and learn easily. But must be inside dogs. They have to have there family close by. As others have already said it is our responsiblilty to teach them not to bite. Good luck on your search. I am sure there are plenty of good choices out there for you.
I had a husky when i was growing up. It wasnt to big. She was great with us. Was never nippy at all. We pushed her to. I thought that i had to hand fed her everytime she got near the food dish. If she wasnt hungry it ment pulling her jaws open and putting the food in her mouth myself. LOL. I dont remeber her ever barking. Some times she would howl if the alarm clock went off for to long but for the most part she was quiet.
Lots of great suggestions here. I didn't know my golden could bark for a very long time. Now he will bark if he's threatened or playing, but not the constant barking because we're gone. Actually he likes to sleep then. Anyway, my point was this. Have you thought about a crate for your dog while you're home so that the dog could be inside? All my dogs except my golden are crate trained, and no dog can ever be 100% trustworthy unsupervised, but personally I would be more afraid of leaving them outside. I've had a dog stolen before and there is always the chance they could get out, etc, etc. Just a thought for you to consider. If you have any questions about crate training MANY people here, including myself would be happy to answer them. http://photobucket.com/albums/v497/Ginas67tx/ Have a good day! Rusty the Golden Retriever http://www.dogster.com/?68489 Bailey the Pug http://www.dogster.com/?68491 Ariel the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?68494 Lady the Greyhound http://www.dogster.com/?78537
Don't even think about a bulldog. Biting is ALL THEY DO. They have to be locked up during the day because they chew up everything. Every friend I know who has one says the same thing. I love them but OH, it's so tiring.
As for a breed that does not bark, Akitas only bark when someone or something is on your property. As for the bite it all depends on how you train them and treat them, as with all breeds. I used to grab the back, middle part of my akita to teach him not to bite when he is grabbed there since kids are prone to grabbing there. Akitas are a one family dog and i would only recommend one if you were to spend alot of time with your akita. They are loyal and very good with kids from my own experience too.
I am partial to the French Bulldog (I own one) He is a very quiet dog. It is VERY seldom that he barks...he does snore and grunt a lot though. Remember that with any puppy it is going to go through a "puppy biting/chewing stage".
I would have to disagree with an akita. My aunt and uncle had to have theirs put to sleep. They had itt since it was 8 weeks old and it was raised with kids. It was only outside long enough to pee or if the house was full he would be put on his runner to play. Around a year old he almost knocked my cousin down the stairs backwards. She was walking up the stairs and he was at the top. He snarled and lunged and she fell back into her sister. Later the same dog attacked my cousins 12yr old friend. She had to have plastic surgery to repair her lip since he ripped it almost all the way off. He was put down later that day. I love all dogs but the few akitas i have been around have been very protective and terratorial. And not good around kids.