I just got an email from the rescue that it will be much longer for us to get a golden. I am begininng to start to look around for another kind of dog. My children would really like a big dog, specially my son. We went out camping and my son was so amazed at my In laws dog (labrador) he just wanted to play with him. He actually cried when we had to leave. I also yearn for another dog, we feel incomplete. My brother has taken Cocoa 100% he moved to the state and he took Cocoa with him and I honestly think she was meant for him. He baby her so much and well they are so attached to one another that my mom and I agreed that there is just no way I can take her back home. He one day said I am taking her for a walk and well one thing lead to another and she has been living with him for a month lol...it is very cute. My brother was very depressed and I can not say how much Cocoa has made an impact on him. Is like he has something to motivate him. Sorry to ramble I just wanted to explain a bit. We do see her often (they live a block away) but my kids want a dog at home. I just never thought how hard it will be to rescue and adopt a dog. Any advice on what breed to start looking into? Thanks alot.
I'm glad your son is so interested in getting another dog. Have you considered getting a lab? They tend to do well with kids, and your son just had a really good experience with one. I'm sorry the golden plan is taking so long.
My suggestion is to go to the shelter, with no breed in mind, walk through and see if there are any that just stick out to you. See if you can take them out for a walk and see how a shelter dog might work out for you. Statistically there are more labs and lab mixes in shelters than any other breed. So you may find exactly what you are looking for without having to go very far or wait very long PLUS you get the added benefit of saving a life! Good Luck!
Some Labs are more active than Goldens...best if you can see the parents. If they are highstrung or bad tempered...the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. I am all for adopting from a rescue. If the dog is old enough you can see how it will turn out. However, in a pound anything yellow or black is called a Lab because it makes them more adoptable than dogs less popular w/family homes. You don't know what you are getting.
Depends on the shelter.....we try very hard to figure out what breeds may be. Also alot of animals are owner turn ins. We currently have a purebred yellow lab, 3 years old with akc registration papers. Turned in because they were moving and couldn't take him with them. Nice huh? I still say, go look. Maybe they won't end up with a lab mix but if you find the 'right' dog does it matter what the breed is??
i can't think of too many breeds where it says in the breed description that it isn't good with kids. so i think more importantly is what you want from a dog and what type of temperament you can handle in any breed. what ages are your kids ? i hear often parents wanting to get a dog for their kids. and that is great but it has been my experience that kids aren't 100 percent into their dogs. they would rather be out playing with their friends, riding bikes, skateboards, playing baseball etc. and the dog is their for them when they are in the house at the end of the day. so it is minimal how much they actually play with and entertain the dog. so alot of exercise and responsibility is going to fall on you and your husband. my breed is awesome with children. i have never seen a dog that was more tolerant of children. they are lively enough to play for the few minutes my son is not out with his friends, and she loves to snuggle up with him and watch tv or at night when he goes to sleep. but given their supposed temperament, they do not fit inot all housholds. a golden or a lab is good with children but they need more than the 10 minutes or so a day my son or any of his friends would have to give them. the goldens and labs i have met, even the 1 next door who is owned by my sons friend, would be way too much for tiny kids. any child over 7 or 8 would be a better match for a young growing golden or lab. i would tend to figure out what breed would fot my entire lifestyle with the benefit of being good with children. that way you have a dog that is going to be playful enough for your kids but not too much for you to handle.
labrador retriever, pembroke welsh corgi, pug, saint bernard, German Shepherd. Pit bulls have a bad reputation, but are GREAT kid dogs, I even have one myself, and I'll be 13 in 7 days. AND a 4 year old brother.
The Newfoundland has been rated highly for their natural ability to protect and watch over little children. They are very laid back and easy going dogs, but will get out and romp with the kids also. Nobody will mess with your kids with their Newfie around, he will protect them and the whole family with his life. Little hands pulling on the hair doesn't bother them a bit. Go to ILoveNewfies.com for more info.
Golden Retrievers are amazingly wonderful with children of all ages, and I'm sure they are well worth the time to get one. If it is not possible to obtain a Golden Retriever, Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Doberman Pinschers, Rottweilers, and American Pit Bull Terriers are other large sized dogs that do well with children. Since your username is lovemysiberian, do you have/had a Siberian Husky? Anyways, good luck on your search for a dog! :)
Thank you, I should clarify more :), We are VERY VERY active. We go camping alot in summer and winter we go to the snow and lake ALOT. My kids LOVE dogs most of my family owns dogs or cats and my kids want one sooo soo bad. My yongest one is 3 yrs and he is the more excited. He actually is the one who wants to go visit my sister with her Lab because he can go and play with him. It is so cute! I myself and a dog lover as my husband. We want a dog that is willing to go for a daily walk and 3-4 times a week to the park, lake, camping etc... We want an indoor dog who will cuddle with us after a long day and just be a couch potato before bedtime. We have a bedroom for our new dog, we have treats toys and lots of love. I am getting teary eyed because we honestly feel incomplete with out a furry friend. We are no longer having kids and we have a big house to share with a dog. We would love to have 2 but one for now will be great! I am in Az so the weather here is BEUATIFUL right now and we feel so empty going for our walks at night without a leash. I did have a siberian her name is shadow...oh I am goiing to cry now. Sorry but I miss her so much more than I thought I would. She bit my daughter on seperate occasions. We had to give her up but she is in a rescue for husky and I KNOW she is doing fine. She was not happy with us at all. She kept trying to run away and was very aggresive with the kids, would growl at them and scratch them badly. It was a hard 2 months until we decided what was best for her and us. I want our dog to be a part of our family and be HAPPY with us. Not miserable, and love us as we will love him back. I really want to have a dog today but I know that the better we know about our future dog and really KNOW that he/she will be happy with us will be a huge factor in the life we will have with our new family member. I just want to make this right. I feel like we failed with Shadow and I do not want to go thru that again. Sorry so long but we are so ready for a new family member, where ever he may be. If any of you can help us out in locating a dog for us let me know :) I am in Az and would appreciate the help if any can be given. Thank you.
Thanks for the update on Shadow. I wanted to ask but was afraid the news was bad and didn't want to put you in an awkward spot or to stir up your emotions. It sounds like things are working out for everyone's best interest. Are you still wanting to adopt an adult dog that was fostered in a home with kids? I remember you talked about that option but don't remember exactly what you decided.
Definately a boxer! Boxers are one of the greatest dogs that a child could have (and not to mention the cutest!) I have grown up w/ many differrent breeds, but my fav. will always have to be boxers! I remember being about two and instead of what most children would do after having a bad dream, I would go and find the boxer to lay with rather than my parents! I learned to crawl by spending hours, rolling and pulling across the room to get to her, only for her to get up and move to the other side of the room as soon as i got there as if encouraging me to keep practicing. We have a lake house and we go up every weekend during the spring and summer and bring our boxer every time. She absolutely loves it! She spends all day running and racing her shadow around the yard. Also, she loves to swim and try to catch the ducks. Boxers are great companions, and not to mention clowns! They will do practically anyything to please you. Its called the "boxer wiggle" , you see because their tails are docked, when they try to wag their tails, they end up shaking their whole rear, and then their legs start going in all directions until their whole body is just squirming! There's nothing better than to come home after a long hard day and see such a site! Also, boxers don't shed like golden retriever, GSD, or English Sheepdog would. (...and if you have hardwoods, the little that they do shed when they get excited, blends in! haha). All in all, I think that this breed would really suit your active life and family. I don't think that my childhood would have been quite the same without them!
Have you considered a Pitbull? My brother has a Pitbull and he is always so eager to please. The only thing is that they are banned in some areas, home owners insurance is always a problems, and there are a lot of stereotypes that go along with Pitbulls. They are not aggressive dogs, though. They are dog agressive. But, with socialization, a strong pack leader, being raised and treated properly, and an owner that understands dog psychology, they can be wonderful companions. With all dogs, especially Pitbulls, you can't perceive them as having human emotions. Pitbulls need training, a proper amount of exercise, socialization, taught not to jump up, taught to heel beside you when walking, an owner that can achieve a status of pack leader, put order into the pack, and humans that know how to live with dogs. Pitbulls need long daily walks, and they shouldn't be mistaken for the Staffie. Staffies are totally different dogs, but might be a good match for your family. They too need socialization, and they can be difficult to housebreak. With Staffies you have to achieve a pack leader status, put order in the pack, and know how to live with dogs. They too need long daily walks. Neither the Pitbull or the Staffie should be mistaken for the English Staffordshire Bull Terrier. The Original English Bulldogge and Shar-Pei would also be good matches for you. There are also mixed known as the Sharp Asset, Corgidor, Plica, and Schnoodle that might fit well with your family too.
well lol of course a Doberman! But seriously, if this is an extremely active boy, a Dalmatian would be good, also, but you have to be very careful on this breed because they are GUARDIANS, and take that job real serious. They can be pretty fierce about protecting "their" children, but talk about not being able to wear them out! They can run along a bicycle for HOURS without getting tired!