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« on: September 10, 2007, 10:21:30 AM »

Hello pet lovers.  What breed do you think best meets this criteria:

*Good with kids
*Smart
*Medium size
*Minimal shedding/barking


What other attributes whould I be considering?
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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2007, 10:25:59 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2007, 10:50:09 AM »

Hello pet lovers.  What breed do you think best meets this criteria:

*Good with kids
*Smart
*Medium size
*Minimal shedding/barking


What other attributes whould I be considering?

consider the american pitbull terrier
*outstanding with kids
*great family dog
*their scores on temperament test rank among the highest of any breed
*intellegent and easy to train
*very loyal
*extremely people friendly
*do not bark much


*they can be animal agressive so if you want a dog park, dog friendly dog, it can take some work to socialize them.
*dont consider a pitbull if you want a good watch dog. it just isnt in their nature.
*dont consider a pitbull unless you have the time to have them outside exercising everyday. they have alot of energy and need to work that out.


Alfons Estelt of the American Temperament Test Society, Inc., said, "The American Pit Bull Terriers participating in our temperament evaluation have thus far shown a passing rate of 95%.  The other 121 breeds of dogs in our tests showed the average passing rate of 77%.
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« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2007, 11:00:49 AM »

Hello pet lovers.  What breed do you think best meets this criteria:

*Good with kids
*Smart
*Medium size
*Minimal shedding/barking


What other attributes whould I be considering?

Is a Labrador too big?

btw...they can be high energy when they are young....requiring a back yard.

Do you have a back yard?
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« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2007, 11:14:03 AM »

We have 3/4 acre so there is plenty of room.  However, my wife is a neat freak, and is already stressing about her precious gardens & lawns Roll Eyes

I like labs, but if I'm traveling, I may not always have the time to give it the exercise it needs.  Perhaps a slightly smaller dog that doesn't require as much excersise, but can hang in a 3-4 mile hike 2-3 times week.
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« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2007, 11:27:59 AM »

We have 3/4 acre so there is plenty of room.  However, my wife is a neat freak, and is already stressing about her precious gardens & lawns Roll Eyes

I like labs, but if I'm traveling, I may not always have the time to give it the exercise it needs.  Perhaps a slightly smaller dog that doesn't require as much excersise, but can hang in a 3-4 mile hike 2-3 times week.

All small dogs are high energy....but may not be big enough to hold up during a hike.

A mix (or rescue) thats mid size may be best.  Otherwise...a small/medium lab weighs @ 55lbs.  Females may be the right size for you.  I grew up with them & can tell you they love long hikes.  They're a working/hunting dog.  They do like to dig (like most dogs) but there's nothing that can stop that.
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« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2007, 11:47:10 AM »

Jack Russell, like Eddie (Frasier).. Great with kids, friendly nature, small (don't need as much exercise), short coat (not much dog hair in summer).

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« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2007, 11:48:05 AM »

A Schnoodle  Grin - Benji type dog

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« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2007, 11:52:02 AM »

Jack Russell, like Eddie (Frasier).. Great with kids, friendly nature, small (don't need as much exercise), short coat (not much dog hair in summer).



I'd have to disagree on the exercise point.  They have a tendancy to be very hyper and diggers (wife & yard  Undecided)  They'd be good if a lot of time and attention were devoted to physical and mental exercise...

I'd also caution against a pit for a couple of reasons.  First, and unfortunately, your homeowners insurance will go up or may even get dropped.  Check into that.  Second, your kids playmates parents may have a problem with it and not allow their kids to come over....
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« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2007, 11:54:23 AM »

I agree with Princess L

everyone that I know say the same thing about them
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« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2007, 11:56:02 AM »

Jack Russell, like Eddie (Frasier).. Great with kids, friendly nature, small (don't need as much exercise), short coat (not much dog hair in summer).



I did consider this breed.  Would it do well hiking?
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« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2007, 11:57:02 AM »

All small dogs are high energy....but may not be big enough to hold up during a hike.

A mix (or rescue) thats mid size may be best.  Otherwise...a small/medium lab weighs @ 55lbs.  Females may be the right size for you.  I grew up with them & can tell you they love long hikes.  They're a working/hunting dog.  They do like to dig (like most dogs) but there's nothing that can stop that.

How would a lab do if from time to time I can't take it on hikes or excersice it?
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« Reply #12 on: September 10, 2007, 11:58:23 AM »


I'd have to disagree on the exercise point.  They have a tendancy to be very hyper and diggers (wife & yard  Undecided)  They'd be good if a lot of time and attention were devoted to physical and mental exercise...

I'd also caution against a pit for a couple of reasons.  First, and unfortunately, your homeowners insurance will go up or may even get dropped.  Check into that.  Second, your kids playmates parents may have a problem with it and not allow their kids to come over....


Funny you metion that.  We just bought a new house and had to get new home owners ins.  One of the questions was was type of do we have...
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« Reply #13 on: September 10, 2007, 12:00:04 PM »

How would a lab do if from time to time I can't take it on hikes or excersice it?
  I see A LOT of them get fat.

Look at this site and check into a rescue dog.  http://petfinder.com/

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« Reply #14 on: September 10, 2007, 12:01:17 PM »

Speaking from personal experience (I have two Jack Russells), I have had none of the problems Princess L has mentioned.. IF anything they have demonstrated to be "low maintenence" dogs.
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« Reply #15 on: September 10, 2007, 12:01:26 PM »

  I see A LOT of them get fat.

Look at this site and check into a rescue dog.  http://petfinder.com/



fat?

maybe if it was a spayed female
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« Reply #16 on: September 10, 2007, 12:02:45 PM »

I did consider this breed.  Would it do well hiking?

It's a terrier....meant for hunting

Would do alot worse than the lab if you didn't take it for walks.  Will destroy the yard instead.
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« Reply #17 on: September 10, 2007, 12:03:58 PM »

How would a lab do if from time to time I can't take it on hikes or excersice it?

Just like any dog.  Seriously...it would adjust better than most dogs...especially the jack russel
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« Reply #18 on: September 10, 2007, 12:10:39 PM »

Speaking from personal experience (I have two Jack Russells), I have had none of the problems Princess L has mentioned.. IF anything they have demonstrated to be "low maintenance" dogs.
I'm with ya on the low maintenance, but they do have a tendency to be hyper if they aren't stimulated enough ~ right?
fat?

maybe if it was a spayed female

Nah, boys too ~ that is IF they don't get plenty of exercise (like 45 mins a day).  They love to fetch tennis balls!  Get a chuckit!  Grin cuz labs are relentless when they're having fun Tongue


It's a terrier....meant for hunting

Would do alot worse than the lab if you didn't take it for walks.  Will destroy the yard instead.
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« Reply #19 on: September 10, 2007, 12:14:36 PM »

I'm with ya on the low maintenance, but they do have a tendency to be hyper if they aren't stimulated enough ~ right?



my two young kids keep them busy, so there isn't any room for boredom.. So I really couldn't say how'd they react without stimulation... In that respect, I think most dogs are the same and do require attention so they don't go loopy.
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« Reply #20 on: September 10, 2007, 12:17:00 PM »

My Scout would be perfect for you  Tongue

BUT, he's taken  Tongue




I'm serious about the Benji type dog  Cool




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« Reply #21 on: September 10, 2007, 06:05:20 PM »

Hello pet lovers.  What breed do you think best meets this criteria:

*Good with kids
*Smart
*Medium size
*Minimal shedding/barking


What other attributes whould I be considering?

Golden Retriever.

Friendly dog, calm, obedient.





Did I mention calm? Grin



But don't get a dog mang. Be free.
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« Reply #22 on: September 10, 2007, 06:15:23 PM »

Golden Retriever.

Friendly dog, calm, obedient.





Did I mention calm? Grin



But don't get a dog mang. Be free.

I'm married with children, bro.  Freedom is something so far in the past, that it seems like it was a distant dream....ha ha!
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« Reply #23 on: September 10, 2007, 06:30:24 PM »

He wants a dog that doesn't have quartlery shedding problems

 Roll Eyes

also.....they're far from calm till they get older
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« Reply #24 on: September 10, 2007, 08:15:27 PM »

Golden Retriever.

Friendly dog, calm, obedient.



Did I mention calm? Grin



But don't get a dog mang. Be free.

I love goldens.  They're awesome, but I don't think the right breed for Mindspin.

First of all, too big.  Second; grooming.  They need to be brushed on a regular basis.  Third; there will be fur bunnies all over the house (like dust bunnies) and will drive the wifey nuts.

Being a larger breed like that, they can be susceptible to hip issues among other things (ie: vet bills and shortened quality of life) and the life expectancy probably won't  see the kids go off to college...

There's nothing cuter than a golden puppy tho  Grin  Don't let that suck you in Mindspin.
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