We've decided to get a puppy in the next 12-18 months by which time my children will be nearly 7 and 4. I don't want to rescue a dog add we want the experience of having our dog from a puppy plus knowing it's background. I want a pedigree as I wouldn't know how to responsibly get a cross breed pup. Our what size it might turn out.
I have worked with dogs in the past but not in a home seeing so I often didn't see the whole picture.
So 1) not too big not too small. Springer is to big. Chihuahua is too small.
2) reasonable exercise requirements. Able to come on a long family walk but not go daft if we're having a lazier day.
3) no terriers. I have a cat and rabbits.
In many ways I think a cavalier would be great for the children but are the health risks too risky. I think a cocker could be great but is cocker rage too much of an issue.
I don't have much experience with other breeds, but I'd say not a staffy. they are lovely, don't get me wrong, but don't quite fit the exercise category. I've had one for 3 years since he was 1, and my god, the energy!! we or our parents walk him for a minimum of an hour a day, and maybe in the evening too if he is too much for us. if we don't take him out he will get more and more childlike and annoying, doing things to get our attention and destroying things he's not supposed to have. a friend has a whippet and he's much easier exercise wise - one walk and then he sleeps, although he'd take another if offered.
Am going to meet one breeder next week (6 hour round trip!) - the other one I 'just' had to undergo a grilling over the phone ...
The first one has one bitch which was mated last week so possibly looking at September, the other one is waiting for her girl to go into season but fingers crossed we'll have a puppy by the end of the year
They are just gorgeous, gorgeous dogs - I grew up with labs, golden retrievers and collies so my Ur-dog is really a gundog type but our house isn't really big enough for a golden retriever or big lab and knowing how nutty working collies are until they're about 7 I knew I needed a dog which could be a bit more chilled ... Met a couple of Tollers and was smitten - right type, right size, right temperament and beautiful too!