Which dog breed would suit my family?

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MayimBialik Mon 30-Dec-13 12:29:52

We are thinking about getting a dog. We have actually been thinking about it for years but the time has never been right for whatever reason (house not suitable/tiny baby to look after/never at home).

Within the next 6 months or so seems to be a good time to get one. We've never owned a dog before ourselves but are not naive to the amount of work it will entail as both grew up with dogs as family pets. In the past I have liked the idea of getting a rescue but we have a one year old son and I don't feel confident bringing an older dog who's history we are not completely sure of into the family. I would much prefer a puppy that we can train up ourselves.

So our situation is this - we live in a medium sized house with a decent sized garden, we have one small child, DH works full time, I work part time (3 days a week) as a teacher so get holidays. Retired parents live close by with their dog and they are able to let dog out/feed dog on 3 days I am at work. We would like a dog to take on walks but not one that is too energetic that needs hours and hours of exercise a day. I'm thinking one- two hours walking on a weekday, longer at weekends. We need a small to medium sized breed due to house size, good with children and other dogs and possibly cats, I like breeds with longer hair that doesn't tend to fall out but can be swayed on that, and can cope being left alone a couple of hours at a time without getting distressed.

So any recommendations on which breed would suit us? Grateful for your advice!

cafesociety Fri 03-Jan-14 11:20:07

Cavalier King Charles spaniel....neither of mine were 'delicate'. They have lovely gentle quiet biddable natures and love walks and playing. Also quiet at home and love to snooze and cuddle.

clam Fri 03-Jan-14 11:42:08

I've read on here before now that beagles aren't recommended for 'beginners.'

oskybosky4 Fri 03-Jan-14 21:57:10

sprocker, cross between springer and cocker spaniel. We have a 4 year old boy dog and he is fantastic with children, doesn't shed loads of hair, intelligent and friendly - not an aggressive breed. Loves a tennis ball. Energetic yes, but will play for hours in back garden if you keep throwing tennis balls

sooperdooper Fri 03-Jan-14 22:05:14

Another vote for Greyhound/Lurcher, we have a rescue Greyhound and he's tall but they're just chilled out, quiet dogs you actually don't notice his height after a while (and some are much smaller than our boy anyway), we live in a standard 2 bed terrace and it's fine.

He's brilliant with kids, just basically loves the attention, and they don't need a huge amount of exercise at all, round the block in the morning, little bit further in the evening and then sleeps all day grin

Ours isn't but some are cat friendly, a rescue will be able to give you advice, same as most breeds tbh, it just depends what they've been used to smile

ladydepp Fri 03-Jan-14 22:06:34

Cocker spaniel - show type. Our girl is still a puppy but an absolute delight. Lovely nature, fabulous with my dc's, very eager to please and reassuringly lazy smile.

You must find a good breeder though, make sure all health checks are done and you get to meet the mum....

Good luck.

(Our next dog will be a rescue but we wanted a puppy for young dc's)

Dirtybadger Sat 04-Jan-14 01:28:20

re Beagles: I can see why people say that. That's why I included the warning about training. They are notoriously difficult to build a decent recall in because they tend to wander off after their nose.

PootlePoseysMa Sat 04-Jan-14 21:48:04

Hello, I just wanted to mention that I am a fosterer for Many Tears Animal Rescue, I have 3 young children (twins aged 5 years and a 10 year old - all girls), I have 2 resident dogs, 2 rescue rabbits and 2 rescue guinea pigs. I only foster puppies because I have to know, to the best of my ability, that the pups I foster are safe with children. Many Tears do have a lot of puppies and they will place them in foster with young children so that the pup is fully socialised (with children/other dogs/other pups/small furry animals) as soon as possible. Most of the other Many Tears fosterers I have met are also parents/grandparents for this reason. In the last month I have fostered Gus (pedigree labrador pup), Orla (terrier cross pup) and Mertyle (JR pup) so please do type into google 'Many Tears Gus' or 'Many Tears Orla' or 'Many Tears Mertyle' and their write up should appear although they have all been adopted. Tomorrow I will foster another 2 rescue pups, I do not yet know their names, their breeds or their exact ages but I do know they will all be under 12 weeks old. Dawn, Carshalton Beeches, Surrey, http://www.manytearsrescue.org/dogslookingforhomes.php

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