Good family dog that is NOT a G Retriever

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GandalfsHat Fri 08-Feb-13 16:52:43

I'm sure this has been done to death but:

We're looking for a family dog, one to 'grow up' with the boys, 2 DS's, 1.5 and 3.5 years of age.

DH and his family has always had Golden Retrievers, always, at one point had 3! It is the only dog he will consider as a family dog, he absolutely loves them.

I grew up with 'pavement specials', mongrels with the most fantastic personalities, great fun to be around, but I suppose you can't be sure of the temperament of a mixed-breed dog, not as much as you can be sure of the temperament of any dog until they reach adulthood, but hopefully you kwim.

So, please recommend me a breed that is a good family dog. I have considered and ruled out spaniels and beagles. I'm quite interested in a Weimereiner... love love love Ridgebacks but they might be a bit on the big side.

Have considered a rescue GR, but I don't always want to have just one breed of dog for the rest of my life...

Live in the country, have enclosed outdoor space, ok for dog to sleep indoors. Can take the dog on good walks but cannot spend hours walking each day.

Any advice/recommendation appreciated.

Fenton Fri 08-Feb-13 16:55:44

Weimereiers can be pretty big to IME, and a little bit 'bumpy' .

I've got a Lab/Border Collie cross and he is proving to be a super dog.

No, you can't have him..wink

Why would you rule out Springer Spaniels confused

Ours allows babies to put wotsits in his mouth and take them out without eating them. He's as soft and floofy as a marshmallow. Mental though grin

Ullena Fri 08-Feb-13 17:04:59

If you don't want to spend hours exercising it, then get an older, more sedate dog, whose exercise needs and temperament are already known. I wouldn't want a puppy anyway with toddlers if it was me they would gang up : sounds like chaos waiting to happen!

broadsheetbabe Fri 08-Feb-13 17:07:45

I'd second that, LaurieFairyCake - we have always had springer spaniels, and they make great dogs for children to grow up with.

We currently have a springer crossed with a poodle and she's a darling! Great temperament, intelligent so easy to train and ideal for DS2 (5) and DGSs (3 and 2) to be around.

Good luck in your search.

Rescue staffy. But an older one not a loopy puppy.

They are amazing family dogs and there are so many in rescue looking for a loving family home.

Booyhoo Fri 08-Feb-13 17:10:28

why dont you want a GR? confused

is it the shedding? i have the best Gr in the world. he is huge but he is a gentle giant and i couldn't ask for better. i just have to hoover everyday. grin

chubbymomie2012 Fri 08-Feb-13 17:11:30

Please don't get a Weimaraner. My Father has has a few as a working dog! Sniffer dogs. They are def not family dogs. They do not do well with children and I would never trust them with little toddlers.

chubbymomie2012 Fri 08-Feb-13 17:12:14

Our last dog was a beagle cross. He was a darling. Great with the babies and they grew up with him.

clam Fri 08-Feb-13 17:16:00

I have a poode/cocker cross. Nicest temperament dog ever. Knee height and a good size, without the hoovering you'd need with a GR. Not allergic to him, either, whereas I am to GRs and Labs.

German short haired pointer? Vizsla (our friend has one which is soft as butter and doesn't need half the exercise they say they do)

We have a 16 week old springer who has been a dream and is soft as butter but already able to do tons of exercise!!!

GandalfsHat Fri 08-Feb-13 17:19:49

I like GR's but I don't always just want a GR, there are so many lovely breeds/dogs out there...

Amongst my immediate neighbours there are 3 households with the most beautiful springers, all had training, all walked twice (+ sometimes) per day, and they areall loopy and jumpy as hell, as Laurie so succinctly put it, mental as hell!

Staffies are lovely, my cousin had one growing up, she was a lovely, gentle dog.

Thanks Chubbie for the advice about Weims, they are sooooo beautiful though!

MmeLindor Fri 08-Feb-13 17:24:49

You know that we will all just recommend the breed of dog that we have, don't you? smile

We have a Maltese x Cavalier King Charles, but going by what you have said they might be too small and fluffy for you.This is our pooch

What about a Border Terrier if you'd prefer somehting slightly bigger?

We had a Springer Spaniel when we were growing up. Great dog but absolutely daft, and there was no way you could eat a Wotsit out of her mouth. She stole food whenever she could.

IAmNotAMindReader Fri 08-Feb-13 17:26:28

Irish setter?
If you just don't want one type it looks like you are setting yourself up to be a more than one dog household. grin
We are planning on getting another once we have the adolescent phase over with.

Fenton Fri 08-Feb-13 17:27:17

MmeLindor that pooch of yours is a beauty!

almostanotherday Fri 08-Feb-13 17:27:25


tabulahrasa Fri 08-Feb-13 17:36:24

I'd say staffy as well - and not because it's what I have (because it isn't what I have, but I would have if my DP wasn't awkward)

Branleuse Fri 08-Feb-13 17:38:49


WitchOfEndor Fri 08-Feb-13 17:41:20

Don't get a Weimaraner if you don't have lots of time to spend exercising it, they need a lot of exercise! If you think springers are high energy then you won't cope with a Weimaraner. And ridge backs are big, taller than GRs and very strong. A rescue dog would be good because the rescue will have established if it is suitable for rehoming with children.

I grew up (3yo) with a springer and she was lovely but bonkers, and Mum gave her a good two hours exercise a day. We now have a black lab and he is great with DS 2.5 but he is 8yo himself so doesn't want as much exercise (and will just sit and look at me if we throw the ball for too long). Both brilliant dogs in their own right ( and my male lab is smaller than my friends female ridgeback and he weighs nearly 5 stone!)

MmeLindor Fri 08-Feb-13 17:44:17

I know, Fenton. And so does she smile

I thought Weimarers were quite highly strung? Gorgeous dogs though.

We had to go with one that didn't shed cause DH is allergic, so were very limited in choice.

Saying this will get me hung, drawn and quartered on MN, but I don't like the look of Staffies. They may be lovely dogs, but they aren't pretty.

runawaysimba Fri 08-Feb-13 17:44:43

Also love staffies, but my sister has a Dalmatian who was a few years old when my eldest niece was born and the dog regards DN (now 5) as her baby - so sweet and protective. And patient with bolshy little nephew grin

fairimum Fri 08-Feb-13 17:47:32

cardigan corgi - honestly fab with kids, adaptable to exercise, very gentle adn fab characters smile

outtolunchagain Fri 08-Feb-13 17:48:12

We have a cocker spaniel ( show type not working) bit soppy but good fun , very friendly but not as high energy as a springer.

Other good family dogs in our circle include schnauzers and labradoodles.

BlueStringPudding Fri 08-Feb-13 17:49:31

Another vote for Irish Setter - DS was 1 when we got our puppy, and they have been great together. They can be quite bouncy, but absolutely great with kids.

CMOTDibbler Fri 08-Feb-13 17:50:14

How about a lurcher? Mine is fine with dogs of other types, doesn't need a lot of exercise, and is very happy with children

tabulahrasa Fri 08-Feb-13 17:51:01

Well staffies aren't pretty in a fluffy dog way, but they smile, what can be better than a smiling dog?

DeepRedBetty Fri 08-Feb-13 17:51:31

This is the rescue group I work with. Get all sorts of gundog and herding dog crosses in, and all ages.

Most of the Staffies I know are absolutely lovely, but energetic and boisterous, even the so called grown up ones. At least they have a short coat.

Second views on Wiemaraners, beautiful dogs but definitely happier as working dogs than as family pets.

All three Ridgebacks I know are distinctly bossy and not awfully good at coming back when called. Three different owners so possibly not an issue of not getting training right.

Cavaliers and Malteses are both far more 'real' dogs than their slightly handbag looks would lead you to believe. All five I've known have been obsessive rollers! (Eau de dead fox anyone?) But great fun and really goodnatured.

I'll admit straight away that I'm a bit evangelical on the subject of please always consider a rescue before going out to get a pup.

noddyholder Fri 08-Feb-13 17:52:14

tibetan terrier

Witco Fri 08-Feb-13 17:57:10

Springers from me too, wonderful temperament

MmeLindor Fri 08-Feb-13 17:57:52

thankfully Daphne has only rolled in cow pats twice, but she does love rolling. I didn't know that was a characteristic of her breed though. She adores visiting anyone with carpets.

that is true. I love that.

After reading MN for too long, I have come to the conclusion that my next dog would be a lurcher. A friend of ours had one and he was a fantastic dog. So gentle and couthy.

I love my Border Terrier, not too small, not to big, doesn't shed and a real softy. He's 2 and a bit and is good on recall/obedience. He's just a very practical straightforward modest dog. And he catches rats.

we have a majority schnauzer mongrel who is so heavenly that I think I will be having mini schnauzaers forever! calm, placid with a boisterous toddler and loud baby, bouncy enough to be fun but small enough door it not to knock anything over! downsides: a bit territorial (always in between me/the pushchair and any other dogs we meet) and an enormous hound-like woof.
I would also consider a cocker spaniel cross, like a cockapoo (as the Americans say) as I have only met lovely ones . both schnauzer crosses and anything with a bit of poodle will need haircuts rather than shedding, which is nice grin

I was going to say staffy too.

And no, they're not "pretty" dogs, but they're gorgeous, smiley, squareheaded bundles of joy.

Definitely an older one, though. Mine is 6 and hasn't lost her puppy bounce and squirm.

IAmNotAMindReader Fri 08-Feb-13 18:06:42

DeepRed Just had a look at your site and Maddie the upside down dog is adorable

Lotkinsgonecurly Fri 08-Feb-13 18:09:41

Labradoodles here amazing sensitive no malting soppy dods

TenthMuse Fri 08-Feb-13 18:13:07

Wheaten terriers are lovely - robust, calmer than most terriers and make great family pets. Agree with others about Weimaraners - they are stunning but can be boisterous and unpredictable.

TenthMuse Fri 08-Feb-13 18:16:34

Oh, and they're non-shedding too!

TeaOneSugar Fri 08-Feb-13 18:16:56

We've had springers, one from a puppy, one a rescue from 8 months, the one we had from a pup was still bonkers (and willful) at 15, the one we got at 8 months had been trained as a gun dog and was much more sensible.

The lesson we learned from that was the importance of training (the one we had from a pup went to classes but was difficult, we were younger then didn't have dc and didn't persist unfortunately)

We now have a show type Cocker puppy who goes to classes weekly and is learning that he isn't the boss.

We would only ever have Spaniels, we're spaniel people smile

DeepRedBetty Fri 08-Feb-13 18:20:30

MindReaderThey're all adorable aren't they? Wish I could swoop them all up and take them home! Great to see Merlin's gone - to a Stately Pile no less grin

MmeLindor at least it was only cow. Nasty but does wash off straight away. The ones I care for daily seek out and anoint themselves liberally with badger or fox poo.

The next worst roller is a Staffie btw...

DeepRedBetty Fri 08-Feb-13 18:22:51

Oh yes - Wheatens! Have cared for two - father and daughter. Both good natured reasonably low maintenance.

The long coat doesn't shed but does suck up filth and then ooze it into the carpet and upholstery. Otherwise can't think of a negative.

MmeLindor Fri 08-Feb-13 18:24:58

oooh, Maddie is adorable. Looks to me like a bit of Brittany Spaniel in there - my friend has a Brittany and she is a lovely dog.

snala Fri 08-Feb-13 18:30:55

We have a show cocker and a cocker x patterdale. They are fab. Brill with our 3 boys. Ages 5,3 and 10 weeks.

We are also spaniel people!!!grin

GetOrf Fri 08-Feb-13 18:30:55

I shouldn't read these threads. I would dearly love a dog but I am at work all the time.

I saw a french bulldog on the train today. Made me laugh, what a comical looking dog (and looked very sweet natured).

MmeLindor Fri 08-Feb-13 18:33:10

I have spent 10 mins with the kids looking at all the dogs on that website and now we all want a second dog.

LadyTurmoil Fri 08-Feb-13 18:41:04

There's another thread on 1st page of Doghouse "how do we find the right dog for us" which covers similar ground. Lab/Collie could be quite an energetic mix (need mental stimulation not just exercise) but obvs differs from dog to dog. Look for a rescue that fosters dogs because they will be able to assess how dog is with children/cats/other dogs and may be more willing to approve you as a family with young children. And what is it with men and Golden Retrievers?! confused They must see them as proof of their manhood ... or something! I would always go for a mixed breed but maybe something like Westie cross, King Charles spaniel, cocker spaniel (not working type) or an older Staffie. I would go for an older dog every time, puppies are incredibly hard work, especially as you have such small children - you must be very busy already! Google rescues in your area and get to know them so they'll look out for a suitable family dog for you... might take a while but much - rescues do often get younger/suitable family dogs

<not looking at DeepReds lovely link... no not at all>

biff23 Fri 08-Feb-13 18:44:59

Another show type cocker fan here. Playful but calm when needed too, like around my 8 month old nephew. Everyone comments on how chilled a little dog she is as they expect her to be crazy. Show cockers are so much more calm than working types and make wonderful family pets - I want another!

buttercrumble Fri 08-Feb-13 18:45:14

Cavalier king charles spaniel, beautiful family pets. Amazing temperament easy going and wonderful with kids....

LadyTurmoil Fri 08-Feb-13 18:47:23

BTW, my brother has Bichon/poodle cross and his girlfriend has shih tzu - both look like soppy, small girlie dogs but are perfectly capable or going on 2 hr walks, are really good natured (esp Bichon), don't shed but need clipping. Smaller dogs don't take up the whole sofa, back seat of a car, don't need huge size dog beds/crates which take up half the room and are robust enough to play with (sensible) children. Same for Cavaliers, seen loads out on walks, their tails always seem to be wagging and just the right size to cuddle on the sofa. You'll just have to tell your DH that he's macho enough not to need a big dog to prove it! Good luck smile

Bookwolf32 Fri 08-Feb-13 18:48:52

Definitely Greyhound - big softies, don't need loads of walking and most good with kids.

OP Can I make a suggestion? rather than go for a certain type or breed, go on a trawl around all the rescues in your area.

I have learned that you go with a certain dog in your mind as your forever companion but fall for something quite different when it comes to it.

No explaining true love!!

pixi2 Fri 08-Feb-13 18:56:45

We have an old English mastiff (huge and dumb). I want a red setter and dh wants a dog de Bordeaux. I'm the one that feeds and walks and trains the dogs so guess who isn't backing down.

LtEveDallas Fri 08-Feb-13 18:58:43

A mutt all the way.

You cannot guess at the temperament of any dog. A labrador is no more likely to be snappy than a Jack Russell and vice versa. A staffie has a rotten rep to the general public, but owners will tell you how soppy they are. My Rottie looked terrifying and was very barky, but the barking was from being badly treated as a pup and she was scared to death of my neighbours ferrets!

We've got a Mutt, she's mainly collie/springer but there is something else in there that we've not confirmed smile. She's growly and nervy, but also loving and cuddly. She hates getting up in the mornings, but goes crackers if she doesn't get a great walk at lunchtime. She prefers tuna to dog food and her best mate at the moment is our house bunny! She sleeps with DD and kicks her out of bed on a regular basis.

Whatever you decide, please please please go to a rescue not a breeder. Thousands of dogs from unborn to their last years need homes. Don't line a breeders pocket at the expense of another dog.

Startail Fri 08-Feb-13 19:00:05

DDs friend has a lovely grey hound who's been halfway round the world and back.

The nicest dog I've ever met was a G retriever/ lab cross.

Several black and chocolate labs round here. Some lovely, some less so.

Weimaraners are loopy. Neighbours is bouncy and the one I knew as a child was totally nuts. Might have helped if he'd been trained and kept in his garden. He loved jumping up and looked most disgusted when you weren't scared. Truth was he was utterly soppy.

kirstys23 Fri 08-Feb-13 19:04:29

I agree with what other have said about Staffies. Rescue centres are full of them and it is such a shame because they make THE BEST family dogs. Our staffie is 13, and lives with me and my partner. Even though he wasn't brought up with kids around whenever our neice is at the house (she is 2) he is so protective towards her. He'll follow her about the house and make sure she is safe, he never lies down when she is in. Even when she is being a bit annoying, - not patting him gently enough etc, he never gets snappy or agrressive. Staffies are a product of their upbringing, so get one, shower him with love and he will pay you back with years of loyalty smile

Giddypants Fri 08-Feb-13 19:06:39

I have a mongrel, lucked out a bit, got him before DC arrived, luckily he is fantastic with him, DS has drawn and pained on him before! DS is physically disabled so the dog could just walk away, but chose not to!

If I was to get another dog, I'd consider a Tibetan terrier

redpanda13 Fri 08-Feb-13 21:12:14

I have a Boston Terrier. Scared of nothing. Very similar to a Staffy in temperament but without the bad reputation. Loves humans of all ages, other dogs, horses and cats. More robust than a lot of the tiny breeds.
He can also keep up with a very active Lab/Collie cross. He also does a bit of agility training.

redpanda13 Fri 08-Feb-13 21:13:33

When I said "bad reputation" about Staffies I meant other people's perceptions. I have yet to meet one who was not in your face friendly!

PetiteRaleuse Fri 08-Feb-13 21:24:55

I have pics of my goldie on my profile. He is amazing with DD1 and already tries to slobber over baby DD2 smile

FernandoIsFaster Fri 08-Feb-13 21:35:24

Agree with cavalier king charles. Ours are amazing with our toddler, don't need tons of exercise but still able to come out for a run with me when the mood takes me. Also not too big, and perfect cuddling size.

confusedabouther Fri 08-Feb-13 21:46:16

tibetan terriers are amazing dogs, natural clowns who are full of fun. they need a lot of grooming or clip them out. they blow their coats aged between 18-24 months ish when they will get very very matted and could change colour. the biggest downside is that they are extremely stubborn and wont do anything for you if they dont want to. our dog is the most intelligent dog i have ever met, he is so easy to train and hes going to be a cracking agility dog, but if he doesnt feel like doing sonethi.g he wont do it. they also get very attached to you and can have bad seperation anxiety. i also wouldnt trust either of ours with young children, the dog is too boisterous (hes 2) and our older bitch is very quiet and doesnt like the noise and chaos that young children bring.

BestIsWest Fri 08-Feb-13 21:51:42

We went from a GR (lovely girl but a bit aloof) to a Mini Schnauzer and for my money he is by far the better family dog. He truly wants nothing more than our company. Wherever we are, he is there too, in the middle of it all. He will take as much or as little exercise as we can throw at him. He's great with kids, puts up with all kinds of nonsense. He doesn't moult ,doesn't fight with other dogs. Love him!

DeepRedBetty Fri 08-Feb-13 21:55:03

Staffies... every one I've ever met will either bounce on you or lick you. Usually both. Happy souls!

GandalfsHat Sat 09-Feb-13 09:04:46

Thank you so much for all the responses! So much to consider and now to start reading and researching!

SillyTilly123 Sat 09-Feb-13 10:07:42

We got a lab/springer cross. She's only 5 month atm and it was a Bit of luck as they are my 2 fave dogs so fell in love when I saw her. I'm hoping she has the 'loopiness' of a springer but won't need quite as much exercise due to the lab. Although she does have 3 walks a day already!

PuppyMummy Sat 09-Feb-13 17:36:17

Another vote for cocker spaniels here. We have a show&working type cocker she is lovely, loves cuddles, happy on long walks or just snuggled on sofa. I have also done agility with her.
She is good with kids despite not being brought up with them, very gentle and patient!

Our lurcher is just fab. Glorious temperament and doesn't need much exercise. But as others have said, it's the temperament that matters rather than breed. Young Dcs are lots of work so I would avoid a type that needs too much exercise.

UterusUterusGhali Sun 10-Feb-13 02:00:55


Rescue. Staffie.

Perfect size, temperament.

They smile ffs!

Please don't go down the Labradoodle/Cockapoo route. (See the 5683 related freds)

Seriously, they are perfect, and your DH will not feel emasculate dwalking it. (Actually a consideration chez Ghali hmm.

UterusUterusGhali Sun 10-Feb-13 02:21:26

Also Staffies are short haired. Makes such a difference.

I DO have a MN Staffie (MN made me do it grin ) but it was a bloody good shout. They are sadly quite common in rescue centres. Not because they are problematic, but because they attract the wrong owners who dump 'em when they realise they are big bags o'love.

kirstys23 Sun 10-Feb-13 11:17:33

So funny that everybody is mentioning the fact that staffies smile. I thought it was just ours that did that!

almostanotherday Sun 10-Feb-13 21:47:59

Mine smiles too makes me laugh

almostanotherday Sun 10-Feb-13 21:55:34

And ours is so good with our DC and protective of me if DH is working late or I'm out walking her after dark, she stays by my side during evening walks and will stop in front of my legs if she smells something and lets me walk on once its "safe" and when DH is working late she lies on the bed or floor next to me but always facing the door so if anyone comes in they have to deal with me first.
We have even taught her tricks like hide and seek smile I'm so glad someone else got rid of her, could not wish for a better staffy.

Baffledandbewildered Sun 10-Feb-13 23:29:29

Irish setters the best family dogs ever. They love children are very friendly and beautiful smile

TheSecondComing Sun 10-Feb-13 23:34:10

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LadyTurmoil Sun 10-Feb-13 23:41:46

Brown Labrador. They are like living teddy bears, and love being cuddled.

TheSecondComing Sun 10-Feb-13 23:54:02

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blondieminx Mon 11-Feb-13 00:15:56

I would love to get a Leonburger friend of a friend has one and he's such a lovely big softy!

Blondiecat would hate it though...

LadyTurmoil Mon 11-Feb-13 00:43:50

SecondComing (lucky you, btw!!) are you going to try and get Murt?

MrRected Mon 11-Feb-13 01:00:25

Whippet. Every day and twice on Sundays.

I adore my Whippet. Sir William is like my 4th child, is brilliant with kids, cats, fish, neighbours and is the most devoted, low maintenance dog I have ever had.

lougle Mon 11-Feb-13 07:17:08

Staffie. Staffie. Staffie. Ours is 1 now, and he kisses the children tonight at bed time, lays with them on the sofa as they watch TV, follows them around the house and cries if we're downstairs and they are upstairs, because he has torn loyalties!

He is bouncy though and if I did it again, I'd meet him in a rescue in 2 years time so I could fall in live with him and bring him home when he had calmed a little.

Having said that, each evening once the girls are in bed, he climbs on the sofa next to me, turns upside down and sleeps all evening, just snoring occasionally.

TheSecondComing Mon 11-Feb-13 09:22:31

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mrspink27 Mon 11-Feb-13 09:36:44

No to a beagle, a ridgeback, a weimeraner, a staff, springer or any "working/gun dog" spaniel unless you want to have a lot of exercise, def not a dalmatian.

lougle Mon 11-Feb-13 10:36:27

My staffie is a proper couch potato. But we do think he has some whippet in him, perhaps that's the reason? He would take or leave walks, tbh - all he wants is to curl up next to me and sleep, occasionally playing tug.

rtc8608 Mon 11-Feb-13 17:45:06

I have experience of a few of the breeds mentioned so far.

Have to agree about Staffies - I grew up with one and he had the loveliest nature with kids. I have memories of him refusing to move from the side of the sofa next to us when we were poorly! He wasn't good with other dogs though and was very strong so difficult for a child to take out walking, especially with the risk of him getting into a fight with another dog.

I also had a Ridgeback from being about age 13 - definitely would not recommend for a family with small children as he was very excitable and could easily knock a child over due to size! Lovely nature though and good for families with teenagers who can give them a lot of time and exercise. I know of two families with Beagles - both seem lovely dogs but you can't let them off the leads like any hound as if they get a scent, they're off!

We had a Bedlington terrier next who adored kids but again as a terrier could be a bit tenacious when it came to other dogs - obviously a lot easier to handle than a staffie though. He was very strong willed however and was a rescue dog so training him didn't prove too successful (would do things in his own time when it suited him).

We now have a labradoodle and a cockapoo - we wanted another breed that didn't shed after having the Bedlington (the labradoodle does, cockapoo doesn't so it's pot luck!) and the aim was to get the good qualities of both breeds in one. Both love kids, especially the cockapoo. We know someone else with 2 cockapoos who are a bit older than ours (she is still a pup) and he describes them as live teddy bears that love to be hugged and fussed by their kids.

Our labradoodle is the standard size so be aware that there are different sizes - he is waist height so not a small dog and sizing is still unpredictable as there is no breed standard for crossbreeds.

Both of them love other dogs, people and kids - they come back when let off the lead (most of the time!). I would have no hesitation in recommending either breed to a family with children.

ReneandGeorgetteMagritte Mon 11-Feb-13 22:40:53

Our old boy was a Saluki x GH and had the most amazing temperament with the children, so laid back, and just wanted to lounge in between walks.

When we lost him I thought we would get another greyhound, but we ended up coming home with a 4 month old chihuahua, who is also amazing with the children, very laid back, and just wants to lounge in between (much shorter) walks- bit of a big difference but you did want variation!

MumOfTheMoos Mon 11-Feb-13 22:50:00

We've got a lab staffie mix (she's my staffrador!) and she's fab, loves kids but I would go for a rescue staffie - staffies were bred to be good with kids and are known as the nanny dog.

ChiefOwl Wed 13-Feb-13 13:52:56

Mme lindor - I just clicked on your link and saw your dog. How gorgeous is she?! That s my sort of dog smile

Do you know the one from that gundog site that I would choose? That poor cocker that looks like she is 12 but is only 6. My heart is breaking for her sad

It hasn't been updated since July last year though, so I hope she is now asleep on someone's sofa.

thewhistler Wed 13-Feb-13 23:45:48

Go and look.

I swore never a jrt, don't like them as a breed ( yappy, snappy) but our pup was brought up in a farm with great danes so has a deep woof (lol) , and a riding school so adores children and being heaved around and poked by them. He thinks DH is his mother. He is extraordinarily patient and a bit stupid, most un terrier like.

He is obsessive about foxes but hates getting his toes dirty so is reasonably fastidious.

I was brought up.with gun dogs and love them. If I had the money and the industrial Hoover I would get a clumber, though I also love pointers and salukis.

Go and look.

Twattybollocks Fri 15-Feb-13 13:02:09

Staffie every time for a family dog. They will play with the kids for ever, are very cute, good couch potatoes, excellent waste disposal units for toddlers and are generally friendly (excessively) with visitors. They talk and smile too. Down sides are their farts are hideous, they aren't always great with other dogs and are not safe for a child to walk without close supervision as they are incredibly strong.

TheGrumpalo Sat 16-Feb-13 22:05:37

I have a Dogue de Bordeaux, I know they look huge (they are) and a wee bit scary but they're not at all! Ours is a real big softie.
I have two dds, aged 5 and 9 and the wee one tortures her because she adores her, she just takes it all and licks them. She is very content with one good walk a day and is very lazy most of the time. They are protective of family though, she barks at the postman and anyone who passes the window wearing a hoodie!

I must admit that it was dps idea to get a Bordeaux but I don't regret it. She is gorgeous, you just can't resist squishing their big wrinkly chops! grin

nooka Sun 17-Feb-13 00:18:42

I'd like Wrigley. He looks just totally gorgeous smile

We have a rescue all sorts, and he is the best dog really. We got him when he was a puppy and the rescue said they'd no idea how he'd grow up - suggestions as to his dad ranged from Rottie to Husky to Terrier!

In our opinion he is better by far than my brother's GR (nice but a bit dull), or my sisters mini schnauzer (very very yappy). My mum's new pup is another mini schnauzer and very cute, but personally I wish she'd gone for a bigger, older mixed breed rescue dog. If we were to get another dog that's what I'd look for.

NoThankYouToSideSalad Sun 17-Feb-13 15:10:16

Don't assume all Springers are mental! (looks adoringly at the gorgeous bundle of Spaniel loveliness curled up in his bed) We got our "working type" Springer from Many Tears Rescue when he was (approx.)18mos. He has a fantastic temperment - very gentle natured with people of all ages and very good with dogs. Although he loves to chase his ball continuously when out on his walks, he has an "off" switch and is happy to chill out at home - preferably across some human's feet. grin

To be honest, I think all breeds will have their nutters. We have had 3 border collies and all have had very different personalities. You might want to consider looking at Rescues who foster dogs. A fosterer should be able to give you a more reliable view of a dog's individual personality.

maggiepy Sun 17-Feb-13 15:45:46

Agree with NoTHankYou... We have had 2 springers. The first was 3 years old when our twins arrived and she was just fantastic with them and their friends. She was so gentle that she converted some children who were wary of dogs into dog lovers. Our second spaniel is still a pup and has proved to be just as good a family dog. Lively yes, but controllable (that part is as much up to you as with any breed) but always a fun, smiley. loyal dog. Good luck with whatever you choose, enjoy...

LadyTurmoil Sun 17-Feb-13 23:07:27

Obviously some breeds are considered more family dogs than others but I think you should just put dog's temperament above all other things, talk to several rescues, some hopefully local so that you can visit, get to know the staff so you will be on their minds, hopefully then you'll be at the top of the list if and when a suitable dog comes in. Also, perhaps you could volunteer at a centre, help with dog walking and maybe foster a dog, thereby making sure you really want a dog 24/7. You grew up with dogs but you have to think about whether it would fit with your children, how would you sort out days when you want to take kids for whole day out somewhere and can't take dogs, visit friends who may not want you to bring dog etc etc. good luck!

Donner Mon 18-Feb-13 19:24:36

We have a cocker spaniel poodle cross and i luff her.
I go walks every month with about 15 other cockapoos and i've never met a snappy, unfriendly one. She has a 45 minute walk every morning and a wee short on lead one at night and she is happy with that.
She doesn't shed or smell and i know there is an element of chance here but most cockapoos don't shed very much.
I have a 3 year old and a 5 year old and they torment the life out of her some days but she is great with them.
She is very cuddly though and needs company. She's left for about 4 hours on her own on a Thursday and Friday and she's fine with that but she wouldn't be up for lying in another room if i was on the couch.
I wanted to rescue a random dog but after reading into it with young kids its important to get a puppy young to make sure they're properly socialised. I looked at some rescues but young pups (under 10 weeks) were hard to find.
Good luck

horseylady Mon 18-Feb-13 19:41:35

Curly coated retriever!!!!

Fab fab fab dogs!!!

LadyTurmoil Mon 18-Feb-13 20:11:14

some absolutely gorgeous Labrador crosses here

LadyTurmoil Mon 18-Feb-13 20:17:38

Also, Four Paws Animal Rescue has some staffie cross puppies Could try looking at Hope Rescue as well. Google Dog Pages and find relevant pages for rescues in your area.

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