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amatuermummy Sat 23-Mar-13 11:32:58

I feel a bit silly asking this as I have shown and trained dogs for years, however we all tend to stick to our own breed and I need some help picking a breed to own now that we have young children. I prefer big dogs but don't think it would be a good idea to pick a large breed with a baby learning to crawl/walk and a 2 year old running around. We would like to get a small/medium breed that is good with people - especially children. We've researched breeds, looked on breed websites and spoken to some breeders but it's hard to know if they're just trying to sell you a puppy. I just wondered if you wonderful dog owners of mumsnet could give me your experiences, good and bad, of small/medium breeds to help us make our minds up. We're in no rush or anything and will obviously take our time choosing.
The reason we will not be getting a rescue dog at this time is because, having worked in dog rescue for many years, I know that most will not home dogs with young children and, also, I do intend to show the dog as a hobby as I have done this for around 20 years (mostly handling other people's dogs for the past few years).
Thanks for your help.

ithaka Fri 29-Mar-13 19:59:58

I bought a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel specifically because I wanted a safe dog when I had teeny children/babies. There is no safer breed, I don't think.

He is 12 now and despite all the bad press about the breed, he has never had an ill day or needed the vet and is still hale and hearty - I think he will live for years, yet.

stephrick Fri 29-Mar-13 20:09:32

must be from a puppy so you can imprint early, I have a yorkshire terrier, but snappy, also a cross jack and schnauzer, has always been good never snappy and friendly with dogs she meets, I think this might be the schnauzer in her, and she is 14.

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Fri 29-Mar-13 20:18:40

My boy is a working cocker. He is utterly lovely.

My name says it all. smile

KLou111 Fri 29-Mar-13 20:19:28

Our springer spaniel is just gorgeous with our 19 month old. She's only 6 months older than him and they adore each other. I honestly don't know how we would get through the day without her sometimes as she provides hours of entertainment for him. He climbs all over her and she never has a go at him, just hides if she's had enough!

MagratGarlik Sat 30-Mar-13 12:05:45

Whippet. Scruples Whippet rescue do rehome to homes with children, they use foster homes too, which helps assess the dogs accurately. The lady who runs scruples has also been a crufts judge for whippets too iirc.

RachaelH1983 Sun 31-Mar-13 11:46:38

I have a male labrador he + my daughter are best of friends and he is so paitent and gentle with her I would never have another breed around children other than labs or retrivers but I do believe children + dogs are a blank canvas and they are what u make them so I'm sure any dog will fit into the family if it is trained + treated right. I do find smaller dogs are snappy and yappy tho so would shy away from smaller dogs

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