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What breeds should I be looking at?

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WooflySpeaking Sun 06-Mar-16 20:55:15

Am wanting to rehome a dog that

*isn't too big.
*is good with children
*doesn't shed a huge amount of hair
*is relatively calm

I've met 2 mixed breeds being rehomed through adverts but they both were like canine versions of Tigger jumping up at me and the kids and the smaller one (5y) didn't like it at all.

I'm at home all day and can do a few walks a day as well

Any ideas?

TwistAndShout Sun 06-Mar-16 21:50:25

Whippets- they're the perfect dog!

MeadowHay Sun 06-Mar-16 22:14:05

Whippet? Would also suggest lurchers/greyhounds, they are big but fulfil the rest of your criteria. Also, on the other end of the scale, maybe a Westie?

Lokibuddyboo Sun 06-Mar-16 23:14:34

Whippets are great, calm not to jumpy dogs.
Cocker spaniel or maybe something like a cockerpoo.

rescueremedy1104 Sun 06-Mar-16 23:22:16

I'd steer well clear of cockerpoos at the moment. We've had them overbred and ruined around here

Definitely whippet. But lock up your bins! smile

AnUtterIdiot Mon 07-Mar-16 00:17:01

Not all greyhounds are massive. Even the tall ones are flimsy, I can pull my boy away from anything smile

MaynJune Mon 07-Mar-16 07:51:54

Some greyhounds are very strong, they're certainly not all flimsy!

And my local rescue insists on you keeping them on a lead as the prey drive can be strong and you never know when they'll take off after a cat, for instance.

I love them but they're not ideal for everyone.

nam207 Mon 07-Mar-16 07:54:57

I had similar criteria to you when I was looking and Finnish laphuunds fit the bill too.

Dieu Mon 07-Mar-16 10:12:05

Shih Tzu

SexLubeAndAFishSlice Mon 07-Mar-16 10:12:27

Another vote for whippets, they make brilliant family pets smile

DraughtyWindow Mon 07-Mar-16 10:18:02

Whippets definately. Biased vote though as I have 2. They're fab smile

CMOTDibbler Mon 07-Mar-16 10:20:18

How about the very gorgeous Oscar? He may only have three legs but is apparently gorgeous and well behaved.

Dogmatix is also lovely

Paulat2112 Mon 07-Mar-16 10:23:12

We have a westie,

she's a smallish dog (7kgs at 18 months)
is amazing with our kids (7,4,2 now)
doesn't really shed any hair at all although she does need brushing and needs her hair trimmed. I have actually done it myself the last few times after watching videos on youtube
she is calm once she knows you, if a stranger comes in she tries to get attention etc but after 5 minutes she just lays down beside me/us

JC22334 Mon 07-Mar-16 10:25:14

Spaniels are very kind natured

Whitney168 Mon 07-Mar-16 13:09:20

Miniature Schnauzers are a fabulous family dog (very popular with puppy farmers though, so choose breeders carefully). Neat sized dog that acts like a proper dog.

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