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Help me find the right hilarious little dog for the kids

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CindyLouWhoo Fri 20-Apr-18 19:25:50

I've had dogs since I was little so we are an experienced dog household. DDog passed a few mo the ago and I'm ready to start thinking about a new dog. Our last dog was a rescue and a big working/guarding breed. Whilst he was utterly bomb-proof with the kids he wasn't much fun for them. As we now have two kids under the age of 8 we will need to go to a breeder. They adore next doors JRT but I'm not sure I can quite handle a JRT. I was thinking a border terrier? Any other suggestions?

Praisebe Fri 20-Apr-18 19:29:45

What have even just read hmm biscuit

LadyLancelot Fri 20-Apr-18 19:31:15

Hilarious? What do you mean? Is that your only criteria?

Praisebe Fri 20-Apr-18 19:31:49

Sounds like she wants a new toy for the kids to bore of after a while and nothing else

TrudeauGirl Fri 20-Apr-18 19:35:49

As long as the dog is for the right reasons and not picked just for being fun for the kids, that's not fair on the dog. I'm not being mean, just concerned about the reasons for the dog's breed. X

SomeKnobend Fri 20-Apr-18 19:36:45

Pugs are hilarious imo and great with kids. Reasonable exercise requirements. Need a face wash/wipe weekly or every few days. Avoid walking in extreme hot or cold - if you wouldn't take the kids out in it (barefoot) don't take the pug out in it.

Hoppinggreen Fri 20-Apr-18 19:36:57

Don’t get a dog for the kids, unless it’s a stuffed toy

Hoppinggreen Fri 20-Apr-18 19:37:51

Yes, listening to pugs struggling to breathe is absolutely hilarious

TrudeauGirl Fri 20-Apr-18 19:39:25

I'm not questioning your dog owner experience or responsibility by the way, just the reason for the breed.

tabulahrasa Fri 20-Apr-18 19:39:53

I’ve got a Rottie... he’s a comedy genius tbh...

Not sure what that has to do with anything else though as he’s nothing like a JRT or a border terrier.

Whatdoiladymcbeth Fri 20-Apr-18 19:40:41

You sound like somebody who will be dropping a dog of to a rescue centre because it bit the kids really soon.

Don’t buy a dog. Search YouTube for the 77 project instead.

Nottheduchessofcambridge Fri 20-Apr-18 19:41:44

Jesus, op wants a playful dog for the kids, to be part of the family, it’s really not hard to understand surely. We have a Tibetan Terrier, she’s little but solid, hypoallergenic. The kids adore her and she adores them. We also have a poodle, he is big, a big baby. He’s also great with the kids but is more attached to me.

Sarkyharky Fri 20-Apr-18 19:42:54

Our border terrier is no fun for our kids. He only loves me, he's like a cat. Sleeps on my lap whenever he gets a chance. Won't play really but loves walks. When my dd was tiny she put her face right up to his and he bit her.

Tbh, my old black lab is much more fun. He's incredibly kind, loves to fetch and dutifully jumps round obstacle courses in the garden. He's ace. I love my dogs.

Costacoffeeplease Fri 20-Apr-18 19:44:16

Hilarious? Is that all you’re looking for in a dog? confused

SomeKnobend Fri 20-Apr-18 19:45:17

God what a bunch of miserable sanctimonious twats. You can get a healthy pug that doesn't struggle to breathe. Try reading beyond the daily mail. And removing the stick from your anus.

pilotswife Fri 20-Apr-18 19:49:08

Cairn Terriers are playful, incredibly intelligent and loyal - I find mine hilarious !

ScreamingValenta Fri 20-Apr-18 19:49:35

I interpret 'hilarious' to mean 'playful' which doesn't seem an unreasonable characteristic to look for in a dog. I think you might find much of this is down to the temperament/socialisation of the individual dog, rather than its breed, though. OP might be better off with another rescue where the dog's characteristics will have been assessed.

BertrandRussell Fri 20-Apr-18 19:50:38

Our Border is really funny and lively[ and really good with the kids. And always happy to snuggle down to watch telly, so long as the music isn't too stressful- if it is she'll go and hide in her bed until a "nice" programme comes on.

sadiesnakes Fri 20-Apr-18 19:52:27

Ofgs, she's stated she's an experienced dog family and can't change the fact that she has 2 kids under 8 and IMO is being sensible searching for a dog suitable for kids under 8.. As a long standing member of my local animal rescue I see no issues with what op is asking.. Calm down.

plire Fri 20-Apr-18 19:52:28

We've got a very sensible, sensitive collie.

And a hilarious beagle thing. She is a comedy genius. I get what you mean op.

Ginger1982 Fri 20-Apr-18 19:53:17

Don't get a JRT. I have one and he's a pain in the bum with fear aggression tendencies. He gets on well so far with my one year old DS but it does stress me out. I'm not saying all JRTs are like this. I had a lab as a kid. Get one of them.

hockityponktas Fri 20-Apr-18 19:58:08

I think people are being a bit harsh here. As the owner of a hilarious dog I get what you mean op.
Are you brave enough for a spaniel? grin

Ivebeenaroundtheblock Fri 20-Apr-18 19:58:12

I have a Tibetan spaniel, he’s excellent with kids. I also have an Airedale.

ScreamingValenta Fri 20-Apr-18 19:59:45

What a fantastic pair, Ivebeenaroundtheblock. They look best of friends!

Buglife Fri 20-Apr-18 20:02:39

I think the OP means she wants a dog that will want to play etc with the children rather than an older or more staid dog who wants to be left alone? I know my in laws had a lovely ex racing greyhound but bless her she just wanted to sleep and to slope around in peace (unless she saw a small animal while on the lead and instinct kicked in!)

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