Choosing a family dog breed

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10000things Sat 04-Jan-20 20:33:45

Looking for a family dog, needs to be good with children aged 10+, good with other dogs as I will be using a dog walker a couple of days a week, but would also like a dog that is protective, not an aggressive dog, just one that would bark when needed.
So far I have an Airdale, a Schnauzer and a Bull Terrier on my shortlist. I'm an experienced dog owner, previously owned a GSD, but due to an injury unfortunately I'm unable to handle a dog of that size, so looking for medium size breed. I don't mind hairy dogs, just so happens none on my shortlist (yet)

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Dreamersandwishers Sat 04-Jan-20 21:02:53

Of the 3 you mention , schnauzer stands out as the ‘all rounder’. Airedales are often a ‘one person’ dog and bull terriers are not known for being good with other dogs without a lot of socialisation.
Schnauzers of all sizes are quite good at being left alone, and although the miniatures can be happy, they are friendly.
My labs walk with one and just love her.

Dreamersandwishers Sat 04-Jan-20 21:03:42

Sorry, that’s yappy , although they are fairly happy too.

Gingerninja4 Sat 04-Jan-20 21:18:20

Few mini schnauzers locally here that seem be friendly not phased by my lab not happy either .In fact a friend has 2 that are fab dogs both have big bark where needed key is treat as dig not accessory

WellErrr Sat 04-Jan-20 21:19:56

A Patterdale terrier will definitely bark for you..!

Or how about a bedlington?

OverByYer Sat 04-Jan-20 21:24:09

Border Terrier

SilverOtter Sat 04-Jan-20 21:26:36

I'm not sure if they might be a tad too big for you, but Hungarian Vizslas are fantastic family dogs.
They are very affectionate (they are known as "Velcro dogs"), intelligent, protective and energetic.
Females are slightly smaller than males. We've a female and she's smaller than a Labrador and slighter in build.

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Ylvamoon Sat 04-Jan-20 21:32:08

Tibetan Terrier, developed in Tibet to alert of intruders with their deep & loud bark. But really just a cuddly softy!

Cahu58 Sat 04-Jan-20 21:32:29

Golden Retriever, amazing dogs

adaline Sat 04-Jan-20 22:00:01

Schnauzer, miniature poodle.

EnglishRain Sat 04-Jan-20 22:01:44

Golden Retriever. I would say they are medium as opposed to large dogs. Both mine are under 28kgs.

nearlyfinished1moreyear Sat 04-Jan-20 22:08:40

I would say staffy but I'm biased grin. If socialised properly they are great with other dogs. Staffys I have owned previous and now are very playful. Though down the doggy park mines needs reminded that not all balls being thrown are his.

You said you owned German Shepherds previously so I guess your an experienced dog owner and know how to put in the correct training. So I'll not waffle on about that.

Staffys if correctly socialised and trained are great family pets.

Kirkwood240371 Sun 05-Jan-20 04:26:47

Westies are the besties!

user1497787065 Sun 05-Jan-20 05:47:02

I second Tibetan terrier.

Oliversmumsarmy Sun 05-Jan-20 06:00:27

Any Heinz 57 of the right size and a nice personality would be a good fit.

Ddog (sadly now passed) was a lovely girl, part lab, part staffie, part whippet, part Alsatian.

SilentTights Sun 05-Jan-20 07:20:15

Does such a thing as a Heinz 57 exist anymore? As someone who grew up with one - the easiest dog I've ever lived with - I often am a bit sad I never seem to see them anymore...

LunaTheCat Sun 05-Jan-20 07:25:28

Kirkwood - totally agree that a Westie is the best

Oliversmumsarmy Sun 05-Jan-20 07:27:10

Ddog was definitely a mixture of different breeds.

pumpkinpie01 Sun 05-Jan-20 07:31:25

My dog is half choc lab and half Australian cattle dog and she honestly is the most perfect family dog. Very easy to train , has never growled at anyone but will bark when someone is at the door so hopefully would deter a burglar, never approaches other dogs, is brilliant off the lead, is affectionate but not over bearing. Worth seeing if any breeders / dogs homes have that mix.

GrumpyMiddleAgedWoman Sun 05-Jan-20 09:23:46

How much exercise and training are you up for? That will influence what breeds would suit you.

If you're up for a fair bit of both, Springer spaniels make lovely family dogs. The working lines vary a lot in size from not much bigger than cockers to almost collie-sized. German pointers are also great dogs, with wonderful temperaments (on the whole), but they're bigger.

10000things Sun 05-Jan-20 12:25:48

Thank you for replying, there are lots of breeds mentioned that I hadn't considered. In terms of exercise, I walk at least an hour every day often 2 hours or more.

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Oliversmumsarmy Sun 05-Jan-20 15:49:29

When we were choosing dpuppy from Dogs Trust they showed us her and said her mum was a very sweet natured girl.

Her mum and brother (both red Labrador colour and shape) had been rehomed and she was left. She was brown brindle and the only thing that resembled a Labrador was her ears.

She rolled a ball to us and we fell in love with her.

Oliversmumsarmy Sun 05-Jan-20 15:50:08

She was the sweetest dog you could have met

Hairyfairy01 Sun 05-Jan-20 20:55:06

Have you considered a cocker spaniel?

10000things Sun 05-Jan-20 21:55:33

I do like Spaniels too, my list seems to be getting longer! Also thinking of a Lurcher, the rough coated hairy type, they look like miniature Wolfhounds.

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