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We are looking for a new family dog. Something not too big and great with kids. Any suggestions on a good dog to get?


Posted anonymously, 9th June 2015


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  • I’d be thinking about how much yard you have for the dog to roam around in. Do you need to take it out each day to exercise. Do you want an inside dog or an outside dog. Who is going to take care of the dog. Is the dog going to be left alone for most of each day. etc etc.


  • Labradors or golden retrievers are beautiful family dogs :)


  • We have a bull mastiff x coon hound.
    Hes my two year old sons best friend! :)
    He might be on the big dog side, but he is the perfect family pet.


  • Go to your local dogs home, they have so many loving dogs looking for a forever home. You pay a small fee (no matter what the breed, you pay the same small fee) and they’re temperament tested, vaccinated, wormed, neutered and microchipped. Plus you know they haven’t come from one of those horror show puppy farms….unless they were rescued from one.


  • We have a Cavi She is crazy!! Loves the kids… love food… loves walks..drives …picnics… being used as a pillow…. a dress up toy….


  • ive found that staffys or pitbulls are incredible with kids!

    we have both an english staffy and an american pitbull and they are the best baby sitters. though they have both been around bubs since she was born so were brought up with her i wouldnt think twice about getting one again!


  • not sure if you would consider it a large dog but we have a Labrador and he is beautiful – very good with children


  • I just love cocker spaniels they are such a loving dog


  • Shitzu x Maltese dogs are a great companion and great with children. They are small dog and very loveable.


  • A whippet is a beautiful, loyal and loving dog. Perfect for a family


  • It really does depend on your lifestyle and activities. The RSPCA and other similar sites have pet checkers. You can enter your details about your lifestyle and activities and can be matched up to a dog. Might be worth checking? Dogs love people and can be trained to be good family pets and members of the family. They are social animals and need plenty of attention and love. Good luck with researching and finding a new family member. Pet shelters and rescue shelters are always good options too. My lovely rescue pooches came from rescue shelters and are just the most beautiful dogs-but they needed lots of TLC and good training. :)


  • check out the website burks back yard and it lists all the dogs and the advantages and disadvantages of them. It lists top 10 family dogs, top 10 dumped dogs, top 10 barkers etc. http://www.burkesbackyard.com.au/fact-sheets/pets/pet-road-tests/dogs/top-10-dogs/#.VXfk5mAxE3k


  • We have Maltese/Poodles, they don’t shed and are very very clean.
    They adore my little one and never hurt him when he pulls their hair and climbs all over them.

    THIS PHOTO ——>
    Is when we trained them not to touch the babies stuff, but they were so protective they wanted to sleep next to him so they would get as close as they could without touching his stuff… so sweet!


  • A pug! They love a lot of attention though, so if you need to be away from the house regularly for more than a couple of hours they’ll be miserable.


  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are an absolute delight and revel in attention. I would however seek out the local RSPCA or other animal organisation and they will best be able to match your family with an ideal pet.


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