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Posted: 9/10/2005 6:17:40 PM EDT
my wife and i have a boston terrier (30 lbs) and we want to get a companion for him by the time we have our baby in april or may. we are looking at local shelters and wondering if a particular breed is good with kids generally or if anyone can recommend another breed. our boston terrier is great with other dogs, especially ones twice or more his size. he is somewhat submissive to larger dogs in play and is pretty well trained. any advice or words of wisdom....
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 6:19:17 PM EDT
Min Pin.

R.
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 6:21:36 PM EDT
my biased oppinion--

Lab

Link Posted: 9/10/2005 6:21:52 PM EDT
one of my ex g/f's bought me a min pin back in 98. i left her with my mom when i moved out in 2000. its like her youngest daughter nowadays but is plagued with medical problems. i need something a bit more resilient and tough. we live in the middle of nowhere pretty much and the dogs here play pretty rough.
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 6:23:13 PM EDT
+1 on the lab. they are great with kids.
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 6:23:23 PM EDT
let me lay down the wifes "rules"

1. it cant weigh more then 75-90 lbs or so
2. short hair. no shedders.
3. good with kids
4. good on the genetic medical issues
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 6:25:39 PM EDT
beagle, my little girl loved ours.
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 6:26:18 PM EDT
Why don't you hold off on another dog and concentrate on your little bundle
of love. Just a thought.
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 6:27:02 PM EDT
lab
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 6:29:13 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 6:29:34 PM EDT
Lab
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 6:31:11 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 6:31:28 PM EDT
Basset Hound

They tend to be very good with children, easy going, and gentle.
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 6:31:37 PM EDT
We have a rottweiler who is very gentle with kids. She is actually very protective of them. We've been told that this is not usually the case with rottweilers. YMMV.
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 6:33:45 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/10/2005 6:34:48 PM EDT by Greywolf2112]
Don't get a Min Pin - many home and renters insurance companies consider them a bite risk and won't write you a policy.

My choice? Cardigan Welsh Corgi - cute as hell, great with kids and other dogs, less than 40 pounds max, very agile, have a heart of gold and are very protective, don't shed, and are very intelligent. Cute little rascals.



Link Posted: 9/10/2005 6:36:52 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/10/2005 6:37:15 PM EDT by palmer]
Golden Retriever............too big?

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Link Posted: 9/10/2005 6:37:13 PM EDT
Until you put up the rules...Golden Retreiver. We've had one pure, one 50.50 with lab, and one 75. golden and 25.lab. Lots of shed fur but a great dog.
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 6:37:48 PM EDT
Honestly, any dog that it and the kids warm up to. Hard to say exactly.
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 6:40:20 PM EDT
Remember, You are the man of the house.

1. Irish Wolfhound. No better dog on earth for
your child to grow up with.

2. Great Dane. If you can't be an IW, God makes
you a Dane.

Anything else is just a cat with delusions of adequecy.
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 6:40:25 PM EDT
Gota agree with the lab suggestion.
Mine is rather large for the breed at 98lbs. You can usually tell from the mother and father what size they will be (approximately). I wanted a larger one for hunting purposes (larger can hunt longer and larger mass will stay warmer longer). His mother was 45 lbs but his father was 110lbs.
Check on the parents before you buy, make sure you get a hip guarantee. Labs do shed somewhat but it is very easy to cleanup as opposed to say a German Shepard with its fluffy hair that flys all over (yes I have one of these also).
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 6:40:50 PM EDT
Vizsla pronounced VEESH-laa

its a hungarian short haired hunting dog. It does not shed and they are good with kids and ppl with allerges.

It needs exercise, IE walks, like most dogs.

Other Names: Hungarian Vizsla, Magyar Vizsla, Hungarian Pointer, Drotszoru Magyar Vizsla

Height: 22.5 - 25 inches.
Weight: 48.5 - 66 lbs.

Colors: Russet gold; small white marks on chest and feet acceptable.
Coat: Short, dense and straight.

Temperament: Vizslas are gentle, responsive, alert.
With Children: Yes, usually gets along with children.
With Pets: Yes, usually gets along well with other household animals.
Special Skills: Hunting dog and family pet.

Watch-dog: High
Guard-dog: Low

Care and Brush the Vizsla shorthaired coat with a firm bristle brush and dry shampoo occasionally. Keep nails trimmed. Plenty of opportunity to run off leash and regular daily walks as they are an energetic breed that needs exercise to feel both physically and mentally happy.
Training: Basic training should be introduced as a puppy. Early contact with people is needed. Easy to train as they try to please their owners. Harsh training techniques can ruin the Vizsla, consistency in training is the best.
Learning Rate: High, Obedience - High, Problem Solving - Medium

Activity: Indoors - Low, Outdoors - High
Living Environment: Best suited for country living the Vizsla does not do as well in a city or suburban life but will adapt if sufficient exercise is given. Owners need to make their authority clear from the beginning. Would make a great companion for a hunter or a jogger.

Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, skin problems and epilepsy.

Life Span: 11 - 14 years
Litter Size: 6 - 8

Link Posted: 9/10/2005 6:41:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By RED_5:
my biased oppinion--
Lab

www.1stopfordogpictures.com/labrador-retriever/fourfemales2.jpg


+1, or four in this case
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 6:42:58 PM EDT
Poodle. (just not with the foofy haircut)

VERY Intelligent
Can be a good hunting dog
Comes in Small, Medium, and Large
and..best of all .. does not shed!
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 6:45:18 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/10/2005 7:02:05 PM EDT by FordGuy]
dude, you gotta baby on the way ............and you are getting a second dog? not only do you like cleaning shit off a baby's ass, you like getting if off the floor too? I got 3 dogs and 2 babies. Don't get the dog.

EDIT - babies and dogs don't mix. Look buddy, you have a surprise coming - the dog's reaction to the baby, and it's temperment around infants. 30 pounds is enough to do some damage to an infant. I have to watch my dogs LIKE A HAWK around my kids.

where's the thread the family dog that killed the infant? Do yourself and your family a favor - take this one thing at a time. You owe it to your unborn child. Hell, you owe it to your current dog, and to any potential new pet to make smart decisions, not childish whimsical ones.

I now return this thread to all the children urging you to get a lab. (patty, aren't you a mother?)
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 6:46:39 PM EDT
any of the lab mixes. I raise GSPs and they're excellent with kids. Be careful what type to get though as many can be rather hyper.

Aussies and Border Collies can be excellent dogs - as most of the herding dogs. We have Shelties and they are excellent with kids but their barking can drive a person to drink.

Patty
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 6:48:02 PM EDT
Lab
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 6:55:42 PM EDT
Black Lab.

Notice a trend here?
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 7:22:25 PM EDT
We just had our first child on July 30th. Our dog Jack who is Half Lab, the other half is a mystery, is great with my boy. When we get home Jack greets us all and gives the boy a kiss. If we put the boy in the swing Jack tries to share his toys with him by putting them on the tray as it is swinging.
Jack is 11 months old so he was there for all of the pregency. Dogs are smarter than you think and they know when something changes. you just gotta make sure that you give the dog plenty of attention so he does not get jealous.
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 7:27:30 PM EDT
I adopted a half Rott half Retriever. Beautiful dog and absolutely loves kids.

I would recommend a female dog if you have kids. The nuturing instinct is retained in many dogs.
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 7:29:03 PM EDT
Pit Bull
They are harmless and would never hurt a child.
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 7:34:07 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/10/2005 7:38:16 PM EDT by twonami]

Originally Posted By WindGapAR15:
let me lay down the wifes "rules"

1. it cant weigh more then 75-90 lbs or so
2. short hair. no shedders.
3. good with kids
4. good on the genetic medical issues


mini schnauzer, he turned 11 in July and I took this pic about a week ago
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 7:34:14 PM EDT
Lab
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 7:36:56 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 7:36:59 PM EDT
Lab, lots of Lab rescue orginizations out their where you can find a REALLY GOOD ONE, they are the best all around breed
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 7:37:44 PM EDT
english setter
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 7:41:13 PM EDT
Female lab. Know the parents if at all possible.
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 7:42:04 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/10/2005 7:43:15 PM EDT by zipper]
Yorkie
Smart
Small
Protective
See User Info
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 7:50:44 PM EDT

Originally Posted By jj:
Why don't you hold off on another dog and concentrate on your little bundle
of love. Just a thought.



I absolutely agree with this thought. I've seen too many puppies get the short end of the stick as far as training and attention goes, because all the parents time & energy is spent on the baby.

Get the puppy after you have had the baby awhile and have gotten your routine down. That will work better for everyone.

To your original question. Get a dog that is known to be good with kids and then teach your child to treat the dog with respect. Labs & retreivers are great. Most of the smaller hounds get along well with kids. Beagles, Bassets etc...

Good Luck

FB
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 7:52:06 PM EDT
Labs

They're incredible family dogs.

HH
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 7:52:42 PM EDT
Toy Poodle ...and they are smart.
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 7:56:09 PM EDT
OK I will repost a pic of my two kids on the way home form a camping trip over the summer.

Link Posted: 9/10/2005 8:05:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/10/2005 8:47:57 PM EDT by Mall-Ninja]
Beagle, or a Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 8:06:48 PM EDT



All the neighboorhood kids now 'em by name!
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 8:08:47 PM EDT
Labs. I never met one that didn't get along with kids. We had one when I was little that would play with us kids for as long as he could stand it, then knock us down and sit on us till he recovered. It was great fun. Labs also have soft mouths. They were bred to retrieve, so they don't bite like a normal dog might.

Do NOT get a chow or a chow mix. They are biters. Not in the sense that they attack viciously, just a single bite normally, but not soft.
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 8:16:59 PM EDT
Lab.
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 8:19:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/10/2005 8:20:04 PM EDT by CJan_NH]
+1 for the Lab.

Link Posted: 9/10/2005 8:24:08 PM EDT
I'm always humored by the people who are so negative on things. No thread gets up without a few naysayers to piss on the parade. Once again.....

We have a dog who is a little over 1.

He is a sweetheart towards kids and anyone or anything else that comes across his way.

We have 7+ months before the baby comes and i am going to be home that entire home recovering from back surgeries.

I will have plenty of time to be around the dogs to get them comfortable with one another and the house etc.

I only get dogs from amateur breeders or a shelter. You can take your dog there and let them run and play with the adoption eligible dogs.

We probably will go with a dog in its first year. It will be able to mold to the way we work here in the family but also be trained well enough

Link Posted: 9/10/2005 8:34:18 PM EDT
Newfoundland

Link Posted: 9/10/2005 8:43:19 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Greywolf2112:
Don't get a Min Pin - many home and renters insurance companies consider them a bite risk and won't write you a policy.

My choice? Cardigan Welsh Corgi - cute as hell, great with kids and other dogs, less than 40 pounds max, very agile, have a heart of gold and are very protective, don't shed, and are very intelligent. Cute little rascals.

img.photobucket.com/albums/v663/grey2112/corgi7.jpg

img.photobucket.com/albums/v663/grey2112/bridey.gif



How can Cardigans not shed when my Pembroke Corgis shed TONS?..They aren't that different are they?
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 8:45:04 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/10/2005 8:46:22 PM EDT by WildBoar]

Originally Posted By Lennster:
Pit Bull
They are harmless and would never hurt a child.



My ex wifes is great with my kids. He is extremely protective of them.
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 8:46:56 PM EDT
Great Danes are the best around kids. My Great Dane allows little kids to play on like a jungle gym
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