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Dogs

Thu Oct 13, 2011 11:27 am

Ok so we are potentially looking at getting a dog ( or 2 if i have my way) for our son next year. He will be 10 by then. Now as you can also see by my sig we also have 3 other kids, and looking to have 2 more.

Ive had a look arund for family friendly dogs and dogs that are good with kids.
Will be looking to get a bigger dog and the only 2 that i can see that dont have to many issues are boxers and labs.

Can anyone else make any suggestions
Thanks everyone
 
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Re: Dogs

Thu Oct 13, 2011 11:47 am

Yes, join http://www.dogzonline.com.au, there is a wealth of information there and people will be in a decent position to help you find your perfect breed for your circumstances.
 
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Re: Dogs

Thu Oct 13, 2011 11:55 am

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Re: Dogs

Thu Oct 13, 2011 1:31 pm

Please go to an animal rescue facility!!! I cant wait to have many dogs once Im out of a unit and into a home to rescue some little critters
 
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Re: Dogs

Thu Oct 13, 2011 1:43 pm

im biased too but we have 3 ridgebacks and they are wonderful with our nieces and nephews.

There is somewhere online that you can do a survey and it suggsests the right dogs for you :)
 
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Re: Dogs

Thu Oct 13, 2011 2:10 pm

adl11 wrote:
im biased too but we have 3 ridgebacks and they are wonderful with our nieces and nephews.

There is somewhere online that you can do a survey and it suggsests the right dogs for you :)



Thanks. I joined the forum suggested above and im getting some grest responses. This isnt going to be a well we have decided so lets go buy one we are trying to make sure we make the right decision so this moght not happen for a year yet.
 
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Re: Dogs

Fri Oct 14, 2011 11:12 am

Golden retrievers are fantastic around kids.

But yes, an animal rescue shelter is the best place to adopt a dog.





(Meanwhile, one of my friends has a border collie [since theyve been mentioned] and when you say to him "CASPER! HIGH FIVE!" and put your hands out, he sits on his bottom and hits your hands with his paws... he usually gets bored of it before the humans do and walks off after about the 5th or 6th time you ask him to do it, HAHA)
 
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Re: Dogs

Tue Jan 10, 2012 3:20 pm

PLEASE adopt your dog/s - often dogs at shelters develop bonds with each other so you could adopt a pair of best friends. Staffy's are great family pets, they are high energy though
 
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Re: Dogs

Tue Jan 10, 2012 6:28 pm

We have a 5 year old boxer and have had him from a puppy. He's the most beautiful dog, so lovable, friendly but an excellent guard dog. Pm me if you want to know specifics about him :)
 
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Re: Dogs

Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:16 pm

I have a golden retreiver (purchased as a puppy). She is the sweetest dog and great with kids. My 2 year old neice popped her in the eye a number of times and she licked my neice and waged her tail!! Be warned golden retreivers are VERY VERY active and require a lot of attention

I have also resuced a greyhound. You might be suprised by this but they are very lazy and LOVE LOVE cuddles. My greyhound loves kids and is the most gentle and patiend dog I have ever seen!

I hightly recommend both breeds as long as you are wanting a loving inside dog that you are willing to devote time and attention to as they both crave praise and love
 
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Re: Dogs

Fri Jul 13, 2012 2:58 am

I have a Golden Retriever too. I just love him so much...he is a bundle of laughs and has so much character! Very affectionate and snuggly, but protective when needed. Be warned...they are super hairy and if they live inside then you will be forever vacuuming...but they are so worth it!!
 
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Re: Dogs

Sat Jul 14, 2012 2:01 pm

I also agree with Border Collies, they're fantastic dogs but like some of the other girls have mentioned, they do need to be exercised regularly. Another amazing breed is a Kelpie, they're fiercely protective of their families, but they need to get an INSANE amount of exercise, otherwise they're destructive little buggers! If you want a smaller breed, a moodle or poodle are great family dogs, they don't lose hair in the house like most dogs, they're smart and they're loyal, but not much help as a protective dog haha.
 
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Re: Dogs

Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:01 pm

I'm probably biased, but if you want a medium sized dog a cocker spaniel is a great choice for kids. They are the sweetest most gentle dogs & are amazing around kids! They are not the smartest of dogs though, and they do need good training otherwise they can be very naughty & a bit destructive. They don't need excessive amounts of exercise - my family had ours from a puppy and he always just had one walk a day and was fine.

If you want a bigger dog a Springer Spaniel is also a good option as they basically have the same temperment, however they can be quite boisterous if not trained properly.
 
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Re: Dogs

Sun Aug 19, 2012 10:54 pm

FH and I have 3 dogs: a rescue lab x, a rescue ridgeback staffy x and a pure bread american staffy. They are all different but all great dogs.

The lab is an old boy and he is wonderful, really tolerant of the other dogs and kids etc. and is a gentle giant. He loves to play fetch, going for walks and LOVES his food.

The ridgeback x staffy is a beautiful dog , she is about 2 years old and we took her from the pound only days before she was due to be put down. She was dumped and someone cut her tail and her whiskers off. Poor thing. She is very loyal and loves to be near us. She doesnt like to be seperated from us or the other dogs and will do anything to get a cuddle.

The american staffy is our newest addition. He is a beautiful boy and at 4 months old, he weighs just shy of 20kg. He is going through his puppy stage at the moment so is being a little terror but he is generally pretty good for a puppy. They are known to be good with kids and we have socialised him alot with friends kids and other dogs and he is fine with them. He is stubborn at times, but he also gives up pretty quickly. He is mostly low energy and happy to sun himself outside.

We got the american staffy as security for the house and me as FH travels alot for work. We also got him as the ridgeback x staffy doesnt like to be alone, and we fear that the lab is getting old and wont be here for much longer, so to help her out when that time comes, she will have another mate. FH really wanted an american staffy also and I thought it would be better to get him now and get him out of his puppy stage before we have children.

We are very much dog people and as long as you do your research, you will find something suitable for your family.
 
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Re: Dogs

Mon Aug 20, 2012 3:03 pm

Labs can have serious hip dysplasia issues.

Regardless of the breed you get, think about the responsibility of having a dog - particularly a large one. They need to be walked every day. With a large family, you're not going to want that to be your job. You won't have time, especially when pregnant or with a little babies.Are you ok with your 10y/o taking a big dog out alone?
 
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Re: Dogs

Mon Aug 20, 2012 5:05 pm

I would definitely be looking at shelters, one to consider isBorder Canine Rescue.
Mum got my dog from them, they're actually family friends so I'm a little biased :lol: They're located in Albury-Wodonga, but they are more than happy to transport the dogs.
 
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Re: Dogs

Mon Aug 20, 2012 5:59 pm

Labs are known to have hip displaysia issues, as well as other large breed dogs. Research really does need to be done to choose a pet that suits your family situation.

I actually adopted my lab from a family who had a 2yo child, and the kid loved him, but the lab was just to boistrous to be left alone with him and knocked him over etc. With that being said, I dont think they ever took him for walks, or played with him and showed him any affection, so as soon as they went outside, he got excited. He is much older now and still gets excited and could easily knock small kids down, but he doesnt jump and he is very gentle and kind and settles down when we tell him. He will go collect a ball and just drop it in from of them til they play with him!! A 10yo old girl looks after them for us when we go away for weekends etc and she is fine with all 3 of them! She will feed them and play with them to exercise them rather than walking them as walking all 3 is a very special talent! Haha.

There is a huge amount of responsibility in having a dog, but they are best friends for life. We buy ours fresh meat each week and cook them rice and pasta, we spend a fortune on toys for them for them to tear them apart only minutes later. You need to walk them, play with them, train them, bath them, clean up after them, take them to the vet, socialise them with other kids and dogs, show them affection etc.

But... they are well worth it and we wouldnt have it any other way!
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