Babies: 3 - 6 Months

Recommend your dog.

DH and I are considering getting a dog next spring but we cannot decided what kind to get. I would like a larger dog (lab) and DH wants a smaller dog (wiener dog). There are a ton of breed specific rescue centers here in town that we would like to get one from. Our home owners insurance wont allow us to have a Pit Bull, Shepard, Doberman(sp?), Chow or anything else that is considered "aggressive".

Our requirements

child friendly

doesn't shed overly much (more DH's requirement then mine)

no more than 100 or so lbs

Please recommend your dog.

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  • Well they are constant shedders but are worth their weight in gold:

    German Shepherds!! I cannot praise this breed enough. I will not have any other dog, especially now that we have a child. So great with Alexandra that the only risk is her being kissed and loved and licked too much. Patton was the FIRST thing Alex ever laughed at!

    They are exceptionally smart and very easy to train as long as you maintain your status as alpha. I don't mean that stupid alpha rolling technique or anything, I mean by keeping firm in your commands. Patton is amazing with his vocal commands and his "sign" commands (it's not actual ASL but I do hand motions and he performs excellently). But they can get very close to, or even exceed, 100lbs.

    But I am a die hard member of Big Dogs Are The Only Dogs :)

    Oh, no shepherd. :( Boo.

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  • We have a miniature dachshund named Daisy and she is a lot of fun!  She loves to play and has all kinds of toys and has this little tiny ball and we throw it down the hall and she will retrieve it and bring it back to you, it is so cute!  I know you want a bigger dog though.
  • Well I'm no help because I would say chow (medium sized, sweet.... and mine have always been great with kids). My dog now is chow and border collie mix (shelter dog). But I just wanted to say I think it's AWESOME that you're looking at rescues!!!! :)
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  • They shed, but we love our cocker spaniels!  Our next dog will be a mixed rescue.  Our girls both suffer from common cocker health problems (eyes, ears, back) and we want to avoid that in the future.  you might consider fostering to find the right fit for your home?  good luck in your search!
  • Yay for choosing a rescue!!

    I have a rescued chihuahua!  He is a huge - 13 lbs!  My DH was kind of iffy about it at first, but he's now in love.  Gambit (the dog's name) is just the most relaxed, snuggly, easy dog ever.

    It really is all about the temperament of the specific dog, not the breed.  Even golden retrievers can be a PITA!

    Here's a link to a site that you might like:   http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/

    They have a list of light shedders, however most of them are small breeds and hard to find b/c they're very popular.  Also, you'll spend a lot of money on grooming them.  You could try for something like a Labradoodle, but it's a toss up as to how much they'll actually shed...

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  • Pug.  We love ours.  He's pretty lazy and definitely a lap cat.  Light shedding, doesnt bark much, perfect size for kids! He does demand 2 30min walks twice a day but thats ok!
  • We have a Husky and love her.  She is 50lbs, sheds once a year and is GREAT with kids.  She trained really easily and is so loving.  I don't know they are on the aggressive breed list or not.

    We also have a shepherd/husky mix who is the same way (temperment/training/etc.)

     

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    Yay for choosing a rescue!!

    I have a rescued chihuahua!  He is a huge - 13 lbs!  My DH was kind of iffy about it at first, but he's now in love.  Gambit (the dog's name) is just the most relaxed, snuggly, easy dog ever.

    It really is all about the temperament of the specific dog, not the breed.  Even golden retrievers can be a PITA!

    Here's a link to a site that you might like:   http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/

    They have a list of light shedders, however most of them are small breeds and hard to find b/c they're very popular.  Also, you'll spend a lot of money on grooming them.  You could try for something like a Labradoodle, but it's a toss up as to how much they'll actually shed...

    Sorry, but I have to AW a pic of my sweetie poo!

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  • We have a 30 lbs. shepherd/beagle mix who is the sweetest, most loving dog. She has been WONDERFUL around DS. She does require a lot of exercise, but we like that in a dog:)
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    Yay for choosing a rescue!!

    I have a rescued chihuahua!  He is a huge - 13 lbs!  My DH was kind of iffy about it at first, but he's now in love.  Gambit (the dog's name) is just the most relaxed, snuggly, easy dog ever.

    It really is all about the temperament of the specific dog, not the breed.  Even golden retrievers can be a PITA!

    Here's a link to a site that you might like:   http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/

    They have a list of light shedders, however most of them are small breeds and hard to find b/c they're very popular.  Also, you'll spend a lot of money on grooming them.  You could try for something like a Labradoodle, but it's a toss up as to how much they'll actually shed...

    Sorry, but I have to AW a pic of my sweetie poo!

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    Your furbaby is so cute! 

  • Well if you don't want a dog over 100 lbs.  then don't gat a lab.  Ours is over 100 lbs.  She's a big lover though.

    We love our border collie.  DH picked him up from the pound when he was still a puppy.  He is a great dog and is really really smart. But he needs a lot of exercise and attention because he has a lot of energy.

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  • I would recommend these breeds:

    A boxer - sheds some but not as much as others (short hair) and VERY family friendly. Hyper as all hell though. I have one and she is soooo hyper. A pure bred is approx 60lbs

    A poodle - there are three different sizes of poodles - the bonus is they don't shed. They are very loyal and  family friendly as well

    Maybe you can get a mix breed like a labradoodle - poodle and lab mix.

    A schnauzer - there are quite a few types. small and large and they don't shed a lot either.

    The thing about the non shedding breeds - they can get kinda expensive for grooming!!!!!!!!!!

    I also have a pug which is very family friendly I think but he sheds so freaking much. I am not going to lie. Perhaps a Boston Terrier?

  • We have a Golden Retriever, and she's the best.  Easy to train, LOVES to please people, weighs 70ish pounds, is super gentle and great with the babies so far.  She also goes running with us, and that's super fun.

    She does shed, but it's not terrible.

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  • Our dog is awesome. He is a Jack Russell Terrier mixed with Border Collie. He's always so happy and friendly and healthy.
  • We have a Rhodesian Ridgeback.  He is 83 lbs at 5 years old.  He's great with kids (although I would never leave any kid alone with a dog regardless).  He sheds minimally.  He does require frequent exercise to be happy/content.  He is well trained after puppy kindergarten & intermediate classes with both DH & I. 

    He was a lot of work & a huge ball of energy until age 2.5 though.  I feel like any puppy would be.  I am not sure if you are thinking of getting a puppy or an older dog.

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  • image MFalor:

    Yay for choosing a rescue!!

    I have a rescued chihuahua!  He is a huge - 13 lbs!  My DH was kind of iffy about it at first, but he's now in love.  Gambit (the dog's name) is just the most relaxed, snuggly, easy dog ever.

    It really is all about the temperament of the specific dog, not the breed.  Even golden retrievers can be a PITA!

    Here's a link to a site that you might like:   http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/

    They have a list of light shedders, however most of them are small breeds and hard to find b/c they're very popular.  Also, you'll spend a lot of money on grooming them.  You could try for something like a Labradoodle, but it's a toss up as to how much they'll actually shed...

    I read somewhere that in Cali they were having to send Chihuahuas out of State to other shelters because of what they called the "Paris Hilton effect". All these people were adopting Chihuahuas and then leaving them at shelters because they didn't want them anymore and Cali couldn't adopt them all out.

    I love Labradoodles!

    We are not designer dog people so rescue is the only way we would go. All my pets growing up came from random places like Pumpkin Patches or off the reservations.

  • We have 2 schnauzers. One is full blood mini, and the other is mix of standard, and mini. They are extremely easy to take care of, don't shed, and are kid friendly as well. They are very friendly, but can be stubborn at times. They are also a little high maintenance because of grooming.

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  • We have a goldendoodle. He is just a perfect dog, so sweet and easy to train and he is great with Daria. He rarely barks, was potty trained in no time and doesn't climb on furniture (never tried). We got him as a puppy, which I think is important so that you are not stuck fixing existing problems. He is supposed to be non-shedding (from poodle), but he sheds like you wouldn't believe. He did get the golden retriever's sheddy coat, which is something we could see from when he was a puppy. But because of that he also looks like a golden and not like a poodle and we prefer that look. Most goldendoodles don't shed, so look for a curly coat if you don't want a shedding dog. Our dog weights 75lbs.
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  • All that I ask is that you be honest with yourself and your lifestyle and read up on the breeds when picking a dog. I know there are always exceptions to the breed and if they are mixed breeds well then it's a mystery. Generally speaking a terrier dog has tons of energy in their small little body....they are diggers as well. Just as Herding breeds are actually really smart like collies etc. Toy breeds can be barkers, snippy with children and have the big dog mentality. I usually don't recommend a very small dog with a very small kid. i.e. a yorkie Beagles and hounds are generally howlers as well. A cocker spaniel is a good breed to suggest too.
  • What's your family's activity level?  Many of the breeds mentioned require lots of real exercise.  Are you daily walks people?  Runs? Quick spin around the block?  

    I have two Great Pyrenees and a Newfoundland.  I don't recommend a Great Pyrenees for the average person. I can expand on why if you're interested. But a Newfoundland I would recommend. To meet your requirements, you would probably have to stick to a small Newf.  But even if you go a few lbs over 100, they will make up for it with their personality.

    Did you know the dog in Peter Pan that was in the nursery with the kids was a Newf?   

    Have you considered submitting apps to rescues and asking them for help choosing a dog?  Many times rescues are great at placing dogs with the right family.   

    I would probably change home insurance companies if they discriminated against specific breeds.  

    Yay for rescue.  Good luck choosing a dog.  But know sometimes the best ones choose you. 

    ETA: I'd steer clear of puppies.   

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  • Mutts. We have 2 mutts of unknown origin, and they are the best dogs ever. I am not biased in the least.
  • The only dog off the top of my head that doesn't shed is a poodle. My friend has 2 (a standard and a toy). I love them. They love my LO. They are very smart also!
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  • Just remember if you go for a dog that has "hair" instead of fur (doesn't shed) you are in for frequent grooming because the hair gets matted and it's difficult to brush out.
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    What's your family's activity level?  Many of the breeds mentioned require lots of real exercise.  Are you daily walks people?  Runs? Quick spin around the block?  

    I have two Great Pyrenees and a Newfoundland.  I don't recommend a Great Pyrenees for the average person. I can expand on why if you're interested. But a Newfoundland I would recommend. To meet your requirements, you would probably have to stick to a small Newf.  But even if you go a few lbs over 100, they will make up for it with their personality.

    Did you know the dog in Peter Pan that was in the nursery with the kids was a Newf?   

    Have you considered submitting apps to rescues and asking them for help choosing a dog?  Many times rescues are great at placing dogs with the right family.   

    I would probably change home insurance companies if they discriminated against specific breeds.  

    Yay for rescue.  Good luck choosing a dog.  But know sometimes the best ones choose you. 

    ETA: I'd steer clear of puppies.   

    I agree, generally speaking....larger dogs calm down faster than smaller dogs. A Great Dane is a very chill dog but they have a life expectancy of 7 yrs :-( some live longer maybe 9?

  • Giant Schnauzer.. they are very child friendly, don't shed much, and their weight can be any where from 60-110lbs, depending on male/female etc... this is mine, duke, he is Aiden's protector
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  • You could go with a Portuguese water dog like the Obamas! lol although good luck at finding one in a shelter or rescue! But they don't shed!
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    I agree, generally speaking....larger dogs calm down faster than smaller dogs. A Great Dane is a very chill dog but they have a life expectancy of 7 yrs :-( some live longer maybe 9?

     

    That is the downside of giant breeds.  My Newf is 9 and I can see we won't have many more years with her.  I expect my Pyrs to live to be 10-12.  Maybe longer if we're lucky.  

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  • We have a Chesapeake Bay Retriever.  The girls are 40-70 lbs.  Boys are bigger...maybe 100 or so, tops.  They shed a moderate amount.  I vacuum once a week and sweep a couple of times a week usually (on a good week, let's be honest).  It is manageable.  She is very gentle and basically just licks the neighbor kids to death.  They all love her.   Ours is 2, so she is a bit jumpy sometimes when we have ppl over.  But, she should calm it down a bit soon.  We think she is the sweetest gal.  The breed folks will tell you that Chessies are pretty loyal to their family and they are a one dog household.  I'd like another dog, but I think our dog might get annoyed about sharing attention more than she already does with DS around now. 
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  • I love all of the breeds most people have mentioned, but of course I love my Boston Terriers.  The are a bit of higher activity level dog for the first few years, but then they chill.  Most are easily trained and are good with children.  They have short hair, so shedding isn't a big deal, I sweep everyday and only get a tiny bit each day.  Here's my furbabies:

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  • Pomapoo!!   Pomeranian/poodle mix.

    Picture in siggy!

    He has hair not fur, so shedding in minimal.

    Absolutely Amaziningggg with DD who is 3 months.

    Smart, learned each trick in under 15 minutes and knows more than 20 tricks total (Ex. wipes his feet on a mat when he comes in after it rains) Also he was house trained in a week.

    The biggest mush in the world..Loves to snuggle. 

    28lbs Does well as an apartment dog but loves his walks too

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