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    Dog advice please

    I am wanting to adopt a dog to complete our family.

    Can you recommend any breeds that are:
    good with kids (5 yrs and 7 yrs)
    chilled out temperament
    medium size, not too boisterous
    easy to train

    and any rescue websites in midlands area.

    65 Comments

    Labradors great dogs

    labs and retrievers are best with kids and fairly placid too.

    shauneco;4264053

    Labradors great dogs


    Yes, or golden retreivers ( like labradors but even softer)


    edit: like barky says

    id just go and look at lots of different dogs and fine one to suit your family there isnt a perfect family dog!!

    Original Poster

    shauneco;4264053

    Labradors great dogs



    how much do they cost to feed each week?

    i was thinking of something medium size.

    can they be trained to accept cats?

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    Springer or Cocker spaniel? Ok can be a bit boisterous but brillant with kids of all ages.

    Springer Spaniel, great with kids, energetic, fun and loyal!

    Got a minature Daschund myself. I'm 6"4. The dog has clothes for Gods sake!!! Does my cred nooooo good!!

    churchy2704;4264094

    Springer or Cocker spaniel? Ok can be a bit boisterous but brillant with … Springer or Cocker spaniel? Ok can be a bit boisterous but brillant with kids of all ages.



    Snap! :-D

    Original Poster

    foxymissroxy;4264087

    id just go and look at lots of different dogs and fine one to suit your … id just go and look at lots of different dogs and fine one to suit your family there isnt a perfect family dog!!



    that's what i am afraid of, falling in love with a highly unsuitable dog!

    ps. it needs legs shorter than mine! so to speak

    chesso;4264071

    Yes, or golden retreivers ( like labradors but even softer)edit: like … Yes, or golden retreivers ( like labradors but even softer)edit: like barky says



    And those

    blackpeppa;4264089

    how much do they cost to feed each week?i was thinking of something … how much do they cost to feed each week?i was thinking of something medium size. can they be trained to accept cats?



    Depends what you feed them really, Dried food is generally cheaper and a big bag usually lasted mine about 2 weeks. A couple of bowls a day. Used to cost about £10 a bag.

    Most dogs can get along with cats, Best choose a puppy and raise it around cat, Some adult dogs will get on with cats, Some dogs only get along with certain cats.

    blackpeppa;4264089

    how much do they cost to feed each week?i was thinking of something … how much do they cost to feed each week?i was thinking of something medium size. can they be trained to accept cats?



    well lets look at it like this i have 3 dogs all of the same breed and 2 of which are related

    none of them eat the same amount it varies from 400g of food to 1.1Kg of food a day
    one hates the cat would shred it if she could get to him
    one who tolerates the cat doesnt particualry like him but ignores him aslong as he stays way from her food
    and one who LOVES the cat cant get enough of him the cat follows on walk climbs into the kennel . . .etc etc

    every dog regardless of the bredd will be different thats why i said what i did in my first post :thumbsup:

    churchy2704;4264094

    Springer or Cocker spaniel? Ok can be a bit boisterous but brillant with … Springer or Cocker spaniel? Ok can be a bit boisterous but brillant with kids of all ages.



    Total agree with churchy also so nice natured :-D

    mayflowersanctuary.com/

    theyre good there but they might be too far for you to travel. they are in bawtry in doncaster area

    corriessvk;4264262

    http://mayflowersanctuary.com/theyre good there but they might be too far … http://mayflowersanctuary.com/theyre good there but they might be too far for you to travel. they are in bawtry in doncaster area



    http://mayflowersanctuary.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/spaniel-pup-2-della-15-1-300x236.jpg
    http://mayflowersanctuary.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/spaniel-pup-1-bonnie-15-1-300x289.jpg
    Bonnie on the top - female

    Della on the bottom - female

    How did me and my sister come into the care of Mayflower Sanctuary I hear you ask?

    We have asked ourselves the same question!

    Surplus to requirements I suppose is the answer!

    The rest of our litter mates were sold a couple of weeks ago but we were the last two and our previous owners couldn’t cope with our puppy antics anymore!

    I never forget a few years ago watching one of those A&E type programs... A mum had bought in her kid who had been bitten by the family dog, a labrador... the doctor said of all the dog bites they treated, Lab's were the highest offender. The doc said that people always think of them as great with kids so don't tend to watch them as much, where in truth they are still a dog, who will bite on occasion.

    I've read good things about Beagles and Spaniels.

    I would suggest a Miniture Poodle. No hairy messes to clean up, very loyal and attentive dogs. Great with kids. There is a rescue shelter in Lincolnshire.
    Poodles in Need 1470 01507 478794 ( between 9am - 7pm only please) poodlesinneed.co.uk

    This is ben (he's due a cut! Which you can sell as poodle wool is highly sought after) He is a toy poodle, the smallest. Minitures are a few inches bigger.

    http://i359.photobucket.com/albums/oo40/cdemico/Ben/IMGP2561.jpg

    http://i359.photobucket.com/albums/oo40/cdemico/SDC10035-1.jpg

    Original Poster

    thanks to everyone for all your suggestions, pictures and links.

    much appreciated. keep them coming please.

    may sound strange but english bull terriers have a great temperament and are fun to have around

    I'd say a westie My mums had two and have both been great with kids of all ages and very loveable x

    both my mutts are cross breeds, Monty (avatar) is a lab/collie cross and Bitsey is a heinz 57 We adopted them from the RSPCA over 10 years ago when my boys were 9, 4 and 2. fantastic temperaments and lovely companions.
    Have had a springer in the past and he was a beauty in every sense of the word. Hope you find what your looking for xx

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    cost and no life when you get dogs and mine are working animals.. they have wrecked my social life and even have to walk them when I was ill( temp or 102) ... so get a cat:w00t:

    Banned

    Here's my three (this is why I suggested Springers or Cockers).
    The older Springer and the Cocker are both rescue dogs.

    http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg39/Churchy2704/DSCF0543.jpg

    Greyhound
    we have a rescue greyhound - ex racer. If you have a bitch they are not that large. They are excellent with kids. We have had ours for six years and my kids love him. They are placid and tend to be lazy. Amazingly they dont take that much excercise - they go into retirement mode. The greyhound trust are a marvelous charity and if you adopt one it will cost you next to nothing. Cant believe people who pay hundreds for a dog when you can give a greyhound a loving home for nothing.
    [url]www.retiredgreyhounds.co.uk[/url]

    jools7;4264530

    Greyhoundwe have a rescue greyhound - ex racer. If you have a bitch … Greyhoundwe have a rescue greyhound - ex racer. If you have a bitch they are not that large. They are excellent with kids. We have had ours for six years and my kids love him. They are placid and tend to be lazy. Amazingly they dont take that much excercise - they go into retirement mode. The greyhound trust are a marvelous charity and if you adopt one it will cost you next to nothing. Cant believe people who pay hundreds for a dog when you can give a greyhound a loving home for nothing.[url]www.retiredgreyhounds.co.uk[/url]



    my sisters greyhound killed my mums cat cos its trained to chase small animals so be wary!

    http://i465.photobucket.com/albums/rr14/corriessvk/Untitled.jpg

    i have a patterdale terrier. so good with kids. shes a bit podgy from neighbor giving her lamb joints all the time lol. hes an old man and we keep telling him not too.

    Our greyhound had never gone for a cat - we trained him as soon as we got him. Plus the fact he just couldnt be arsed to run after them! But i you cant tar all dogs with the same brush

    jools7;4264530

    Greyhoundwe have a rescue greyhound - ex racer. If you have a bitch … Greyhoundwe have a rescue greyhound - ex racer. If you have a bitch they are not that large. They are excellent with kids. We have had ours for six years and my kids love him. They are placid and tend to be lazy. Amazingly they dont take that much excercise - they go into retirement mode. The greyhound trust are a marvelous charity and if you adopt one it will cost you next to nothing. Cant believe people who pay hundreds for a dog when you can give a greyhound a loving home for nothing.[url]www.retiredgreyhounds.co.uk[/url]



    People always think Greyhounds need loads of exercise don't they lol...

    they are sprinters, they don't do endurance. :thumbsup:

    yeah wild horses woulnt drag him from his basket for a walk even if his life depended on it

    jools7;4264610

    Our greyhound had never gone for a cat - we trained him as soon as we got … Our greyhound had never gone for a cat - we trained him as soon as we got him. Plus the fact he just couldnt be arsed to run after them! But i you cant tar all dogs with the same brush



    fair point, im just sayin be careful

    i would have to say a border collie,

    we have a 5 year old and she is so sweet natured and intelligent, she was very easy to train, heck now she even knows the names of her 6 soft toys and will bring you whichever you ask for.

    she is fantastic with my friends kids and very protective of the family home.

    all in all border collies make for great pets and there is a great puppy training class in tamworth if you are close to there

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    blackpeppa;4264089

    how much do they cost to feed each week?



    Depends

    can they be trained to accept cats?



    Yes. It would cut the cost down drastically! :w00t::w00t::p

    Get a lab, my 1 year old man handles mine daily and they don't bat an eyelid.

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v736/russell_piper/IMGP2327.jpg

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v736/russell_piper/IMGP2339.jpg

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v736/russell_piper/16.jpg

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v736/russell_piper/006.jpg

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v736/russell_piper/CIMG5449.jpg

    However pups can be destructive. That was a four grand sofa, the brown one did that at 10 months.

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v736/russell_piper/CIMG5692.jpg

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    chester123;4264804

    However pups can be destructive. That was a four grand sofa, the brown … However pups can be destructive. That was a four grand sofa, the brown one did that at 10 months.



    :w00t: Wow! I remember a pup of mine doing this many years back but she didn't just wreck the back of the sofa, she ate the arms!!

    BTW beautiful pix of two beautiful dogs Chester! :thumbsup: My sis has two labs.

    i have a bichon called bonnie had her for 8 years she is a great dog and so docile. i also have a rescued papillion he is great as well see avitar and a yorkie all great dogs:thumbsup:

    one thing i'd recommend if you buy a dog is look into getting it insured for those terrible vet bills my dog has just cost £2000 up to now for torn ligament luckily were insured with marks and spencers! they've paid out minus the £70 excess

    staffordshire bull terrier, great with kids.

    andy108uk;4265266

    staffordshire bull terrier, great with kids.



    +1

    Add lab to mine and you have the perfect temperament....(pure breeds make great family pets too)

    http://i610.photobucket.com/albums/tt183/AberBargoed/P1000102.jpg

    http://i610.photobucket.com/albums/tt183/AberBargoed/P1000095.jpg

    Try the border collie trust in Rugeley.

    bordercollietrustgb.org.uk/

    We got our Collie cross Sam, 11 months old, there in November. He is great with the kids who are 6,4 & 2. He is just like another bouncing child in the house and the kids love him.

    The best thing about the BCT is that they grade the dogs as to how well they are with children, other dogs, cats etc. They give great advice and if they think the breed is not for your circumstances they will tell you.

    You get a chance to meet the dogs and take them for a walk.
    They will try to match you to the best dog for you.
    Check out there website.

    Good luck. Let us know how you get on.
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