What breed medium sized dog for family with a 6 year old??

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Found 14th May 2011
We are thinking of getting a dog. A medium sized one would be best, but not sure what breed to get.

We have a 6 year old daughter who loves dogs.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Border Terrier? Lovely and kind family dog.
http://www.trot2.com/images/_lib/border-terrier-card-6020022-0-1243353012000.jpg
Cocker Spaniel, although if your not sure what breed then I dont think you've thought about it enough or done enough research
Edited by: "dh058977" 14th May 2011
take your daughter to local pound or dog rescue and let her chose...
she can spend some time with it there -
go by the dogs temperament rather than the breed
Im staying well out of this thread X)
I would personally say a staffy aka nanny dogs, ignore the bad press drug dealers and thugs give them they are fantastic family pets, its only mistreatment makes them turn (and sometimes inbreeding).

We had an Alsatian x Lab and he was fantastic, he used to let our little one pull himself up using him when he learnt to walk, it wasnt a matter of being in the right place either if he saw the little one trying to stand he used to actually go and stand by him to help him.


Other alternatives I can think of are Mastweilers but they are large, the only reason I looked this breed up was because our pups dad is one (mind you at six months our pup is almost 26KG and he also has border and Alsatian which are smaller than the dad. In fact his dad his looking for an home, he is two years old.
Thomas.

Border Terrier? Lovely and kind family dog.



I see your Border and raise you an over grown version (well 1/4 border anyway)

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s308/harlzter/Storm2.jpg

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s308/harlzter/storm1.jpg

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s308/harlzter/Muckypup.jpg

These was taken at 5 months, beware with borders if you value your garden they love digging! Not too bad with a normal border but when his paws are the size of my palms its not so good!

He is
Dad = Mastweiler (Bull-mastiff x Rottweiler)

Mum = Alsatian x Border Terrier


Edited by: "harlzter" 14th May 2011
Thomas.

Border Terrier? Lovely and kind family dog.




All terriers should be shot at birth. Can't stand yappy, anckle biters.
Jack Russell, thats we have and shes fantastic with our 2 year old
http://www.hainaultforest.co.uk/PatStand.JPG

Patterdale Terrier

lovely dogs with a fantastic temperament
jonny619447

All terriers should be shot at birth. Can't stand yappy, anckle biters.


Well, thanks for that.
Thomas.

Well, thanks for that.



Would love to see an Airedale Terrier or something like that biting his ankle! lol bit big for that and not a very vocal dog at all.
jonny619447

All terriers should be shot at birth. Can't stand yappy, anckle biters.



WTF is an anckle?

Not all terriers are that bad, its more the toy breeds.

Dont forget staffs are also a terrier but they are far from yappy ankle biters
Edited by: "harlzter" 14th May 2011
dh058977

Would love to see an Airedale Terrier or something like that biting his … Would love to see an Airedale Terrier or something like that biting his ankle! lol bit big for that and not a very vocal dog at all.




Storm is vocal when he wants to be but far from yappy! More of a roaring deafness.
Japanese spitz are lovely dogs with very good temp and grow to be a medium size
http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x194/emmalou_1983/Picture032.jpg

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x194/emmalou_1983/DSC02378.jpg
This is my 4 year old jack ♥
Edited by: "ilovepink" 14th May 2011
JAYKAY72

Japanese spitz are lovely dogs with very good temp and grow to be a … Japanese spitz are lovely dogs with very good temp and grow to be a medium size



Love to see them trying to keep it clean with a 6 year old running around! lol
LoL at his HUGE ears..
DAMNOME

LoL at his HUGE ears..



HER huge ears .... They never go down lol........we think shes crossed with a Chihuahu somewhere along the line, but as we rescued her @ 14 weeks old so not too sure

Edited by: "ilovepink" 14th May 2011
A Samoyed, very good natured
ilovepink

HER huge ears .... They never go down lol........we think shes crossed … HER huge ears .... They never go down lol........we think shes crossed with a Chihuahu somewhere along the line, but as we rescued her not too sure



They are meant to flop but sometimes they dont. Dont ask me why but it tends to be the wire hair ones that stick up but yours isnt! Strange.
dh058977

They are meant to flop but sometimes they dont. Dont ask me why but it … They are meant to flop but sometimes they dont. Dont ask me why but it tends to be the wire hair ones that stick up but yours isnt! Strange.



yeah the wire hair ones have smaller ears thou, i love it when she shakes her head coz they flap about and make a funny noise
We're considering a puppy. We need an anti-allergy dog though so are going to investigate Labradoodles. Our youngest is 5 years old and from the research we've done they are great with children and very safe. No way are we allowing any kind of potentially dangerous dog into our house! It is a lot to do with the training though aswell.
ilovepink

yeah the wire hair ones have smaller ears thou, i love it when she shakes … yeah the wire hair ones have smaller ears thou, i love it when she shakes her head coz they flap about and make a funny noise



Yeah alot smaller! That reminds me, when my contract with sky runs out at the end of the month can I come round your place? Pretty sure I could pick up sky sports on those ears!
dh058977

Yeah alot smaller! That reminds me, when my contract with sky runs out at … Yeah alot smaller! That reminds me, when my contract with sky runs out at the end of the month can I come round your place? Pretty sure I could pick up sky sports on those ears!



Ha! they dont even go down when shes asleep either pmsl
galareho

We're considering a puppy. We need an anti-allergy dog though so are … We're considering a puppy. We need an anti-allergy dog though so are going to investigate Labradoodles. Our youngest is 5 years old and from the research we've done they are great with children and very safe. No way are we allowing any kind of potentially dangerous dog into our house! It is a lot to do with the training though aswell.




If going for a labradoodle you ideally want a F1 they carry more of the traits you want,
LOL at ILP leaving her "toys" on display in the photo"
harlzter

LOL at ILP leaving her "toys" on display in the photo"



my little girl done that she said Scooby wanted to play on the wii too X)
Another pic of ILP's dog with a stick in the park!
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5134/5585701476_774d9e2d8a.jpg
I have done some research, and to be honest I was thinking of either a cocker spaniel or border terrier but wanted to see what other people said.
While doing research some sites differed in opinion to others.
harlzter

WTF is an anckle? Not all terriers are that bad, its more the toy … WTF is an anckle? Not all terriers are that bad, its more the toy breeds.Dont forget staffs are also a terrier but they are far from yappy ankle biters



It was a typo, I'm sure you knew what I meant
Ok, maybe I spoke a little broadly. I just can't stand them little yappy ones. (the ones that don't stop barking and run away barking if you move towards them)

I do actually like most dogs though
kyleg44

I recommend a Lhasa Apso, beautiful family dogs.here have a look at this … I recommend a Lhasa Apso, beautiful family dogs.here have a look at this thread, plenty of pets on here.



I recommend lhaso apso aswel, my two are great with children, even when carried around by neck or front paws (mum used to childmind) and the dont shed anywear near as much as some dogs, they love cuddles to

galareho, apso's are recommended for allergy sufferers for those who want a smaller breed, if kept trimmed, they only shed about the same amount of hair as a human, and their coat is more like hair than fur. just thought id mention it, mum got our first because my brother wheezed around pets because of the fur, and apso's were recommended
Edited by: "tatemze" 14th May 2011
Miniature schnauzer. Ours is 10 months old and is great with our two kids, aged 1 and 3. Non shedding as well so good for allergy sufferers.
Edited by: "stewby" 14th May 2011
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/6c/King_Charles_Spaniels_on_Great_South_Bay_Long_Island.jpg/800px-King_Charles_Spaniels_on_Great_South_Bay_Long_Island.jpg

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Edited by: "willdev" 14th May 2011
Short legged Staffordshire bull terrier.
I agree with Willdev, a cavalier king Charles spaniel. My avatar is my dog hermione, she's great with kids of all ages!
lab any day of the week.
If you have child(ren) I would go the puppy route personally....going to a rescue centre you don't know what you are getting and it's quite risky.

Labradoodles if you have allergy issues otherwise a labrador or a retriever is what I would recommend....we have 3 children and have a yellow lab - I trust him implicitly....went for quietest in litter and at almost 11 he has been just wonderful and still is just the most gentle soul ever!

Here's George Pawge snuggling into one of my kids a few days after a major op to remove a tumour (hence his very fashionable T-shirt)
http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2248/12677347/23100395/396735195.jpg
Edited by: "luvvlychocolate" 14th May 2011
Bichon Frise , every time! Suitable for allergy sufferers and great with kids!
tinks404

I agree with Willdev, a cavalier king Charles spaniel. My avatar is my … I agree with Willdev, a cavalier king Charles spaniel. My avatar is my dog hermione, she's great with kids of all ages!


Had mine for 11 years! Still going strong and grew up with me through my childhood! She has never done a thing wrong!
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