what kind of dog should we get?

April - posted on 04/18/2012 ( 15 moms have responded )

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am wanting to get another dog for my kids. I have a almost 4 year old son and a 2 1/2 year old daughter we also have a one year old golden retriver. any suggestion on what kind of dog would be the best? my son wants a taco bell dog

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Linda - posted on 04/19/2012

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Why don't you see what's available at the local shelter? Often mutts have fewer health problems. We were going to get a labrador retreiver, but we stopped by a shelter and my son fell in love with a beagle mixed with ?. She has been a wonderful dog...never biting, never chewing, house-trained from the beginning.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/19/2012

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I am partial to boxers. I do not think any of the options for dogs that you have mentioned are a good match with children. Also, the age of the youngest, you will be potty training 2 at the same time. I would personally wait until after your youngest is fully potty trained, and bit older to understand how to treat a young pet.

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Helen - posted on 04/19/2012

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a stafordshire bull terrier (staffy) is the dog i chose having had one yrs ago i know first hand they are great with kids pretty low maintenance and very loyal their child like behaviour means they enjoy running round with kids my dog (murphy) i swear is like having a fifth kid lol they are very protected if my kids are play fighting or getting bit rough in another room he comes and alerts me thinking that some one is getting hurt i know they get bad press as being nasty but any dog you have can turn nasty its how you raise them just as it is with a child raise a child poorly they end up in prison ect raise a dog poorly they bite simple

Medic - posted on 04/19/2012

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We have a wonderful rescue dog, he is half bull dog half shar pei and he is fantastic. Our two year old walks him around the house by his ear and he does not care.

Pamela - posted on 04/19/2012

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I love Labradors and Golden retrievers, They are gentle, yet protective and make excellent family dogs. They are also easily trained.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/19/2012

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Oh and many children will revert back to peeing/pooping in pants for a short period of time.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/19/2012

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Puppies are different. They take away a lot of attention during training time, go through a biting stage (due to teething) take a lot of care. They can be rough, jump, have accidents, chew toys etc.

April - posted on 04/19/2012

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Well my yougest is fully poTty trained as of 3 months ago we have a golden retriver and she is ok with her

Gina - posted on 04/19/2012

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I have to say boxer as well. Love, love, love our boxer! She is now 9.5 years old and has been extremely tolerant of our 4.5 year old son since his birth. We are actually going to get another boxer in a couple of weeks!

Bonnie - posted on 04/19/2012

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I suggest a boxer. That's what we want to get eventually. Great family dog and short hair, so less cleaning.

Sarah - posted on 04/18/2012

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I think they're super cute and really considered one myself a few years ago, but I believe they aren't recommended for small kids. I think that a lot of small dogs get a sort of "little man" syndrome, where they can (but not necessarily) become violent around small kids because they are in a way challenging them. I think too that small kids can intimidate smaller dogs. For that reason, IMO, a good young kid dog is medium or large in stature. I am by no means an expert, we just did some research on different breeds recently because we were considering getting one for our kids (3 1/2y and 20m). We don't own one yet, but I'm leaning towards the Cocker Spaniel. I also really like Great Danes too. It all depends on what you want in a dog too though. Everyone likes different things. For example, some people LOVE the Bichon Frise, but personally I think they are the most annoying breed ever. I just want to kick them! :-)

Sherri - posted on 04/18/2012

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Boxers are amazing and very low maintenance in the grooming dept and have amazing temperaments. They are very loyal family dogs and notoriously wonderful with kids.

Sarah - posted on 04/18/2012

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Do not get a chihuahua. I LOVE them too, and did a bunch of research on them online. I also spoke with a few people who have them. They are not a good dog for small children. They can become violent with small children and will bite. I like the Cocker Spaniels, American Eskimo, Labrador Retrievers, and Rottweilers (every one I've ever met has been GREAT with kids). Make sure you do your research first on not just breeds that are good with kids, but also health issues, socialization, and temperment.

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