Never owned a dog...which breeds should I consider

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Jan 24th, 2007 08:58
Idaho
imaginit
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I have owned cats but never a dog. I have two kids under 6 yrs, would take a dog walking a few times a week, live in a single family home with a medium sized yard. Any suggestions on which breeds to consider? I would want a small to medium dog.
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Jan 24th, 2007 15:56
California
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Hi, I would love to put my two cents in. I love dogs (and cats, and birds, and ... okay you get the picture!), so I hope you will take what I say and do with it what you will. I love mutts for many, many, many reasons. Even DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) prefers mutts for their drug dogs! I have had Chocolate Cockers, Rhodesian Ridgebacks (pureblood line from South Africa), and others. Purebreds are great as well, and there are many things that you can count on them to be, but many purebreds have health issues (that a good breeder will be honest with you about). I think it would be a FUN Family Event to go to a local shelter, humane society, etc., with your kids and take a look. You will get a chance to see MANY dogs, and how they react with your kids, and how your kids react with them. You may actually find the perfect dog...one that is a bit older and potty trained, comfortable around kids, that would be so GRATEFUL for a home. I would love to hear what you decide to do, and what type of dog you end up with. Lots of luck, have fun! Lisa
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Jan 24th, 2007 16:43
Florida
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I would not consider a small dog with kids so young, nor a puppy. Something medium sized over at least a year & mixed breeds are a great choice too. Are your kids under control or are the yelling, screaming, running etc in the house? Have they been around dogs enough for you to know how they will behave? Are they good about closing doors? Very important with a dog. Anyone have allergies? Walks several times a week is not nearly enough. At least two 20 - 30 minute walks every day, depending on age & breed often more. Will you have time for obedience classes? How much dog hair can you tolerate? There are no dogs that don't shed & the low shedding ones need regular grooming with brushing in between. Are you willing to housebreak if needed? Just some things you need to think about before getting any dog.
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