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What dog is better?

A jack Russel or golden retriever?

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QueenOfNagsHead

Asked by QueenOfNagsHead at 6:14 PM on Apr. 26, 2009 in Pets

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  • i like bigger dogs personally so i would say the golden retriever. but i've heard both are great with families. i have a yellow lab/retriever mix and shes great always has been.
    vabchmommy

    Answer by vabchmommy at 6:15 PM on Apr. 26, 2009

  • Personally I wouldn't get either one but if I absolutely had to choose, I'd go with a Golden Retriever any day before a Jack Russel.
    Christina807

    Answer by Christina807 at 6:16 PM on Apr. 26, 2009

  • I guess it depends on your activity level. Jack Russels are very high energy dogs. They're also very smart and need a lot of physical and mental stimulation...otherwise they're prone to neurosis. I knew one Jack Russel who licked (that's right - licked) a hole in the dry wall going after a spot of sun that was coming through the window. I know people who have created entire obstacle courses in their backyards just to keep their Jack Russels stimulated and exercised. Golden Retrievers are also high energy (but not like a Jack Russel) for the first two to three years. Then the settle down into very relaxed family type dogs. If you're not going to be able to provide a lot of exercise, I'd go for the Golden. If you have lots of high energy kids though, the Jack Russel might be more up your ally.
    ANGIE409

    Answer by ANGIE409 at 6:19 PM on Apr. 26, 2009

  • golden retriever
    amymartinez0214

    Answer by amymartinez0214 at 6:21 PM on Apr. 26, 2009

  • I agree with what Angie said about Goldens during the first few years. We have a two and a half year old golden and she is just starting to settle down. She's been driving my crazy for a year, but things are starting to turn around. Whatever dog you get, I suggest either getting a puppy or making sure the dog grew up with kids, my golden is pretty rough with my preschooler.
    toriandgrace

    Answer by toriandgrace at 6:22 PM on Apr. 26, 2009

  • i too would go with the golden retriever
    they are bigger and less likely to snap
    they wont be as scared by a child as a jack russel would be
    but if you have OLDER children like 12 and up
    then i would say either or is just fine =]
    mommykayti

    Answer by mommykayti at 6:37 PM on Apr. 26, 2009

  • id pick a golden retriever just my opinion :)
    masonsmommy921

    Answer by masonsmommy921 at 7:20 PM on Apr. 26, 2009

  • Golden. They are sweet, loyal, eager to please, smart and goofy. I love the breed. Mine was great with my daughter, even as an infant.
    evilabbysmom

    Answer by evilabbysmom at 7:45 PM on Apr. 26, 2009

  • THE RETRIEVER!! Jack russels are SO hyper! I personally could never handle one! Love retrivers though =]
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:11 PM on Apr. 26, 2009

  • with kids a Golden for sure...they are one of the best dogs for kids...they have A LOT of golden rescue groups on petfinder.com....
    calliesmommie

    Answer by calliesmommie at 9:27 PM on Apr. 26, 2009

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