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What should I get?

My boys 8 and 10 are asking for a dog. What kind of dog would be best for kids..What kind do you have?


Asked by sam223 at 9:53 PM on Jan. 11, 2011 in Pets

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  • I ran out of room lol

    --- smaller dogs - they are all little yappers normally lol
    Rat Terrier - I have one now, and he is great with my 2 young DDs (3 yrs and 9 months) - no grooming, active because hes a terrier (all terriers are much more active and hyper than other breeds) average life span - 16-20 yrs
    Jack Russel - average life span - 16-20 yrs --- no grooming unless long haired or wired hair, active.

    Cant really think of more smaller dogs.... and normally smaller dogs bond with one member of the family and tend to stick with them.

    Watch the show Dogs 101 on Animal Planet (can also look them up on the animal planet website) They give you ALOT of info on several breeds per episode.
    Also, check this on animal planet its a dog breed selector (answer questions and it will tell you which breed is best for you) -

    Check out mixed breeds too.

    Answer by BelloItaliano at 10:22 PM on Jan. 11, 2011

  • You have to decide the activity level in the house, who will look after the dog, the time the dog will be alone, how much money you have to look after any and all needs of a dog and most importantly who will look after the dog.

    The best way to decide what kind of breed will be good for your family is to find a book with all kinds of dog breeds in it and then narrow down the search until you find two or three that match your needs. Then, go to REPUTABLE breeders, NOT pet stores, not your uncle's cousin's friends' cousin's pastor's cousin's daughter whose dog had an oops litter. Or, better yet, a shelter and rescue a dog.
    Retrievers have hip dysplasia if poorly bred
    Boxers can have entropion (rolled eyelids)
    Terriers are ALL hyper and NEED a job to do or else they will find one to do and you won't like it.
    Do your research and then get a dog.

    Answer by Acid at 9:26 AM on Jan. 12, 2011

  • pitbulls are great family dogs. despite the stereotype and all the bad stuff you hear. you never hear the good things. get a puppy and raise it CORRECTLY and you will never have a problem with it. but i will say if you choose a pitty, stay away from the all white ones, or albino. they tend to be born deaf, and or blind, but mostly deaf, and i have read and seen some turn aggressive b/c of the not being able to hear and get startled that is not all of them, but some. and always check papers and breeding lines.

    yes im partial to pits, they are a misunderstood breed and people use them for bad things, but it is not their fault.

    ok, sorry, good luck!

    Answer by mama2bof2 at 7:15 AM on Jan. 12, 2011

  • you really have to decide what kind of dog would be best..but we have a 6yr old little girl...and we have a 5yr old male pitbull and a 6mnth old german shephard...i know many ppl dnt like the idea about owning a pitbull but we;ve had him since he was 5wks old and hes the best dog ever...he knows our daughter as HIS BABY...Hes protective and loving...he wouldnt hurt with any dog as long as you treat your dog right,feed them and treat them like your kids they will love u forever...

    Answer by opalmama04 at 2:48 AM on Jan. 12, 2011

  • golden retriever

    Answer by sandbuster at 10:19 PM on Jan. 11, 2011

  • I'll give you several breeds that are good family dogs... but 1st you have to consider: Where you live - Apartment, house, do you have a large yard or a small yard.
    2nd - Do you want a dog that is more loungy, active?
    How about grooming? - Do want to have to take the dog to the groomers to be groomed, or would you rather a simple bathing and brushing at home?

    Here are several breeds that are normally family dogs -
    Golden Retriever ---- big dog, medium hair length... does need to go to the groomers occassionally, normally loves water, really great with children, a great companion. - Average life span - 10-12 years
    Lab - short hair - does not need a groomer, loves water, and an overall great family dog - Average life span -10- 12 years
    Boxer - I myself had 2 when I was a kid. They are amazing dogs. Great guard dogs, very friendly, can be protecting when strangers r around, does not need groomer. Average life span - 10-12 years

    Answer by BelloItaliano at 10:17 PM on Jan. 11, 2011

  • personally i dont really want a dog thay are alot of work
    you have to clean up after them
    you cant go on vaction unless you take the dog or find someone to watch it .they cost alot of money .idk
    and if i ever did get a dog i think i would want something small that dont shed alot

    Answer by britme1027 at 10:04 PM on Jan. 11, 2011

  • We have a lab & a lab-sheppard mix. Both are great w/ my kids. Labs are wonderful family pets. But be warned, the first 2 yrs of a lab's life is filled w/ lots of energy!!! They better keep up & give it lots of exercise! :) (Plus, the lab rarely sheds- my lab-sheppard sheds year-round!)

    Answer by mrsmom110 at 10:01 PM on Jan. 11, 2011

  • Think about how old the pets will last. Who will keep t;he pets when your children get older and move out? Think about the future who will take care of the pets then

    Answer by bmwlover at 9:57 PM on Jan. 11, 2011