We're considering a dog for our family.
We have two kids - a four year old boy and an almost two year old girl. My son is very gentle with cats. My daughter just LOVES the neighbor dog (a lively poodle).
We live in a 2600 sq foot townhouse in a nice dog-friendly neighborhood. We have a very small yard, but there is a huge lot across the street that we have access to for running. We are not super-active, but we are getting more active as the kids get older. I know that dogs are a lot of work and that I need to dedicate time to exercising, etc.
I've considered a lab (too hyper?) and a golden retriever. I do not like the more aggressive dogs. I do not like poodles. I'm concerned about getting a small dog and it being too finicky (we live in Minnesota - winter is just around the corner). I'm also concerned about getting a big dog and not having enough room for it to run.
I am willing to take the dog to obedience training.
What kind of dog would you recommend for our family?
Edited by jp79 - 1/15/12 at 12:28pm