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post #21 of 107
Akkimmie... We're from the Valley! If you are going to have a family dog the best way to have one is to start out with a puppy. You want the bonding and raising a dog from puppy stage is really important for that! Also get it with in the next few months would be best with our climate for house breaking.

I am biased towards labs and golden retrievers. I had 2 goldens growing up and they were fantastic family dogs. They shed, can have allergies and ear problems but they are great family dogs. Labs are also awesome. The only thing really challenging with them is they love to chew on things as puppies. Sticks, furniture, toys, pens, newspapers, my birth control pills... (That's another posting...) But they outgrow it eventually!!!

My dh and I got a lab mix when we first got married. He was awesome. Vets had different opinions on his mix, but the last two were pretty convinced that he was part Newfoundland and lab. Newfies are great family dogs too,but can get huge, shed and slobber. Our first dog my dh and I got died of old age (almost 12) and a few months after that we got anothe lab mix. She looks completely like a black lab and is so wonderful with our kids. She is very protective of them, she alternates sleeping in each of their rooms, follows them when they are outside playing, barks and lets us know when there is something odd going on. Just a cool dog!!
post #22 of 107
I have a 7 year old English Springer Spaniel. She is a wonderful dog, but no way would I get a Springer with children under 5. They are fabulous with kids, but high energy and high needs themselves and they need a ton of time devoted solely to them to start with. (That's the reason we were given ours.) We've had a hard road "retraining" this dog, and she's worth it, but I can't imagine trying it with small kids.

We always had mutts as a kid with the exception of one rescued whippet, and they were all great dogs too.
post #23 of 107
We have a german shepherd mix. I was told she was half sheltie, but I met another dog that was known to be 1/2 shepherd, 1/2 sheltie and that dog was way smaller than mine and way hairier. Although I do know you never know what you'll get with a mix. By her looks, I'd say my dog is really a german shepherd blue heeler mix. She also loves to "herd" my cats and once tried to herd sheep that were behind my grandmother's house to mow the neighbors grass. There had never been sheep back there before, and had never been an electric fence, either, and my dog just kept trying to run after them, zapped herself on the fence three times before I finally caught her and brought her inside.
She is very calm, but then she is 11 years old now. She generally tolerates our daughter, even though she is very rough on the dog. I no longer allow my dog on our bed or on the furniture since she had starting displaying dominance toward our daughter. We gave her a padded bench out on our inside front porch and keep her water out there (can't keep out daughter out of the dog's water bowl), so our dog has been spending a lot of time out there, so she can't steal Abigail's food.

We had another dog when our daughter was born. He was a black lab (3/4) and border collie (1/4). Sweetest dog. Very hyper. Shed A LOT! When we brought Abigail home, he immediately was calmer, like he knew she was delicate and that he had to be careful around her. His body would still wiggle with excitement, but he contained it, so he looked like he was spasming. He just became so gentle after having been so clumsy and strong and destructive (pulled bird cage papers out and shredded them all over the house, got in trash, ate my clothes, etc.) It was like he was a whole new dog. Unfortunately, we don't have him anymore and I miss him terribly. Last June, we were moving, and had dh's dad take him for what we thought would be less than one week, time to get settled into new home. Stupid man let him out, didn't tie him up, and drove off into town. Never saw my dog again. Even though we reported his loss to local shelters and put up signs. He would be 3 years old now.
post #24 of 107
That's so sad abi's mom I hope that someone kind took him in.

IKWY meant about the weather Kimmi . I told Dh that if we got another dog it would have to be "fluffier" like Ralphie, as there is little to no chance we will ever live somewhere there is not winter. I love my Samson, and I feel so bad for him in the cooler weather. He does not really like anything below about 50... and around here that is the better part of the year (I am in PA). He has two "jackets", which help a lot, but still. DH calles him the Florida Dog :

BTW; I got a shedding blade thing (furminator) for Ralphie that works GREAT for helping control shedding and making him more comfortable in the hot weather, thanks to the advice of the brilliant mamas here. You might want to look into having something like that on hand for the warmer months when the fluffy dogs let go of all that hair
post #25 of 107
doberman-spanish greyhound mutt. Now 13 and arthritic. She's been wonderful with my son. When he was a newborn, she kept trying to lick him for me to clean him when I was changing his diaper (on the floor since he couldn't roll off). I quickly taught her that he was my "puppy", NOT hers! She's protective of him and he loves to brush her.
post #26 of 107
We have a 4.5 month old Saint Bernard. She is the 3rd one we have had and I love them to death . They are big, slobbery lap dogs. They do tend to have some expensive health problems, so be prepared for that (with giant dogs, every thing is more expensive). They take a lot of training and socilizing as pups, because you can not have a 200lb dog with bad manners(not that any dog with bad manners is acceptable. They tend to be very lazy, but are clumbsy and can knock kids over on accident - their "brakes" take a while to become fine tuned, and when a 50lb pup hits the back of your knees it can hurt. They do make very good cold weather dogs. My girls love to use them as pillows, and we had one that was VERY protective of her family. She would get very upset if someone was hurting any of us, and knock them over and stand on their chest - we had that happen 2 times

They are not for many families, but are a very good pet for us.
post #27 of 107
I don't have kids, to start off.

Leah is my baby, she's a 3 year old Kelpie/border collie mix. She's scared of strangers, especially kids (had some bad experiences with neighbor kids at the last house). She barks at people who are unfamiliar. I wouldn't call her timid, she doesn't cower and hide, just barks and keeps her distance. She's a great dog though! Obeys everything I say, does things without being asked (goes to her crate when I'm almost ready for work, etc), does things the minute she's asked, no exceptions. She's lovable, cuddly, happy, crazy, and neurotic. She has a toy obsession, it's a security thing. When she's nervous she picks up a toy and squeaks it or shakes it hard. And she is never EVER agressive. Even though fearful, if forced to interact, she will do so without question (I don't generally put her in this situation, but have had to a couple times for vet appointments and such).

Buddha is a Beagle/dachshund mix, looks like a dachshund. She's a great little dog. Loves everyone, loves to cuddle. She's 9 years old, I just got her a year ago. Her previous owner was going to put her to sleep because "she smells". Seriously, that was her reason. I took her, got her off the pedigree canned she was eating, and she smells fine now. She's a great little dog.

post #28 of 107
blue heeler
post #29 of 107
two chihuahua mixes (2 & 3) two lhasa mixes (2 & 6) two retreiver mixes (2 & 11) one cane corso mastif (3)
post #30 of 107
Currently have a schnauzer mix:

first canine baby was a shepherd mix:
post #31 of 107
We have a German Shepherd puppy 5.5 months old and to cute!!! I luv him sooo much!!! My DH was so original in naming him Rex is his name
His such a cutie with my 14 mo he has never made an attempt to bite her or anything but I'm afraid that he'll get tired one day my dd loves him but she's not to delicate with him, she's a baby :
post #32 of 107
Right now we have a 1.5yr old Basset Hound, Molly, I love her dearly and would never part with her but she is not the smartest dog, she was about a yr old when she was fully pottied trained, would I trade her for something "better" never in a million years, the DH on the other hand would, or so he says. We also have an almost 9mth old Great Dane, Boomer, he is a wonderful dog, likes everyone, good with kids, etc. he weighs over a 100pounds but he thinks he weighs 10pounds and will lay all over you. They also have this weird cat quality where they sit on the back of the couch and look out the window. Anyhoo if you wanna take a peek at them here is their pages..
Molly http://www.dogster.com/?113930
Boomer http://www.dogster.com/?259674
post #33 of 107
Thread Starter 
The dogs are so cute We're STILL looking. :
post #34 of 107
We have a black Lab (perhaps a mix--she was adopted from an all-breed rescue) and two Brittanys. They are all excellent with the kids (ages 3.5 and 16 months). We chose to adopt dogs that had reputations as good family dogs and did extensive obedience training before our daughter was born. Two dogs are tolerant to a point, at which time they ask to go to their room and the third lets the kids do as they please.
post #35 of 107
We have a wonderful Westie. A little stubborn at times, but what terrier isn't? But he's got a great tempermant, is wonderful with children, and is even buds with our cat. As much as I admire and drool after the bigger breeds, I think I'll always be a terrier girl. I'm very worried, though, because it seems that westies are ALL over the place (in advertisements, etc)....I'd hate for the breed to be damaged because people want "that cute little white dog". Ummm, that dog is all muscle, is very active, and has *lots* of energy. The only lap-westies I've encountered are 13-14yo!
post #36 of 107
Chow mix. I'm not sure what else he is

As a puppy

post #37 of 107
I think chow/pit.
post #38 of 107
Akkimmie, why don't you list your requirements/wishes and we can try to recommend some breeds and mixes to look at.
post #39 of 107
Thread Starter 
I'm getting great iformation THANKS
As far as our needs- We have a 2yo, so must be kid friendly. We live in Alaska but maybe only for 3-5 years, I say this because it's cold here and we might end up in Arizona in 5 years. So I LOVE the Husky breeds but I'm sure they would miss the snow (which after 5 years in Alaska I will not miss the snow ) We have a great yard that is fenced in, we hike a lot and enjoy the water. Our house is very pet friendly and we all could have a small to large lap dog

Another very important need to me is that we want to help/rescue a dog. It has been my experience that a "rescue" dog has a "knowing" that you helped them out and are wonderful house doggies We have been at the shelter over the weekend and we were drawn to lab mixes but they are spoken for

Thanks you all for sharing- you have great love for your pups/dogs and they make me laugh:
post #40 of 107


^^ I love the look of this dog.


All adults or young adults in Anchorage shelters--a tried and true adult will be MUCH better with your baby than a puppy.
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