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With your young kids and your inexperience, I'd recommend either a breed-specific rescue (i.e., not an all-breed shelter) or an older-dog placement from a breeder. For example, in Cardigan Corgis it is very, very common to place older dogs (4-6 years old) who have "done their job" for their breeders. Those dogs are often finished champions, have been bred a few times, and are ready to spend ten years as a family pet. They tend to be extremely well-mannered, predictable, and socialized.
If you want general advice on choosing a breed, click either of the links in my signature and then click on "articles."
|Beyond that, can you tell us what you "expect" from a dog?
How much grooming, how much activity--what KIND of activity, shedding, etc, etc.
|Greyhounds are not dogs for families with young children. It was a rough and terrible adjustment when our first child was born. My grey's nerves just couldn't take all that a baby entails. He spent a lot of time hiding in the first floor bedroom. Actually, until my second child was about 4, my grey spent most of his time actively avoiding the kids.|
|Was it known beforehand if he was good with kids?|
|Others (they say) are good with kids. If you have kids and/or other pets they will select the dogs you can choose from whereas if you don't you can choose any one you want. I figured that would mean any dog we were able to adopt would be good with kids as opposed to just tolerate them. They are so cautious with who they adopt to I would have though they would not adopt to families with young kids at all if it wouldn't be a good fit. I would want to know if my assumption is incorrect before it was too late.|
|Are greyhounds very playful? I thought all dogs were, but that is just an assumption on my part|
I'd seriously consider a mixed breed if I were you. There are plenty of good breeders (and therefore good dogs) out there, but there are also lots of problems with many purebred dogs.
I was surprised to hear you recommend a shar-pei. I knew a breeder a couple of years ago that didn't recommend them for people with small children. She said they didn't tolerate them well. Have things changed or was she wrong? (Not that I want one, I was just interested at the difference of opinion) We have an american cocker that has turned out wonderful with our wee grandchildren. I know that is probably not the norm, but he is great. Our mini schnauzer (who we adopted 2 years ago at 4 years of age) doesn't like kids at all.
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