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Yuck.. That's a chick dog
Danielle Hunter, Jamario Rasco, Anthony FREAK Johnson.. DL wrecking crew of 2013.
I have a Jack Russell. It sheds 1 day a year 365 days that is. Great dog though and great member of the family.
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Meh I've been around them all my life and they're awesome.
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This post was edited by Red Goodman 18 months ago
"Nobody makes me bleed my own blood, nobody!"
I have a Bichon/Poodle mix and a Havanese. Both are great indoor dogs and real cute, kids would love either.
Can't wait to google each of these suggestions ITT tomorrow. The kids will love seeing each and picking one out.
Another great dog, is a wheaten terrier. I had one and it was a fantastic dog, great personality and real good looking, a little bigger than a bichon or havenese.
OP asked for a laid back dog as one of the main points...
That eliminates a Jack Russell and most other terrier breeds. I have a boxer and I love JRT, and other dogs with "spririted personalities" (hyper), but that is not what the OP is asking for.
The basset hound is a good suggestion (not too big and laid back). My vote would go to the English Bulldog. They do have snoring issues and can be expensive, but they are perfect inside dogs (they do shed a little, but I can't take most of the little "hair not fur" dogs. Bulldogs are happy to come flop in the chair/floor next to you and not get up until it is time to eat or pee/poop.
How old are your kids and what are they looking for out of the dog? Do they want to chase it around the house/apt or they "laid back" and not too hyper as well. If they want to chase, maybe you should re-look at your request for a laid back dog. JRT is a great dog for those with energy to burn with them. If you can't play a lot of fetch/chase in the house/apt, you or your kids better like walking as the JRT (and similar breeds) have enormous energy (again I like the breed, but it is hardly laid back as a breed).
Get a poodle of your size choice. I'd say a runt standard poodle (medium size not recognized by AKC) or a big toy poodle. Don't give him/her the foo-foo hair cut. Poodles are one of the smartest breeds (top 3 with GSD and border collie) and they have hair (they don't shed). They do have plenty of energy, but not like a JRT. Not my cup of tea, but it sounds like a pretty good fit if you can take a bit more energy (think kids).
This post was edited by menichols74 18 months ago
The boys are 4 and 9, one is energetic and the other is laid back like myself, but having a dog with some energy isn't a horrible thing, we have the yard for playing fetch. I just don't want it running around nonstop uncontrollably barking and tearing up the house haha. Id prefer to have one that's somewhat in the middle (laid back, but has some energy to it) and I don't mind paying if I have to. Doesn't have to be something common.
Update on preferences:
Hair Length: no preference
Shedding: less the better
Energy Level: average or below
Personality: neutral to good hearted
Size: medium to tiny
Miniature Doberman very underrated dogs. We had two when I was growing up. One was great with people. The other one was well a head case. Great dogs though.
The dark ones do not shed.
See my profile pic for mine. They also have a unique personality, very well mannered and big time lap dogs. All puppies will be a little hyper of any breed but the dachshund will not be that way when he is older. In fact mine sleeps during the day while im gone, uses the bathroom when i get home and stays up for 6 hours to go back to sleep for the night. Do not feed them too much or they will get fat really fast. Also they are very easy to train without using negative reinforcement, they respond to positives, which makes them one of the easiest to train.
This post was edited by Jos Mit 18 months ago
Heres a picture of my parent's mini dachshund
Dude there's a million dogs out there, I didn't realize I was asking for a diamond in the ruff (honestly). I've owned three labs (two golden one chocolate) and it took all we had x 100 to keep them entertained so I wanted to try something different. Between my wife and the kids they wanted to see if we could find a smaller, cuter dog that doesn't shed much and won't destroy the house. So that's what I'm looking for. The JR makes the final cut for sure especially if it knows when to kick in the adrenaline and when to chill out.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Red Goodman 18 months ago
aside from the energy level thing, lol.
This one makes the cut, many qualities we're looking for in this one. Thanks for those pics as well man.
English Bulldog is what you need.
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Welcome. We searched long and hard for a good inside dog, and everything lead us to them, now every household in my family has one.
You aren't asking for too much, especially after you clarified in your response to me.
JRT - potentially too hyper, but smart. This means if you/your kids work with the pup, he/she will not be buck wild unless the time is right. You/your kids will need to play with him/her as they do have lots of energy and smarts. Smart engergetic dogs that aren't played with/worked with... tore up house. Kids play with the dog... you have a happy dog and wore out kids.
Poodle - sorry, you don't have to give them the foo-foo haircut and they come in all sizes. They are extremely smart (never owned one, but friends that had them). They will play as rough as you want and they don't look like a mop or a girly dog if you don't groom them with those ugly ass poofs and such. They have hair... no shedding. Pick your size and good to go.
Boxer - I have one now and have been around them all of my life. Get a runt female (~ 50 lbs), they shed, but not too bad and the hair is short so easy to groom (just brush now and again). They are on the smart side of average. It was easy to teach mine the basics and she was potty trained in about 3 weeks (got her at ~ 7 wks and she didn't pee/poop in the house after 10 weeks). I can't imagine a better dog with a kid. Mine is so gentle with small kids, but willing to do some serious rough housing for play if you're up for it. This might be a bit too much for what you want.
Austrailian Cattle Dog - wicked smart, need to play with them or they get bored (same thing with young boxers - play, not the wicked smart thing). Bored dogs of any non-lazy breed is a bad thing for shoes and furniture. They are medium sized and they are very good/protective of kids. Not like a GSD (what I grew up with), but they will not take kindly to strangers getting close to their kids.
There are a host of good dogs for kids, but since you said you have a yard and kids, please don't get one of those 15 pound mops. I know plenty of good maltese, havenese, bichon... but they are not a dog for two boys. You need a dog big enough to either rolll around with or the engery/quickness to jump around and on top of you (JRT)...boxer can do both.
Ask your kids what they want and look up the breed caracteristics. Getting from a pound is great, but you are looking for a more set temperment and that is the beauty of pure-breeds. Please do not buy from a pet shop in the mall or a back-yard irreputable breeder. Either gamble on a pound/rescue pup (mixed breeds are generally healthier - think inbreeding in humans and why that is illegal) or spend the extra dough on a reputable breeder.
WebMD lists the 10 smartest dog breeds including what they were bred for and if they make good family pets.
Gotcha. I do like the fact they have some get up and go if needed and easy to care for etc.
you just described a cat.
This post was edited by Warstache 18 months ago
Labs shed like crazy....They are awesome dogs and very smart.
This^ you won't find a dog that meets the qualifications that you set better.
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Another good option on the medium to small side are heeler mixes. You want a sweet loving but smart and energetic dog when the time calls for it? Look into heeler mixes. Red or blue. Some people don't like their markings, but in my opinion they make some of the best family dogs. The kids would love the athleticism and energy, but the heeler seems to be more of a pleaser than a JRT. And I love JRTs. Just sayin, if you get a JRT, be prepared to be the master or become the bitch if you know what I mean.
But either JRTs or heelers required a significant amount of training and attention because it's just how they are wired. If you don't excercise them and train them daily they will become depressed and they will become destructive.
You get out of dogs what you put into them. I'm convinced that I have the best dog in the world. He's a lab/chow mix of some sort, but if I didn't have him and if I were looking for a small to medium sized dog, the top two options would be a heeler mix or a JRT.
Which reminds me. I saw an awesome dog on petfinder.com that was a JRT/Red Heeler mix. Talk about a badass mix! Get online and check out that website though if you are looking for a dog. You can search by age, location, sex, breed, size, and see pictures for most of the dogs up for adoption. It's the best source for dogs you can get from the local pounds without leaving the house.
Hope you find the perfect new family member. Good luck!
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