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They can be snappy. Just have to train them not to snap at treats or hands or faces. But God, they are hilarious.
Yeah, I was going to say... a lab that doesn't shed? If that existed there would be no use for most other dogs.
But if you want a dog that is part lab that doesn't shed, there are labradoodles. Its best if you get a labradoodle whose parents were both labradoodles too. More of a guarantee of no shedding.
I've had two cockers and they're phenomenal. They're mid size, shed little and VERY protective of family and especially children.
Cavalier spaniels can be great dogs too. Something else to consider if cockers make the cut.
Shih tzu's are great. Not the manliest dog around. Not going to protect your home from an intruder, unless the intruder is a rodent, and a small, fairly slow one at that.
But they meet your criteria. Great with kids. Not big chewers. They don't shed. They're not all spastic either.
Tons of great info everyone! I'm about to take this test to see what it suggests is the best dog for us. Will be interesting to see what the results are.
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Where are you located Rex (if you dont mind me asking)?
A few miles from miss state.
I can vouch for this. As a lab/chow mix "big dog" owner, I likes me some shih tzu. I had a roommate in college whose girlfriend had one. They spent so much time going out and doing stuff without the dog that I kind of became the person that raised it and trained it. And all of what you said was true. Great with kids. Not a big chewer. No shedding. Laid back. Not the best looking dog, but as far as being a generally good dog that doesn't shed, shih tzus are great.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Black Shipley 18 months ago
Hadnt mentioned beagles.
This guy isn't far away:
Not a huge fan of them because they can become incessant barkers, but they are extremely good with kids typically.
i have three dogs - three different breeds - three different personalities.
a pure bred Chocolate Lab - he's 6 months. best Lab i've owned and i've owned all 3 breeds. however, if you have younger kids i wouldn't recommend one just yet, they have the tendency not to realize how big they are. but very gentile breed and high energy.
a pure bred GSP - very good with people. they are one of the smartest breeds and pick up great habits easy and quickly.
a pure bred miniature Dachshund - this dog will be a guaranteed hit with your kids, awesome breed. all personality - very smart and caring.
of those three - kids always respond best to the Dachshund. as far as grooming - they all shed; the Dachshund the least of the three. but a lot of the shedding and such can be curved a great deal by regularly grooming them. i make that a priority and it makes a big difference. i also learned from a close friend when i added the GSP to the family that food has a lot to do with quality of coat/possible shedding. they are now each on a high protein diet and i'm starting to see a little difference.
been around dogs all my life and gf is a dog groomer at petsmart. Lab is the GDOAT. but they do shed A LOT. beagle seems to fit your criteria good. most of the "rich people" dogs have more of human like hair so it doesn't shed that much..
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i love these dogs
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Lots of puss dog suggestions ITT
I want all the bulldog. All the bulldogs belong to billy
I have a german pincher mix (32lbs) and a greyhound mix (44 lbs). The german pincher definitely likes attention and loves to play and is a sweetheart. My greyhound mix is just goofy. They are both great dogs and wouldn't trade them for anything. My german pincher doesn't shed much either.
This post was edited by Diane4Bama 18 months ago
I didn't read every post here, but no mention of a basset?
I would recommend you at least research Australian Terriers... my girlfriend's family rescued two of them. 15 pounds, short hair, don't need the kind of exercise a retriever does, and can be easily penned if you want to keep them in your kitchen or something while you're gone.
A good option if you want a small dog that doesn't look like something a celebrity socialite would carry around in her purse.
My dad's friend has a joke ready every time he sees someone with a little white toy dog: "So, do you like that better than a real dog?"
What was the outcome? BTW Longhair Dachshunds dont bark as much as the shorthaired..here are some to look at. This is where i bought mine
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This post was edited by Jos Mit 18 months ago
That is true, they will be fierce for food lol. But they are really funny!
They love to fight my German Shepherd, lord that is the greatest thing to watch
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I would seriously look into a basset hound if I were OP. Very chill house dogs, long and fat, but not tall.. like a bigger/more chill weiner dog.
Great with kids
I have one Black Male 3yrs old
Plays well with my 6yr daughter and baby's my 1yr old like his own.
I have never been around a Basset hound, but they do seem like a good dog for inside
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