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Old 03-23-2006, 07:21 PM   #11
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The best dogs I have had were large ones, so I'm not sure my advice will help since you want one that is smaller. I have had a mixed collie and german shepard, really great dog with kids, and now have a labrador retriever, also very good with kids. I think the best thing to do is go to the dog pound/rescue place, and pick one out together as a family to see which dog is best for all of you.
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Old 03-23-2006, 07:28 PM   #12
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Amen to that, BC. My little pound puppy, Chloe is so sweet and loving. Wish you could have seen her and the 8 yr old grandson playing tonight. Chloe thinks he's her brother.
When there are no kids here, she sleeps at my feet.
We can only guess what her origins are. She's almost knee high, but still a small dog. Her hair is cocker like, all black, except for a little white goatee on her chin, as she's gotten older. She's long legged, like a terrier, has a long body, like a daschhund, and a face and tail like a bird-dog.
It was fate that brought us together. I went to the pound for a puppy, and she was the last one there. She gave me the most pitiful look, there's no way I could have gone off and left her there.
She'd been born in the woods when her mom's family moved off and left them. She had actual flea nests growing on her. I truly believe that she would have died, had I not brought her home. We shampooed, combed, sprayed, combed, etc. for several days, until we got all that nasty stuff off her. Her little body had to be so sore, but she seemed to know we were trying to help her.
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Old 03-23-2006, 08:03 PM   #13
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Thanks for the input everyone. I had a part lab (looked just like a lab though) years ago and she was truely a wonderful, mellow and loyal dog. I have considered this breed again but I'm not sure I want that size dog in the house. I thought about the golden retrievers also as my brother had a mixed breed one and she had the same temperment as my old lab mix but again the whole size thing. And I read where they are diggers and chewers and I really don't want a dog trying to dig up my carpet or using my furniture as a chew toy .
We do plan to adopt no matter what though. I've been checking out the animal shelters and rescue homes around the area online and will continue to do so. I think we'll just have to try visiting one of the shelters and see what happens.
Thanks again for all your advice.
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Old 03-23-2006, 08:08 PM   #14
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I just want to say.... I was 13 when I had the stuffed dog.
You know you still sleep with it.....fess up
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Old 03-23-2006, 08:13 PM   #15
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Our Golden is neither a digger or a chewer. She was incredibly hyper as a puppy though. This seems to be just her nature though. I have met many other Goldens that were really mellow. Any dog that they use as a therapy dog in Nursing homes has to have a good nature. Goldens are also known for being one of the best in obedience training.
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Old 03-23-2006, 08:15 PM   #16
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When I was a kid there was a boy a year older than I was who had a dog that followed him wherever he went. If he went into the store the dog would just lay down by the door and wait patiently. I want that type of dog for our little one. I wished I knew what kind of dog it was. It was medium in size kind of a chocolate color with spots if memory serves me right. I think it was some sort of hunting dog.
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Old 03-23-2006, 08:19 PM   #17
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Sounds like a springer spaniel.

Look like this?
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Old 03-23-2006, 08:35 PM   #18
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Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
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Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
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Old 03-23-2006, 08:51 PM   #20
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Ok....I've tried to research this but for some reason I'm not having any luck. We've finally moved into our final home. This will be our 3rd and final total remodel project. Anyway, DH and our youngest have finally worn me down and I've agreed to a dog. I was hesitant because you know who would be the one to be tending to its needs. But for the last month or so I've really thought long and hard and I'm really ok with this. Ok....so I'll stop babbling. I don't think we want a purebreed as they seem to have a lot of health problems you have to watch out for and treat when they arise. Seems like the mix breeds have less health issues. What breeds are the best for kids. Our youngest will be 7 but is on the small size....more like a 5 year old. He doesn't do too well with hyper dogs or dogs on the larger size.....as they scare him. What we'd really like to find is one that is well behaved and trains easily. One thats only the small to lower end of medium size. THe kind of dog that'll just kick back unless you wanna play or take it for a walk. One that no matter where you go he's by your side. I am adimant that I don't want any hyper dog that barks at any noise.....you know those yappy kind of dogs. Sorry to all the owners who have them I hope I haven't offended you.
SIZZLIN............ Welcome back!

I think you just described the temperament of my ideal mate. If he's single & human, will you give him my #

I would probably go to the shelter with your little one & see which puppy you all fall in love with. My friend had the most loving, adorable, quiet, long hair, thick coat, dog. Can't think of the name right now. (Big help, right.) She wasn't a small dog, but you couldn't help fall in love with her. She always sat next to me, followed me around, and if I stopped petting her, she would put her paw on my knee. (Got a little monotonous after a while, lol, but what a smart, cutie.) I wish I could think of the breed. Her name was Miko.

Here are a few links I hope will help.

http://www.dog-breeds.net/

http://www.dog-breeds.net/Dog_Breeds_Directory.htm
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