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    My sister has an Italian Greyhound, the smaller cousin of the Greyhound and he is a lovely little dog. She's had him since son was 10 months old and he is a wonderful little dog. He adores my 5 year old son and is really good with him and very tolerant of him. They play well together n he just loves playing fetch in the garden for hours on end and enjoys basking in the sun. He is a much loved treasured member of our family.

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    I'm allergic to most dogs but own a Samoyed and have very little reaction to him (limited to sneezing when i groom him which is probably mostly due to dust on his coat). They're a double coated breed and don't shed, but drop coat once or twice a year (at which point you can brush out a whole dog worth of undercoat!). You would have to be able to brush them at least once a week, but other than that they don't require too much work. I can't guarantee you won't react to them, might be worth seeing if you can visit a Samoyed breeder and spend an hour or two with the dogs? That would give you a good idea if the breed is going to trigger your asthma.

    Regarding exercise, mine is not overly fit but loves a walk or two a day, and is happy to chase a ball or toy that is thrown. He'll also happily pull me along on a bike, so running round the neighbourhood while i get a free ride

    He loves kids but is a bit excitable around little ones, i have to watch that he doesn't bowl them over. Our old Samoyed however was so gentle and good with kids. They are not an aggressive breed at all, he's never bitten.

    I think there's probably a lot of breeds that would suit your needs, just a matter of looking at which you like best temperament-wise and see if you can spend some time with one to check that your breathing's not affected.

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    Boxer! Fabulous family dogs, so gentle around children(can be a bit boisterous when pups) love to run and play and have a short coat so minimal shedding. I think all dogs are going to loose hair at some point or other, so I would recommend a shorter haired breed.

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    I'm in a HUGE rush so this is quick, but no, labradoodles do not exist. I call them mongrels with $4000 names.
    There is a registering body {although with no set rules, membership requirements or standards} with breeders under it that pay a fee to have a fake pedigree made up for their dogs.
    The "labradoodle" doesn't even have a standard, even after upteen generations of breeding, and is not hypoallergenic at all.
    So it's the same quality as a pound puppy, only you spend $1500+ and get a fake piece of paper that means nothing.
    They fail so bad in both health and temperament that their original "inventor" has taken out legal action to have his name erased from the records, as he's so ashamed of being linked with such a breeding nightmare. That says it all for me.


    There are SO many good pedigree dogs that suit your needs. Don't dismiss a poodle; they are the original hunting dog and are incredibly loyal, intelligent, well balanced breeds. In a pet cut they look no different to a labradoodle {except you're buying a pup that's worth the expense}, if that's the style you like.

    If you want, I can make up a list of pedigrees that suit your needs, and the breeders in your state that have them.

    I'll be back on tomorrow to update

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    Just want to quickly ad, after a short read-back, that there are no "good with kids" breeds.

    The ultimate obese waddling family dog, the Labrador, consistently tops the bite rates, year after year.
    That's because people buy one and expect it to to become an amazing dog with minimal to no effort on their part. That creates a killer, not a family dog.


    A good family dog is made after LOTS of hard work. You will need to buy a pup that has had early socialisation and bite inhibition from birth, preferably from a breeder that has young children, and then spend a lot of time making safe interactions with your kids.
    Daily training, not just at the footy oval once a week training, will be required for the best outcome. A trained dog is a safer dog.

    Pity, if you were after either a bulldog or Dane, I had the perfect breeder. They have 6 young kids under 10 and the puppies are just the most incredibly well socialised dogs I've ever met. Even as 8 weeks old, when my five year old DD approached the pups, they all flopped down and sat quietly to be petted. Brilliant breeders; I'm in love with their dogs.

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    What about a Hungarian Vizsla? They are biggish dogs, great with kids, short fur (not sure if they shed), and want lots of exercise. I saw them on Burkes Backyard a while back and thought they were fabulous hounds. I would get one myself, except I have an ongoing love affair with West Highland Terriers, lol.

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    Just googled Portuguese water dogs and OMG they are the cutest things ever!
    Ps dog sat a toy poodle for 6 weeks and I don't recommend them. Yappy and nips / bites.

    Also look at a soft coated wheaten terrier.
    We had one for 12 years and it was the best dog ever and so soft and super cute......

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToughLove View Post
    Just want to quickly ad, after a short read-back, that there are no "good with kids" breeds.

    The ultimate obese waddling family dog, the Labrador, consistently tops the bite rates, year after year.
    That's because people buy one and expect it to to become an amazing dog with minimal to no effort on their part. That creates a killer, not a family dog.


    A good family dog is made after LOTS of hard work. You will need to buy a pup that has had early socialisation and bite inhibition from birth, preferably from a breeder that has young children, and then spend a lot of time making safe interactions with your kids.
    Daily training, not just at the footy oval once a week training, will be required for the best outcome. A trained dog is a safer dog.

    Pity, if you were after either a bulldog or Dane, I had the perfect breeder. They have 6 young kids under 10 and the puppies are just the most incredibly well socialised dogs I've ever met. Even as 8 weeks old, when my five year old DD approached the pups, they all flopped down and sat quietly to be petted. Brilliant breeders; I'm in love with their dogs.
    This is so true!


    I mentioned before that we have a staffy - He is completely obedience and house trained! (we did all the training our selves to save $$ - lots of time and effort! but all the time and effort does pay off! ) the training is also on going - at 3 years we still regularly train him - cant expect them to learn all these skills and not "practice" or use them

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToughLove View Post
    Just want to quickly ad, after a short read-back, that there are no "good with kids" breeds.

    The ultimate obese waddling family dog, the Labrador, consistently tops the bite rates, year after year.
    That's because people buy one and expect it to to become an amazing dog with minimal to no effort on their part. That creates a killer, not a family dog.


    A good family dog is made after LOTS of hard work. You will need to buy a pup that has had early socialisation and bite inhibition from birth, preferably from a breeder that has young children, and then spend a lot of time making safe interactions with your kids.
    Daily training, not just at the footy oval once a week training, will be required for the best outcome. A trained dog is a safer dog.

    Pity, if you were after either a bulldog or Dane, I had the perfect breeder. They have 6 young kids under 10 and the puppies are just the most incredibly well socialised dogs I've ever met. Even as 8 weeks old, when my five year old DD approached the pups, they all flopped down and sat quietly to be petted. Brilliant breeders; I'm in love with their dogs.
    I agree with everything said above too. Our pup came from a family with small children and we have done lots of training with her also. We don't have our own children yet, but she is socialized with other dogs and kids and when children come to visit she "knows" she needs to sit and be gentle. A lot of it is all in the training!

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    I have a kelpie x rescue dog and he's awesome. Meets all your categories. We've done lots of training and socializing with him. He's so affectionate which I think is a quality of an abandoned dog.

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