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    We have border collies who up until we had ds were terrible with children, we had to separate them when kids came round now however they love them. Still would never trust them alone though. German shepherds are very loyal family dogs but they obviously do shed.

    I was a dog groomer before having ds and to be guaranteed a no shedder you would have to get a poodle or we used to have a loggoto romagnolo that would come in which was like a poodle and he was just beautiful. I wouldn't recommend a small dog as they can be quite aggressive! The only dogs that were a problem most of the time were the common poodle x's and border collies, staffies and pit bulls (yes we had a few in) were never an issue. My ultimate family dog choice would be a golden retriever (you can also get groodles which is a golden x poodle which are lovely dogs). Just remember with the correct grooming tools and a little time each week you can keep shedding to a minimum.

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    We have a Labrador cross bull mastiff. Got her as a pup from a breeder with small children. She is absolutely fantastic. She does tend to shed a lot. She is inside of a day but sleeps out. We have a 6 month old dd and our dog is great with her. Dd can pull her hair, poke her in the eyes and shes fine. She knows to be gentle with our baby but will play rough with dh when stirred up. She love exercise too.

    On another note. My mum has a ****zu. She is a lap dog now as she is very old. But in her younger years she was quite playful. ****zu's also don't actually have fur, they have hair like us. Therefore they are a well known dog for people with allergies and breathing issues (asthma). She does like exercise but can get worn out easily. The down side of a ****zu is they don't bark they yap and their coat does need a lot of looking after if you want it long or you can keep it short by getting it clippered regularly.

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    I would go and have a look at a rescue dog. We adopted a terrier cross a couple of years ago as a one year old. He was already toilet trained (massive bonus) and had been temperament tested. He is very very energenic and doesn't have too many manners but I could not ask for a kinder dog with my typical 2 year old (tries to ride him etc.) As he was not a puppy his temperament had already been ascertained by the rescue group. They had both dogs that were good and not so good with children. They had nothing to gain from rehoming dogs in the wrong home.
    I cannot recommend rescue groups enough. There are even breed specific rescue groups if you were set on a particular pure breed.

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    We always loved our boxers but they do need lots of walking. Our last would jump/climb our 8ft front fence. We now have a PugX


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    Cavaliers are the perfect family dog but I may be biased they do shed though a lot and it affects my dd's allergies so maybe get a cavoodle. Cavalier x poodle. Though it's not promised you will get a low or no shed dog.
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    I agree with loumia pedigrees always seem to have much more health problems over x breeds. And I grew up with a poodle who bit me quite a few times and was terribly aggressive with food and toys. Poodles can also be quite aggressive when being groomed, most of them hate having their feet done and nails clipped.

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    We have a Labrador cross bull mastiff. Got her as a pup from a breeder with small children. She is absolutely fantastic. She does tend to shed a lot. She is inside of a day but sleeps out. We have a 6 month old dd and our dog is great with her. Dd can pull her hair, poke her in the eyes and shes fine. She knows to be gentle with our baby but will play rough with dh when stirred up. She love exercise too.

    On another note. My mum has a ****zu. She is a lap dog now as she is very old. But in her younger years she was quite playful. ****zu's also don't actually have fur, they have hair like us. Therefore they are a well known dog for people with allergies and breathing issues (asthma). She does like exercise but can get worn out easily. The down side of a ****zu is they don't bark they yap and their coat does need a lot of looking after if you want it long or you can keep it short by getting it clippered regularly.

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    Thanks so much for the very informative responses! Some great info

    I am in love with Hungarian Vizslas, but they are a little expensive. I understand the costs of buying certain dogs and what they spend raising litters, but we aren't spending upwards of $2500 on the dog alone.

    They are beautiful dogs though. I probably prefer breeds with short hair. I think Weimeraners are just stunning as well and the ones I have met were lovely.

    Also, is it worth it to take out pet insurance for potential health issues?
    It seems like a good idea but not a lot of people seem to do it?

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    Ha it's amusing that s h i t zu is starred out

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    We were thinking labradoodle but went with a normal lab and she is just beautiful with DD!! She hasn't affected my asthma surprisingly. But she only sleeps inside and comes in when DH gets home from work. If she was in all day she might.

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