We have been thinking long and hard about getting a family pet for some time (we would like a dog), but are having some trouble picking the perfect breed. What we are after is a dog who is GREAT around kids, does not shed much (we both suffer from asthma) and one who is able to exercise a lot, especially running. The most important requirements are the first two, we can work around the latter.
I was thinking about a labradoodle because I don't think they shed? But I don't know anything else about them...
...any help much appreciated
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08-07-2012 20:35 #1
Does a dog breed like this exist?
08-07-2012 20:38 #2
You can't guarantee a labradoodle won't shed as it's a cross between 2 breeds and it could always inherit the labrador's coat.
My parents have a Border Collie, he's perfect for your 1st and 3rd points (he 'herds' my brothers - it's hilariously cute!) but he does shed a bit.
No help here!!
08-07-2012 20:40 #3-
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I love cavoodles...beautiful dogs.
also love toy poodles..
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08-07-2012 20:41 #4
Cavoodles are so cute, but they're also a cross.
Poodles are great. And they can exercise a lot but don't need as much as some of the bigger dogs.
08-07-2012 20:43 #5
We have/had 2 Cavaliers. One has sadly passed away now.
We had their hair shaved in summer and let their coat grow in Autumn/Winter. These dogs were inside for years and I did not find they shed hair. I am a bit OCD so they wouldn't have been allowed inside if they did. They are absolutely fabulous with kids. With our 2, one dog was very active and one was lazy.
Highly recommend this breed. We will ever only stick with Cavaliers for future pets. The full name is Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
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08-07-2012 20:45 #6Senior Member
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08-07-2012 20:45 #7
We had a poodle growing up (toy poodle) for shedding reasons, but she wasn't very good around children. Maybe it was just her
08-07-2012 20:48 #8
A client of mine has a Portugese Water Dog ( sort of looked like a butch giant poodle but very cute!!) and seemed really friendly with their kids and apparently don't shed , she runs with him all the time
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08-07-2012 20:49 #9
Seriously, look into Greyhounds, get in touch with your local Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP). They are gorgeous, short coated, low shedding dogs, with low grooming maintenance.
They are beautiful family pets, love a good run, but are also the world's fastest couch potatoes!
If you're not keen on a bigger sized dog, look at Whippets, same traits as a Grey, but smaller. It is worth noting though, that despite the size of a Grey, they are cheap to feed, ours costs $30pf on a premium dry diet (Nutro), plus whatever bones we buy
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08-07-2012 20:59 #10Senior Member
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We have an american x English staffy, he is great! Very loving and affectionate. Loves 8month DD, is great with her and our nieces and nephews who range from 2-8 years. Doesnt loose fur and is pretty active (I walk him in the morning with dd and when dp gets home takes him for a run).
If your buying a puppy try and see the parents - we viewed a few different staffy litters before we chose our dog - some parents weren't friendly, so we chose not to pick a puppy from their litter... I think the same would go for most breeds.,, iykwim?
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