But when I write it down it does sound paranoid. I don't know!
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08-06-2014 13:16 #21
08-06-2014 13:18 #22
I was just looking online, I think something like a Shetland sheepdog (aka as a sheltie, smaller version of a collie) sounds perfect for us. Does anyone have any experience with them?
08-06-2014 13:20 #23
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08-06-2014 13:20 #24
@TeamCarts check out the Portuguese Water Dog they are an actual proven breed and have the coat attributes I suspect that you'd be looking for in an 'oodle' dog. Someone I know got a 'labradoodle' a few years ago, paid lots of money from a 'breeder' and no joke it looks just like a Golden Retriever and sheds coat everywhere.
08-06-2014 13:20 #25
I had someone contact us (rescue group) a bit ago regarding what dog would be suitable for them. They had all the same concerns as you.
1. Retrievers - bred to bring back dead game so have a 'soft mouth'
2. Hounds - despite peoples opinion hounds are actually very placid and gentle dogs with people and if trained and socialised, other animals.
3. Pointers and Setters - bred for locating and 'pointing' out game for gunmen.
All dogs need training, no matter the breed, you'll never get the perfect dog without putting alot of effort in. If you dont have time however for training/puppy maybe its best you search rescue groups that use foster carers as they are then well aware of if their dog/s would suit your home.
08-06-2014 13:21 #26
In my experience, small dogs are the ones most likely to bite. The only dogs I know personally who have bitten children (besides my darling Dachshund who bit my son when he was small because he was being truly awful!) are a maltease x Jack Russel and an small bitzer. I'd look into adopting a dog from a rescue organisation or the like, the dogs are temperament tested and as well as getting a new family member to love you are also saving a life
08-06-2014 13:26 #27
We got our puppy when DS was 3, she's now 11 months old and 45kg ( Italian mastiff) and is in love with DS - he sits on her, rides her like a pony and is generally toddler rough with her but as she grew up with him she thinks its normal! I really think the breed is not the problem but the temperament and how the dog is raised - I would never leave dog and kid unattended but DS and dog are best of friends and she is quite protective of him and follows him everywhere he goes
08-06-2014 13:27 #28
A dog is what you make it. Dogs, just like humans, arent born aggressive. Humans make aggressive dogs.
And no certain breeds arent "natural born killers" (not directed at you; just hate when people say that crap)
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08-06-2014 13:33 #29Senior Member
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I wouldn't be put off Border Collies, i have a border collie cross kelpie and she is honestly the most amazing dog I've ever met. She was scared of kids before i had kids and i was worried about her with them but I've never had a moment where she's been aggressive towards my kids. We live on a smallish house block and she doesn't get walked all the time due to time we do take her to the park to play ball to wear her out as often as possible though. She's quiet enough that you can take food from her mouth and she won't object. She's never ever bitten anyone, she used to nip me when we lived on the farm and I'd walk away from her on the run, but i was the only person that she ever did that too, she's never once bitten anyone else not even a nip.
I'd never get a dog like a blue heeler with kids but I'd never hesitate in getting another border collie.
08-06-2014 13:35 #30
I just want to say without sounding too defensive hopefully haha, we definitely do have time for training a dog and believe that it's very important to do so. I have been a foster carer for dogs, everything from greyhounds to chihuahuas. I love all dogs and don't want to come across like I think GSDs are vicious and horrible, they are beautiful dogs. I just want to make the right choice for my young family
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