Post # 1
In light of everything that has happened lately with my house being broken into, we are strongly considering getting a dog. It wouldn’t necessarily be for protection but more to alert us when people are coming to the house.
We want a small one that doesn’t shed a ton and isn’t too hyper. Little A and I are trying to sell Mr. A on a poodle but it’s not going so well.
A friend has suggested a mini dachshund which we are going to look into.
Any suggestions for other breeds? It obviously has to be good with children. We’ll be getting it through a shelter.
Post # 3
Get a smallish mixed breed from the shelter! I am sure you can find some kind of poodle mix.
Post # 4
I love shih tzus if you’re looking for a smaller dog!
Look at the adorable-ness!
Both DH and I grew up with a shih tzu and both of our family’s dogs are great with kids.
Post # 5
I do not reccommend a dachshund – they aren’t good with children. Please don’t take this the wrong way, but maybe a more medium sized dog like a lab or golden retriever would be better with your daughter. Is she rough with her toys at all? Smallish dogs can be really delicate and can be injured easily. If she is gentle with things disregard that.
Edit: or a standard poodle! (Instead of a toy poodle) They do not shed, are gentle dogs, easily trainable, and very intelligent. If you were still going for a poodle.
Post # 6
I don’t have much knowledge about small breeds, so I can’t really recommend one for your situation. There are a couple dog breed selector tools that you can use to help get you started. You answer a few questions about your lifestyle and what you would like in a dog, and they recommend breeds that mostly closely match your answers. Then, you have a narrowed-down list you can use to start researching breeds you’re interested in.
Do keep in mind that smaller dogs and kids are not always a good match. I am not saying it never works, but responsible breeders and some shelters/rescue groups are more cautious about letting small dogs go to homes with young kids. Something to keep in mind as you start your search.
Post # 7
@GoldfishPie: I agree. A lab or golden retriever mix would be a good choice for safety and for playing with kids. Labs do shed a lot, so perhaps a labradoodle mix? If you want a smaller dog, spaniels are another good choice.
Post # 8
@SoontobeMrsA: Is there a particular reason you want to go with a smaller breed? One that fits that criteria, but is a larger dog might be a labradoodle?
No offense to those that have smaller dogs, but I find that they’re more tempermental and typically do not do well with children. I find that the larger breeds are more forgiving of children and are better at protecting their families and the house.
Post # 9
I’m pretty sure bulldogs are also really good with kids.
(more adorable pictures – as all dog threads should contain adorable-ness)
Post # 10
We don’t have a large house and have a rather small yard so i’d worry a big dog would be unhappy here 🙁 I also want a dog that I and eventually Little A can walk. I’m not looking for a dog that will attack someone who breaks in. More just let us know someone is coming.
The poodle we are currently looking at grew up with a family of small children and slept in the little girl’s bed so we know it is good with kids.
Post # 11
Oh! and we also don’t want a dog that will be big enough to knock Little A over. She is not rough but can be a bit unobservant.
Post # 12
@Mrs.KMM: What kind of bulldogs are those? English?
Post # 13
How stinkin’ cute is this dog
Post # 14
You may want to look at a sheltie, they do have longer hair but they are slightly larger than a typical small dog and much more intelligent, they are often used as therapy dogs because they are so trainable and less hyper than other small dogs. They will bark at intruders but will not be as yappy as some other dogs.
and they are super cute! look at petfinder.com or a reputable breeder
Post # 15
I love Scottish Terrier dogs. They are small but sturdy, great with children (gentle!) and will alert you when someone is at the door. We had them growing up. They are great watchdogs, very loyal to their family.
Post # 16
@SoontobeMrsA: Awe so cute! Another idea if you decide against the poodle would be a beagle. They are super friendly, great with kids, great alert dogs, and generally healthy dogs. I like that they are just as great as lap dogs as walking companions.
I am so sorry to hear what you are going through as well. I think that getting a dog is a fantastic idea.