Post # 62
Wow, you have tons of suggestions but here is another one. A boxer! Ours is great and she is great with the neighbor kids. We knew she will be good for our kids to come! =) Try Boxer Rescue! There are so many out there for different states and cities! Good luck!
Post # 63
I uploading a picture of ours to show you! =)
This is her sad face!
Post # 64
Just wanted to add…a lot of people have been suggesting pit bulls or pit mixes. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE pits, but they have a tendency to have animal aggression. It’s what they were bred for. With the OP having cats, I would be hesitant to bring a pit into the home. Not saying it CAN’T be done, but it does make things more difficult.
Post # 65
We have a black lab and while reading your post I kept thinking "BLACK LAB! BLACK LAB! BLACK LAB!" Of course, I am partial. The only thing on your list i am a little weary about is the no fence though; if you get any medium sized dog- lab or not, you are going to need to put up a fence most likely. Some dogs (black labs!) are trained to stay out of roads/within other yards; however, if they see a rabbit or squirrel forget about it!
Post # 66
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I have the sweetest and most adorable French bulldog you’ve ever seen, but I would not recommend the breed for you. Actually, I would not recommend French or English bulldogs to anyone who lives near water–they can’t swim! Because of their big barrel chests, they’re top-heavy and will flip up like a cork in the water and drown very quickly. It scares me just to think about it! Also, Frenchies aren’t necessarily for people who want an active companion dog. Daffodil likes to go for walks and play at the dog park, but she’s really very happy to just cuddle next to you all day long.
I would totally recommend a shelter dog, and would steer you away from pet stores. I’ve read that 99% of dogs stocked in pet stores come from less-than-ideal breeders. I got my French bulldog for very selfish reasons–I just was so in love with the breed and wanted one so badly, so we went to a breeder. I love my dog, but I feel very guilty about all the sweet dogs in shelters who could have come home with me, and I’ll never buy from a breeder again. Once we get a house, my dog will be from a shelter or a rescue Frenchie!
Post # 67
I would recommend a golden retriever too! I’ve grown up with goldens (among many others) and they’ve been the best! They love water, are super friendly, great with kids, eager to please and aren’t too big to come inside.
I would advise against a Newfoundland. Close friends of ours have three, and they are SOOO much work. They shed, drool, and are so big they don’t fit anywhere.
My parents had a Bernese mountain dog when I was really little, and she was amazing. But, I would not recommend them for your situation since their heavy fur is a mess when it gets wet, and they can be very stubborn and destructive if they don’t get enough attention.