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My advice on dogs: 1) there is such as thing as too much of a good thing: mutts may not be designer class but are usually best 2) like most good things in life, your job is not to find it, but to remain open and engaged to let it find you and 3) there's a reason why "Dog" is "God" spelled backwards. Good luck.
Ringling Brothers Circus used mutts because they were easier to train.
Purebreds usually have a natural instinct to do one thing.
When children are involved, chose a dog breed that is known to be good with kids. Labs and Retrievers have a good reputation for a larger size dog. Our pug was a good people dog. The Yorkshire Terrier was a nightmare. The Jack Russells were hard to keep home. The Australian Heeler we currently have has an instinct to move cattle by nipping their heels. Joggers rarely make it past our house without the dog latching on to their shoes, socks or pant legs.
There are plenty of smaller dogs, but I don't know what to recommend if you live in the city.
Maybe a stuffed dog.....
This is a great tool to use to start the discovery process.
We have always had rescue dogs and they are the best as they are thankful to have a home. We currently have an American Foxhound. He is high energy and I love that as it keeps me active. Previously we had a German Shepard Bassett Hound mix. The most loving dog after he trusts me that I was not going to hurt him.
Good luck such an exciting prospect to add to your family.
It's a personal thing. There is no "one size fits all" in dogs.
Mutts usually turn out well balanced, though there are the exceptions. The lack of in-breeding that is often a problem with purebreds is part of it, but you also get personality crosses that tend to mellow mutts.
We like big dogs though, and have gravitated towards Great Danes. A week and a half ago we put down our beloved Samantha after over 12.5 years of faithfulness. That's ancient for a dane. The big breeds don't tend to live as long.
But Danes are notoriously gentle. We have two males now, both a little over two years old. They're incredibly gentle and loving with us, but their barks will rattle the windows and strangers aren't excited about coming onto the property with 150 pounds of carnivore checking them out.
Their nickname is gentle giants and they tend to be amazing with kids. A little kid can rid a full-grown Great Dane male, and maybe a female. Their tails are wicked though, and will have you singing soprano if you don't watch out.
Some can be droolers, but it's not necessary. Our female rarely drooled, but one of our males drools a lot (mastiff trait) while the other only a little. It used to bug me, and I still prefer not to deal with it, but they become family and you put up with it and laugh after awhile. I never thought I'd be able to do that.
Check breeding and examine both parents, if possible. Big dogs are prone to displasia and Danes can tend to have issues due to inbreeding as well. And breeding certain colors together can cause problems (fatal white from breeding two harlequins, for example).
They aren't the least expensive dog. But I don't know if we'll ever have dogs without at least one Dane around the house again. They're simply marvelous animals and become part of the family quickly.
Hi time to maybe add a dog to the family. Our 4yrold has been nagging me so maybe its time for him to have one. Any suggestions would be great. pm me thanks
The best thing to do is engage the 4 year old on what parts of taking care of the dog he is going to be helping with. He won't be able to play with a puppy the way he might want to and if they do "play like puppies" because they are both young and inexperienced the result can be a dog that sees him as a dog. You definitely don't want that because it will mean bites happen. I would wait until 6. At 4, you're going to be doing all the work and toilet training, bark training, essential commands heel, stay, come and off as well as noise aversion conditioning (mine doesn't react to alarms fireworks thunder or any other loud sudden noise and it's a blessing), 3 months up 5 to 3 times a night to take him out to poo or pee (in the country you can get a doggie door) but you are likely gonna feed canis lupus to canis latrans (coyote) and they will be waiting for him cause his smell will be all over. If your kid is exceptionally gentle and patient (this wasn't me) maybe. I might have the dog arrive in stages. 1. Choose a Breed. 2. Pick breeders 3. Visit Kennels 4. Apply for litter 1 to 2 years out. This is 2.5 to 3 years. Puppy Mill or Pet Store purebreds are going to be a handful and often have major medical issues and koo koo shrunken heads on em. Your breeder will choose for temperament based on family environment. Or, mutt from SPCA as a puppy preferably from a litter observe them. Don't pick the most aggressive or the runt. The middle pack pups are best. Females are probably the better choice but I don't have definite feelings on this. Mid size 25 to 40 lbs adult max is my favorite range for kids and family. Breed encyclopedias online share temperament and which are family dogs. You can also do a stuffed animal test. 3 days he has to bring puppy to the kitchen ask for food and water in puppy's dishes before he eats and take puppy to front door after (indicates peeing) a timer that beeps or you will be the reminder alarm for a walk around the house in the afternoon and kennel him at night (laundry basket) remind and assist day 1. Remind Day 2. Day 3. On his own. If he abandons it or forgets or says no... too early. My family's dogs routinely tried to murder me as a child...lol.