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Sam

Wow - do I have just the breed for you. Ever heard of Golden Doodles? I know, funny name - but I can't say enough about how much we've grown to appreciate ours. I'm not much of a pet guy in general, but after getting our Doodle (Bailey), I'd recommend them to any family with young kids and the requirements you outlined.

If you have any questions you'd like to run by someone after putting those sleuthing skills to work - drop us a line.

Sam

Wow - do I have just the breed for you. Ever heard of Golden Doodles? I know, funny name - but I can't say enough about how much we've grown to appreciate ours. I'm not much of a pet guy in general, but after getting our Doodle (Bailey), I'd recommend them to any family with young kids and the requirements you outlined.

If you have any questions you'd like to run by someone after putting those sleuthing skills to work - drop us a line.

Kohana

I had a lovely Weimeraner that I adored. In the beginning they need A LOT of exercise, but then they mellow out a bit. I would also love a German Shorthaired Pointer.

We are probably going to get a dog in another year or two. I would love to have one now. I am looking at breeds every time I'm in the park, trying to find the right thing for our family. We need a dog that is a bit smaller, to fit in our city house, but not too small. Let us know whatyou discover!

Leah

The boys must be think 2008 is the best year ever...international travel and a dog. Does it get any better? I never had a dog growing up but I am now a total dog lady. I love, love, love my pug. This is not a good dog to get b/c they shed way TOO much. At least you can cross one breed off your list ;)

susan

We have a retired greyhound, Diesel. Actually, he is our third greyhound. We got him at 18 months, a rescue, and have had him for three years. Although greyhounds come in many (beautiful!) color variations we told the rescue group we wanted a dog that fit best with our family rather than picking based on color.

Diesel is a handsome black greyhound with "orange" eyes. Despite the fact that he is the ultimate gentleman (he loves cats!—in a good way!) his looks and size do intimidate people. Although personalities do vary within a breed our greyhound is a total sloth. We let him out to go potty in the backyard and perhaps he'll run around for about 20 seconds and then he'll be done. He's extremely quiet but will follow us around the house, laying in his respective areas, wanting to keep tabs on the action. He is always excited to welcome us home and is a really sweet dog.

Anyway, all of the things you mentioned are things we see in our dog. I do know what you mean about the "rescue/adoption" thing. I've thought about it myself, but its hard to put into words how I feel about it and wondering how other people might view it all.

I'd definitely say find a local rescue group and then get to know them. Our first dog that we had didn't work out being an only dog, he was too stressed and needed a companion, so the rescue group was happy to re-home him in a family that already had a dog and place Diesel with us—which has been a perfect fit. I see this as a huge perk that the group was supportive in us and the dog finding the right home and were willing to work with us.

And this is probably your longest comment ever. Feel free to email me if I can be of more help.

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beagle

Of those choices I vote for greyhound.

I'd go for a lab or a retriever . . . chocolate, golden . . . they're all good. My neighbor just got a chocolate lab and has a 5 and 2 year old and this dog seems GREAT with the kids.

Laundry & Children

We had a doberman growing up and they are wonderful dogs. Extremely bright and just beautiful.

Pastormac's Ann

Another bloggy friend of mine just got a dog. Here's the link to the post she wrote about choosing a dog. Thought you might find it helpful. Good luck with the hunt.

http://sometimeswedo.blogspot.com/2008/06/large-dog-for-large-family.html

Leigh

My vote - Old English Sheepdog. They are somewhat expensive to groom, or you can just shave them down. We had one that was very protective and used to herd Dakota, mean push him back in "place" when he was getting too far away. He was a good guard dog, very seldom barked unless something was not right, and he didn't need a lot of space. Even though they are large they tend to be dogs that are homebodies and don't roam around too much, they just watch. The only issue we had was the grooming and cost. It's imperative to keep them groomed.

DeAnna

How fun for your boys!! I always had pets growing up, so now we have 2 cats, 1 dog, and 1 fish. All but the fish came before the kids. Our dog is a black lab, but in your case I don't think it fits all your criteria, he's GREAT with the girls, but he does shed (although he's not in the house alot) and he can be a little slobbery, but I haven't seen too many dogs that aren't at least somewhat slobbery (and gassy if you feed them the wrong food :) I think a rescued Greyhound sounds like a great idea -- although I don't know a great deal about them. I have to say I don't think they would be intimidating though. We saw one last night and Isabella said "Wow, look at that big dog, its tiny head is funny." :) My brother had a doberman once and he was the sweetest dog too.

haze

How exciting! I've heard wonderful things about the retired greyhounds. Also, a friend has a poodle cross - maybe a golden doodle but he's a big dog. Sweet as heck and great with her twin 2-year olds.

Erin O'

I love boxers and poodles. Standard poodles are smart, don't shed, and if you keep it short, not hard to upkeep. Boxers are family dogs, loyal and imposing to strangers. You can't go wrong with either of those, i think.

I've met a bunch of retired greyhounds, and most of them were quite skittish with strangers, not to mention kids. Not to say they are all like that, of course, it's just been my experience. And they need to RUN. You have to give them lots of space to do so.

Poodles love the water, too. We almost got a poodle, but we met a podengo breeder, first, and thus we have our weird, neurotic, but wonderful dog Chauncey.

Good luck! and have an awesome trip!

Anita

Hi Friend,
I've heard great things about Shelties (mini-Collies). They may be a little smaller than you want, and I'm not sure if they shed much...they do have the longer hair, so it seems likely. the Mielke's have one so I'll ask and get back to you!

Do NOT get a Beagle. Sure they are cute, loveable and might snuggle you at night, but our Beagle (Fritz, who lived with us about 2 weeks) howled/barked incessantly, chewed up all sorts of things and peed on others. Then we did the research. It's a long and sort of funny story...I'll tell you some other time.

Anita

Caroline Rundby

Hej
My sister has a poodle a white large one. She got 3 kids between 3 and 11 and the dog just loves the kids and she runs around with them in the garden but in the house she just lies down!
Exciting thet you are going to South Africa. We are saving so that we can go back in a couple of years. We have two kids from South Africa.They are 3 and 5.

Beth

We have a greyhound and I echo Susan's comments above. They're very sweet and I'd highly recommend one. We got him at age 2 from a rescue organization. We also adopted our 2 kids, and it is a bit awkward when we're walking him and someone asks, "Did you adopt him," and it takes me a minute to realize they mean the dog. But I'd still highly recommend a greyhound!

cynthia

we went through this too recently, and now have a bichon frise- she's a 5 yr old rescue dog and is an angel. i know she's much smaller than what you're considering, but thought i'd put it out there. no shedding! and great with kids. she does like to be around people a lot, though, so maybe not the best for leaving at home for long periods of time. i bring her with me to my acupuncture practice sometimes :)

Louise

I love German Shorthaired pointers- so smart, yet gentle and great with kids.

I don't know if I would go for a rescue greyhound, I have heard too many pottytraining stories! :-)

Good luck!

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