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#1 boscobel

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    Posted 25 March 2010 - 02:06 PM

    I know that we've talked about it before, but I got an email today from Martha Stewart magazine that references some links and info that I thought would be helpful on how to pick the breed of dog that works best for your needs and lifestyle.

    Here's the main link:
    Dog Breeds Center

    Dog Breeds: Good with Children (44)
    1. Beagle
    2. Basset House
    3. Bearded Collie
    4. Beauceron
    5. Bermese Mountain Dog
    6. Boston Terrier (my family has 4, so I can vouch for them!)
    7. Bulldog (english) (I have one myself and she's great with kids)
    8. Cocker Spaniel
    9. English Cocker Spaniel
    10. Collie
    11. Curly Coated Retriever
    12. English Setter
    13. Field Spaniel
    14. Flat Coated Retriever
    15. German Short Haired Pointer
    16. Golden Retriever
    17. Gordon Setter
    18. Great Pyrenees
    19. Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
    20. Irish Red & White Setter
    21. Irish Setter
    22. Keeshond
    23. Labrador Retriever
    24. Lagotto Romagnolo
    25. Miniature Schnauzer
    26. Newfoundland
    27. Norwegian Buhund
    28. Norwegian Elkhound
    29. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
    30. Old English Sheepdog
    31. Otterhound
    32. Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
    33. Pharaoh Hound
    34. Plott
    35. Pointer
    36. Polish Lowland Sheepdog
    37. Portugese Water Dog
    38. St. Bernard
    39. Scottish Deerhound
    40. Siberian Husky
    41. Spinone Italiano
    42. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
    43. Sussex Spaniel
    44. Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
    Other helpful links:
    All-American Dog Breeds
    Dog Breeds: Apartment Dogs
    Dog Breeds: Calm Companions
    Dog Breed Selection Tips

    #2 MDLady

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      Posted 25 March 2010 - 02:08 PM

      I have a miniature poodle and am surprised that poodles are not on the list. They are super smart, friendly, not aggressive, and very trainable. Plus they are hypo-allergenic and do not shed!!!

      #3 Diva

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        Posted 25 March 2010 - 02:16 PM

        Same with schnauzers! I have one and he doesn't shed (great for us allergy sufferers) and loves to play ALL day. I do not have kids around on a daily basis, but when he is exposed, he loves them!

        #4 Cassie

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          Posted 25 March 2010 - 02:38 PM

          We did a lot of research before deciding on our Westie, but here was one of my favorite tests, was really useful: Animal Planet :: Guides :: Dog Breed Selector
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          #5 boscobel

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            Posted 25 March 2010 - 02:41 PM

            Oh, I LOVE that!

            #6 DAP8479

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              Posted 25 March 2010 - 03:01 PM

              Cassie, great link!

              #7 KarenM

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                Posted 25 March 2010 - 03:38 PM

                Great info Carly & Cassie! We really want a dog so that quiz will be great!

                #8 KristinaM

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                Posted 25 March 2010 - 03:53 PM

                Very cool quiz Cassie!

                Maltese was one of my results which was what I have... but I guess having a dog already maybe makes you subconsciously answer the questions to how your dog is!

                #9 Lady_Di

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                  Posted 25 March 2010 - 04:06 PM

                  Great website...

                  i'm surprised boxers are not on the list...they are family dogs. ok my boxer puppy is too high strung for kids right now. he gets SOOO excited around kids and he jumps on them. Haha.

                  I do see that they are number 6 for popular dogs. I absolutely love my dog. At first, i was really overwhelmed because he is a high energy dog and naturally dominant puppy. I got a lot better at controlling him than just letting him run me over.

                  Important advice for you considering a high energy dog, give your dog PLENTY OF EXERCISE! I take Bo to the park almost single day for a hour and we send him to dog day care once a week. If you are a couch potato, then a high energy dog is not for you. Only times when Bo is a couch potato is at nights with us watching tv for a hour after he has been exercised.

                  #10 jplovesme

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                    Posted 25 March 2010 - 04:53 PM

                    Love the site and this thread! I know Collie is on the list, but I have a Shetland Sheepdog or "Sheltie" (looks like a mini collie), and he is fantastic with kids. SUPER smart, easy to train (learned most of his tricks under half an hour), soooo affectionate and loyal. You can see his pic in my siggy!

                    But of course, even though a lot of traits are innate to breeds, I still think discipline is a major factor in getting your dog to behave the way you want, especially around kids. I love "The Dog Whisperer" and Cesar always had great pearls of wisdom on training dogs and humans. I've seen good dogs from good breeds go bad because the owners don't discipline correctly. But Diana's totally right -- EXERCISE, exercise exercise. Although our little Marley isn't super high energy as a breed, he is more mellow after his daily walks. LOVE him!




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