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#1 Quack Quack

Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:54 PM

Hi, I am currently doing some early research into a pedigreed dog to join our family.  Currently we have an elderly Dalmation who is a real sweetheart, but is starting to show his age sad.gif we recently lost our little foxy who was a companion to the Dally and the Dally is fretting without his mate.  

I am just starting to research into the types of breeds we might like to have, it won't be a decision to be made at all lightly, and I do not want to buy from a backyarder or a pet shop.  So please only "real" breeds wink.gif

Now... we have 5 kids, all of whom are over 6.  Our 6 year old has Autism, but adores the company of the Dalmation who shadows our son ( beautiful to watch  hheart.gif )
We have 2 indoor Ragdoll Cats, who don't mind dogs at all, I am home 98% of the time so our potential new dog will be able to come inside and be absolutely part of the family.  We have a secure, fully fenced yard and my Husband adores dogs as well so the doggy will be completely adored.

We love our Dalmation, I am looking at Golden Retrievers (researching the breed) and I am wondering what else I should be looking at?  
I would love a larger breed, gentle, but still able to have some romping fun with the kids, happy to have a daily walk but not too high energy.  is there such an animal? LOL

#2 Goggie

Posted 26 December 2012 - 09:01 PM

Rough or smooth collies? I have shelties which are smaller but fit your other criteria but if you want a larger dog all the rough collies I have met have been gentle and great with kids. No more maintenance than a retriever so don't let the hair scare you.

#3 newphase

Posted 26 December 2012 - 09:03 PM

A Bassett Hound. They are so kid friendly, but very head strong and food focussed lol...so outside at dinner time but let them in after to vac the floor then just mop lol!

They are a big dog, love a walk and a romp, and their bark scares passers by the gate but if that person were to go in and say hi they'd probably start sooking and roll over for a pat lol.

Great with other dogs too, very loyal and loving! original.gif

#4 Quack Quack

Posted 26 December 2012 - 09:12 PM

Awwwww my Dad had a rough collie when we were small Kids, I had forgotten all about Sandy! and the Basset Hound... there was a man up the road when we were also kids who had a basset hound, the dog also had very very large testicles that used to drag on the road when he chased us on our bikes  unsure.gif

hehehehe But I will add them both to my research list!

#5 Unatheowl

Posted 26 December 2012 - 09:14 PM

Would a schnauzer be large enough for you?  Border terrier?

#6 ~Bells~

Posted 26 December 2012 - 09:30 PM

We had a golden retriever growing up (he was still with mum and dad until a few weeks ago, we lost him at 15 years). He was the gentlest, most beautiful dog, great with kids and other pets.

He did have to go to basic obedience training as a puppy as (I can't remember this too well) he needed some lessons in manners, but even during the "naughty" phase, he was very gentle and loving. I believe it had more to do with his manner of walking (i.e. pulling), that needed attention.

We also had pugs, and I have one now and I couldn't give them a higher recommendation as a family dog. Their role in life is to be a companion, and they perform that role with unswerving loyalty and devotion. You need to watch their weight, ensure their nose folds are clean and take care not to let them overheat but they are on the whole, very hardy little dogs, that love to walk, play, and laze around with their owners. They will follow you everywhere.

Best of luck in choosing the new family member.

#7 MooGuru

Posted 26 December 2012 - 10:13 PM

Don't know too much about them but a great dane might be an option. They are definitely big!

#8 Harmonica

Posted 26 December 2012 - 10:19 PM

We have a Golden Retriever who is 13 - the most beautiful natured, clever and family oriented dog I have ever known. Just wants love and fun and treats and has always been so gentle with kids!!
As long as you are happy with a bigger dog and also brushing as they do shed in summer - then a Goldie is a great choice.

#9 ChilliDog

Posted 26 December 2012 - 10:34 PM

I have 2 Hungarian vizslas and they are beautiful, playful, sweet natured dogs! They are very similar in size and shape to Dalmatians so if you love dallys then vizslas would be right up your ally.

Please do remember if you're getting a puppy to socialize (and train) it properly. That's the key to having an awesome dog!!

Good luck ... hope you find the perfect addition to your family.

#10 Quack Quack

Posted 26 December 2012 - 10:55 PM

Yes, whatever dog we get will be socialised & well trained! That is a non negotiable aspect of dog ownership in our home!

#11 TheMuriels

Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:01 PM

We have 5 dogs, two of whom are large - Great Dane and an English pointer. Both beautiful with our DD and foster babies.

#12 starsg

Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:05 PM

I think a rough collie or Aussie shepherd could be perfect for your situation original.gif

#13 casime

Posted 27 December 2012 - 06:29 AM

We love our Dalmation, I am looking at Golden Retrievers (researching the breed) and I am wondering what else I should be looking at?
I would love a larger breed, gentle, but still able to have some romping fun with the kids, happy to have a daily walk but not too high energy. is there such an animal? LOL

Have you looked at some of the rarer retrievers?  The Flat Coated Retriever is a lovely dog, as is the Curly Coated Retriever.   If you wanted something a little smaller, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is fantastic, and is a retriever that is about the size of a border collie.

#14 Guest_~Karla~_*

Posted 27 December 2012 - 07:10 AM

What about a Curly Coated Retriever? I spent a lot of time talking to a few Curly breeders, who all went above and beyond what they "needed" to. I ended up with a Lab, but after all my research, a Curly was my first choice (GSD my second) but we didn't want to buy a dog without first meeting it and the costs of flying 6 of us down to SA to the breeder I liked best were just too prohibitive. It was also quite a long wait and we wanted to get to started with the training ASAP.

#15 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:05 AM

Retrievers are great kid's dogs.

I personally prefer Labradors to Goldies, which is why I have one. She's fab with my DD. I also have Norwegian Elkhounds. If you're not afraid of grooming, some of the spitz breeds are worth considering. They are excellent with DD (7yo) and are definitely 'family' dogs.

#16 axiomae

Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:20 AM

I know you said you wanted a large dog, but have you thought about a daschund - LOs LOVE them! They are super friendly and loving and want to be part of the family. Our little guy is an indoor dog, but they are quite energetic and love playing outside, running around, going for walks etc. They make good guard dogs too as they can be a little barky if not trained. Our guy is perfect with the baby, great with the nieces and nephews as they are real companion dogs. Just a thought original.gif

#17 BenevolentDictator

Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:27 AM

Bernese Mountain Dog.

Gentle and placid
Great with children (perhaps not toddlers due to size and risk of getting bowled over, but you say your youngest is 6)
Suitable for child with ASD - well mine is
Likes a daily walk but doesn't need ridiculous amounts of exercise
Absolutely a people dog, just wants to be with you

The down side - can be short lived, and sheds like crazy.  But so gorgeous.  Not that I am biased...

#18 shellyb

Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:43 AM

We have a labrador she's my shadow (currently under my feet). She's lovely, great with the kids and a big part of our family. I love our walks and she's so clever and gentle. She does shed a lot so pretty much have to vaccum/sweep and brush her every day, but a small price to pay really.

#19 Quack Quack

Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:50 AM

Thanks Girls! you have all certainly given me alot to look at   biggrin.gif  I will report back when we have decided on the breed to actually invest our time, love and money into  hheart.gif Then it becomes the issue to actually find the breeder! LOL x

#20 JazzyWeasel

Posted 27 December 2012 - 11:06 AM

I am a Goldy owner here and a Goldy X. They are both very much family dogs. Always inside with the family. Though our pure bred likes to sleep outside at night to watch over the property lol.
Just remember it takes Goldies and Labs a while to grow up  tongue.gif .

My next dog I would love a Bernese Mountain Dog, which I will try my hardest to talk DH into lol.

#21 Tessied

Posted 27 December 2012 - 05:13 PM

I'd seriously consider a Collie Rough (or smooth).  They are just all round excellent family dogs.  Easy to live with, not destructive, not hyper, but happily to romp around the backyard with balls etc.    Don't let the grooming scare you, it's not as bad as it would seem and once a week good brush does them well.   They are exceedingly gentle with kids and are not the type to knock them over etc.

#22 Quack Quack

Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:20 PM

With all the looking at these breeds, I am still leaning towards the Goldys, and the rough Collies.  I found a breeder of Rough collies only about 15 minutes from where I live.  I think I might contact them and see if I could pop over for a chat and meet and Greet.  As I said..... research research research! LOL

#23 Peridot

Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:32 PM

A Greyhound or a Whippet!
The most placid dogs ever! Our Whippet lets our daughter paint his claws with nail polish!! They rarely bark, need little exercise (so fun to watch them run around the backyard, amazing speeds!), can live happily with cats, our whippet and our cat are best friends!! Incredibly gentle! No doggy smell as their coats are so short! They are honestly the best family dogs!!
You can adopt an ex racing greyhound for around $200-300 and they're guaranteed to be pure bred!!
They honestly do just spend a good chunk of the day asleep on the couch!
Here is our Whippet all of five minutes ago..

#24 andthethreebears

Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:34 PM

I think Goldies are the perfect family dog and certainly suit your criteria. I'm onto my second (our first lived to almost 13, passing in late 2010). They were/are both faultless in their behaviour towards children and our cats. Our now 21-month-old Golden Girl adores the two kittens we rescued almost three months ago and just loves to play and cuddle with them  biggrin.gif

If you're in NSW, you may like to contact the wonderful ladies at Golden Retriever Rescue. They live and breathe Goldies and will happily recommend reputable breeders (as they'd much prefer that to having to rescue and rehome BYB surrenders).

Good luck!

#25 Quack Quack

Posted 28 December 2012 - 12:03 AM

They sound lovely...  But I am in SA! There must be something here akin to that I would think.

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