Best Pets

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Julie - June 3

I posted previously that we were thinking about getting our son a cat. What about small dogs? Any of you own small dogs that would be good with children? I do not want a big dog we did own a lab and it was really wild and jumped alot. I would like a small pet. I am also 21 weeks along so would like a dog that isn't so much trouble.

 

Christina - June 3

I would suggest a pug. They are great with children and overall just great dogs!

 

Misty - June 3

Oh, we had a yorkshire terrier when I was younger and that little dog was the coolest and sweetest thing. She was such a priss and when she went out to go to the bathroom in the morning she would tiptoe in the wet gra__s because she didn't want to get her feet wet! :-) She did love to play a lot. She would play until utter exhaustion made her stop. But she was a very good dog. Very loving and never bit or growled or anything....except for at our german shepard. :-) She always thought she was dominate to him. Ha. If only she knew! But yeah, I think that was an excelent dog and I would love to have another one some day when I can afford it. I reccomend them to anybody.

 

P - June 3

Dogs, regardless of size, are more work then cats. If you do get a dog make sure you don't leave it alone in a room with the baby no matter how small it is. Some small breeds that would be good are Coton de Tulear, Bichon Frise, Lhasa Apso, Poodle. The Coton and the Poodle are also good for people with allergies. My fave is the Coton de Tulear. Look up pics of it on the net; they're beautiful!!

 

JenniferB - June 3

I can tell you what kind of little dog to absolutely NOT get. My sister and my friend both have Manchester Terriers (some call them Mini Doberman) and both dogs HATE children. My sister's dog bit my neice right through her knee pads that she had on to play softball. I had a Ba__set Hound and a beagle when I was little. They were both very sweet and gentle as hounds usually are. The Beagle was very energetic and if the Ba__set Hound was anymore laid back she would have been in a coma.

 

ES - June 3

Just a thought because this is what I did: Go to the local shelter and adopt an older dog. I adopted a 6 year old golden retriever mix and she came house broken and already mellow. Personally I don't like dealing with puppies and I love dogs. My dog was abused so she took some time to get comfortable but many adult dogs just need some love. And unlike the lab you had this dog will already be out of the hyper stage. Plus older dogs are more likely to be put down and are less adoptable because they are not as cute as puppies. My experience with older dogs has been great and I will always be the dog retirement home. Also I personally don't like little dogs because they bark so yappy. But that is just me. Also I will never buy a dog because there are so many in need of homes. Why buy a dog??? Well just my thoughts and yes I am pro dog compared to cats. But cats are more independant.

 

Christina - June 3

I agree with ES, especially because I used to volunteer at an animal shelter and I HATED seeing all the older dogs get pa__sed by for puppies!! Poor things do just need some love!!

 

P - June 3

I also agree with ES but it is very hard to find a small dog at the shelters around where I live.

 

ES - June 3

You could look into breed specific rescue programs. I want to get a bull terrier and I am going through a bull terrier rescue group.

 

P - June 3

I did try that and gave up when noone would return my calls!! I couldn't beieve it. I called about Rotti's, Sheperds, mixed breeds, you name it. My boyfriend was the one who wanted a dog but I was doing the legwork because "hees eengleesh ees no so good". lol That's an excuse he uses when he doesn't want to do something. lol He ended up buying a small mixed breed puppy for $300 from someone who put an ad in the paper. All this took almost a year for one little puppy.

 

Julie - June 3

The only problem with shelters is that it is hard to find a smaller dog and I do not want another huge animal.

 

leslie - June 3

I think the best is yorkshierre terrier they are cute!!!! like Misty says. I have one she is a small one(2 pounds) they have such personalities that you would be surprised..also there is no way she can harm the baby or kids b/c she is so small (she can't even go down or up the stairs) you can walk them if you want and if you can't or don't have time you don't have to they are very good apartment dogs..I just hope she won't be jelous of the new baby..and their food is not expensive..all they want is love!!

 

Emily - June 3

We have a miniature poodle, the kind that are around 15-20 pounds and he is great with children and little babies, very well tempered, no growling, no snapping. I also grew up with a poodle and all of my siblings, me, and our parents thought he was a great pet. They also have hair, no shedding, which is a plus! Good Luck!

 

JenniferB - June 3

http://www.petfinder.com/ This is a great site. You enter what size and age dog you want adopt and it gives you a list of animals up for adoption and it gives you the dogs in order of closest to your zip code. Some shelters are even williing to ship them to you if they are far away.

 

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