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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-15-2006, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
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I am looking to get a dog. Probably save one from a shelter.
My wife and I have 2 cats. We are looking for something small, smart, doesnt slobber to much, good with cats and probably kids soon. We were hoping to find a dog a few years old that is already kind of trained, spayed/nutted, house trained. We had tried a black lab mix from a shelter but was a bit to aggressive towards the cats.

we were thinking maybe a dachshund, beagle, or something small like that.

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These may be larger than youre looking for but if youre going to a shelter you may get a mixed breed anyway. The sporting group is known to have great temperments and good with other pets and kids. How about a cocker spaniel, Brittney or a Springer?

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Beagles are pretty good dogs, the only thing with them is they like to dig.....a lot. You'll find that if you have a fence they can dig out pretty quickly if the fence isn't deep in the ground. An awesome website to start your search at, is petfinder.com, it lists most shelters in your area and their dogs. The only small dog (if you are going to adopt) I would stay away from is a chihuahua, they are very timid, nervous little dogs, especially when they've been through rescues and abusive homes, and often snap when little kids annoy them. When you are looking at the dogs on petfinder it will actually tell you if the dog is good with kids and other pets. As far as small dogs go maltese's are my favorite, and then I also like westie's (West Highland Terrier) those are awesome smaller dogs, very smart, and really good with kids).

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Between the two you have listed, I would do the dachshund. Great with kids and usually very good with other animals. The beagle might be a little too energetic with the cats.
One point to note... if you are planning kids, you just may want to hold off on the pooch or try and get one that is not too old (over three). The attention that you would give a new dog now is not going to be half the attention you would give your same dog once the children are born. Separation anxiety or jealousness is not something that you want to go through with the dog - especially if you rescue one from a shelter.
Yorkshire Terrier, Pomeranian and Besinjis are all good picks.

http://www.dogs-care.com/small-dogs-breeds.htm

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Between the two you have listed, I would do the dachshund. Great with kids and usually very good with other animals. The beagle might be a little too energetic with the cats.
One point to note... if you are planning kids, you just may want to hold off on the pooch or try and get one that is not too old (over three). The attention that you would give a new dog now is not going to be half the attention you would give your same dog once the children are born. Separation anxiety or jealousness is not something that you want to go through with the dog - especially if you rescue one from a shelter.
Yorkshire Terrier, Pomeranian and Besinjis are all good picks.

http://www.dogs-care.com/small-dogs-breeds.htm

Just be sure to really check out the Poms temperment, they have tendencies to be a bit snippy when they get nervous or overwhelmed. That's the only thing about adopting, you never know what they've been through. Yorkies are very good smaller dogs too.

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get a rotty... i know you said small... but you will be happy..
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try the westie rescue for a West Highland Terrier. I have a Westie and a Karen terrier and both dogs are very good with children.
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ha ha it doesn't matter what KIND of dog you get. If you get it through an adoption agency, you have to bring your cats with to see if they get along. Every dog has their own personality/attitude. I use http://www.1-800-save-a-pet.com/

That way you can input what you want and they'll email you updates of doggies that match your criteria with pictures!
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try the westie rescue for a West Highland Terrier. I have a Westie and a Karen terrier and both dogs are very good with children.
my childhood doggie was a westie. My parents originally got him because my mom wanted a bunny and my dad said no way in hell But he was AWESOME!!! And lived to 19 years old!!!
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Damn, i have (not me personally, a friends) 2 dogs that need a home. 1 can be taken for free, the other, prolly for about 8 hundo.

Black / white pit mixed with something else. It's obedient as hell, about 45-50 lbs. Trained, plays well, and it's about 8 months old?

Blue Gator Pit bull / Have all the papers, about 4 months old. Nice doggy but hard headed as hell.

These dogs need to go since my buddy needs to move out of his apartment and cannot take it to where he's moving to next. I can try to get pics if you are interested in the black/white dog.

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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-17-2006, 02:38 PM
 
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I have a lab and he loves children!

What about a pointer maybee and english or german short hair. They are great dogs obidient and loyal.

I would get a hold of lisa at ILLINIOS BIRD DOG RESCUE. They always have alot of dogs most of all are pure bred and most live in foster homes before they are adoted out. Best part is you can talk to the foster and they will tell you how the dogs traits are so you have an idea what you are getting into.

Our pointer was one of the best dogs I have had and he came from there.
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