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Posted: 10/12/2013 7:46:20 AM
We had a Shetland Sheepdog and he was the best family dog. He lived 15 years and we lost him about 3 years ago. It hasn't felt like the right time to get another dog. But I am starting to think about it. Life has been full with raising kids (21, 16 and 4) and dh's career and long days. My 16 is on the spectrum (very high level) and misses a dog greatly. The other day we were at one of his specialist and the he keeps his dog with him at work and the dog moseyed in and my sons whole countenance change and memories just flooded me of how much comfort, connection and friendship he had with own pup.

This dog was a lab. I love labs but haven't ever owned one. I read about them last night online and wasn't sure they would be a great fit for us. I know dogs have hair and they all shed (or at least most I think) but it sounded like they are huge shedders. I am not sure i am ready to have hair everywhere.

Growing up we had a poodle and a shitzu. I don't want a dog that small again. Not necessarily a huge dog but medium to large. We loved our Shetland but I don't know if we want the same breed again.

Any ideas on a couple breeds that might be a good fit for a family, with kids, we are home a lot, have a small'ish yard but the dog would be a inside dog but could spend time playing outside, going on walks and getting exercise. I say that because in Texas there are a lot outside dogs. At least more outside dogs than I knew growing up in MI. Obviously major weather differences too. I think finding a dog that is 1-2 years old would be the best fit for us. I have a few friends that rescue dogs and suggested that might be a good fit due to the work of a puppy. I have an amazing trainer in our area if we needed help with training or specific issues. TIA


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Posted: 10/12/2013 7:54:22 AM
My dog is a Bichon/Poodle mix (he's a rescue). Non-shedding but we do have to get him groomed. GREAT DOG! He's about 22 lbs. Perfect size. I also love miniature Schnauzers.

Bichon Poodle

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Posted: 10/12/2013 7:55:45 AM
Why not a standard poodle?



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Posted: 10/12/2013 7:59:17 AM
I would consider a sheltie again. We lost one of our two this summer and I cannot imagine replacing him yet. I would likely look at a sheltie rescue.

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Posted: 10/12/2013 8:03:32 AM
The new popular dog breed is a mixed breed golden doodle a cross between a golden retriever and a poodle. I am seeing them in my neighborhood. I talked to a neighbor and he was very pleased with the dog's personality and disposition as a family companion dog. You may want to add to your list to consider.

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Posted: 10/12/2013 8:10:21 AM
Yoohoot-That is great! Glad you found a great fit. Would love to do a rescue.

Kelly-I don't like how they look. Maybe I just haven't seen the right one. Just not the style I am drawn to or my son likes. I loved our dog growing up. He had black hair and was named midnight and was about 16-18 lbs.

Maybe another Shelty is a good option. I will have to see what my ds would think about it. No replacing our Sparky.

back to pea-I will check into that breed. I have heard of it but don't know much about them.

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Posted: 10/12/2013 8:11:33 AM
We have a Pembroke corgi. We didn't want a big dog, but we didn't want a small house dog either. They generally weigh between 25 to 30 pounds. She is smart, loving, and easy to have around. She loves to go on walks and needs that activity. She loves to be outside, but she is fine being inside too. She gets along great with other dogs. The only bad thing I can say about her is that she sheds. I'm willing to brush her and vacuum a little more often. She's brought a lot of joy into our home.


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Posted: 10/12/2013 8:35:55 AM
We lost our 13 yr old. Sheltie last year...he was such an awesome dog!

After a year we felt it was time to get another dog. We looked all over for a sheltie through a rescue group and couldn't find any that were good with kids and weren't 10 years old already.

Then DH stopped in the pound one day and fell in love with this lab/golden retriever mixed 8 month old. So Charlie came home with us.

I like this dog and he's a good dog for the most part. But he sheds like crazy and is a little bigger dog than what I would've liked. But I walk him 5 miles a day and that seems to help with his boundless energy!

I miss my sheltie though and really wish we could've found another one. There's just something about a sheltie...

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Posted: 10/12/2013 8:38:08 AM
I second the Pembroke Corgi vote. Love, love, love our Corgi. She has so much love and personality and is very smart and affectionate.

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Posted: 10/12/2013 8:54:29 AM
I have a mini schnauzer (in my sig) she doesn't shed and isn't very barky (which can be a part of the breed.) I love corgis, but the amount of fur would kill me.

My neighbors have a golden doodle and she is very sweet.

Also consider rescue/shelter dogs. Sadie is a rescue, and some of the sweetest and healthiest dogs are mixed breeds.


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Posted: 10/12/2013 9:01:46 AM
Hi Julie! So excited for you and your family about possibly welcoming another pup into your family. Dog Breed Info's Website is full of amazing info about breeds. There is a "find the perfect dog" quiz that you can take and based upon the answers, it will tell you what breeds might be good for your family. I love this website and have looked at it for possibly finding me a dog sometime (not in the near future but in the future).

I also recommend finding out when Petsmart and Petco might be having a dog adoption at their store with local rescue groups. Rescue dogs know who they want their forever family to be and will pick you (same goes for cats too, ask Hope). Your family will get a chance to interact with the dogs. It also might be a cool experience for the boys to be able to ask questions of the foster parents about the dogs.

Will be praying that the perfect pup is found for your family!


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Posted: 10/12/2013 9:16:34 AM
My friend's son, who is on the spectrum, has a bond with his dog like none I've witnessed before. And Andrew can talk about dog facts and information until there is no one left to listen. A dog has been amazing for him.

Labs are good because from what I know they are extremely tolerant and loyal. I can understand about the shedding though. We have an Australian Cattle dog, and while she's loyal and doesn't shed terribly, she's got a high strung personality.

Good luck in your search.

Oliquig, the schnauzer in your signature is adorable.


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Posted: 10/12/2013 9:19:23 AM
My first thought was a golden lab. They are often used as service dogs. Our son has Aspergers and we really encouraged that bond, as he could calm himself petting her and she was absolutely perfect with him, even when he was little. But they do shed a lot.

Our first dog was a lab mix. She shed, but not as much as our golden lab or our full lab. Her coat was shorter. She was part terrier and was 42 lbs full grown. But terriers can be nippy. She was fine with DS, but I didn't trust her around other kids. I vowed I would never have another dog that I couldn't trust not to nip or bite.

Our golden lab was 5 when we got her. My only regret was that we didn't have her longer. But it was very easy to integrate her into the family. I think we had one potty accident and discovered that she would do anything to steal banana bread. Other than that she was a perfect dog and she lived to be 13 1/2. She did have some health issues, but they were related to a Lyme vaccine that we gave her--nothing to do with being a rescue. She came from a lab rescue organization in Nevada.

We currently have a full lab now. She was super easy to train and is a real sweetheart. She's 1 1/2 years now and is almost done with her therapy dog training. She's great with kids of all ages and is very smart. It's been raining here all week and she hasn't been walked since last Sunday. But she hasn't gotten into anything. I've spent a lot of time tossing tennis balls up and down stairs to keep her exercised.

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Posted: 10/12/2013 10:33:47 AM
My dog is a Whoodle part wheaten terrier, part poodle, she was supposed to be small lol she is about 25 lbs and long legged. She looks like a miniature wolf hound. Very sweet, very smart, doesn't shed much, ( I guess that's the poodle in her?) You could also compare her looks to Tramp in "Lady and the Tramp" She loves to just sit next to us, she is happy if we pet her, she is happy if we don't, she just enjoys being part of the family.

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Posted: 10/12/2013 10:40:49 AM
We have two Bichon mixes and we love them. I think we will always own some kind of Bichon mix and there are always a ton of them available for adoption on Our first one is 6 years old and a runt. She only weighs 12 lbs. Our younger one is 1 and weighs 18 lbs. He is a little bit more hyper, but he is still a baby. They are great with kids and love to cuddle. They don't shed at all. When DS#1 went away to college, I would occasionally come home from work to find one of his friends in the front yard playing with the older dog because they missed her. (DH works from home so he would let the dog out and they would stop to play)


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Posted: 10/12/2013 10:52:01 AM
We have a lab & I ADORE labs. They shed a lot & are CRAZY INSANELY active. We also have a cairn terrier & I highly recommend them. Small'ish but very sturdy, active & smart, cute & full of personality, yet laid back, not overly needy but still cuddles. They shed VERY LITTLE and are easy to groom. This is a perfect description of ours from

The Cairn Terrier is an alert, animated, hardy, little dog. Loyal, curious, cheerful, lovable and friendly, they enjoy playing with children. Independent, but will listen if it sees the human is stronger minded than itself. Meek and/or passive owners will find the dog to be willful. This breed can be taught to do tricks. A fearless, bold vermin hunter, Cairns like to dig. With enough mental and physical exercise along with consistent leadership they will be calm and easy-going.


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Posted: 10/12/2013 10:58:51 AM
I have a Golden Retriever, but he is a HUGE shedder, so that's a consideration. He has been a great companion for me, though, after my dd went to college. I've just always been partial to big dog, but trying to keep ahead of the hair is an issue.

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Posted: 10/12/2013 11:04:34 AM
A couple people have recommended Corgi's, but I felt the need to share my view of a particular Corgi my ex-SIL had. Corgi's are herding dogs, and Daisy was constantly trying to herd the people in her family to where SHE wanted them to be to the point of nipping at their heels. My nephew was very hyper when he was younger and it unnerved her, she tried to bite him several times when he wasn't doing what she wanted him to do.

She was always VERY dog aggressive, she would go after any dog at the dog park, even ones that outweighed her by over 100 pounds. When she'd come visit our family she'd attack our dog anytime our dog would try to get to her own food or got near her owners.

I understand I'm talking about one specific dog, but the herding part is the breed.

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Posted: 10/12/2013 11:16:30 AM
So many choices! We have a vacation next month and so I know we need to wait until after that and possibly until after the holidays. I always hear you will know when it is the right one.

Michelle-Your post melted my heart. So true. My ds does have a dog at his dads house so I have been telling him the past couple of years that for now he has that dog and one day we will but not now. When he was younger he played so much with our dog. Our Sheltie had a beautiful coat and he would stroke her for a long time and found such comfort. He has a way he looks at animals and old dolls and stuffed animals that melts my heart. He looks at them in a way he doesn't look at people. He is super high level and does look at people and totally interacts but he has a fondness for those things that maybe goes above people.

Thanks, Tricia I appreciate your input.

The bichons are adorable!

This pup is local for us and I think he is adorable. But obviously won't be there in 6 weeks. I don't think getting a pup and than being gone a week is a great idea. Plus our fall is busy and a little chaotic.



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Posted: 10/12/2013 11:42:28 AM
I was thinking about your son and silky dog fur. Our DS has sensory issues and doesn't really like to pet dogs with a coarser coat. Even when he pets our lab, he focuses mostly on her ears, as they are silky. He calls it his "fuzz therapy." Another good thing about having a dog is that it's a ready topic of conversation for kids (and people!) who aren't good with small talk. I've found that most people have a pet or had one as a kid and its an easy topic for my DS to chat about. He also uses our dogs as writing prompts when he has to write in school.

And the good thing about a therapy dog is that they can go along with to appts and such. Well, at least in a military facility. Emma is still being certified, but when she is she will have her own ID and will be able to accompany us to medical appts that may make DS anxious. I'm recovering from an inner ear injury that caused massive vertigo. I used a therapy dog when doing my OT and PT to help my system calm and it was wonderful. I'd always been interested in being a puppy parent for service dogs and this was a good catalyst for me to learn about therapy dogs.

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Posted: 10/12/2013 12:15:04 PM
I would suggest a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. They are happy being active or laying around watching TV... basically whatever the people are doing, that's what they want to do. Not too big. Not too small. Not yappy. In fact, ours rarely barked at all. We got him as a senior, and if he had had longer to live, would've considered training him as a therapy dog, because he had the perfect temperament for it.

I'm not really a dog person, but if I were to choose to get another dog, a CKC would be it.



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Posted: 10/12/2013 12:24:39 PM
Why not stop by the pound or shelter in your area and see if one tries and adopted you. We done that with both our cats. We did not pick them they picked us. I just feel bad now since my smoky bear is such a snuggle bug and with Baby M I do not have as much time to snuggle and love on smoky bear he feel neglected.

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Posted: 10/12/2013 12:32:06 PM
We had a collie when I was a little girl and my first dog as an adult was a sheltie. I LOVE their look, they are such pretty dogs. Having said that, I would not get another one. She was a great dog, but she was very high energy and had separation anxiety. Maybe that was just my dog, though.

We now have a rescue, who resembles a shiba. Doesn't shed a lot, very sweet, loyal, and great with the kids (and full grown).

I would definitely go the rescue route, but research the look and personality you need for your family. Remember how much work puppies are and borders need a ton of exercise.

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Posted: 10/12/2013 12:40:47 PM
I have a lab-mix. She is a wonderful dog! She does shed like crazy. But, it helps tremendously to take her outside and scratch her all over with my finger tips. Gets a ton of fur off of her & she loves to be scratched like that.

We got her as a puppy. I always refered to her as my wild child. She was worse than a very active toddler. Wasn't until she was 3 years old that she became the laid back dog she is now.

So, if you would like a lab/mix, get one that is at least 3 years old.

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Posted: 10/12/2013 12:50:03 PM
We have an Australian cattle dog and a Lab. Both are rescue dogs. The cattle dog was high energy when she was younger, but hands down the smartest dog I've ever had. The Lab is tremendously loyal, she's getting old and I worry about losing her. No doubt a dog like her would be great for your son. The pounds are full of loving Labs and Lab mixes. Good luck on your search and post pics when you find your fur baby!

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Posted: 10/12/2013 1:15:20 PM
I don't know how big you really want to go, but I suggest a Great Dane. They are the calmest, most loving dogs and they can tolerate a lot.

We have a rescued Dane and she is the most well behaved, loyal, smart girl I have ever had. They don't shed much (so far it's two big sheds a year), they are wonderful inside dogs and are known as good apartment dogs because of this. We give Stella about 2-3 hours of outside time a day and she is a perfect angel inside.

I've told my husband I always want to have a Dane in the house because of how wonderful they are


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Posted: 10/12/2013 1:20:56 PM

I was thinking about your son and silky dog fur. Our DS has sensory issues and doesn't really like to pet dogs with a coarser coat.
I was thinking about that too - there was a dog I was petting a couple weeks ago that had the softest coat; I wish I could remember what kind it was. I just remember commenting on how soft the dog was.

Like the golden-doodle mentioned previously, there are also labra-doodles that are supposed to shed less, so that could be an option.

We had a lab for 14 years, and the shedding did drive me a bit batty at times - between sweeping all the time and getting fur on my clothes. But, that didn't stop us from getting another lab - we have a new puppy and she hasn't started to shed quite yet, but I know it is coming! (But she is sooooooo cute!)

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Posted: 10/12/2013 1:32:14 PM
Look at breeds that have hair as opposed to fur. The breeds with hair shed the same as humans in stead the the huge amounts that fur sometimes sheds. look at the list here of light shedders.

I hope you can find the right dog for you.

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Posted: 10/12/2013 2:24:05 PM
I'm a big fan of mutts and rescue dogs. Why not check your local pound and rescues to scene if you connect with a particular dog? Good luck looking!

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Posted: 10/12/2013 2:54:19 PM
We have a goldendoodle - about the sweetest dog you could imagine and a nice size (65lbs). He looks like a giant teddy bear. We have a high-end aspie down the street from us who is terrified of dogs. My one daughter helps him out at school and talks about our dog a lot. Little by little our Milo won him over. His mom said it was pretty amazing, but Milo is in LOVE with everyone. Everyone. If you like labs, maybe a labradoodle? Big bonus is they don't shed (but yes, you have to groom them - bonus on that? They always smell good!).


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Posted: 10/12/2013 3:04:37 PM
What about a Japanese Chin?



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Posted: 10/12/2013 3:32:37 PM
I have 2 chihuahuas (one 3 1/2 pounds and one 11 pounds) and a yorkie (12 pounds) I would not recommend either to you. But they are ours and we love them.

growing up I had a saint Bernard (Totally a giant at 250 pounds) a chihuahua and poodle mix( he was this little snarky dog) and a toy poodle we got from the pound.

My saint was the best dog I have ever had in my life. we rehomed home from an old man and his little farm because he was bored and chased the horse. We had 2 acres so it was perfect for him. He was totally my dog

The chipoo was a pup my sister was given and my mom was really mad.... but we loved him... he was snarky.... he was a good dog though... didn't like men and would bite a couple of them when they came to our house.

The poodle well, she was this sad little thing that smelled so bad when we got her from the pound. (I think my mom felt sorry for her) we bathed her took her to the vet (she had an ear infection so bad it took weeks to get it gone.) she was about 4 years old and never learned how to play. we finally got her to play and she ended up being the sweetest funniest dog.

My dogs now all have issues. the girl chiahuahua is spoiled and a blanket dweller. yorkie is schizophrenic but we inherited him from my mom so he is ours now. and then there is the king chihuahua. at 3 1/2 pounds he rules the house.

If I was to get another dog for any reason (which we are not getting another dog any time soon) I would go to the nearest shelter and start looking. I would also go to rescues. I would get a dog from a breeder. There are too many dogs that need homes. I have worked with the local dog shelter before and they get puppies there all the time..and they go fast, but the older dogs usually are hard to rehome most of the time because of their age.....

I think if you start looking your heart will find one...

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Posted: 10/12/2013 4:16:00 PM

Rescue dogs know who they want their forever family to be and will pick you (same goes for cats too, ask Hope).
Certainly true in my experience. My SO fell head-over-heels in love with Kayley at first sight and even before we left the shelter it became obvious that it was reciprocated. Of course she's my heart as well. After seeing her, there was just no point in looking further.

She is a border collie mix, but we didn't know anything about that breed until after we brought her home. According to everything I read after she got here she was completely wrong for this household, we would never be able to provide her with the physical and mental stimulation she was going to need and so on.

But it was obvious within days that she chose us. Shortly after we brought her home, she jumped the 4' fence (for a reason and then jumped right back in). She could have left anytime. But she chose us. She was 2 - 3 years old when we adopted her.

Like Kayley, I knew Emily was The One as soon as our eyes met. Adopted at about 5 months old, she also jumped the fence, but only to play in the yard next door and then come immediately home. She's more of a mutt, but she's our funny little girl.

I just can't imagine life without either of them and yet we never would have adopted either if we had been going by breed.

Another firm believer in shelter adoptions here!

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Posted: 10/12/2013 4:23:25 PM
Our first dog as a family was a lab. She was blonde and I really don't think we had a lot of issues with hair. Now a Golden Retriever would have a lot of hair.

If I could have cloned that dog, I would have. She was 2.5 when we got her and was the most laid back dog I have ever known. Labs are very good family dogs. My fil had one when dh and I first got together. She lived with us some too. Loved that dog too.

We now have a Plott Hound. We got her as a puppy and it was more than I would want to do again. Now that she is almost 2, she has calmed down a lot. She doesn't shed much either. I think this breed is more rowdy than a lab.


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Posted: 10/12/2013 4:27:36 PM
What about considering a greyhound, OP? I've heard they are wonderful dogs, generally calm (couch potatoes), and they have short hair. That's all I've heard, maybe someone with experience can jump in.


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Posted: 10/12/2013 4:37:43 PM
I second the greyhound idea!!! They are almost the perfect dog. I had them for about 12 years, 3 rescues. I now have 2 dachshunds and I do not recommend them, lol.


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Posted: 10/12/2013 4:52:52 PM
Labradoodles or Golden Doodles would probably be a good fit. Both are low shedding, friendly, smart dogs.

Whatever you get, I hope you get a rescue!


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Posted: 10/12/2013 5:18:07 PM
Go with a greyhound! .. You get everything could in a dog from all the other breeds. Best dogs ever!

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Posted: 10/12/2013 6:16:56 PM
Our 5yo Labradoodle passed away unexpectedly last November. He was a gem! He was the perfect fit for our family.

We now have a 10mo Labradoodle puppy and feel the same way. Love the non-shedding, personality, look & size. Both were fully housebroken in two weeks.

If you wish to rescue, IDOG is a wonderful non-profit organization that rehomes Labradoodle & Goldendoodles.

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Posted: 10/12/2013 6:25:33 PM
I bought a Bichon specifically because I wanted a dog that doesn't shed. He is totally an inside dog. My dad has a Labradoodle and until recently another -oodle (I can't remember which) and neither of them shed either.

The labradoodle is huge. Too big for an inside dog IMO, but the other one was a better size.


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Posted: 10/12/2013 6:28:28 PM
I second the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel! We have two and they are the light of life! They are strong companion dogs and just love to be with people. And they have beautiful feathering and such soft coats! But they do shed. I put up with it because I love them so much!!

You've got a big decision ahead of you! Lots of recommendations. Good luck - You'll know when you've found the one.

Come back and let us know when you find one!

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Posted: 10/12/2013 6:47:59 PM

The labradoodle is huge. Too big for an inside dog IMO, but the other one was a better size.

Labradoodles will vary in size, from 20lbs to 110. Our last Labradoodle was 73lbs & this pup is 60. I prefer larger dogs so the size doesn't bother me. I would love to bring home another but can't convince DH that we need dog #2.

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Posted: 10/12/2013 7:38:43 PM
my friend who had MS adopted a greyhound. She was a FANTASTIC companion for her. The dogs name was Cricket. That dog seemed to know she had gotten a second chance at life. She was very grateful and loved her family.

She would go into the back yard and zoom laps around the yard. Then she would lay around and veg the rest of the day.

Just don't feed a greyhound broccoli. the gas will peel the paint off the walls.


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Posted: 10/13/2013 4:36:37 AM
We have a labradoodle
Black lab black standard poodle cross
Minimal shedding medium sized and the most gentle kind and smart dog you could imagine
Would get another in a heartbeat

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Posted: 10/13/2013 7:16:58 AM
Msbee-That is funny! I already live with all guys! lol

We would love to do a rescue and very likely will. I have had a heart for adoption or fostering for several years (children) and it hasn't been the right time (and may never be) due to several things but I am finding ways to still give in that area because it is a desire of my heart.

Those that mentioned why not just go and see.....Well right not isn't the right time due to a vacation but I also would hate to fall in love with a dog and my kids do the same and find out we have a fit that isn't a good fit. Sometimes you can't help what you fall in love with but I know for our family we need a specific fit. We won't find the perfect dog (well we might because we did last time!) but we do need to try to find one that at least we have some idea about their breed, personality, health, shedding, etc.

The info you all have provided has been super helpful and I am going to look up a bunch of the dogs and see if I can narrow down what feels like is a good fit.

Thank you!!!

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Posted: 10/13/2013 7:28:57 AM
I've had three labs and I have to say that not all of them are crazy wild - not even as puppies. I've had the whole range - from the kind that was wild and never settled down to the kind that you have to nudge to see if he's breathing and one that was in between.

One thing they all had in common was shedding. They have all shed like crazy. I had absolutely no idea what I was in for with my first lab but I willingly entered it with my second and third.

My only caution to mixed breeds like labradoodles or goldendoodles is that because they are a mixed breed, you can't be sure what type of coat you will get. They could lean more one way or the other. If you adopt an adult mix, then you will be able to control that. Even though I'm against purposely breeding "designer dogs" I will admit that I think they are adorable and if I were adopting a dog from the shelter, I definitely would consider one.



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Posted: 10/13/2013 10:07:22 AM
We have a Min Pin that is almost 5 and a 7 mo old German Shepradore (yellow lab/GS mix) our Min Pin has been the best dog I have ever owned and the only small dog I've ever had and our pup was a little challenging at first but with patience and training she is a an excellent addition to our family! She does shed a lot even tho we brush her daily! She was super easy to train... Vet said she could get up to 110 lbs (currently about 65 at 7 months)!


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Posted: 10/13/2013 10:20:25 AM
Another lab lover here. We have one and is just about perfect, the exception is the fine layer of dog hair all over our house. We got her from a rescue when she was about 4 months old which was perfect for us - she was old enough that house training was a breeze and she could sleep through the night, but still young enough that we got the puppy phase.

She is on the smaller size (60 pounds) and is pretty laid back. Unless she doesn't get enough attention and then she lets you know, in no uncertain terms, that she wants to be played with and will continue to bother you until she gets said attention. But, she has never been destructive.



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Posted: 10/13/2013 11:09:33 AM
My dog is a Bichon mix that has hair instead of fur so he doesn't shed at all. The Bichon mix requires a lot of attention and grooming regularly, so it might not be a good choice for you with all your other commitments. I didn't adopt mine until I knew I wasn't going to go back to work, and I don't have little ones anymore. For me, it was the perfect choice.

I have just found a little female Bichon mix that I want to adopt from a Bichon rescue group. She is only 4 pounds and a year old, mine is a male, 9 pounds, and a year old so they should be a nice match. My male is super gentle and loves playing with other dogs. I just filled out the paperwork last night and I hope no one else has their eye on her!

What I would strongly suggest to you is once you figure out the breed you want, Google a rescue group for that breed. The Bichon rescue group in my area typically has 15-20 dogs waiting for adoption. The bonus of getting your dog from the rescue group for your chosen breed is that they place each dog in a foster home where they are socialized and watched for temperament and habits. You get to read a write-up on each one to see what would work out best for your situation.

If they don't have a good fit for you immediately, they will begin looking for one. All rescue organizations make sure the dog has no health issue, has been spayed or neutered, and is up to date on all shots.

They can also recommend a competent vet, advise you on the best food for that type, and tell you all the quirks of your specific choice. They usually do a home visit before you get the dog to make sure you and your home are ready. They are experts on their breed and can be super helpful. Not that adopting from a pound is a bad thing, it's just that you really know what you are getting when you adopt through a specific breed rescue.

Good luck! And be sure to post pictures of the lucky winner when you get him/her home.


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Posted: 10/13/2013 2:14:20 PM
My first thought was also a standard poodle. Bright, energetic but very trainable Non-shedding but do require coat care. Can be groomed very short or left longer as the family desires.
Portuguese water dog. A nice size, good family dog, non-shedding, active without being hyper.
Irish water spaniel. Smaller than the Standard poodle and the Portuguese water dog, funny, outgoing energetic. A tighter coat than the poodle and the portuguese water dog.

There are health problems in all breeds so be sure to talk to a breeder, read the national club information. Find a breeder, once you decide on a breed that will work with you, that you feel good about because that person will be your mentor in the breed for the life of your dog. They are also your dogs safety net should something happen in your family and you have to rehome your dog. poodle club of america portuguese water dog national club irish water spaniel

You can use infodog to locate shows in your area, check the time the breeds you are interested in will be judging, go and meet some of the breeds first hand, talk to the breeders/owners about the breed.

If you live close to where there will be a benched show, ie Westminster ( though not terribly visitor friendly), the Philadelphia show on Thanksgiving, the International Show in Chicago or Golden gate Kennel Club in San Francisco) the dogs/breeds are on a certain area when they are not being judged or exercised making it a bit easier to meet the dogs of different breeds

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