We’re Looking For A Medium Size Dog That’s Good With Kids, A Cat, Low Activity (indoor Dog) And…?

We're Looking For A Medium Size Dog That's Good With Kids, A Cat, Low Activity (indoor Dog) And...?

A Reader Asks…

We’re in the market for a puppy and need advice.
We want a dog that meets most, if not all, of these :
* Good kids
* Good with a cat (5 years old)
* Low activity level (indoor only for right now… will exercise at least once a day outside)
* Low-Med shedding
* Little to no barking
* Easy to train
* Loyal
* Responds when they’re name called
We really want to get a lab but it’s a bit too big for our current condo we live in. It seems it would be the best dog for us but the size is an issue.
We’ve also checked into Beagles but the downside to them (from what we’ve read) is that they dig, chew on things around the house, howl loudly (especially if left alone… not ideal for a condo), and they probably won’t if they’re called while their nose is sniffing something (really because I problem because I’ve heard they can never be outside if they’re not on a leash).
Do you guys/gals have any recommendations on a breed we can check into?

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    • Cat Lady
    • August 3, 2009

    I loved my neighbor’s dog and it was a Wheaten Terrier. It was so good with kids and really sweet ! Definitely check them out. As far as the training of any dog, it’s up to your family to be patient and consistent. Good Luck.

    • greythound crazy
    • August 3, 2009

    Greyhounds are all this! They do vary in size too. I got mine from the greyhound rescue so it wasn’t expensive to get either.

    • Spongey Tanu
    • August 3, 2009

    Sounds like you should get a Soft-coated Wheaton Terrier. Do a little research on them – they sound just like what you need.

    • Bella
    • August 2, 2009

    I have a Cocker Spaniel. She is very sweet and never ever bites. We had two cats and she was great with them. She potty trained quickly. She doesn’t shed more than normal but obviously all dogs shed. She is home most of the day by herself and she is fine. She barks if she sees someone outside the window, but other than that she is pretty good. She is smaller and even at age four, I was able to teach her a new trick. She is really a sweetie. She is also good around children.
    Also if you like labs but they are too big, there are mixes I’ve seen before that are lab mixed with something else, like a smaller dog. That might be something to look into. I don’t really know from experience what a lab mix is like personality wise, but I guess it depends on the mix.
    Good luck! I hope you find a good dog for you guys.

    • Kristie P
    • August 2, 2009

    Boykin Spaniel – (mainly available in the Carolinas).
    Medium size wire haired mix from local rescue group.
    Six of your traits are trainable behaviors so look for a wire haired, food motivated, lazy dog and train the rest into him.

    • hne_sne_
    • August 2, 2009

    a sheltie would be good, they’re very loyal. or a blue heeler, also known as an australian cattle dog. i have a beagle mix and she is amazing! the only thing she does on that list is chew on things. we just give her a bone when we leave and she doesn’t chew on anything but the bone. we live on the highway and we let her run loose in the front yard and she always comes back when we call her. you could also look at cocker spaniels, just don’t let them overeat because it doesn’t take much for them to become overweight. if you don’t care about it being mixed breed you could go to a local shelter and look around there.

    • wolverin
    • August 2, 2009

    My grandparents had a beagle, he was a good dog. He didn’t have any of the problems that you have heard about. How about a weimaraner. They are a medium to large dog that match most, if not all of the listed items you are looking for.

    • ♥God♥Lov
    • August 2, 2009

    I would probably recomend a shetland sheepdog or a shiz-tzu, shiz-tzus don’t shed, they are medium sized, they are odidient, they are friendly they rarely bark.. My friend has one and it never barks, and it has never peed or left a little something in their house ever since they got it.. Shetland sheepdogs may bark and sometimes unfriendly to cats, you just have to pick a good natured dog..
    hope it helps

    • lauren
    • August 2, 2009

    i have a wheaten terrier.
    shes completely adorable.
    sweetest thing youve ever met in your life.
    adores children more than anything.
    doesnt shed at all.
    smart, easy to train, rarely barks.
    loves my cat.
    look at this site, where i found her. http://www.puppyfind.com/for_sale/?breed...
    best of luck. :]

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