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    My husband and i currently own a 4 year old male sharpei named boss, we are thinking of eventually adding a second dog to the family and are unsure on what breeds might be suitable for us as we have only owned sharpei's.
    We have a toddler and one on the way, my husband works full time and i stay home. Boss is a very laid back, quiet dog who's more than happy to just chill on his dog bed all day and only go outside for the toilet, which ive heard from other pei owners is quite odd as they usually have tons of energy? which is the reason im thinking maybe we just got lucky with boss and another sharpei may be too excitable for what we want.

    I will be completely honest and say im not wanting a dog that needs a lot of walks to be kept happy, im ideally after a dog that is happy playing in the garden and going out a few times a week for a walk. I would like a dog that is more of a couch potato and happy to relax inside with me while im with the kids.

    We aren't overly interested in a small dog however my husband absolutely adores scottish terriers but im sure they would have far too much energy for our family, i also have a soft spot for blue heelers but again, a very active dog.

    Not really after one that requires grooming other than a brush but would consider it if it was the right dog for us. Gosh im sounding so lazy here

    Any breed recommendations would be great, if you need more information feel free to ask

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    Look at rescue dogs and you could well find one who just likes to mooch around. The foster carers would have a good idea of temperament.You don't need a puppy if you haven't got much time and don't want energy in your pooch and other responsibilities. It seems like a lot to take on with toddler and baby.

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    Yeah we definitely don't want a puppy, we were thinking an adult dog from a breeder or rescue but just trying to find out if there's any breeds in particular that might suit us.

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    A greyhound might be a good choice, they are pretty laid back and can be couch potatoes. There are plenty of breeders about or you could rescue an ex-racer.

    You could also just drop into the shelter and look at bitsas, with a family dog you're better looking at individual personality than breed, it just varies so much from dog to dog.
    I always use my poodles as an example, both the same breed yet polar opposites in personality.

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    I'm thinking Bassett for some reason. Or British Bulldog.

    Also the greyhound option.

    I know someone who has two sharpei - who enjoy each other's company and pretty much ignore most other dogs. There's one particular German Shepherd one of them hates for some reason, so it goes on lead when that dog is spotted.

    I always thought Sharpei were quite happy as solo dogs.

    All puppies seem excitable. If you want an adult - like Farrview said - choose a breeder and contact the breed club for rescue or breeders who might have adults they want to rehome. A friend has recently given a home to a silver poodle puppy (about 12 months old) that the breeder rescued (bought back) from appalling battery cage conditions - she suspected as a stud for a puppy mill. I can't believe how forgiving a dog can be of humans.

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    I second the rescue bitsa option - foster carers will be able to help you find the right dog. And you will have the option of a trial period, to ensure the new dog gets on with your current dog and fits in with your family.

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    I was also thinking a Greyhound!

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    Bullmastiff's are big couch patato's and need very little maintenance. They also keep mother in laws away aswell !!


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    Totally agree with Sean, only downside to bullmastiffs are the mountains they leave in your backyard.... Besides that as long as they are brought up lol I know it sounds corney but with some love they will love you and the entire family without question. Some things to think about though when considering Bullies are if you work in an office you will have to dodge there smoches when you got to work and don't be fooled by a bully they are really smart but pretend to be dumb for food

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