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    Hi All,

    First time on here and am looking for advice. My husband and I are looking for a dog; we have 2 small children 3.5 years and 6 mnths. We have a yard fit for a small to med dog, and we also are looking for one that might sniff out snakes that have taken to our rock wall. Ahh you say she wants the dog to kill the snakes - to be honest yes if it got to one! but would really like a dog to become a good companion for our boys to grow up with, and to have a dog to patrol the yard.

    We do have a cat and we are unsure whether to get a young dog 1-2 years or start with a puppy. Some of the dogs we have researched are Jack Russells, Fox Terriers, but were then told they are best with kids over 6. So the next one was a staffy or Golden Retriever ( not sure if the yard would be big enough 812 sqm) but would be able exercise it. Hence why we are doing our homework. We were both bought up on family properties but this will be the first dog we have had with children. We are prepared to do training and want to make the right decision as surrendering a dog just because it didn't work out is not a option. Any ideas would be welcome.
    Thanks Sally

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    Hi and

    Mum had a dog that was great with kids, never jumped fences , good with cats the he knew and killed snakes!!! He was a bull terrior x kelpie and OMG...a great dog! She got him when he was 1 from the RSPCA.

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    Hi &
    I would have a look in your local animal shelter...
    Lots of nice dogs needing homes, both pure and x-breeds.
    That way also, you can bring the kids with you and spend some time with the dogs and see how they all get along.
    Something like Ozeymum suggested sounds great.
    It really depends on the individual dog not so much the breed. I had a Great Dane x that was brilliant with kids. My current rescue pup Border collie x ( i think) is good with kids, My current staffy and one I had years ago adores kids and babies but she's strong and solid, gets very excited around kids so needs to be told off all the time not to run as she can easily trip kids over.
    In re. to killing snakes...i'm not sure. So many dogs die from snake bites i personally would't let my dog go anywhere near one.

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    Hi, welcome to the forum.


    Quote Originally Posted by Magdalena View Post
    In re. to killing snakes...i'm not sure. So many dogs die from snake bites i personally would't let my dog go anywhere near one.
    I agree with Magdalena.
    A pessimist sees the glass as half empty;
    An optimist sees the glass as half full;
    A realist just finishes the damn thing and refills it.

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    cavaliers are ment to be the best 'first' dogs for children.
    Family friends have one and he is pretty awesome with the kids.
    We have a x breed malteeese poodle and she is amazing withthe kids 2 and 4.
    I think a huge part is spending time with the chikdren.
    We just knew when we saw Cookie she was great from the begining whereas other dogs were not.

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    I too would go to a shelter, all those dogs have been family and child tested.
    You can find some really great dogs there.

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    I'm up for the same idea!! We got our Molly from a shelter, and she is so good with everyone. She's such a happy dog. And you have a HUGE variety to choose from if you go to one of the bigger shelters. Big, small, long haired, short haired, etc...

    Good luck!!

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    Call the snakeman and get them removed

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    I'd agree - a shelter may be perfect. You might want to consider a young but not puppy dog, that will be less excitable around the little kids. Staffys are great with kids but youngsters can be pretty full on and you don't want your kids knocked over in play - they can get scared of the dog which isn't nice.

    There are very few dogs that can out-move a warm snake, and you would be looking at fast, snappy terriers which may not be very safe around kids. The very traits which would make a dog snake aggressive would be traits you don't want around kids at all.

    Death by snakebite is a very ordinary way for a dog to go...

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