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    Question Difficult Decision

    Hi all
    I would like to get some general advice if I can.
    I have 3 young children (5, 4 & 9mths) and hubby & I are keen on getting a dog.
    We are currently dog-sitting an 18-mth lab x sharpei male dog named Butch. He's a lovely boy, and we've had him for just over 24 hrs. He usually lives with a 2yr female beagle, and a family of 4, however is no longer wanted by his current owners.
    I am trialling him for the weekend only, to see how it goes. That being said, he is a nice dog, but VERY unsettled. He is somewhat timid, and is very wary if you have something in your hand (not saying he was abused, highly doubt it, but you never know). He has not been socialised very well, but when we took him for walks (2 small walks today) he seemed to enjoy himself. BUT, being that he is somewhat jumpy, it concerns me about how he may react if the kids make sudden loud noises etc. (Plus that Sharpeis can be a dominant & headstrong breed).
    ALTERNATIVELY, we are considering buying a purebred golden retriever from a reputable breeder (to minimise risk of hip / elbow / eye / heart issues), and I am wondering which would be the "safer" option for my children.
    I understand that regardless of the age / size / experience / training of a dog that the children need constant supervision when with a dog, but would it be erring on the side of caution by going for the new puppy?
    I don't know what will happen with Butch if we don't take him, but I can't use that as my decision base. The safety of my children must be paramount obviously.
    So, ultimately, my question is this: what would you do in this situation, and why?
    Thanks in advance
    Cassie

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    I think for your peace of mind you should go with a pure bred pup from a registered breeder - if you can put the time in to looking after a 4th young child - which is what a pup is for the first 2 years.

    You aren't convinced this dog is 100% safe so you will probably never feel 100% safe around him.

    You are quite right - you can't base what you do on what may happen to Butch. He isn't your responsibility and if the rescue group or person try to guilt trip or pressure you I would be telling them to get well and truly stuffed.

    If i had kids at that age I probably wouldn't get a dog at all - not til they were all a bit older - perhaps putting your name down on a register to get a pure bred will give the kids a bit more time to mature and give you a chance to train them on how to behave around animals.

    You may also want to talk to the club about adopting an older golden - perhaps an ex show dog or one that someone is rehoming through the club.

    Of course Butch is unsettled - he has gone from one place to the next - and he doesn't know what the next step will be. However, you are also describing a nervy dog to me and I wouldn't feel safe with a nervy dog as a first dog for kids. You want a bomb proof animal.

    I would be wondering WHY he isn't wanted by his family too.

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    Thanks Occy - I see you are from Wodonga, as I am! LOL
    What do you think would be a "bomb proof" type of dog? I have only really done the pet selector things online, which came up with lab or golden.
    Any suggestions anyone?
    Or do you think I'm nuts getting a dog while the kids are so young?????

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    Look - labs and goldens are nice dogs and most become really good pets. However, on bite statistics labs rate up there with german shepherds because there are just so many of them out there. They're just a dog like any other dog - neither better nor worse IMHO. I am not a huge fan because they don't have enough drive for me - but the people looking for drive are few and far between.

    Have you tried contacting Trish at Albury Dog Rescue - she often has lots of puppies looking for homes

    It is all about what you are after. What obedience are you willing to do? How much grooming? Do you want an independent animal? Do you want a real sook who just wants to be with you all the time? Are you rural or in town?

    What about Dougal? He is 2 years old and Trish has young kids so she will know how he is with them
    Dougal's profile

    There are heaps of baby puppies, older pups and older dogs on the site

    Otherwise call the GR club and put your name down with them - they're generally brilliant with helping ppl find dogs

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    BTW I have a bomb proof dog here - two of them actually - but they're not going anywhere. Both are rescues - german shepherds - both came here as senior dogs - Flash at 7, Billie at 8. Both are brilliant with other animals, with adults and with kids. It depends on the dog - I have had plenty of gsds i wouldnt have rehomed to your situation because they wouldn't have suited it.

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    Thank you both so much for your advice.
    Occy, I have been in touch with Trish, but again with Dougal we have the same unknown quantity that comes with Butch.
    I have made contact with several Golden breeders, and will no doubt be put on a waiting list anyway!
    Thanks again for the advice
    Cassie

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    I would be more comfortable with a dog from ADR only because I know they do temperment assessments and I know most of the dogs go through those with Trish and her kids. However, if you are waiting on a pup - go for it - nothing better - I am waiting on GSD pup myself. Have you checked out ADRs baby puppies?

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    Again, thanks so much for your advice
    We've made our decision, and have decided to go for the Golden Retriever pup.
    I've made contact with several breeders (try 6 ) and have actually found a female puppy that will be joining our family in 2 weeks
    She is just gorgeous, and as luck would have it, one of her sisters is actually going to a good friend of mine, so they can have playdates!
    Thanks again - here is a pic of the gorgeous girl (well, there are 3, but they're not allocated yet)

    Cheers
    Cass

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    Congrats - I am sure you will be very happy. She's a cutie

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    Congratulations! Very cute pup, I hope all works out well!

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