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    Thanks every one, the dog hunt is still on, still not sure. My mum has a King Charles, won't be getting one of those, not sure if it is just hers but she is very needy and her fur is everywhere!

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    For a seven year old kid - a needy dog is better than a feisty dog. But if you don't like needy - maybe a terrier - though those will often bite naughty children. Depending on how well you train both puppy and child.

    As kids wee had an Aussie Terrier and we did tease it beyond it's limits often but if it bit, we never complained cos we always deserved it, and it always warned us first to back off. As very small kids we had a bull terrier cross, and while it wasn't very nice to the postman unless he made use of the tennis ball in the letter box, the dog never hurt us kids no matter what we did to it.

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    Shih Tzu..

    I Don't know if it's perfect for you. I am a shih tzu lover

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    I would also go with a cavalier.......I have a lot of students with Cavaliers and with a bit of training I find them just the best dogs for young kids. I know quite a few and none seem needy. every breed can be made needy in the right environment. Needy/anxious dogs are often made by owner behaviour.
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    Cavaliers do shed a ridiculous amount. I can also guarantee you that a Cavalier will not stand up for itself in front of a dominant cat! A terrier breed with a dominant cat would be a disaster.

    I'll plug one of my own breeds, since you wanted something low-shedding, happy to be inside and small. That would be the Bichon Frise. We have our second one now, a male, after our first female passed away last year.

    Their coat can be clipped every six to eight weeks in a shorter cut that is much easier to maintain than the traditional show cut. Jag is kept at a number 10 cut (minus head and tail) all year round because of the high tick area we live in, and also because he is my sporting dog and it keeps him much cleaner!

    Bichons are really easygoing, love people, and get on well with other animals when raised with them. Jag came from a pound and settled right into our house with 3 existing dogs, two birds, and recently we added a kitten to the mix. No issues at all. They're fun-loving and they like to play but they definitely have an offswitch. I'd say their energy levels are low to medium; they need a good 30 min walk per day, but will happily take more than that, or skip a day if you don't feel like it.

    Bichons are a pretty quiet breed. Jag never barks unless there's reason to, although he does like to 'talk' (whinge!) when asking for a pat.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sierra View Post
    Cavaliers do shed a ridiculous amount. I can also guarantee you that a Cavalier will not stand up for itself in front of a dominant cat! A terrier breed with a dominant cat would be a disaster.
    You haven't met my dog. Actually my mother in-law has a cavalier also and she doesn't shed that much and has no fear of other dogs or cats.

    They are a spaniel breed not a terrier breed.

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    My brother's staffy failed to stand up for herself against the new family kitten. the kitten latched on like the face sucking creature from Alien, and Staffy used it like a floor duster - quite gently considering the kitten wasn't being gentle.

    I know plenty of terriers and cats that have understandings and get along ok. It is up to the owner to get the training right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    Whippet. Easy care coat, gentle with kids. Don't knock them over, gentle on lead.

    Awesome in the house, good sleepers. They are happy with some zoomie laps around the backyard if you don't get a chance to walk them, and a lap afterwards of course! Oh, and when they grow up with cats they are very good with them.

    They need comfort though, coats in winter and indoors as they don't tolerate being cold having light coats and lttle body fat. Luxury suits them well - doona and cushions, fancy collars...
    Agreed they're more like cats than dogs a lot of the time and as far as I know they don't shed too badly either. They don't eat much either.

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    I have looed at many different breeds and x breeds and on Wednesday I am looking at a pure bred maltese, I am not sure if it is perfect but it does tick alot of the boxes!

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