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    Hi all, just wondering if I could get some advice! I'm looking to get a dog next year, probably June/July-ish. I need help on finding the perfect breed.
    Since being a child the breeds my family have had are;
    English Bull Terriers
    Hovawarts
    German Shepherds
    Collies
    Jack Russells
    Boarder Terriers

    I'm unsure of what breed is best around young children? My youngest will be 3 in Feb and oldest will be 5 in July. I'm also a single mum (not sure if that's relevant, though), will be walked twice a day once in the morning and once at night, maybe an afternoon stroll if I'm not at work, my next door neighbor will look after him/her while I'm working, not fussed on if its pedigree or not as it'll be spayed/neutered as soon as I get it as I don't want a dog to breed, will have lots and lots and lots of cuddles and attention, run of the house (except my daughter's room), will be able to go outside as and when needed.

    Hope that's enough info! Thanks x

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    I suggest an "English" or American Stafforshire Terrier lol (I am not biased at all :P) They love kids, cuddles and people and are very loyal to their people. Although you will need a firm hand training as they can be stubborn when they want to be but are also very quick learners.

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    We need a bit more info.

    Do you want a small, medium, large or giant breed. Or do you not have a preference of size?
    How much grooming do you want to do? Once a week, once a day?
    Want a dog that needs professional grooming or not?
    Do you want a very active breed, semi active breed?
    Do you have other pets?
    What is your fencing like?
    Outside of walks how much time can/will you spend with the dog?
    Do you want to compete in any dog sports?
    How much time can you commit to training every day?
    Is this your first dog? (I realise you had dogs as you grew up but is this *your* first dog)

    In relation to your neighbour looking after the dog while you are working, I would be very careful because you will end up with a dog who cannot be alone as it is used to always having someone around whether that be you and your family or your neighbour. It is really important for a pup to spend time alone so it learns to be alone, otherwise you could end up with a dog with separation anxiety, and sep anxiety is one of the hardest behavioural problems to fix.

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    English Bull Terriers - I grew up with one of these (x lab) from small
    Hovawarts - I think you'd have a hard time getting one of these in Oz. I don't know much about them except they look a little bit like Bernese Mountain Dogs - but seem to have different reasons to exist as breeds.
    German Shepherds - Seen these get along fine with little children
    Collies - same
    Jack Russells - same
    Boarder Terriers - same - these would be my fav, one of my friends had one of these from before her baby was born.

    Bottom line - how well a dog gets along with kids depends on how good the owner is at dog training. Some of these breeds better dog training skill than others. And some of them are capable of doing more damage should something go wrong.

    Ideally you don't leave your dog alone with your children until you can completely trust your children to do the right thing. Or know that the dog will always get up and leave if the kid becomes too obnoxious.

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    Can I just say good on u doing research b4 rushing out to get a dog as u said I don't care if it's a pure or not so please look into get a rescue I'm looking at this as I too are getting a dog next year some time here some start up cost pure $1,000 + most I've found are about $1,500 depending on the breed rescue $500 max most cost under that and $800 to $1,000 including the adoption fee to get to go on a plain from another state
    Bed good quality $200 more or less toys collar lead bowls ect $300 for a basic set up. Can I add ebays a gold mine for bordem busting toys u can leave ur dog with in the day pm me if u want anymore info I've been researching for months on dog products and German shepards so could save u alot of time

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    Hi. I got a 3 yr old rescue dog 3 months ago. Firstly, because I am busy and don't have time for a puppy! He still had to be trained in rules and appropriate behaviour but it's been much easier.
    Secondly, because I volunteer at a shelter (Monika's Doggie Rescue, Syd Northern Beaches) and I know for a fact that they try to understand as much about the dog as possible so they can best advise you on a dog that suits you - ie. is good with kids, good with other dogs, high or low energy, independent or can't be left alone etc. I don't think the RSPCA goes to this extent but it's worth looking around and talking to people at shelters, so on that note I agree with Shedeivl. And if you are after a JRT, Jack Russell Rescue has tons of the little guys available to go to a good home (i'd say b/c most people don't understand the discipline and exercise requirements before getting one).

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    if you do decide on a rescue pup this site list rescues from all different rescues from all over Australia PetRescue - find your new best friend!

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    For family friendly (although a large breed and super energetic) I would suggest a lab. OR instead of going breed specific why not sign up as a foster carer for a rescue organisation? That way you can have temporary dogs until you find one that fits into your family perfectly and then you can adopt it
    Owning a dog should be a partnership. Much like a good marriage it should be based on love, trust and devotion until death do you part.
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    If you can handle a serious exercise routine I suggest Kelpie or Heeler or cross with either. I grew up with heelers and had mainly Kelpies myself never had a problem with kids or other animals with any of them. They are incredibly smart and very family orientated.
    There are plenty of older heeler and kelpie crosses that end up in rescue situations as people who get them aren't able to offer them enough exercise which can cause destructive behavior eg digging, but 2 lgood walks a day and plenty of play in the backyard with a family should be fine for a high energy.
    I mean how can you go past a face like this

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    Yeah I had a kelpie x blue cattle growing up. There really smart and can be really districtive mine love to chase cars

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