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    Hello dog lovers!

    We are a family of three with a boy 2.5 years old and we live in Sydney in a house with big yard.
    We really want a puppy and we will buy it from a breeder. But...
    I am confused with all these breeds of dogs ! For example some dogs are not for us according their temperament and other do but have a lot of genetically health problems.
    We are playful, love nature, sea, camping, walking and every weekend we visit parks, bicycling or travelling. We are not a sport oriented or very energetic family. Often we need to slow down from daily routine and just calm. We both work so the dog will be alone for 8 hours, 5 days / week. We will take him daily for a walk/ playing and of course a lot of hours every weekend.
    I had a Yorkshire when I was younger and Ι grew up with a german shepherd and a boxer (my uncle's dogs).
    I would love the dog to be close to the following characteristics and temperament.

    - love kids and playful
    - patient
    - reliable
    - affectionate
    - loves hugs and caress any time
    - creates strong bonds with the whole family
    - loves be with us all the time whatever we do
    - eager to please
    - "medium energy" /not destroy the house or digging when getting bored
    - not barking all the time with no reason
    - not shedding too much
    - generally trainable

    We prefer a medium size dog but all recommendations are welcome.
    I know that I describe a perfect dog! Please advise me any breeds which are close enough to this description.

    Thank you all!

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    Well except for the shedding bit.....LOL.............You described a newf. though I NEVER recommend a newfie, they require dedication and tolerance for slobber/hair. They are the most reliable dogs around children. be it your own or others. even if not raised with kids. Love the be hugged and scrambled over....they are bred to be rescue dogs, so they are very people orientated and useless guard dogs.
    A lot of breeds say they have the Nanny dog, but the newfie was used and kept as the Nanny in many Victorian households. It is the Nanny dog. There are many factual stories of newfies saving children. Newfies have it in their breed standard that they should be of kind disposition....
    "Sweetness of temperament is the hallmark of the Newfoundland; this is the most important single characteristic of the breed".......Sorry I got carried away

    Anyway ..........In true life and what you asked for, I think Cavaliers make great family pets, if and when they come from good responsible Breeders....they are a lovely happy dog. Soft of mouth, in case a accident does happen with kids. And I have met many and adored them all
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    I'm biased but a Bullmastiff will fit all those points you made perfectly. Absoloutely loyal, perfect with young children, eager to please, dosnt bark much at all, dosnt need much exercise and a great guard dog aswell. Maybe just a bit big though. Have a look at this video about them.
    Dogs 101- Bullmastiff - YouTube


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    I am also in search of a new family member and we both have very common lifestyle, but we have a 2 years old boy :-)
    I am into large dogs as I used to own 2 beautiful GSPs which I re-homed and feel awful about it.
    So basically the suggestions from people and from what I researched suitable dog for us are Mastiff breeds, but I am still
    hoping for an AMstaff from a reputable breeder.

    Good luck!

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    What about a Whippet.

    A quiet, easy going breed, medium sized, little to no body odour, gentle and affectionate, low grooming. Genetically very healthy.

    They can keep up with the most active of families but there is nothing they enjoy more than curling up on a lap or the lounge of an evening and sleeping for ours while the family unwinds at the end of a day.

    They love a daily walk but fully understand if you don't want to go out on a wet or cold day.

    Around 16 months or so they really start to settle and mature prior to that they are fairly easy to entertain as they love toys even as adults.

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    I was thinking Cavalier the whole time reading your post.

    They are not your typical small dog.
    They love attention and cuddles.
    Are quite happy to chase balls and frisbees and go for walks but also happy just to chill.
    Good with children as they are patient (and as Newfs mentioned soft mouthed)
    Very reliable.
    They are eager to please/easy to train if given the opportunity to think and work for you.
    They don't excessively shed (you will find short haired breeds worse for shedding) and can be groomed at home.
    Not a big barker but easily trained out of any undesirable behaviours.
    They are super affectionate with most people and form bonds with more than one person.
    Small sized so can be taken a lot more places with you then a larger breed dog.

    Like any dog though I recommend making sure you do early socialisation and training with a Cavalier.

    Also research your breeder carefully and make sure they are doing all genetic testing available.

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    Newfsie, I believe that Sydney's climate is not good for a Newfie.
    You are northern but still there is humidity and hot weather (even in winter) for those Canadian? dogs.
    Cavalier King Charles spaniel is an option but I have read that they suffer from Syringomyelia and hip dysplasia.
    I have those two dogs in mind but those are very important issues. Please advise.

    Sean, bullmastif is very big!!! I know that ticks all the boxes but I will think about it.

    pbk, Some people suggested me the Staffordshire bull terrier. love this dog it ticks the most of my boxes but I have two concerns. These are very energetic and not easy to train and handle them. Also, there are some rumours about these dogs... I believe that it is a result of bad training but these are aggressive (genetically) with other dogs.

    What about boxer (a big dog as well), papillon, Japanese spitz (do they bark all the time?)

    Thanks!

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    Keira and Phoenix, do you mean Cavalier king charles spaniel by "cavalier"? Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vcd View Post
    Cavalier King Charles spaniel is an option but I have read that they suffer from Syringomyelia and hip dysplasia.
    A good breeder will test for genetic predisposition for these conditions, so it won't be a big risk.

    pbk, Some people suggested me the Staffordshire bull terrier. love this dog it ticks the most of my boxes but I have two concerns. These are very energetic and not easy to train and handle them. Also, there are some rumours about these dogs... I believe that it is a result of bad training but these are aggressive (genetically) with other dogs.
    Early socialisation and training is very important and will prevent any of the issues. However, they sometimes don't deal very well with being left alone, although some people would disagree on this. It also depends on how much exercise you will give them, etc.

    What about boxer (a big dog as well), papillon, Japanese spitz (do they bark all the time?)
    Boxers are nice. There's a recent thread on them somewhere here.

    Again, with things like barking, any dog can become a nuisance barker really. You just have to make sure that you exercise them enough and they don't get too bored while you're away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vcd View Post
    pbk, Some people suggested me the Staffordshire bull terrier. love this dog it ticks the most of my boxes but I have two concerns. These are very energetic and not easy to train and handle them. Also, there are some rumours about these dogs... I believe that it is a result of bad training but these are aggressive (genetically) with other dogs.

    Staffies can be very energetic, but they are very easy to train. They are eager to please their owners (and get the reward at the end). Early socialisation and training from a young age will ensure you Staffy will be fine with other dogs - but then that is the same with any breed. I have AmStaffies and they are fine being left alone all day while we are at work. Even when I only had Harley he was great. Although you need to have very secure fencing - because the hight these dogs can jump will blow your mind Bella can escape anything.

    Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are beautiful dogs and they will be my next breed of choice. If you find a really reputable breeder that tests for the breed specific illnesses you will have a healthy pup.

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