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.