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Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff posted:
Head over to our Pet Community to discuss how to choose the best dog breed for your family and children.

Choosing a Kid-Friendly Dog

If you could choose any breed, what would you choose? Would your kids pick a different breed?

Elizabeth
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Roy Benaroch, MD responded:
There are dozens-- maybe hundreds-- of "pet rescue" organizations. They typically keep unwanted dogs in a foster home type of situation to get to know the dogs, and then match the dog to a new "forever home" that's suitable. They really want to make sure their dogs find good homes, and that the homes match the dogs. These are good dogs who would otherwise be destroyed.

Please consider adopting an adult dog through a rescue. You'll be glad you did.

One example: http://www.smalldoghumane.org/
 
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fcl replied to Roy Benaroch, MD's response:
"Please consider adopting an adult dog through a rescue"

I have a cat because I don't have the time to care for a dog but one day I'll have one .

Every day, as I head for the village or as I come home i meet an elderly gentlemen (he's around 80) walking his dog. He has had many different dogs in the 15 years I have known him. He knows that his time is counted and doesn't want to get a young dog because he doesn't know what will happen to it when he dies. So he adopts older dogs from the local pet rescue place, not to say elderly dogs and ensures that their last years/months/days are pleasant. They have food, affection and exercise (lots of exercise!). This guy is one of my heros
 
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ami_nix responded:
I would like to adopt a golden retriever from a rescue community. I'm also considering an Irish Wolfhound but, I would be afraid to get such a big dog through a rescue foundation. I'm not ready to get a dog at the moment because my little guy is only 4 1/2 months and I think he's too young for a bigger dog. My mother currently has a puggle and a little white question mark dog and they both seem to love him .
Noah's mom~"Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life" - Sophocles
 
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An_239388 responded:
I would recommend watching the Dogs 101 series on Animal Planet. It gives straight and to the point information on each breed. From the level of grooming each breed requires to medical issues, but especially if the breed is good with kids. http://animal.discovery.com/tv/dogs-101/


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