amiable Registered User
#1

Can anyone recommend a good medium sized non shed dog that might be good with young kids?
Thanks in advance

ppink Registered User
#2

Kerry Blue Terrier- we had one I grew up with and they are the best! ours was fab and reliable in every way, great recall v. eager to please, v happy and loved kids........and non shed!


have heard the lines now in irl are agressive but not sure if that is true or not....maybe some breeders could advise of this.

morganafay Registered User
#3

I've known a few very aggressive Kerry Blues. I'm sure they can be nice, my friend actually had a lovely (but very hyper) one, but I wouldn't really bet on them being good with kids. They're a bit big too, and my friend's one was really hyper and would knock an adult over.

Bichon Frise's are lovely, and brilliant with kids, and non shed. They're small, but not tiny, like the size of a Cavalier King Charles. They might be a bit silly looking if you don't want a poofy looking dog though, and need quite a bit of grooming.

Or you could go for a mix, like a Cavachon (Cavalier/Bichon), Cockapoo (Cocker/Poodle), anything with Poodle in it. They'd be non-shed too. Just if you do, try to make sure the breeder at least kinda knows what they're doing, like ask if the parents of the pups have been vet checked and to see their vaccination cards to show that. Cavachons are kinda small-medium and should have a great temperament. Some lines of Cocker Spaniels are aggressive though, and I heard from a breeder who used to breed Poodles that they were the most aggressive dog he ever had. But if the parents of the pups are really friendly then hopefully the pups will be good, and if they're brought up with kids hopefully they'd be fine.

wordchat Registered User
#4

amiable said:
Can anyone recommend a good medium sized non shed dog that might be good with young kids?
Thanks in advance



Do they breed them where you are? A cross between Golden Retriever and Standard Poodle. Our dog is great with children and smart - house trained in first week. They do get big -- but it is all hair (good for allergies and nonshedding) - a proper trim and they are quite smaller in appearance.

Hope this helpful

amiable Registered User
#5

morganafay said:
I've known a few very aggressive Kerry Blues. I'm sure they can be nice, my friend actually had a lovely (but very hyper) one, but I wouldn't really bet on them being good with kids. They're a bit big too, and my friend's one was really hyper and would knock an adult over.

Bichon Frise's are lovely, and brilliant with kids, and non shed. They're small, but not tiny, like the size of a Cavalier King Charles. They might be a bit silly looking if you don't want a poofy looking dog though, and need quite a bit of grooming.

Or you could go for a mix, like a Cavachon (Cavalier/Bichon), Cockapoo (Cocker/Poodle), anything with Poodle in it. They'd be non-shed too. Just if you do, try to make sure the breeder at least kinda knows what they're doing, like ask if the parents of the pups have been vet checked and to see their vaccination cards to show that. Cavachons are kinda small-medium and should have a great temperament. Some lines of Cocker Spaniels are aggressive though, and I heard from a breeder who used to breed Poodles that they were the most aggressive dog he ever had. But if the parents of the pups are really friendly then hopefully the pups will be good, and if they're brought up with kids hopefully they'd be fine.


Thanks alot but i'm really looking for something bigger than the dogs you've mentioned and wouldn't in a million years get anything mixed with a king charles. Again thanks anyway

amiable Registered User
#6

wordchat said:
Do they breed them where you are? A cross between Golden Retriever and Standard Poodle. Our dog is great with children and smart - house trained in first week. They do get big -- but it is all hair (good for allergies and nonshedding) - a proper trim and they are quite smaller in appearance.

Hope this helpful


That sounds like what i'm looking for alright and yes it does help thanks

morganafay Registered User
#7

I've never met a goldendoodle but met a couple of labradoodles and they were lovely dogs. A bit of a handful and a lot of grooming, but I'm sure goldendoodles are lovely too.

paulacork Registered User
#8

amiable said:
Can anyone recommend a good medium sized non shed dog that might be good with young kids?
Thanks in advance


I'm not sure if there's anything as a complete non-shed dog but Hungarian Vizslas require very little grooming and are great with kids and other animals. Make sure you research the breed that you decide on thoroughly if they're going to be around kids and best of luck!!!

ppink Registered User
#9

morganafay said:
I've known a few very aggressive Kerry Blues. I'm sure they can be nice, my friend actually had a lovely (but very hyper) one, but I wouldn't really bet on them being good with kids. They're a bit big too, and my friend's one was really hyper and would knock an adult over.



i did hear this and to be honest at first i couldn't believe it! We had one and a relative had another that jumped into a river to pull her out after she fell in!
i found them very much family dogs in that ours anyway did not latch particularly to one person but was always looking out for everyone.

Size is all relative i suppose...ours could be picked up and was very light on his feet. also smart and very very easily trained.

#10

amiable said:
Thanks alot but i'm really looking for something bigger than the dogs you've mentioned and wouldn't in a million years get anything mixed with a king charles. Again thanks anyway


Possibly the best idea I've heard in a long time
Eh, IME Labradoodles can be a bit tempermental but if you get a nice one theyre fab. I'd just be careful if you have kids around and give them LOTS of training because theyre very clever (poodle) and very strong (lab)!!

marlin vs Registered User
#11

Might be a bit small for you, but what about a Scottish terrier, they're a very friendly breed and don't shed.

VERYinterested Registered User
#12

Currently I have my second Kerry Blue. She's a female called Rosie. She, and nor did the other one shed one hair. She is the friendliest most loyal dog I have owned. We got her in September and she has settled in brilliantly. She is not aggressive, she is not hyper, she is brilliant, you should see how gentle she is with my niece Lily who is 6 months old!

Our previous Kerry was called Hazel, we had her when the kids were growing up. The kids all grown up now still talk about her to this day and compare the similar temperament to that of Rosie. I have seen aggressive Kerrys, usually with strangers and other dogs, usually males that were not socialised properly. There seems to be mythical bad press for the former national dog of Ireland which is not fair on the breed. Kerrys should rule the world!

Peter Banks Registered User
#13

There really is no such thing as a non-shedding dog ... it would be better described as a "low shedding" variety!

No-one has mentioned the Poodle which is comes in various sizes? (And a Goldendoodle whatever is a mix of Poodle as well).

amiable Registered User
#14

VERYinterested said:
Currently I have my second Kerry Blue. She's a female called Rosie. She, and nor did the other one shed one hair. She is the friendliest most loyal dog I have owned. We got her in September and she has settled in brilliantly. She is not aggressive, she is not hyper, she is brilliant, you should see how gentle she is with my niece Lily who is 6 months old!

Our previous Kerry was called Hazel, we had her when the kids were growing up. The kids all grown up now still talk about her to this day and compare the similar temperament to that of Rosie. I have seen aggressive Kerrys, usually with strangers and other dogs, usually males that were not socialised properly. There seems to be mythical bad press for the former national dog of Ireland which is not fair on the breed. Kerrys should rule the world!


I'm sorry but i'm really not interested in a Kerry Blue no matter if they are aggressive or friendly... Thanks everyone anyway

funkyjebus Registered User
#15

i have an irish soft coated wheaten terrier. couldnt recommend it more. non shedding, much like the kerry blue. coat takes some work, but worth it for a coat like it has.

very gentle, friendly and intelligent.

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