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Anonymous asked: I was wondering if you could help me figure out which kind of dog breed would be best for my family? One that is friendly and loyal. We have quite a lot of time, especially compared to other families. Not a breed that is particularly quite expensive (smaller or medium sized dog) We were considering a Cocker Spaniel, (but apparently they are quite expensive) and I know though we were considering them also Jack Russels are extremely energetic and require lots of exercise.
To be honest, I wouldn’t even consider any pure breed dog, since they will be more expensive and are also prone to more health problems. If you could tell me a little more about your family (how many children, ages, etc) and also if you live in an apartment of a house then I could help you better. Also what city do you live in? I’m sure there is a local dog rescue you could contact and take a look around. Or else try petfinder.com. I found both my dogs on there and I love them to bits. Couldn’t have asked for better pets. You are right about Jack Russels. I do not recommend them at all because they are energetic, loud, and can be nippy. I would recommend staying away from terrier breeds since they generally aren’t the friendliest unless socialized from a young age.
If you want to get a small dog that is friendly, hypoallergenic, and generally is bred well with other breed types, I would try a poodle mix. The only downsize to these dogs is that they will need proper grooming every so often. However, they are intelligent, versatile, great with kids, and not too expensive. You can usually find quite a lot of poodle mixes at your local rescue.
Stay away from: jack russels, schnauzers, dachshunds, and beagles. Beagles because they tend to roam away from home.