Blue Heeler and Australian Shepard are good agility dog choices. Border Collies are also good, but may try to "herd" little kids. Usually not a problem, but since you mentioned children I thought I'd bring it up.
I have had Doberman Pinschers all my life, but they aren't the breed for just anybody. They are very good at agility but they do require a person who is going to be the boss. If you are thinking about getting one you should try meeting some. You can probably find a Doberman rescue in your area that would be happy to introduce you to some and help you decide if this is the breed for you. Your local vet's office should also be able to suggest some good breeds to you. Some friends of mine own Border collies that do agility but border collies are herding dogs and some aren't good with children. Also border collies are very energetic so they have to have a job or a large yard to play in. I would not recommend small dogs because it is very few and far between that are good with children. We had a dachshund/chihuahua mix that was horrible with children, she would bite anyone she could get to, so we had to re-home her.
A pit bull, we have always had one and have one now on a farm. She has never seen any farm animals until the day we brought her home and she is great with all of them. Just goes to show how loving they are.
Border collies are the best for agility. They are very high energy and excellent with kids. They are great for families. They just need lots of excercise. You should look into good breeders or rescues. Make sure you find the right dog for your family, living space and the time you have to put towards the dog. I hope this helps!
We have 2, and my parents got them when we were little kids. They are great with kids and just people in general, and other animals as well. They have lots of energy, but will also settle down and cuddle. But be warned, they are crazy as puppies, and they shed a lot. You will have to do a lot of vacuuming. But otherwise just give them love, food&water, and an occasional bath and you're set! They're a generally healthy breed. In fact I think I saw somewhere that one of the (if not THE) oldest dog that ever lived was an Australian Shepherd. So they'll be with the family for a while.
Pomeranian those dogs are small and fluffy and cute and great with kids! Playful to but if your looking for a dog that is great with kids and protects the house i would suggest a Husky or a Chow Chow or a German shepherd
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Awesome you already have a dog-job and are looking to fit the bill! I would recommend a grown dog, 20-50 lbs, with an excellent temperament and high ball drive. If you get a pup, you'll have to do all the socializing, it's very hard to guess what their temperament and drive will be, AND you won't get to do large agility obstacles for TWO YEARS!! Go to the pound or call a local rescue and describe what you want. When interviewing a dog, don't be taken in by cuteness until you've checked for key warning signs like cowering from quick hand movements, twisting to nose/snap when squeezed around the ribs, fighting restraint, not wanting to roll over for a bellyrub with strangers, barking with laid back ears, etc. A dog that is uneasy or aloof around the public is more likely to snap when startled or pinched by a child. You also don't want a dog with a habit of fighting other dogs!! It's a LOT of work to fix. As for ball drive, you can improve this considerably but you can't improve on nothing so make sure the dog at least enjoys having things in its mouth and is interested in rolled balls that you fuss over.