Two years ago my golden retriever died, and I am ready for another companion now, but this time a little different. I want a much smaller dog with much shorter hair, but the same temperment as a golden but possibly not a big barker? I am looking into corgi's, havanese and chihuahuas, but are there any other breeds you can suggest to me? It's rather lonely in my house without a puppy greeting you at the door.
I don't think corgis would be the way to go. They have a thick coat that requires a ton of brushing and it definately isn't short.Mine is just as bad if not worse than my husky. Most of them bark when they get the least bit excited too. A boston has short hair and their all loving and cuddly. Chis have the short hair too but I don't know about the same temperment as a golden. My pound had a couple lab mixes with short legs. Maybe you can find something like that. If you an find a healthy well bred shar pei that might work. If its not well bred though there will be a ton of problems. (hair, fever,eyes,cancer). My grandparents have three and they are great.
I don't know much about the havaneese but someone that lived by my lost theirs and it was all over the paper because she spent so much money trying to find it. They are expensive though and don't they have long hair? For some reason my mind is going blank right now and I can't think of any other types of dogs!
About the hair length, what I am talking about is.. if you have ever had to vacuum up after a dog that sheds a lot, you know why I don't want longer hair, however some shedding is fine.
As for the Havanese, I went to a puppy kennel a week ago and met a havanese puppy who was the sweetest dog I have ever met.
Another question, what do you think about border collie's? I met one of those puppies at the kennel as well and it was so cuddly and sweet. I have plenty of yard room for one as well.
Temperment, I am just looking for a dog that would like to sit with me while I am at the computer, or fall asleep in my lap on the couch. Someone to cuddle with on cold nights (and in massachusetts, we have quite a few of those.)
I am liking the suggestions, please continue to make them they're really helping me.
I had a guy at the vet today ask me if he was an old dog because he's so mellow, he's only 1 1/2 yrs old. It's the breed. Minimal shedding, all time lap dog, low indoor energy and gets along with all other pets. When I say lap dog I mean sleep at your feet on the comp, you sit doen he sits down on you, you lay down he lays down on you. The only grroming he needs is a brushing every few days and trimming of his feet hair about once a month or so. Thats it.
I have a chihuahua and he is a great lap dog! He does not require much exercise and he is content going potty in a box with newspaper lining the bottom or going outside to do his business. My chihuahua is not yappy, I began squirting him with a water bottle when he was young when he'd bark nonstop at nothing and it slowly diminished. Now he barks only when someone knocks on the door.
I will say though that he is not one for strangers. He is weary of new people & will bark at them at first. Once he gets to know someone, the next time he sees them he acts like it's his long lost friend. But chihuahuas *love* to be with their people & I've read them to be one person dogs. They pick a person & that person is their favorite. Chis love to cuddle under the blankets at night, too! Ace would be content sitting on my lap all day getting his belly rubbed if he could. :) Whatever breed you choose, good luck!
The guy also said usually when you see small dogs they are yippy and hyper and he is so mellow. Oh and I forgot to mention the barking, only when someone knocks on the door or rings the doorbell and that includes on TV too ;) They are kind of rare so thats a plus telling you they aren't overbred. Good luck in your decision!
I have chihuahuas and a bichon frise. I love both of these breeds. Both love to sit with you and cuddle. My chi's don't tend to run around the house in hyper-drive where as every once in a while my little bichon will like to do this. It's really cute though! She runs as fast as she can through the house, comes back into the living room, lays down, wagging her tail 90 to nothing and looks up at us with the most beautiful big, round, black eyes you have ever seen with the biggest smile. When you lay down she lays right with you wanting to be hugged and loved. When you get up she goes with us. My chi's love to just sit on our laps and be rubbed and cuddled. Neither of my breeds are yappy. They don't even bark when someone comes to the door. They just get really perky and watch very closely at who is there. And they all love people. Just love them all so much. I hope that you get just the right one for you. I will say that the bichon does not shed, stink or have aggression problems. Mine is wonderful with my kids and I have a 1 year old that loves to lay on her and hug her. Just love them!!! Good luck!
***Edited By: tinag1173 on 1/26/2005 12:33:00 AM*** Reason: forgot some words in there!
Are you looking for small medium or large? I prefer large dogs and used to breed great danes...now I have collies, a springer spaniel and a white schnauzer. I guess it all depends on if you have kids, if you are active or want a couch potato and so on. Does it have to have papers? If not go to petfinder.com and see a lot of different breeds or to akc.org and you have it all with explanations about each breed. Good Luck
border collies are not the way to go if you want a lap dog. and the length of the hair has nothing to do with how much they shed. my mothers shepherds shed alot more then my pyrenees did. go to the akc website and check out the toy group. the majority of those breeds will fit the description of the type of dog you are looking for.
I have found that rottweilers are very loving and loyal.They're also very good with kids and the immediate family, as they are very proctective of those not included in the immediate circle. I've had a female rottie for 5 years until i had part ways with her due a move. It was a very heartbreaking decision for me. But only you can decide the breed that is best for you.