All~ My girlfriend and I have given up on the idea of getting an Akita because of its overall aggressiveness, which might prove detrimental to the baby we plan to have in a few years. Of course, the two of us trying to choose a single dog breed was harder than I thought: ~I was considering a doberman because of its size, attitude, train-ability, and security, but she doesn't think they're "cute." ~She liked bloodhounds, but I don't want to deal with all the slobber. Back and forth, back and forth... you understand. We began looking into smaller dogbreeds with one exception - but I'll get to that in a minute. These are the dogs we have both come to some kind of an agreement on... Chihuahua Shiba Inu Daschound (sp?) Mini Pinscher And the bigger dog: German Short-Haired Pointer SOOOOO... I think we have decided to get two dogs instead of one. (Maybe we're going about this all wrong!) Although I think she really wants two chihuahuas, with the list given above, which would make the best dog-combination? How do all of these breeds deal w/ other dogs? Are some better in "packs?" Etc. Etc. Etc. Any and all information you give is appreciated! -- Lou
Shibas are nice dogs but honestly, they are very very similar to miniature Akitas. If you don't want an Akita, you probably shouldn't consider getting a Shiba. I've heard in most cases, they are even more of a handful! They're natural hunters and can be pretyt predatory towards small animals, as well as being dog agressive in same/sex situations. The German Shorthaired Pointer is a wonderful dog. I've heard them compared temperament wise to being like a more dignified and smaller version of a lab. They are great family dogs, but are very high energy, so I hope you have a big yard or are willing to exercise the most. I like them best of the dogs on your list. However, I notice you have failed to mention whether you want to get 2 puppies at the same time, or break down the dog getting to spread a few months in between them, which I strongly advise. Chihuahuas (are you reading this Chili?!?) can make nice pets, I personally don't much care for them but that is my personal preference. My biggest concern is that they can be very very fragile, a misplaced jump off the couch can break a limb or worse. Dachshunds are nice dogs as well, but with the long backs, you have to be careful when picking them up or you can help them slip a disk. The long haired and wire haired dachshunds are very neat looking. Miniature pinschers, well my neighbor has one, but it's a very nice dog. A little wimpy, but she's very very friendly and affectionate. If you want the best combination, IMHO it would be the German shorthaired Pointer and the miniature pinscher, or the GSP and the Dachshund.
I reccomend the chihuahua and the miniature pinscher, despite what frosty girl said, chihuahuas are not hyper. I have 4, belive me. Actually, not all chihuahuas are fragile. I have 2 delicate ones and one very stocky, thick boned one. Miniature pinschers can be hyper, but not very many chihuahuas are. I hope that you and your wife make a good decision!
I think the best small dog for the geman shorthaired pointer would be the miniature pinscher. My sister has one and they are soo playful and have lots of energy. You will need a playful, energetic small dog to keep up with your pointer. They are also very affectionate. I do not think the chihuahua is as playful they are more for companionship and do better with smaller dogs.
chihuahuas love to play with eachother, and they love to play fetch. My two longhairs love it when you wiggle your fingers under the blanket. They try to catch them lol! Chihuahaus have a blast wrestling with eachother. Remember, german shorthaired pointers need alot of excersize!
I don't personally own cihuauhas myself, but I know a few. They are hyper ( the ones I know). It probably depends on the dog individually. As for the dachsunds, I know they're hyper! But they all are cute and sweet!
I agree with you on that FrostyGirl! My neighbour has a dachsund, and she is ssoooooo hyper! If she gets out in the front yard she will not come when you call her, and she just YAPS and YAPS when she hears the littlest sound. My chihuahuas bark if someone they don't know come in the house or if someone is at the door!
sorry to all you dashound lovers but my mom told me that this one dashound it wanted attention so bad that it went into the newborn babys room and sat on its head and sufficateed the baby just for attention so i wouldnt go with that one but that is just my opinion and the chihuahua i wanted one but all these people that have them say that they like to snap at you just when they feel like it so seriously i wouldnt!!!!
Thanks for your replies! Manniyar: Two points I would like to address/answer: (1) You mentioned the GSP being almost a smaller version of a Lab? Tell me if I'm wrong, but I was under the impression that the GSP was a bit taller, if not even longer than a standard Lab? I would assume, naturally, that the GSP wouldn't be as prone to obesity as the Lab. Is that why you say it's smaller? OR am I just completely off track? (2) In considering two dogs, we haven't thought about the consequences inherent to getting them both at once. My instincts tell me that getting them at the same time would be good only because they would spend the most time growing up together. You hinted at getting them a few months apart. What are the prominent advantages? (Is it just so that I don't drive myself crazy w/ two puppies?) As far as the hyperness / chihuahua debate goes, I really don't care if they are hyper, but if we decide on a chihuahua, I want to pair it with something that will keep up with it. A good playmate, so to speak. Any other comments / additions are welcome! Also: feel free to suggest a breed that you think I might have looked over. -- Lou
Well you're right, GSPs are taller and leaner than labs, which tend to be more stocky and heavier boned. I guess I was thinking of it in terms of build. A healthy male GSP is going to run about 55 to 70 lbs and be 23 to 25 inches tall. The females typically weigh 10 lbs less. A lean mean hunting machine!! A lab in equal health will probably weigh about 60 to 70 lbs and be 22.5 to 24.5 inches tall. However, most labs to me look bigger because of their stockier bodies, does that make sense? Regarding getting 2 puppies at the same time, I personally think 2 puppies is 2x the trouble heh. If you think keeping your eye on one puppy is hard, imagine two! Many times, a puppy that won't get into much trouble on it's own will be egged into it by a bolder puppy it's with. Also, trainers and many breeders don't recommend having 2 puppies the same age at the same time because the dogs tend to bond more with each other than they do with their humans.
Oh and regarding the advantages of getting them seperately, you give yourself time to housetrain the first dog, which is very important. Many times, if you add a second dog, it will follow the example of the first as far as housetraining goes, which makes it much much easier on you! You can also do basic socialization and training with the first dog, so it has some good manners. It also gives you lots of quality bonding time with that first puppy especially, though less of it with the second since the first dog is still in the background. Then when you add the 2nd puppy, the transition is a lot smoother, IMHO
"but all these people that have them say that they like to snap at you just when they feel like it so seriously i wouldnt!!!! " Boxergurl--Whoever said that obviously has never owned a chihuahua before. Because chihuahuas don't bite whenever they feel like it. Even if they have had a chihuahua, they probably didn't socialize it properly. Don't listen to that. They are wonderful dogs!
I just got a Miniature Dachshund she is so smart and wonderful!!! Not to hyper friendly with everyone!!! You should get one!! The other breeds I also so considered but after a lot of research and meeting the breeds I made the right choice. I would say dogs in pairs great but one at a time trust me!!!!
Hi, I would not get a chiuaua (sp) if I were you. It sounds like you are planning to have a baby and chiuauas are very fragile and do not like baby's sudden movements and are not very tolerant of little children. I think a Daschund would be a better choice. If you want a big dog that is "cute" I would suggest a Boxer or a Golden retriever.
chihuahuas have soft spots on there heads, just like babies, some grow smaller as they grow older, and some times they go away, but not all the times.so you have to be very carefull with that. I think they call it the molleria? but I could be wrong.
i have met good and bad with all the breeds you mentioned. if you are planning on having children i would not suggest a chihuahua. i do not belive they could withstand toddler hood. daschunds might be ok with going thru the toddler years because they are a bit bigger than a chi and a little sturdier. min pins are very sturdy dogs but also very yappy and excitable. i like shiba's i have heard them described as very cat like. the pointers are very sweet dogs but high energy which isn't bad if you have the time to exercise them. any dog you get now you should take to parks and other places where they can get socialized with children. my friend has a chinese crested. she has the powder puff kind that has all the hair. it is wonderful with her toddler, very playfull and patient. just another little one to consider.
I think you should get a Rat Terrier and a Smooth Fox Terrier. A Dachshund and a Chihuahua will drive you nuts! LOL!!! If you want a Dacshund, get one with a Brussels Griffon. Or, get two Chihuahuas. Two Chihuahuas would definatley work out. Get two sisters, they will get along great! I have never owned a Chihuahua before, but my best friend has one. They named her Minnie Austin. They live in Austin, TX. They call her Minnie for short. She is two years old, and only weighs seven pounds. She gets along great with theire other Chihuahuas; Vera, Joey, Luka, Skipper, and Bobby Arizona. She also gets on very well with their cats; Sia, Baxter, Domi, Medi, Shoi, and Misty. Sia usually will chase Minnie, but she comes right back at him with a full throated growl. Before my friend got Minnie, she had a very bad foot infection. Not even the vets could determine what caused it. She had to have surgery on her back feet, mostly the right one. They even had to remove soem of her toes, so she walks with a cute little wiggle now. Surgery sure hasn't stopped Minnie, except from jumping on furniture. She eats everything, but is no trouble at all. She does have potty training issues, but my friend is working on correcting those. She loves to play with her five Chihuahua siblings! Actually, I was talking to my friend this morning, and she told me that Minnie is having more foot problems. She has had two infections in her foot, and has been tried on two different antibiotics. She actually had to have her back right leg removed yesterday. My friend told me that it would cure Minnie's problem. She has already learned how to balance on three legs in one day! She is doing very well. She can even get up the steps! The cats have actually been taking care of her in the playpen. It sounds so sweet! They are always checking on her, and snuggling with her. I don't agree with Frosty, Minnie is not at all hyper! Personally, I would go with the Chihuahua. I hope this helps. If you want a large dog, any type of Retriever would do. Or, a Chow Chow, or German Shepherd dog. You should probably get the dogs seperatley. And, Chihuahuas do not snap! An Akita and a German Shepherd Dog is a good match if you like Big dogs. One of my neighbors has a Siberian Husky. Her name is Gypsy. She is so entertaining! She actually tries to talk! She has the best personality, and is super playful! But, she has killed a Rat Terrier, and a cat before. Chihuahuas are wonderful! Why is everybody putting them down? Chihuahuas are the best small dog you can get! You couldn't get a But, I have met soem bad Chihuahuas.