I've been thinking about getting a very small (11 inches or less--12 lbs or less) companion dog that I can take everywhere w/ me, but I don't know what breed will be right for me. I have a 8 yr old male sheltie, 1 yr old male rhodesian ridgeback (both in the house), and 1 adopted female mutt in the yard, so the breed also needs to get along w/ other dogs. I really considered a norwich terrier, but I read that they can be hyper & bark alot. I already have playful, energetic dogs, so I want this one to be mellow and calm, and definately NOT a barker. Any suggestions would be really helpful. Thanks.
terriers as a rule are usually barky and hyper. well there's chihuahuas, maltese, yorkies (may be barky), papillons, little poodles (barky?), to start with. just don't fall for the teacup thing. they are just little dogs, and really little can be very unhealthy.
What ever you do, don't get a terrier, cuz some terriers have digging instincts, but the only terrier that dosen't dig is a yorkshire terrier, because there in the companion group. So that's why u should get a maltese or a yorkshire terrier. There both real cute and sweet dogs.
My grandmother had a male maltese who happened to be the MEANEST dog I've ever met. So that probably won't be my choice. Now she has a male yorkie who's very entertaining and smart, but he's also VERY hyper, yappy, and won't potty train. I don't think I'll get one of those either. I just want something small, sweet, calm, and quiet that won't mind just keeping me company you know. Playful is good but not hyper. Would a westie, brussels griffon, cairn, or norfolk be alright???
i think a westie, cairn, and norfolk may be more barky than you want. look into pugs. i always plug them. talk about a loving little dog, if you can get past the exterior and all the noise they make, out of both ends. actually, though, a pug likely wouldn't be less than 12 pounds. mine intimidates the 100 pound lab next door.
***Edited By: pearl on 5/18/2005 1:01:28 PM*** Reason: added
Agree with Pearl, they are bigger than 12lbs but still on the smaller side, sturdy and a joy to play with.... PUGS !! Boston Terrier still bigger than a pug but still won't put your lap to sleep in 5 minutes. I also love a good Dachshund especially the wirehaired ones. Unfortunately I've never owned a small dog, so my experience is rather limited. Btw I'm considering a Boston Terrier as a companion for my family and bigger doggie. Miniature Poodle too or a Toy Poodle could work nicely for you too. Good luck.
I have an English Toy Spaniel and they are as mellow as they come esp. for a small dog. They are on the upper end of your height-weight requirement but still in your range. Mine does not bark unless someone knocks at the door or rings the doorbell. He is like a cat. I even had someone at the vet ask me how old he was cause he's so mellow. He was surprised when I said 1 1/2 yrs (2 now) Here's his pic on dogster.
I think I like the bichon. It has the right look. Can anyone tell me what it's like to live with them. I would probably get a female, and keep all that hair trimmed. Do they shed? Are they hard to potty train? Are they yappy? Does anyone know of a reputable breeder in Louisiana? Thanks yall.
OOOoo- a pug, they are affectionate and small (but not SO small that he/she'll be hard to house break... )! I've been totally interested in getting a Skye Terrier myself... they are so cute, but they do like the sound of their own voice (as I've read)
***Edited By: Teloulou420 on 5/18/2005 7:36:54 PM*** Reason: forgot part
I say a Yorkie. I have 3 rottweilers, a cane corso (italian mastiff), a great dane/shar pei mix, and a shepherd mix and in the middle of all of this I have little taz my 3 1/2 pound yorkie. He fits in fine and everyone adores him.
***Edited By: cschimizzi on 5/18/2005 7:44:51 PM*** Reason: added
I have a german shep. mix and my mom has a boston terrier. They play together very well. Boston's seem to get along with anyone and are a joy to have around...sometimes like having a little clown around! My mom's boston has more personality than any dog I've ever known. Sometimes I think he thinks he's human!
I fell in love with Coton de Tulear but they are realy expensive. I got a shih tzu/maltese mix that I adore instead. :) My parents have 2 bichons, one weighs 17 lbs, the other weighs 15 lbs. I thought they were small until I got my dog. The bischons look like giants near her. Good luck.
I have a Bichon who is 16 months old right now. She is the BEST dog I've ever had. She is such a sweetheart. She loves to give kisses...sometimes way to much...but she is a absolute joy. She was very easy to potty train. Just like with any dog...you have to be consistant during training. She was completely trained by the time she was 6 months old. She is 10" tall at the shoulder and weighs 11.75 lbs. They do need to be groomed as they don't really shed. They do lose hair just like you or I do. I usually brush her at night while she is sitting on my lap...and take her in to the groomer every 6-8 weeks.