mafia..i was going to say something else...but decided not to..i just think that our work here is done..people will listen the first time..and learned to use the search engines...lol..or...if not...then so be it
If the dog HAS to live outdoors, you need to select for both an appropriate size of dog as well as a type of dog that can handle the weather. I have already given reasons that these two dogs are not capable of surviving outdoors. They just can't, even with a very comfy heated garage.
You need to look at spitz-type, nordic sorts of breeds, like an elkhound, or an american eskimo, or even a really large Pomeranian (12 lbs or so), or a working type of dog with a type of coat that can take winter, like a Sheltie, or sporting type of dog like a beagle. You are going to have to select something robust and hardy.
Here are several good reasons a Chi cannot simply live outdoors: Snakes can eat them. Hawks can eat them. Owls can eat them. Some cats can eat them. Doubtful you would want this outcome with your children's pet!
Shi's will develop chunks of ice dangling from their fur. These form tangles in the fur. Unless you cut the fur off, which you could not do, for an outdoor dog, even if the garage floor is heated.
I'm sorry "huronbreeze" that you just happen to know everything but the search engines are a very reliable way to get information if you know what you are looking for. Besides I don't know you from Adam so why should I take your word as fact for all I know you could be typing up retarted things on the computer. Same goes for you "mafiaprincess".
*edited for name calling*
***Edited By: scout1 on 7/3/2005 10:30:55 PM*** Reason: xoxo
why did you mention mafia...if any one was rude it was me...she gave sound information that you obviously in your 16 years of infinate wisdom...didnt seem to like...youve got all the answers tonight ...i have na bedtime cerfew..im only 10 remember...lol you crack me up
No way, no how, can a shih tzu live outdoors. They were bred to be human companions, they would not do well emotionally or physically. They are totally heat intolerant and can only be outside for short spurts in the hot summer. The need daily grooming, so if your allergic, how are you going to do that? If you don't they will get matts and maggots in the matts if left too long.
please keep all your stories straight,,you wrote:msg #7 IP: Logged 9:27:19 PM 7/3/2005
I am 16 and can't afford a different dog now but if I waited for another litter I would be back in school again. She is almost refusing to give me my money back so I don't know what to do. I din't sign a contract, however, prior to purchasing a puppy she e-mailed me the garuentee ********************************************* so..,r u 16 or a mom now? really interesting....
Layla, she didn't say she was going to get a Shih Tzu, she was just asking about different breeds of dogs, no need to go Postal on her.
I would also suggest a Nordic or Spitz type of dog if it will be outside most of the time. I am also one of those people who believe that dogs can still be a part of the family if they are outside most of the time. I, since I was a little girl, have had many dogs and they have all been outside dogs. Only recently, and I mean within the past four and a half years or so, have had Jesse inside full time, even now she spends half her days outside because it's so nice and she loves basking in the sun.
It doesn't mean you're less of an owner and are more irresponsible because you leave your dog outside. Of course, there are some people who ruin it and don't take care of their dogs, but do you seriously think this member would do this? I don't because she wouldn't have come on here asking what type of dog to get. She could have just gotten whatever little rat dog possible and left it outside. She needs our advice, help and suggestions, let's give it to her while being nice.
The first thing to remember, is are the children trained well enough to have a small dog? Most of this lies in the hands of how you teach your children to handle small breeds. If they are a bit rough and do not seem to get the idea of the need to be gentle...stick with the larger breed. Some additional training and excercise may prove to help your Golden be a good pet for them. About the hypoallergenic thing....their right, doesnt exist, but lower dander does. Neither of these breeds, in fact no toy dog is intended to be kept outside in the weather, some other breeds do much better with outdoor living, though its not the ideal life. Ever considered a bird, or hamster, something that would not aggravate your allergies instead?
Shih tzus and chihuahuas should never be outdoor dogs under any conditions. At all. Both breeds belong in the house, if you aren't going to bring them into the house, then don't get one because it's basically animal cruelty/neglect.
Neither dog is suited to survive outdoors in either heat or cold for extended periods of time, and even a well maintained garage. The shih tzu has a long silky coat that would mat and cause infections at the surface of the skin, and the chihuahua is such a small breed it's seriously in danger of attack by medium to large birds of prey such as owls and hawks. It's small body makes it hard to keep in heat during cold weather.
It is difficult for me to imagine breeds of dog less suited to living outdoors, particularly in an average temperate zone, than a chihuahua or a shih tzu. One of the various spitz breeds, which come in every imaginable size and color, would be far, far better. Even a wire-coated terrier type would be a better choice.
I agree with Ange...Smaller Spitz breeds such as the Swedish Buhund or Vallehund would be perfect...They are medium sized and are excellent outdoor dogs. If you could get your hands on a Swedish Elkhound (very rare in North America, good luck finding a breeder) than they are perfect also (that's what I have).