I'm going to approach my parents at the end of summer and ask for a small dog. I have enough money saved up to cover expenses and my birthday is at the end of October (sweet sixteen present...there's no way they could get me a car anyways, lol). Plus I will have been working at a shelter all summer so I'll atleast be responsible enough to care for my own dog. I'm thinking a small dog, we already have a 9 year old Brittany, she's about medium sized (and good with most small dogs). I'd like one that could be apartment sized, so I can take it with me when I go off to college. Here's what I need: - a breed that's active enough for walks, but not overly hyper - one that can tolerate both cold weather (though it will be inside most of time during winter...we have a huge backyard during summer) - one that will "bond" to me and be affectionate, but won't have a nervous breakdown while I'm at school - and finally, one that's not overly aggressive towards other dogs and small animals I'm looking into a Yorkie, Boston Terrier, Pug, or Chihuahua. I'd love a larger breed like a Pit Bull but that's not a good idea considering the size of our house. Any suggestions/ideas?
I think a pug would be an excellent way to go. They can have minimal to moderate exercise but it is hard to find an extreemly active small dog. Good luck with your search. I would ask your parents before you get too intense in finding a breed. :)
I personaly would go with a chi. They bond quickly and to one person, so you will be her "mommy". They do need exercise but are not overly hyper (you must pick the puppy that expresses this quality), sometimes they can be yappy but a good puppy will not be exteremely yappy as long as it has the proper love and companionship.
btw, i havent heard of a college yet that will allow residents to own any animals, nuch less a dog. unless you live of campus in an apartment and not many apartments rent to people with pets. just a thought.
aww, if you didn't have to go to school and someone could take care of it while your at home I would tell you to get a corgi. I have a border collie, but my parents bring him out while I'm at school. =)! But, otherwise I'll get a pug.
I think Pugs are great, cute, and funny companions! I own one that has serious medical problums, and my fiance owns one also that has had one surgery already for breathing problums, and she is going to have to have another! The pug down the road has medical problums as well, and Pugs are generally harder to housetrain! If you get a Pug- try to save yourself heartache, and money, and make sure it is not riddled with all the health problums! Almost every Pug we have met on walks, or at the Local Dogpark, almost all have health issues. So adopt wisely!! Good Luck!
Just a question, I have a Bichon Frise/Westie mix and I love him, but if he ever got out or off his leash I think he would run like the wind, how does your neighbor keep theirs from running away? Cody has been trained but I think he would enjoy running wild if he had the chance.
The pug is a good choice, they need exercise just like most dogs but not really excessive. Their bark is not the same as other dogs. It doesn't sound as yappy. But they will probly snore and shed some. One complaint I hear sometimes is the Dog aggression from the Yorkie, but there is always the exception. And they don't do well alone, and tend to suffer from Separation Distress. The chih will freeze his little bum off in the cold. The Pug will make you laugh every day cause they are really funny little dogs.
I agreet with Scout, I don't know of any colleges that will allow pets in their on-campus dorms. The closest you'll get to a pet on-campus is probably a fish. If dogs were allowed, I'd bring my Corgi in a heartbeat. If you'll be getting an apartment close by college though, then you'll have a chance. So yeah, if you want this dog to be yours alone, you need to first think through all the potential obstacles that you'll be faced with.