I have a younger brother who is 10, and older one who is 14. Must shed minimally or not shed at all. I don't want a dog who needs frequent grooming...such as a Shih Tzu. I took several quizzes...but not of the dogs they matched me up with seemed right. Please help!
I have a Bichon Frise/Westie mix. Cody is all white, black eyes and nose and we all adore him. He is almost a year old and weighs 17 lbs. and shouldn't get much heavier. He is great with everyone. In our family of five we all had different needs in a dog and I wanted one to fit each of our needs and most importantly one that we could fit all of its needs. I think I have succeeded. Cody loves to cuddle and give lots of kisses, follow me around and obeys most commands, he is very gentle with my 85 yr. old mother who lives with us but then he can run and leap with the best of them. My guys all love to play rough with him and chase him and play fetch. Every night about 8:00PM Cody gets in his running and bouncing off the couch mode and he tears around doing figure 8's and jumping off the step into our sunken living room, just has a ball. He does require a lot of brushing, I brush him at least once a day but he loves it and I enjoy the bonding time and as far a shedding, it is very, very little. I wear black alot and people are amazed when they see I have a dog with kinda long white hair. Good luck in picking a dog. Please be a responsible owner and take good care of the pup. Puppies require alot of care and love and lots and lots of patience.
You only have two choices. Dogs that dont shed have hair that continually grows and need frequent grooms and cuts or tons of brushing and dematting. Dogs that dont need this are the shedders. If anyone knows any breed that doesn't fall into one of these two categories let me know, cause I havn't heard of any.
Some Pugs do quite abit of shedding, trust me ours have pretty little fawn hairs everywhere, some do shed less, but the color is more noticeable i guess than the Min Pins, they shed less. I agree that Boston or French Bulldog is a good choice
Thanks for the help. I do some research on the dogs you recommend. But let's say I found a good mixed breed. Do you prefer to buy, or adopt? I have heard dogs in the dog shelter are less healthy, is that true?
Puppy Cuddles I recommend a pembroke welsh corgi because they shed for a period of time then stop. They are not that big and are very intelligent and I walk her out every 2 hours or so and she never does her buisness in the house. They are just the best =)
I have a little brother he is 7 and a little sister thats 13 and my dog has alot of patience with my brother. She has never snapped at him. Even though in a book I read it say its not ideal for children. That's a lie.
That would be great if you could rescue from a shelter... you are saving a life!! Health factor, alot of it depends on the shelter, but I think that being vaccinated and neutered is very important and they do that there. Any health aliments if any would most likely be minor. PET STORES... very unhealthy animals. I would stay away from there for sure.
Depending on the breed whether or not they have *hair* (Shih Tzu, Lhasa, Maltese) or *fur* (Saint Bernard, Bulldog, Boxer) depends on the shedding factor.
Dogs will shed if stressed, hot or cold weather, etc. Grooming requirements for each breed are different. If you want a dog that truly doesn't shed, get a stuffed animal :)
But don't base your choice of dog on shedding alone. Check out your lifestyle, too. The environment you live in, whether its' a house or apt, the amount of exercise you can actually give them, not what you *think* you can....I would like to *think* I can run daily but in reality I'm lazy ;-) know what i mean?
This is a life long commitment, remember you're taking care of a life, not just *a dog*
I highly recommend going to a shelter or even a rescue group if you want a specific purebred. You're saving a life.
Stdogz couldn't say it any better :) If I lived in an apartment I would get a corgi because they are not really small or really big. They shed once in awhile and have the best attitude ever. They are so smart also. I love my Corgis :D
Never a corgi! They shed as bad if not worse than huskies and they have the tendency to be both jumpy and nippy. For a first dog you need somehting that will not try to control you. A lab mix from a shelter or rescue is probally a good choice. A beagle rescue may also be a great place for you. They can find you one that does not howl and who is content to just be around you all the time.
a lab is not a real good choice either. they shed alot and the sheer energy level a lab possesses is a lot to handle for many people. if i had even a penny for every client who walks thru the door with a 6 - 18 month old lab and says if they knew what they were getting into they would have never gotten a lab i would be a very rich woman =)