My little brother is 24 years old and a little mentally disabled. We are looking at getting him a puppy in the next 6 months or so. He wants a large dog (german shepherd) that he can do tricks with like throw ball etc but mum and dad want a smaller dog that will need less exercise and they don't have a huge yard. He loves our sister's pomeranien (sp?) because it is really playful...but he thinks those dogs are a "girl's dog". He isn't overly energetic with long walks etc but will still happily play for hours in the backyard. No on will be home between 8am and 6pm. He likes playing playstation games etc so a dog that would be happy to chill out inside at night time as well as play outside would be good. And not a dog that barks too much. Jason wants a Jack Russell because of the dog in the movie 'Mask' with Jim Carrey (because it did heaps of tricks). Would this be suitable?
Thanks. What is a sheltie? I showed Jason the bishon and jap chin in the breed section and these dogs are too "gay" (as my little brother put it)! He doesn't want a fluffy dog. We have had 2 poodles when we were little and he doesn't want another. Mum and Dad don't want another dog that you have to go and get clipped etc....and when the poodles got old they really smelled...A LOT!!! Nope, he still wants that Jack Russell....but I am worried it will be too energetic maybe?
Ohhhh....I have always wondered what a "sheltie" looked like.... I don't think he would be able to properly groom a dog like that.....or any dog that required grooming to longish hair. This is going to be tougher than I thought!!! Thanks anyway for your advice.
how about a boston terrier or a pug. both are energetic dogs that are playful but do wind down after a good day unlike a jack russell that is like the energizer bunny. they are not " gay " dogs like poodles and jap. chin's. they also have short fur that does not need to be clipped, only brushed once a week or so.
Thanks Scout. I will ask Jas what he thinks of those dogs. HE also likes Beagles.....does anyone know what those dogs are like? Overly energetic? I also want one that is really affectionate and loves him heaps because he has never had his 'own' dog....just played with the family dogs.
What about a Pembroke Welsh Corgi ? My husband also had the "too girly" problem with many small dogs. This has worked well and she is SO smart and fast training. Not to sound biased,but I had to go through the same problem when my family was looking.
Boxer Babe - My family had a Sheltie for 11 years. We lost our Bartie in December. As for the grooming, it really was not that much. I was a bit lazy so I would take him to the groomers for baths, but he only needed a bath maybe every 6 months. Sheltie coats actually do not fair well with frequent bathing. He never smelled. Shelties are notorious for keeping their paws clean too. As for brushing, a good brushing once a week was all he needed and he always looked like a little lassie. As for personality, Shelties are incredible smart and extremely loyal. By the time ours was 3 he wanted nothing more than to lay on the floor in the living room by my mother. I gather you may not be in the U.S. but over here we have Sheltie breed rescues that can match special needs with slightly older dogs so that he would not have to live through "puppyhood". Perhaps if you can find something like that where you are, they can find your brother a perfect dog. Good Luck
How about the Papillon? I read they are extremely intellegant and used to be circus dogs because they are so smart and quick to learn tricks. They are also not a very "girly" looking dog. Cute but not girly and they are small. Good Luck!
For my husband the only smaller dogs he would consider were: Parson Jack Russel Corgi Bulldog we looked at skipperke but found some lifestyle incompatibilities. If they aren't too big for you all I think a boxer might be a nice choice. Keep in mind that I am thinking low grooming and light on the "fluffy". Let us know what you pick. Also, I have a special needs kid and found that there were organizations that would help me find dog that worked well for someone with needs. They even helped with training. Maybe you have resources like that.