My mom is looking for a small dog that DOES NOT need to be groomed. This summer, my mom had her German Shephard mix PTS because of seizures and arthritis and age. She is looking for a smaller dog that will be easier for her to handle. (she is 72 years old and lives by herself) Her last dog was a rescue, and she is looking for another adult that is already housetrained and won't need tons of exercise. I'm taking her to 2 different rescues this weekend, but I know very little about small dogs. Can someone tell me what dogs need groomed so I will know what to avoid?
Poodles I think. They're fur is hypo allergenic. But I'll let a poodle person tell you about them. I'm a Chihuahua person. I have three short hairs. All they need is a bath once a month and under their eyes wiped. Just take a tissue and wipe. They are thought to be yappy and high strung. they can be, but if you keep a relaxed calm enviorment, they are really laid back. They like to sleep on your lap or shoulder. They don't require much exercise, and fetch and being let out in a fenced in yard will probably do. They have several health problems that can occur. Low blood pressure, weezing, fragilel bones, heart murmors. Now those are probem that can occur, but are not for sure. Every breed has their own genetic probelms. All in all, Chihuahuas are a great dog for someone who is looking for a small, laid back, friend.
Halosfire-I'm not talking about brushing a dog on a regular basis. I'm talking about poodles and schnauzers and such that need to be taken to a groomer on a regular basis to be clipped. She doesn't want one that needs to be taken to a groomer-is that specific enough?
Even schnauzers and poodles need groomed, to prevent matting. Odds are, if she can't pay/travel to have the animal properly groomed and cared for.. then she doesn't need one. Dogs are alot of work. Get her a cat, she'll only have to change the litter box.
Halosfire-you don't seem to understand. She has had dogs all her life and knows how to take care of them. The only change is, now that she is older, she wants a SMALLER dog than what she has had before, and yes, she DOES NOT want to go to a groomer. She is perfectly capable of brushing a dog, feeding a dog, going to the vet, etc. Would you like her vet to give you a reference? The only thing I am asking, since neither of us knows much about small dogs is, what breed DOES NOT NEED TO BE TAKEN TO A GROOMER EVERY 6 WEEKS? Is that so hard to understand?!!!
Oh no, I understand completely. What i'm saying is, if she is getting older.. a dog could be too much work for her. I have a shihpoo... it has a mix coat of poodle and shihtzu.. all it needs is a little brushing. She requires ALOT of attention though. I would look into adopting/purchasing one of those. Are you wanting to buy, or just get one from a shelter?
Halosfire, I'm sorry. I'm a little bit on edge. I just had my one cat PTS this week (she had kidney failure) and I'm still really upset about it. Didn't mean to take it out on you. Anyway...she's looking to get one from a shelter, so it's unlikely it will be a purebred, but you never know. She's just looking for something that won't be too hard for her to handle out walking. She has a fenced in yard, and the dog would stay in the house (along with her 2 cats) I guess we'll just have to see what is available when we go to the rescue. She's not in a big hurry, so if we don't find the right dog, we will just wait.
i know exactly what you are saying catlover. just because you want a pet that doesnt require grooming, besides the necessary grooming, doesnt mean you will be a bad pet owner. i get irritated at someone that says that. i love my dogs. when we had to put our peke down at 13 years old, because of cancer, we wanted another dog. i have had surgery on both hands and a permanent loss of feeling and am on disability. i can still use my hands, but some things are harder to do than others. i love the pekes for their flat faces. when i saw my first frenchie, i was in love. we went to a short coat breed because of the grooming. i CANT do it on a regular basis. frenchies require very little. so please dont insinuate because she wants a low maintenance dog, that she wouldnt be an excellent pet owner.
Barligirl-funny you should mention that. My mom said she she watched an AKC show on TV the other day, and she thought the corgis were so cute! She also liked the shelties (we used to have collies when I was a kid) but I think a sheltie would need to much exercise for her to handle. That's one reason she is looking for an adult dog and one that is already trained.
I really think a Chi would be good for your mom, but if you are getitng one form a rescue, maybe not. If mistreated they can develope odd behaviors, mostly to those who annoy them ,like kids. Probably would be just fine with your mum.
I wasn't meaning it in that way, either. I was simply stating, that if she is getting older... dogs are very hard to keep up. That's all. If she's still in excellent health, then that's different. I would definitely suggest a breed with short hair... chihuahua, beagle (preferably the 12" or 13") or an italian greyhound, they are amazing... you can almost always find those at rescues.
Hmm, stairs might not be so good, so go with Min Pin, JRT or even a pug. I bet rescue could find a really laid back JRT for a senior. Lots of Seniors die, or go into a Seniors home and leave behind their pets. That sounds perfect. And it would give them a second chance, and theres probly hundreds of senior JRT's looking for homes. Go through Petfinder...
***Edited By: sue on 10/26/2005 10:23:47 PM*** Reason: dfgadf