You decided you want a puppy for Christmas.. :) You;ve already chosen a size and possible breed..
Maybe not give yourself the deadline.. Do a little research on each breed you might be interested in as far as grooming, possible health problems, upkeep, disposistions, etc.
Find a breeder, feel free to ask, how many litters a years they have and such. You'll find that most breeders are more than willing to teach you about their breed.. Next check out the conditions and the parents (both if possible). A reputable breeder wouldn't have a problem with you talking to their vet if thats something you might want to do to. Then if you find everything satisfactory ask if they have a pet puppy for sale. Many breeders offer pet pupppies on a spay/neuter contract (ltd registration) for a much reduced price.
I would also check out breed rescues.. There are so many dogs out there that may not be a 8 week old puppy but they still need a forever home to go to. Find out from the foster owners how long they;ve had the dog, and any problems they have observed. Most are very very honest as they are hoping to find a forever home for the dog. Not all dogs that go to rescue groups are problem dogs. A lot of the time they are great dogs of all ages that people just couldn't keep anymore because of divorce, health,or living environment conditions.
Anyhow just my 2 cents, best of luck in your search.
You also might just go get a small mix from the shelter? (They also have purebreds)......
Also, Poms are great dogs but they do have a tendancy to be barkers and in an apartment that might not be the best thing, also, depending on the size, they can be pretty fragile dogs especially as pups(breaking legs by falling off couches, etc.) Another thing you need to consider is grooming, Dogs like the poms are big shedders, and require alot of grooming to keep their coats nice and mat free, while other dogs require just a quick brush over. You need to think about how much work you honestly want to give to your dog. I have a chow pup who is a never ending groom job, as well as my golden/chow mix who requires alot of grooming as well, just not as extensive. Good Luck!!
Size doesn't matter. It all depends on the breed. No matter what you yoyu deside dogs take time more than size. If you don't have the time to spend with a new puppy you really should consider a differant pet.
I love both the yorkies and papillons but I have never owned one.......what about a chihuahua? They are small too. I have one and she's a total sweetheart and loves to sit on your lap and be held. She always has to be next to one of us :-)
i can personally say Papillons are the best for you there like bigger chihuahuas but not as delicate they are toy breeds (small) if you want a small but powerfull dog try the Short-legged Jack Russel Terrier but there very Hyper Maybe a Chihuahua if you dont have young kids in the house.