Hello! My name is Ann and I am 13 years old. I want a dog more than anything. My parents said that i could possibly get one and i am ready for the challenge. But, i am very undecided right now on which breed would be best for me and my family. This would be my first dog and i would the primary care giver. Please Help!
I live in a single home, which is fairly large and has small fencend yard. I live with my 2 brothers and sisters, ages 8,4, 15 months ( so i would need a dog that is good with small children) Also, my mom is home all day so, she would always be with the dog. I am looking for a dog that sheds little to no hair and is good for allergy sufferers. I would like to have a lap dog, or a very small dog.
Please, respond if you have any advice on which breed woulb be best for my situation!
if you want to buy it from a breeder here are some questions you might want to ask.....
Did it get spayed and neutered? All of hit shots include what shots? Was it in good health when you got it? Did it have any illnesses in the past year? Does it have any required foods from the vet that it should eat? Is it allergic to anything? Does it get sick often, such as colds or allergies? Is it good with other cats or dogs? Does it shed, if so should I use anything that could stop shedding? Has it had any past injuries? Did it have any past surgeries? Is it good with small children, ages 0-12? Has it been housebroken? Has it been dewormed, or if he has heartworm, are there any medications that it's vet has required it to take?
dachshunds or mini dachshunds are great dogs and love to snuggle. They don't shed much, and are great with kids who know how to handle them. Some people try to say dachshunds tend to be yappy but that's not true. Most are not yappy.
Italian greyhounds are great little dogs too. They can be up to 15 pounds and are considered a toy breed.
Pugs are good dogs too, but they tend to have lots of heath problems and shed very badly!!
Doxie, I was considering an IGGY. I require a small dog since I live in a one bedroom apartment. OriginallyI was interested in a Russian Toy Terrier or even a Pom, but I am an active person and might want to go on short runs ( 1 or 1 1/2 miles max) run with my dog. But I hear they're really hard to potty train.
i would recomend getting a silky terrier. they are small dogs but not too small and they are sturdy for a small breed. they are similar to yorkshire terriers but not as fragile. they don't shed. they are good with young kids. i have a 14 year old silky terrier muffin and she still acts like a puppy. we trim her hair short so that it is not too much work as when it is long. very good choice.
all three breeds I mentioned are notorious for being difficult housetrainers. I use crate training and it works beautifully. Once you get an IG trained, it remembers very well! Yorkies are worse than doxies for housetraining and should never be taken on long runs. the standard size greyhounds don't need a large amount of space-indoors they are calm dogs, but outdoors they do love to run!
Thank you all for your help! I would actually love to get a Calavier King Charles Spaniel but they are, from what i have researched, quite expensive. What about a Carin Terrier? I love terriers but alot arent that good with children, so i am told. Any opinions?
I recomend a miniture (NOT toy) poodle. Or if you go to a shelter a poodle mix breed. just make sure its a puppy so you can teach it to be gentle with your younger siblings. And make sure they are gentle with the dog too. Good luck and hope you are a good care taker because with all you kids , your Mom probally has her hands full already!LOL! I think its nice to see a family with a dog.
If you are open to adopting try www.petfinder.com This site has TONS of dogs for adoption,all ages,all breeds and all sizes.Adopting is alot cheaper then buying and it is saving a life!There are Cav Spaniels in the shelters too!
I wouldnt recommend a carin or westie for your situation.They are VERY head strong and stubborn and can be snappy if they get their way.Terriers in general arent great for first time owners.Now the schnauzer is a good one and they shed very little.The cockers are great dog,I have 2 of them.Both great with kids,both from a shelter.
I also wouldnt recommend a puppy.Not for as young as kids as you have in your family.Also big dogs make good family pets too.We have a 132lb rottie and my brother is 4 years old.There is big dogs that dont shed much either like the standard poodle or portugese water dog and a few hunting dogs dont.
I also think you should stay away from the sproting dogs like labs,golden retrievers and also stay away from german shepherds,border collies,austrailian shepherds.All these dogs are HIGH energy and shed a lot and can be difficult to train.
I think the poodle would be the best for you.But not a toy or teacup they are too fragile for young kids.You might wnat to stay away from anything under 10 lbs.
Plz take a look at petfinder.com
What state do you live in?? I could find some for you.
Your also doing a great job of researching and taking your time! Some adults dont even do that! Again welcome to TP
Thank you all for your suggestions! They helped me alot! i am still somewhat undecided but that is okay because if we do wind up getting a dog, we will be getting it in the summer or late spring so i will be out of school and have some time with the dog! Again, thanks for your help!