My parents are semi retired and have a 9 year old Shiba Inu, Bear, he is good with dogs, but not a very playful dog, even if mine are there he just doesn't play it's beneath him,LOL. I would like to get them something smaller than the Shiba, as it would be more my mom's dog, and she would like something non or low shedding. No I am not going to buy a cross breed or designer dog, do not even suggest it, no good breeder intentionally cross breeds dogs.
The dog would travel alot as my parents have a bus and spend most winters in arizona, we live in alberta. I was thinking of a havanese, or yorkie, I like the havs better because of their size, I do not like shih tzu, or lhasa's possibly a bichon frise any other breeds along these lines come to mind??
Yes I have discussed this with my parents, surprising someone with a dog is never a good ide, I know, we got Bear for my dad for christmas in 98, but my mom knew we were getting him for may dad. And the breeder also knew he was a present and knew if it didn't work he would have gone back to her.
What about a schnauzer? Two of my good friend each have these dogs and swear by them. My husband is not a "small dog" person, therefore we have labs. But their dogs are always loving and very loyal. They have taken their dogs on long trips and as long they take regular breaks, the dogs have done very well!
How about a Poodle! Nap goes every where with me. Hes alert , playful but also knows when to sit still or be carried. He's 6.5lbs now and such a great little fellow. Of course maybe not all poos are as wonderful as mine!LOL!JK!
What about a Westie? Westies typically enjoy the company of larger dogs.. they LOVE to travel and travel well. They don't shed like other breeds, just a weekly brush and they're good to go. They do need some grooming about every other month. Westies are not what I would call a lap dog, on the contrary they're quite independent. What I like most about westies is that they're truly a large dog in a small dogs body. They're spunky and comical and would probably bring some life to your parents current dog.
Adult Westies weigh between 15-22 lbs., depending on sex. They have a dense bone structure so they're not a fragile little dog, like a Yorkie.
Normally I don't recommend a westie to people, but your parents lifestyle seems ideal. In fact many retirees who travel own westies. BTW, I live in Arizona, if you should decide on a westie, let me know, I can help you find a breeder here in Arizona.. We have lots of wonderful westie breeders here and several number one westies have come out of the Phoenix area.
I have of course discused this with my parents, they really have little preference in breed, just small and little to no shedding, I would absolutly consider a westie or scotty, my dad has always liked scotties, but I was hopeing for this dog to be more for my mom than my dad, bear was for my dad, Tina.
I saw where you mentioned you dont like Shih-tzu or Lhasa-apso, does your mom like them though? Most of the breeds that would be best by the sounds of what you said have been mentioned (shih, lhasa, havanese, bishon) I would take these breeds, sit down with your mom, go to the akc website and read up on them making sure to include your mom, and let her make the final pick. Then it will be a reputable breeder search.
I can tell by your post that you don't like designer dogs and that is fine but I have a Bichon Frise/Westie mix and he is a great traveler and he loves to play with large dogs, he is one of the best littles guys around. I love my little 1/2 breed. He is such a great companion and such a sweetie. To each their own. Good luck in picking the right dog for you mom :)
Dachshunds are a great breed! They don't shed much and generally aren't big barkers. They are active and love their owners. Italian greyhounds are great dogs too! They are sweet and are rather calm, but they love walks!
Cody is incredibly adorable. He looks like a Bichon in his coat type for sure. He has a wonderful coat on him! What a beauity. We have a Yorkie/Poodle and he is wonderful. He loves going in the car, and going places to meet other people. He LOVES kids. Our neighbors have a little one, (2 yrs old) and Mia loves her.
Thank you Mommamia. I have so many Bichon owners come up to me and tell me what a beautiful Bichon I have and when I tell them he is a 1/2 breed they don't want to believe me. I also get asked alot about where do I get him groomed and I tell them but I also tell them that he gets brushed at least once a day and many days he gets brushed 2-3-4-t imes. He loves to be brushed and my husband and myself love to brush him, it is a very good bonding time. Our boys brush him once in a while. Cody is a momma's boy for sure but he is so spoiled by the whole family and he enjoys everyone!
I know...brushing is key! We brush Mia's coat out once a day. (Yeah I know....nothing like you do! LOL) Mia doesnt love it, but he doesnt mind. After that I give him a Kong and we will watch TV together. Mommy and me time :o)
my mom doesn't like the breathing snorting thing with shih tzu and lhasa's. Havanese aren't as bad with the breathing, she has always liked poms, I know they shed, and I am kinda talking to a breeder about them right now I also have a breeder of scotties I am taking to, but I am leaning toward the pom right now though. I guess we will see, the right dog will become available for her I guess.
Lhasas and shih tzus shouldn't "snort" Pugs actually shouldn't either. beleive it or not it's not normal! A properly bred pug or any breed will have large enough nostrils that allow air through without making it necessary to snort to get air. :) I used to have a lhasa. He lived for 16 years, and he died when I got back from Virginia. I lived there for a year, then had to come home. I missed Nebraska too much!
Shih tzus do not shed and they should not snort.I had one and he was the BEST dog nayone could ask for.Loved to snuggle and would give you kisses all day long.Very smart and loved to play fetch and swim.He was well behaved and never ran off.He got along with everything and everyone.He never snorted or had breating issues at all.My oldest cocker snores extremely loud.Loud enough where it vibrates the floor.He also breathes like a pig and snortes like on to.This is a cocker spaniel.It just depends on the dog.Have you looked at petfinder.com? Have you looked in your shelter? Our shelter ALWAYS has little dogs.Like this past week they had 4 shih tzus,2 poms,1 pug and 2 poodles,and a yorkie-poodle cross.The oldest dog there was 5 years old.The were all perfect dogs and in good health and very cute.Petfinder has a ton of dogs on tehre.Im sure you could find one.
Who said Westies are great around other dogs? In my experience theyre ok with their 'family members' that are canine, but like many other terriers can tend to be pretty dog aggressive. The whole "I may be small but I can still kick your Butt!" personality. This is straight from someone who breeds and shows Westies, that I was told this :P
Of the breeds you've mentioned, I personally like the havanese the best. They're not quite as small (and thus as fragile) as the other dogs. I've heard that Lhasa apso tend to be one-person dogs not sure if thats true. Bichon Frise are great dogs, very sturdy little dogs. If children are ever at your parents house (either yours or a relatives) you may want ot check into breeds that are better around children as well.
Regarding pomeranians.. well just be aware they are known barkers :P
***Edited By: Minniyar on 5/3/2006 11:41:28 AM*** Reason: add
I did... and my two boys haven't been around another dog they didn't like.. If bred with great temperament and properly socialized, westies are very dog friendly, and love to be around other dogs and humans. I do not show nor do I breed Westies but I am however around many people who do and there is no problem with any of our dogs getting along. In fact, just went to a westie function this past weekend with about 30 westies present...no problems.
Now take a westie or any dog for that matter, that has been abused or wasnt properly socialized and yes, there could be aggression towards other dogs. I think people have a misconceptions about terrier's.. Yes, they're spunky and have attitude but that doesn't mean theyre aggressive.
Here's a video of a westie yappy hour I had at my home.. they look like they all get along to me. :) Oh and this was the first time all of these dogs have met each other.