We have just purchased our first house, which is a bit on the small size with a good-sized yard (not completely fenced in). We are so anxious to adopt a dog but are having a hard time deciding on what is the best dog for us....I want them all!
We would like a dog that is on the smaller side and has a happy-go-lucky temperment. We originally looked at beagles but since our neighbors are so close I am afraid of the barking as well as having them run-away at a moments notice. I would also like a dog that is able to go on long walks but can sometimes go without a day or two without alot of heavy exercise. Minimal shedding would also be great since I have a long-haird cat and have enough hair to deal with. =)
Growing up, my family had a shiz-tu and she was the best dog ever....are they all so well-behaved? How often do they have to be groomed in order to keep a shorter coat?
Does anyone have any suggestions for a small, loyal, well-tempered, fun dog?
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I have Boston Terriers, and they are great. Very little shedding, great with kids, love walks or sitting in your lap and riding in the car. You might consider one. I posted some pictures of my puppies (sold) on here about 4 days ago. It says "pictures of the cutest puppies ever". Go visit someone who has a Boston and do a little research and Im sure you will fall in love with them. CeCe
No shedding. About 16-18 lbs full grown. Mine enjoy outside playing all day, then can come in a cuddle. Very sturdy dogs, they tend to bond closly with you. Mine cry when I walk away... I'd never be worried of them taking off.
Do you have enough fencing to keep a small dog in the yard? I think I would make sure of that first. Then I would start checking the local shelters. Many shelters get dogs that are around 6 to 8 months old because the owners can't handle the puppy behaviour or they get out and run away. Having a fully fenced yard will eliminate one of those problems. Are you thinking of a puppy? If so, are you prepared for the CHEWING. :) Puppies will chew on just about anything. If the shelter isn't to your liking, you can start looking at various breeds at the AKC website, but it sounds like the Shih tzu is for you.
Get a book on breeds and research before buying. Going to a shelter is great too. I have had both pure and mixes and love them both. At this moment I have a Bichon Frise/Westie mix. We call him our little 1/2 breed. He is almost 2 yrs old and he is just so sweet. He was pretty easy to train, potty training was a little hard, getting him to understand that he needed to do his big job outside was a little tricky but he did catch on just took a few months. He sheds very, very little. I take him to the groomers every six weeks, and sometimes, if we have been to the dog park a little to often I will get him just a bath at the goomers. I do that more for me than for Cody, he could care less is he was covered in dust or mud !:) Cody weighs 17-1/2 lbs. he on the higher end for his breeds. He would love it if we had a fenced in back yard, he loves being outside as well as being inside. He doesn't care if it is raining, snowing or just a beautiful day he loves going for our walks. He gets brushed at least once a day, sometimes more he really enjoys that and so do we, it is a good bonding time for all. I think we spend more on treats than we do on dog food and the toys, well he is spoiled, very spoiled. We have gotten him dog beds but he doesn't like those, the real thing works best for him so he snoozes on our bed for the better part of the evening then he goes to his crate around 11:00PM and stays there for the rest of the night. He is just so much fun. Hope this helps you a little but like I said in the beginning, get books, check the internet research, research and more research. Only you and your family knows what your lifestyle is truly like and what would work best for all of you and the pup. Sit down and talk about the type of dog you all want, small, med. big, long or short hair, playful or laid back, high maintenance or not, etc. etc. you get the idea. If you find some breeds you like maybe you could find someone who owns that type and go visit them and check that breed out. Even if you get a breed that you are aware of, each dog within that breed will be different, they all have their own personalities. Each family also has their own way of training so you may see a dog that behaves really well and you get that breed and yours doesn't behave that good, could be the dog or possibly could be the trainers, you never know. Please research and then have a great time finding the right pet for your household and enjoy ! !http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a366/cherylrihn/Cody/ja23_009.jpg
Papillons do have long fur what they do not shed that much. They enjoy long walks (they are very active even though they are small) and can go a few days without walks without becoming destructive. They are good with cats. Papillons are also VERY friendly and very easy to obedience train. And they do have that happy-go-lucky temperament. Plus, they are so cute!! :)
i'd say a shetland sheppdog. little shedding, great with kids, love walks or sitting in your lap and riding in the car. and they are small. not big barkers and they are smart and easy to train. You might consider one
Go to a rescue shelter and tell them what characteristics you want. Tell them if you want an active dog or a dog that sits on the floor and sleeps, is good with kids or not, whatever you want.
Then, have them match you with a dog they have. The reason is two fold: one, a dog gets a home that wouldn't otherwise.
The other is that you can actually talk to someone who has housed this dog for some time and can tell you exactly what good and bad habits this dog has. Most of the time, these dogs are already potty trained and many also have basic obedience commands taught to them. It's a win win situation all around.
And, you can often "try before you buy" and take the dog home for a weekend to see if you click.
Any of the spaniel breeds would probably suit you. By all means check out your local animal shelter first. Shelters have come a long way in the last 20 years. Now most of them make a point of knowing the habits and personality of each dog in their care to match it with a new owner. It is in a shelter's best interest to be honest so you don't wind up bringing the dog back. That is not always the case with a breeder who could refuse to take the dog back and might downplay any negative traits in their line of dogs.