My daughter is turning 5 and is an only child. She has wanted a dog for awhile now but I have allergies. We thought about getting her a guinea pig or a bunny, but I thought a small dog might be more fun for her to play with and more responsive as well. Can anyone recommend a good small dog breed that wont break the bank and will be good for my allergies as well? I've heard poodles and bijon frise (sp) are good for allergies. I really like the mini dogs...We saw a teacup Yorkie today that someone was walking around, but they seem to cost a fortune. And I've read several messages already posted about beware of designer dogs. I am new to the dog world so I don't know what is a designer dog. I just want a good dog that will be fun and playful for my daughter who is very loving and nurturing....but I would like to start off with something as small as possible. Thank you.
For a child under 12 a dog that is under 5 lbs is usually not a good idea. Children like to pack them around and one trip can seriously injure the pup. Besides that dog that small have alot of health problems, and live way shorter live on average. Have you though of contacting a rescue group? That way you will beable to tell if you are allergic to the dog befoer you totally comit to having it.
when i was growing up i had a silky terrier. i got her when i was 6, she passed away a month ago, she lived to the age of 15. she was like a little sister to me. she was playful but also knew when to calm down and cuddle. if you don't know what silky terriers are, they kinda look like a yorkshire terrier but a little more sturdy. muffin weighed about 9lbs, but had a sturdy structure to her body.
here is a pic of me and muffin when i was 6 and she was a pup...
she was good with children 99.9% of the time but like any other dog they have to be approached the right way, she snapped at a kid once when they came at her weird. so you will have to make sure you teach your daughter how to act with your new dog.
good luck with your search.
***Edited By: silkypup on 9/14/2006 2:45:44 AM*** Reason: add pic
look into a shitzu... they are small... very playful and full of energy... also they have hair instead of fur so that eliminates most dog allergies since most dogs do have fur.... they are also evry gentle dogs and your child will get a kick out of it..... but you also have to teach your child that rough play with the puppy is not tolerated since it could hurt the puppy... and also the puppy might get mixed signals if your child is hitting it.... it may think that it is doing something wrong.... but that is what i would suggest..... also if you were to get a bigger breed of dog... get it as a puppy.... and the dog will grow with the child and learn that the child is also fragile!
Retrivers are loyal dogs and also smart.... get them as a puppy and show them the rules towards small children and they will stick buy it... you could also look into obedience training and take your daughter with you and make sure the teacher know that the dog is for her.... this will help her learn how to interact with the dog will learn that she is its master as well!
***Edited By: Ivy11 on 9/14/2006 2:49:19 AM*** Reason: P.S
Poodles are a great dog as well, intelligent and excellent for those with allergies. no matter WHAT you decide to get, you have to remember that it is critical to train not only the dog, but the child as well.
Small children tend to move fast, love to get nose to nose with dogs (in other words, right in the dog's face) and tend to squeeze a bit when giving love.
Since you have never had a dog in the home with your daughter, she (even the most loving and gentle child) will have to be taught the proper way to approach, pet, hug, and handle any dog. Small children also tend to love to play with the dog's food and water, so careful observation is necessary to insure that your dog isn't food aggressive.
I have a yorkie and a maltese. Neither one would I recommend for a child under 12.
Both are always underfoot and even if your daughter was taught the proper way to handle a small dog you still have friends and visitors to worry about.
My first thoughts would be to look into a different type of terrier.....perhaps a Cairn (Toto) or even a West Highland. Both are also considered hypoallergenic.....let me add....my asthmatic son does not do well with poodles but can tolerate my yorkie and maltese.
Allergies affect each person differently.....find a quality breeder and spend alot of time there handling the pups.
I am not really a small dog person, but my suggestions would be, Shit Tsu (sp?), Chinese Crested or Maltese. Try breed specific rescue groups, they usually fit the dog with the family. Good luck with your search and keep us posted.
***Edited By: Bordeaux4me on 9/14/2006 10:30:10 AM*** Reason: spelling
It would depend on your child. we are getting my 6 year old a small yorkie, I plann to do all the training, gorrming, feeding, and watering and I will expect her to help a little (get me the bowl so I can feed it maby help brush sometimes nothing big). We also have a 2 year old in the house. Alot of people would say no no please get a bigger dog unless they know my girls. To be honest i would trust them with an animal befor i would alot f adults I know.
A boston is a nice small sturdy dog. we have one hes 27 lbs (big for a boston) and one of the strongest dogs I know. He can pull me off the couch (he has more then once playing tug of war) and I could probly ride him down the street if i wanted. I wont of corse thats just wrong.
Guenea pigs are great pets too. We have one and he is so funny. hes always talking to us, When the kitchen timer goes off If im no right there he will yell untill I check the food, He licks people, he loves kisses and loves attion. I never knew how much fun one could be. They have alot of personalty and they are almost like a very small dog. Well mine is, He loves to be brushed, we feed and water him every day, He loves to be played with, Im sure I could teach him tricks if I wanted to. My 2 year old loves him. he cuddles with her, and will give her kisses. Its real cute.
hampsters are cool to though they can be mean. I though about getting one for Mr.Pig to play with but many people said no guenea pigs are sweet little guys and wont hurt him but hampsters can be mean. One pet shop lady told me how the hampsters broke free got into the guenea pig cage and beat the guenea pigsup. They are the thugs of the rodent world.
Bunnys are also great pets. We had one that would come when you called, Loves to snuggle with the cat, and ust all aroud loved everyone.
Befor you pick your pet why not ask some people to barrow there pets to see hwo they fit in with your family. Take your little girl to a pet shop and have the pet shop people take out diffrent animals for her to hold and play with (pet warehouse is great about this they stand ther eto make sure the animal and kid are both ok and I hve never had problems with them) watch how she interacts with them. Also be honest if she is the kind to tote animals around by there neck or likes to play rough a tiny dog is not for you.
I think even if shes a bit rough a boston would be great in your house. I dont know about algeries but they are good with kids, very sweet calm dogs, very quite unless they think somethings wrong (mine barks at the door bell, and constrution workers). Hes probly the best dog I have ever had.
My mom is allergic to just about every animal, so I was unable to have a dog as a kid. As far as I know, depending on the severity of your allergies, people are allergic to dander and not hair. So it wouldn't matter what kind of dog because they all have dander. Though you may not be as allergic as my mom is.
Also, I think at 5 you will be the one doing most of the work with this pet so getting something you're allergic to might not be a good idea. I also have a 5 year old and I think that 7-8 is a good age for a pet of their own. I got my first rabbits at 8, though didn't do ALL the work. I still raise rabbits for show (they're really fun, though not pets for me).
I read that guinea pigs (cavies, also can be found at rabbit shows) are great first pets. They are noisy, but you can also get one from a breeder that shows, there are 20 or so different breeds.
I would've really, really liked to have had a dog as a kid, but I'm really thankful that I was able to get into rabbits. I also am able to have dogs now and probably will appreciate them more.
Gueneapigs can make lost of noise but we dont find it anoying as long as hes not in the same room we are when we sleep. Hes not yelling and talking at night bu the chews and the sould is anoying if you have him close.
The sound is like a high pitch squeek squal sound. Like screaming wee as high pitched as you can. Its easy to get used to and Mr. Pig only does it if you do it first (we do it alot) if the kitchen timer goes off, If he wants something, or if we shake a bag or chips or anything that makes that kind of sound. When we brush him he purs like a cat, he also does it when your are cuddling him and if you run your fingers from his bum to his head real soft.
They are cool pets. You can get all diffrent kinds. You can find them with hair dragging the ground or bald. Im getting a bigger cage so we can get a few more.
Thanks SO much for all of your feedback, you've given me a lot to think about. I appreciate it so much, and to the girl who had muffin...she is TOO cute. The two of you looked so happy together. My childhood dog (Cairn Terrier) was named muffin too. She was a great dog. Thanks!