Smaller breeds aren't always yappy. It depends on how well you socialize them when they are pups. Who is in your home? Who visits? My mom has a chihuahua and grandmother, and both just bark when someone is at the door, but other than that are fine, and are very sweet and loving to all that come over. My mom has a long coat and grandma smooth coat. I am getting a smooth coat at the end of December. They are great little lap dogs.
I have a 14 lb. havanese. He's 15 mos. old, and should be a lap dog, but he's just not. I wanted a dog that would sit on my lap, but he prefers to sleep on the top of the couch while I'm lying on the couch at night. He's like a cat. The only time he insists on being on my lap is when I'm driving, when I don't want him there. He's a dominant dog, I would say also. Started lifting his leg to pee at 4 months. Was neutered at 6 mos., and gets so excited when new people come into the house, jumps all over them, and actually gets an erection, but doesn't hump them. I walk him twice a day, so he'll behave better in the house, and towards the end of the walk, will bite the leash, shake his head like it's a toy, stick his paw through the leash, etc. No matter what I do, he will go right back to doing it. I've tried yelling, making the dog whisperer sound, putting him in an alpha roll, etc., so much for a havanese being "eager to please"
Do we have the same dog?? Mason (10 month old maltese/toy poodle) sounds just like your puppy. He has started the leash biting/playing thing toward the end of our walks. And he is in no way a cuddler, although I've tried. Too funny. He is also a very strong-willed puppy. I have tried everything as well to discipline Mason, but nothing phases him it just gets him even more stimulated.
***Edited By: wantamaltese on 12/14/2006 4:40:02 PM*** Reason: .
You didnt mention what size dog you were wanting...my first thought for lap dog would be a Rotty, no kidding. My boy's there at any opportunity! If you wanted something a bit smaller, Cavaliers are wonderfull, very affectionate, quick learners, beautfull to touch with their silky ears... and funloving to. I would never have thought i'd EVER EVER have a little dog, but these littlies won me over!
Suprisingly, keeping my papillon neat and pretty isn't hard to do at all. I just brush her regularly, and since she's always on my lap then it's not like I have to set aside tedious time to do it.
She's rather prissy in that she doesn't go rolling around in the mud like my shepherd does, and when she does get that lovely doggy smell, I usually bathe her myself and that's never a problem either, and I try to take her in to have her groomed just before winter and again just before summer, and perhaps once in between, because she really just enjoys it-she gets out of there and marches around and prances like she's Miss Thang.
The only thing about her that might drive someone really nuts is that she will follow you everywhere. For me, it's no big deal, because they all follow me around like one big train around the house, and I'm used to her being underfoot, but for someone not used to it, they may find it irritating. She's not one of those independent dogs that hang out in their own spot, she's always at my feet, next to me, or on top of me, truly what I call a companion dog, heheh.
She gets along very well with the cats-I'm pretty sure that she might think she IS a cat, but she will defend them, too. When we first adopted our shepherd she made sure that she stayed between him and her kitties, and every time he'd go sniff at one she would let him know that she didn't like it. She's 6 pounds, by the way, he's about 40 or so, so we got a big kick out of this, and after a week or so she relaxed with him.
She really enjoys car rides, curls right up and lays down in her car carrier...I only really let her out when we go through the bank drive through so the lady can give her a treat.
No matter what breed you decide on, make sure that you do a lot of research on it, and maybe consider checking with all the pounds and shelters in the area to see if they have anything you're looking for, because the next best thing is adoption!!
*Edit* I didn't have any problem housebreaking her...she was just like any other dog...I had to be consistent and observant, I crate trained her and had her leashed to me when she was out, and within a week she had it all figured out.
***Edited By: Lorrix on 12/14/2006 6:38:29 PM*** Reason: kk
shih tzus, Bichons, Poms, along with all those listed.
danes, rotties, and pitts are over sized lap dogs. Even some germans will want to be in laps all the time.
I was told any dog can be a lap dog if you carry them around as a puppy, hold them as much as you can, when your sitting always put them in your lap. I dont know if that works or not though
We went to the park once when my oldest was 2. She was sitting on the ground when this big german runs up and sits on her lap. I laughed so hard I couldnt breath. He then sat on my lap and anyone wh was sitting on the ground got a german in there lap.
my bentley is a lap dog and never wants to get off my lap...lol hes the most lovable dog ive ever seen. hes like a little kid. you try to ignore him and he will nudge my arm so he can get under it and on to my lap . its funny but im telling ya he would sit there all day if i let him. Hes a mix breed dog hes bichon frise and a toy poodle. hes just very lovable and loves to cuddle-
now daisy isnt a cuddler which hurts my feelings...lol i try to hold her and cuddle her and she doesnt like that. she has started to come to me for more attention and wants to be held but only for a short minute and then shes down and doing her own thing or with bentley. she cuddles and loves bentley and is with him- so i know shes a cuddly pup just not with us- but shes still young shes 4 months old and im bringing her around tho. she is also a mix shes a maltese and a bichon frise.
but yes both of my dogs are yappers , bentley is the worst. we have just started squirting him with a water bottle which has made it so much easier when company comes over before he wouldnt stop barking at our guests it was very embarsing. but now hes doing so much better. and daisy barks but when guest come over she goes and lays down and doesnt even bother her at all.