Papillons are great lap dogs. I have five and all of them want to be in my lap at one time. Some bark more than others but I would not call it yappy. They bark mostly when someone comes to the door. They love it when friends come over. They love attention and will follow you everywhere. I don't mind this. As far as potty trianing. Its just like the other Papillon message. You have to keep on top of them and watch and take them outside and reward them. I also use crates for potty trianing. If you get a puppy that has been litter box train can be helpful too.
Grooming is very easy. Does not need much attention other than a brushing about once a week.
The best thing is read up on the breed you think you may want and see if it has the personilty you are looking for. Try to go and see some in person too. This may help you choose witch breed you like most.
Have you ever had a teacup chihuahua? I LOVE them I have had 5 ! They are great around kids! The only thing is the must be a house dog because they will freeze to death if put outside for a long period of time! I do know it takes them about 3-5 weeks to house train! I would get one of them!!
"Have you ever had a teacup chihuahua? I LOVE them I have had 5 ! They are great around kids! The only thing is the must be a house dog because they will freeze to death if put outside for a long period of time! I do know it takes them about 3-5 weeks to house train! I would get one of them!!"
Well, thanks for giving the WORST advice ever. "Teacups" are horrible to have around children. They are much too small to begin with and already have health issues, now you want to make them a family pet around rough and tumble children? Don't condone horrible breeding practices, that does nothing for the person buying the dog, or the dog itself.
I have read that there is no such thing as teacups...the pups being that small is not so much the standard and people that breed puposefully for that are unethical and are not holding up the breed standard. I read this specific to yorkies do not know if it applies all across the top breed board.
I have 2 chihuahuas, a long coat and a short coat. They are both lap dogs, although the short coat more so. They are not yappy at all and really only bark when to alert us of something. They are the sweetest things ever. As someone else mentioned they are just like any other dog and need to be socialized from day one. We bring ours everywhere and also have many visitors that give them LOTS of attention. Which they love. :)
My schnuazer, Max is a wonderful lap dog, he is in my lap while I'm on the computer, watching t.v., in the car, he sleeps all cuddled up with me, I couldn't ask for a better lap dog. But Schnauzer's do yap!
I agree with lpn169, any dog could be a lap dog. Size doesn't have anything to do with it. We have (many) toy poodles, some are lap dogs, some are not.
Yappy is not true in every small breed dog either. It depends on the dog and how they are raised. Many toy breeds bark/yap when someone arrives (they are great watch dogs) but usually settle when the greeting part is over.
I suggest to everyone who has never watched Ceaser Milan of the TV show "Dog Whisperer" to watch. You can learn a lot about how a dog thinks (which by the way, is not like the human thought process) and how much we influence our dogs actions.
If you want a lap dog, you can have our Jujube (just kidding). She won't get off my lap...ever...if I sit down.
I would suggest Chihuahua or Papillon, I have both. I seen where someone said Paps are hard to housebreak? Not mine. They are very intelligent dogs and quick learners. But sometimes they are too smart and will out think you (lol). They are problem solving little dogs and will figure things out. I got mine when she was 3 months old, within a week she had learned to play fetch. My Chi's love being on my lab or in the bed with me. They are truly snuggle dogs.
I have two Lhasa-Tzu's. They are terrific lap dogs, although my female is a bit large (20#), my male is only 12 lbs and they both just love to cuddle. And they both want to ride in my lap in the car as well. I've had a Lhasa before as well as a Lhasa-Yorkie mix that were both lovers, too. Don't know if the Shih-Tzu is a lap lover or not.