We are looking to buy a dog soon. We had a maltipoo puppy that we LOVED, but at around 9 months he got very aggressive and unpredictable and began biting people (even children). He was never mistreated in any way, so I'm still not sure where we went wrong with him, but we had to get rid of him and are now looking for another breed. We are in our early thirties and have two children, ages 4 and 5. We travel a lot and so live in an RV most of the time. We need a small, preferrably hypoallergenic dog that is FRIENDLY with strangers (top of my list!). A friend suggested a miniature schnauzer. We are obviously a little gun-shy, but we really want our kids to grow up with a dog, so we're willing to try again. Anyone have any suggestions or ideas?
The Maltese/Poodle mix most likely came from a puppymill where dogs are bred for money with no regard to health, temperment, etc.
I would suggest NOT buying from a pet store as these puppies come from puppymills. No matter what breed you choose do your research on the BREED and the BREEDER. Make sure the breeder does genetic testing.
My grandma had a min schnauzer when i was growing up, I lived with her, and he was a great dog. He never did fully potty train. I dont know if they are hard to potty train or if they just didnt mess with it. He was real good with me my brother and all the grand kids untill he go old. He ended up blind, deff, and had arthritus real bad. he never tryed to bit he just wanted to be left totaly alone and would growl now and then.
I have a pug and a boston and both of them are great with my 2 girls (ages 3 and 6). They both lay around untill your ready to play. Bullwinkle (the pug) has been so easy to potty train, rocky (the boston) was potty traned when we got him but concerding the guy who gave him to me had 4 that never went potty in the house im guessing he was easy too. they are funny little dogs too, so much fun to watch.
I think a Dachshund would be good they are regularly small and personally I think they are very cute too! Although, they make a good guard dog but im sure if you work with it and introduce it to people when its young then it might not be aggressive to strangers. Another good one might be a Yorkshire Terrier they are very small and cute also. Im not sure about the temperment though...
I cant really think of any other small dogs other than chihuahuas and min pins which I know min pins from personal experience are aggressive I mean very sweet to the owner but aggressive to strangers. And i've heard chihuahuas can be aggressive also!
min pins which I know min pins from personal experience are aggressive I mean very sweet to the owner but aggressive to strangers. And i've heard chihuahuas can be aggressive also! ------------------------------------------- Please know a breed before making false statements about the breeds. ANY breed can be aggressive, shy, afraid if not properly trained and socialized. It is NOT a breed characteristic of Min Pins to be aggresive, if you have met some that were, its likely from poor training. They are alert and will bark and warn you of anything that is nearby, but are not by breed chracteristic aggressive! Same with Chihuahua's.they are sweet and loving dogs. Too many people treat the small breeds as babies and do not give proper correction/discipline along with lack of socializing properly (not carrying in a purse and taking them in a store...that doesnt count, lol)
To the OP...based on just what little bit of info you gave, the age of your children, etc...a Pug is one breed to consider.
well not all chihuahuas are agressive, i have 7 of them , not one is aggressive to strangers, they bark alot, but when it comes down to it, they just like to play with people they have never met or barely know..
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We also camp a good bit and most of the dogs in the campground are small, yorkie, pug, rat terrier,schnauzer etc. You might see a lab or a dog of that size every now and then but its mostly the small breeds. My best friend has the rat terrier and he is the BEST camper I've ever seen. My kids gave me a mini dachshund for Christmas and the plan for is for him to be my camping buddy but until he is fully potty trained he wont be making any trips w/us. He doesnt smell, doesnt shed loves people but is protective of mom. He doesnt try and bite anyone just pokes them w/his nose (very politely) if they get too close to me. He sleeps w/me between me and the door and to hear him bark you'd think he was a BIG dog. He has a few issues b/c of where he came from but is adjusting well. Good Luck, hope you find your new friend.
ok not all pups come from a mill ok. But my uncle had a maltese that was really mean all it`s life with no risen for it. And he was AKC and no puppy mill pup. But I have akc poodles and pugs and shit-zus all AKC`s but I think the shit-zu is the most lovable dog and he is 4 now. But there is alot of great dogs out there you will just need to check them out and decide but make sure you see and meet mom and dad too.
OP "but we had to get rid of him and are now looking for another breed" --------------------------- My skin crawls whenever I hear that someone had to "get rid of" a dog. It just sounds cruel. And i do agree that his poor behavior was due to lack of training. Might I suggest that before you get another dog you first take a dog obedience class? Even if you don't have a dog, some trainers will allow you to sit in and learn and observe. The trainers can help you to better understand why dogs behave the way they do and also give you the tips/tools needed to properly train the dog.
The Miniature Pinscher also know as the Min-Pin is a well-balanced, sturdy, compact, short-coupled, smooth-coated dog who is proud, vigorous and alert. A fun loving extrovert who is great in the show ring or makes a clever companion. Vibrant, vivacious and perky, he is always on the go. He does well as a house dog who is at his best being the family WATCHDOG...
Min Pins, by their nature, are not generally timid, calm "lap dogs." Rather, they have an energetic spirit and curious nature. They are generally quite stubborn, but can also be very sweet. Although small, a Min Pin generally makes a good watchdog, as the breed is eager to sound the alarm when ****unfamiliar people and creatures appear in or around the home.***It is said that Mini Pinschers tend to ***bark excessively***,
Lpn i do have experience with min pins and my training i believe isnt poor.... we need to worry about the OP said she wanted a friendly dog with strangers .....aggressive may not have been the best word to describe the min pin (my fault) but excessive barking, good watch dog,sound the alarm when unfamiliar people are around... probably not the right breed for her. Thats the point i was trying to get across...
Also as for Chihuahua's I told her I had heard they can be aggressive I didnt say I had personal experience or anything. I also mentioned that she should socialize a pet and that would help so I wasnt ruling out socialization with the min pin or Chihuahua.
***Edited By: boxerlover01 on 1/23/2007 5:50:19 PM*** Reason: *
"I dont know if they (miniature schnauzers) are hard to potty train or if they just didnt mess with it."
This is not true Monkey. Miniature Schnauzers are incredibly bright dogs. My mini potty trained quickly and learned tricks in a matter of about 10 minutes. She and my Toy Poodle are among the smartest dogs I have ever known.
I would not recommend a miniature unless you want a high energy dog, that might enjoy barking. They are great, but I would want you to be sure what you are getting into BEFORE being cramped into an RV with a breed you are unfamiliar with.
They are low to no shed, and great for people with allergies. They aren't really yappers and the well bred ones, are pretty laid back and quite happy to nap by your side. Intelligent as I mentioned, only thing is, they do require frequent grooming.
Of course, as you have already found out, irresponsibly, "hobby" bred dogs, that aren't bred for temperament etc... can be a mess. Whatever you decide, be sure they are a well bred example of the breed or you will want to kick yourself in the butt all over again...
***Edited By: pope1982 on 1/23/2007 6:10:21 PM*** Reason: ...
I don't think it's the breed you have to be concerned about it's the socialization or lack of it that concerns me. Obedience training in any breed is very important.
Stay away from pet shops, I say that from experience, my husband and I bought a French Mastiff from a pet shop. He in no way was aggresive but he had so many genetic problems from poor breeding that eventually cost us in the neighborhood of $8,000. After all the money was spent in fixing hips, ringworm, allergies, ear infections, etc. He didn't even make his 3rd bday.
All in all do research, find a reputable breeder, training and consistency and most any breed will make a great fit in your family.
Amber Wasp.... I wouldn't consider your advice sound or valid... I don't mind the occasional spelling errors... I make them ALL the time... but when you can't spell the breed name of a dog you OWN... it concerns me...