Well, I'm use to having bigger breeds while I was growing up, but since I now live in an apartment I don't think that would be fair to a dog. So, I've done some research on smaller breeds of dogs and these are the two that I have narrowed it down to.
I'm looking for a smaller dog, grooming needs are not that important. I work at home as well as attend classes mainly online so I have plenty of time to take care of grooming needs.
Personality wise, I want a playful dog that can still be a lapdog but not afraid of a little physical exercise. I have friends that if their small dog walks too long, say half a mile, they will sit down until they are picked up. I don't want that at all. I spent a good amount of time outdoors especially at the beach and would like to go to dog parks again and play catch with a pooch again. Oh, and I like the idea of a watchdog, but too much barking is a concern. A dog that is easy to train is important too. I would take my new dog to classes and have patience, but it's nearly 14yrs since I had a puppy to train so if the breed is too difficult to train, that might be problem.
Well, any suggestions or personal experiences you can share with me to help me make my final decision?
I would choose a Crested, :P. I'm pretty positive they require a little more grooming than a Papillon, but I love the Crested temperament. I would love to own one some day. As for personal experience, Cresteds and Papillons are just as "yappy", normally the Crested only bark for a reason. The powderpuff I know barks if something is different, or it can. The Crested are sweet cuddly dogs, they just want your lovin'. Pretty easy to housetrain, I know the Papillon can be hard to housetrain. As long as the breeder, or pound wherever you get yours from, was housetraining the puppies they should be mostly or completely housetrained by the time you get him/her. Hm, I know a lot of Crested but I have never met a Papillon, the Papillon's temperament may be very similar to a crested, I have no idea. Look wise and temperament wise, I'd definitely go with a Crested. Good luck.
Thanks for your reply. But I thought cresteds, especially males were hard to housetrain? I looked up paps and they are suppose to be an intelligent breed that's not to yappy because they truly think they are not a small dog. I've only met a select few so I'm not sure how true that is. Anyone have more experience with paps?
Yes the males are hard to housetrain, and I'm sure there are exceptions but I don't think they have problems when their started early and are fixed. I know unaltered males(as with most any other dog) are next to impossible to housetrain. Toys in general are hard to housetrain, but I know a litter down here that let you know when they want out and hardly ever make a mistake, I'm not sure how old they are, their still pretty young. So my experiences with Cresteds are good.
Thanks for all the info, guys. I loved the other thread on paps. A lot of good info. I do love cresteds but most of the ones I met seemed timid and a couple were even shaking. I went to a couple of speciality dog shows for cresteds last year so I got to meet a lot of them. I "hear" that paps aren't so timid. The few I have met are not, but I can't say I've met enough to make a decision.