My wife and I are thinking very seriously about getting a dog. We're looking for a dog that would be small, playful without being hyperactive and, since we both work, wouldn't mind being left at home alone during the work day (though I am freelance so there are times where I'd be around all the time).
Anyone have an experience with a smaller breed that generally has those characteristics. My family always owned larger dogs (labs, German Shepard, larger mutts) so I'm not really that aware of what kind of temperaments you can find in smaller breeds. Any and all advice would be much appreciated.
If you want a dog that will be happy waiting for you to come home, I wouldn't recommend a small dog. Their energy level and neediness do not make them suitable for folks who have to be away from home eight to ten hours a day.
I know some people who have a Bernese Mountain Dog who is just as happy as a clam to sit quietly and wait for his family to come home. But that is very large breed of dog and they shed a lot.
I would recommend a Basset Hound. They are extremely laid back but they can be wonderfully affectionate. They do have to be exercised, because they have a fatal tendency to turn into couch potatoes. Also I've known people who had greyhounds and they tend to spend a lot of time snoozing on the couch. Again, exercise is essential, but that is true of almost any dog you would get.
I think that you want to stay away from most sporting breeds and terriers. They are very active and were bred to do high-energy work. A bored Labrador Retriever can really wreak havoc on your life. Read "Marley and Me", great book about a charming dog who kept his family busy repairing all the things that he tore apart (including dry wall and furniture).
You may want to think about adopting an older dog (two to five years old) from a private adoption group. They will advise you if the animal is laid-back and tolerates being left alone.
If you want a small dog, a Sealyham Terrier is the couch potato of the terrier group. But finding a puppy will be some work. But it is fun to have a dog that does not look like everyone else's dog. I normally prefer male dogs, but for this breed a female to be spayed would make a nice pet.
He's your friend,your partner,your defender your dog.You are his life,his love,his leader. He will be yours faithful and true to the last beat of his heart.You owe it to him to worthy of such devotion
I personally have 2 miniature Schnauzers- Of course they are my favorite. Before I got my first one, I found a test on dogs somewhere on the internet - seems like I googled finding the perfect pet or perfect pet test. Not sure yet but you answered a few 10 or so questions pertaining to training, grooming, clipping exercise and I can not remember what else but then it recomended what dogs fell into the catagorys you selected. Schnauzers was not the number one on my list of perfect pups for me so I went and looked at prospective puppies in my area of the top breeds that was sugested - some I just did not like at all. But when I saw Sashas mom - I knew I wanted a schnauzer - Too bad hubby didn't know until he got home from work!!! Good luck - I would do as much research as I could weather in person or on the net before I took that plunge.