Hi. I'm a 13 year old girl. almost fourteen. I really would like a small dog. I play basketball so that can take up some of my nights. My parents say that i have to pay for my own dog. I have $800. I also would like it if the dog was friendly. :) If you have any suggestions please message me. Thanks. Mikayla.
If you want a small dog with minimal grooming requirements I would say go for the chihuahua, if you don't mind grooming a dog a Toy Poodle is excellent. Very intelligent, easily trained and loyal. :) Good luck.
For a 13 year old with limited time, I wouldn't recommend a toy breed. I honestly would suggest going to a shelter and getting an older pup/ young adult. I doesn't sound like you have a lot of time for training. Several toy breeds are considered hard to housebreak by the way. As busy as you are, I would also stay away from drop coated breeds like Yorkies, Maltese and Shih Tzus. Look into something a little more independent.
I think it is wonderful you have saved up $800 for your own dog. At your age, life between friends, school, sports, other activities can keep you really busy. A dog is a commitment 24 hours a day. This means you have to put everything else aside and take care of the dog first with excercise, feeding, potty training play time, grooming, vet care etc.
Have you parents said they will pay for the pups vet care or is that up to you as well?
I suggest saving your money and out in a savings account or college fund. Adopt a dog from the shelter who needs a home. You would be saving a life. Unless your parents are on board 100% to care for the dog when you arent home, pay for vet bills, help with training, then maybe waiting until your older is a good idea as well.
Small dogs can be a bit more time consuming especially as puppies. Other small breeds are Jack russell's, miniature Pinschers, Rat terries, Pugs, boston terriers, these breeds need less work as far as hair but can be very energetic and take time to train, if I were you i would go to a shelter and find a young adult. You can find small breeds for adoption as well at the shelters. As someone else mentioned you must consider Medical exams and shots, grooming, and training so really consider this before you decide. You will pay less at a shelter and can save your money,as well as a life. You can use what you will save for vet exams and shots, training, grooming, or save it for college as someone else mentioned as well.