I have decided I want to get a dog, but I'm having a really hard time choosing a breed. I'm not sure if I want a purebred or a mixed breed. It doesn't really matter as long as the dog fits well in my lifestyle. These are the characteristics I'm looking for in a dog:
* Small * Non-aggressive * Grooming OK * Active * I have a Yard * Married, no children
Let me know if you have any suggestions for breeds or mixed breeds. Thanks! Oh, and this will be our first dog.
That's a tough one. There are so many great dogs! If you're not set on one certain breed, I would suggest going to the Humane Society and searching for a small dog that needs a family. I think mixed breeds are great.
I think you need to focus on what you would hope this dog brings your life, because so far you could be just as easily be describing a cat or a guinea pig.
Do you picture yourself playing fetch? Long hikes? Or just sitting in front of the TV with a pup curled up in your lap?
Also think about what kind of "look" you prefer. Short/long/curly hair? Long nose/flat face?
What about barking? Different breeds have different vocalization characteristics. There are some breeds that bark, while others bay, and others "yodel." Think about which of those you can tolerate (or even find charming).
Shelters are a perfect place to start, alot of good dogs needing homes. If nothing else, go see if there is anything that tickles your fancy. There are so many nice small breeds, very few are agressive unless they are tought they can be that way. Or spoiled to the point of taken over there owner lol. good luck