Let's talk small dog breeds!

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have 2 terrier mixes. One Jack russel Chihuahua mix, and one Carin and somethingelse mix. I love terriers. They are so lovable and quirky. I got the JRT from cariglsit someone was getting rid of him for free.. .i have no idea why, he was potty trained and just the sweetest. We got the carin from the pound. I needed a friend for my first baby. He is so mellow and loving. A little more stubourn and loves to be outside. He was partially potty trained, only having accidents if he didnt access to a doggy door. Not too much barking from either of them. Both are good with kids, the carin is better and more patient. he is worse with big dogs tho. He was attacked so it could be a cirumstantial thing. 

Because of our living siutation right now, my babes are tempraily with my GrandFIL where they hav a big yard to run and play in. I miss them and visit them all the time!! 

 

 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We have a miniature schnauzer, and he doesn’t shed at all.  And he looks like a little old man, with a beard. Perhaps you could even find a non-shedding mix at a shelter. I don’t think the breed is known for any particular health problems. I think they can be a little sassy if they’re not socialized, but ours has been out and about since puppy age and is good in public and with everyone, including kids.

ETA: We don’t mind a fuzzy schnauzer, so we only get ours groomed about 4-6 times a year, which usually costs $40 for the breed cut. 

(I don’t have any pictures of my dog, but this is what ours looks like, thanks to google images).

I also have a cavalier, who is awesome, but sheds a lot and has so. much. energy! Life was a lot easier (and cleaner, and calmer) ith just our schnauzer. No regrets though 🙂 

 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We have a Mancheter terrier, she’s small but not too small. About 15lbs. She’s adorable and super friendly, cuddly, and playful. Plus she loves our big dog, a boxer.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@PermaStudent: What is the weight limit you’re looking to stay under?  I have experience with beagles and now we have a cocker/pug mix, so could share some info on those breeds if they’re not too big? I’m not sure what you consider a “small-med” dog. 🙂 The beagles are 20-25 lbs and our cocker-pug is 30.   

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

 

@PermaStudent:  I have an 11-year old West Highland White Terrier and love her to pieces!! She’s 18 lbs and is SUCH a sweetheart. She’s still playful in her old age 🙂 doesn’t shed much, especially if you keep them groomed (we keep her hair short; the last picture she was in need of a groom – we just got done playing at the park). She’s super smart and loves to cuddle. Definitely recommend a Westie! 🙂 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We have a chihuahua, who we adore. We both grew up with West Highland Terriers, which are also great family dogs! To speak of the Chihuahua, you just have to make sure they are socialized early and often to new people, new things and new animals and shown what responses are appropriate. Our little one is 3 years old and now rules the roost when we are visiting with my mom’s papillon and grandma’s shitzu, she is even learning how to interact with my sister’s labradoodle puppy (I think the puppy part is more of a problem than the breed or size). She is pretty smart and very easy to train. Chihuahua’s are known for forming close bonds with their humans, which means she trusts us to do anything (which currently includes putting eye oitment directly on her eye balls twice a day, she sits nicely and makes it easy for us).

At first my family didn’t like her, thought she was too small, too delicate, Chihuahua’s have a reputation for being yippy. As a result of socialization and working with her, my mom and grandparents literally fight over who gets to watch her when we go out of town. I’ve never had a dog who is so universally loved!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@MrsTillerResq:  Both my DH and I grew up with Westies! They are great dogs, and that black nose just kills me, what a cutie!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@KH:  @PermaStudent:  Agreed! They are the best, but I could be a little bias 😉 I had a friend with two westies and they are great because they aren’t too hyper or “yappy” like a lot of small dogs are.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We have a maltese/pom mix and he doesn’t shed. He is about 8lbs and is pretty “tough” for a small dog, and is very sweet and is a huge fan of games and obediance training.  He’s awesome and was basically the cutest puppy ever.  He is about 100x smarter than our Doxie, who is basically a valley-girl with no thoughts.

Here’s Bruno!

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