(Closed) Bees with small dogs….

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Post # 47
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

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@SarahVee:  we’re trying to find a sibling too!!  it’s hard because I want to make sure they have good chemistry!!

and we had a toy too!  our other was a mix… our toy had quite the complex, but she was great!  lol

Post # 48
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

There’s nothing wrong with small Frenchies. Mine are 15.5, 17.5, and 19 lbs. Their line is small. The smallest ones are champions, so they meet the breed standard. Their ages are 8 and 11 and 13. The two oldest are mom and daughter.

We got them from elderly friends who we had known for almost 20 –we got our frist bulldog form them. Later they started breeding Frenchies. This couple had to giv eup their dogs all at once because they were no longer able to care for htem. So DH and I took in 6 Frenchies at once, plus the one we already had from this same couple. We had 7 Frenchies at one time! That’s a lot.

I worked with the local represetative of French Bulldog Rescue to place these dogs. They were all middle aged or older, and one had extreme health problems, antoher was a biter.

This breed is crazy popular right now and I would advise people to just stay away from the breed right now. I can’t name one “reputable” breeder of these dogs right now but um yeah I know some breeders. There simply ar enot enough breeders of quality French bulldogs to meet the market demand and so everyone and his brother is breeding these dogs to sell.

Post # 49
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have a papillon mix – unfortunately, I don’t know her exact mix, but I do think she has a lot of papillon traits. She may be mixed with chihuahua or Jack Russell.

We ADORE her.

PROS

-Very friendly, loves everyone

-Cuddle bug, very affectionate, follows me everywhere I go

-Very smart, trainable, was housetrained relatively easily

-Travels well

-Playful

-Loves to play fetch

-Loves to swim, hike, etc.

-Doesn’t eat as much or poop as much as a bigger dog!

-Catches/kills bugs, lol

-Gets along well with most other dogs

-We don’t have kids yet, but she’s good with all the neighbors’ kids

-Usually not too yappy, just when she sees a critter out the window

-Cries when I leave the house (but just for 2-3 minutes)

CONS

-Sheds

-Gets a little snarky when big dogs get in her face or try to hump her (but I guess she is just standing up for herself)

-She can go off leash, but not near major roads since she has a pretty strong prey drive and it sometimes takes calling her more than once to get her back when she is going after a bunny or squirrel.

Really, very few cons!

Post # 50
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

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@78h2o: I think our dogs might be siblings!  We (and the vet) think he is papillion mixed with something lol

We got our mutt from a city shelter in Los Angeles, best $37 I ever spent (he came with his shots, a microchip, a leash, already neutered, and a free vet visit).  He was about a year old when I got him, he’s 7 now.

Pros:

doesn’t drool, doesn’t smell, highly trainable, affectionate/cuddly, travels well (we’ve driven cross country with him from CA to NJ), kills flies that get in the house, good with kids, not yappy, friendly without drooly kisses, easy to bathe/groom, can be left alone in the house, doesn’t chew, gets along with other dogs (as long as they’re polite), inexpensive to feed, very responsive

Cons:

sheds, but only twice a year which is really easy to manage since he will beg/come to us for brushing.

and his other character fault…. but as long as I throw out the wrappers, he’s the best behaved dog.

 

Post # 51
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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@housebee:  lol, they do sound like they could be siblings! Same ear fringe too – so cute! Don’t you love that they kill flies?! Whenever we see a bug of any kind, we point it out to her and she’s all over it!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 52
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Boozer (Boo) is a chi-weenie. He’s my little man!

He’s a cuddly little guy, the dachshund in him makes him burrow into blankets with you and he’s always climbing in bed with us at night and getting under the covers to cuddle. He’s easily groomed (minus the nails, but I’ve covered that many times on the bee!), doesn’t really shed.

This could just be a product of the home he was in before he was adopted, but he’s got some of the stereotypical little dog syndrone – he thinks he’s much bigger and tougher than he really is. Very defensive! Taking him on walks can be a pain because he barks obsessively at every dog he sees – he thinks he can take down a Great Dane!

Post # 53
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

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@78h2o:  lol yeah it is awesome, I call him my little exterminator.  And yes, the ears are super cute and hard to resist!

Post # 54
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

This is Cissy (Cecilia) the rat terrier. She’s 7 or 8. Not entirely sure as she was a rescue. She is super sweet, always wants to please and loves everyone. But the “loving everyone” is also somewhat of a con because she feels the need to always be in your face “Hi! I’m Cissy! Let’s kiss! Let’s play!” Being a terrier, she is very hyper, even at her age. She likes to do bad things sometimes. She’s my shadow. I can’t even pee without her following me in the bathroom and waiting.

Kola, my chihuahua, is also a rescue and is about 9 or 10 years old I’d guess. She’s the easiest dog I’ve ever had. Very low maintenance. She’s very smart, but has a “cat” like personality in that while she’s sweet, she wants affection on her own terms, when she’s ready. She’s older, so she pretty much eats, sleeps and poops. She loves to burrow and can put herself to sleep – gets in her bed and covers herself with her blanket (usually she does this around 9pm). She does think she’s a big dog, and loves to act tough on our side of the fence. She seems to prefer men over women and children. No real cons.

 

Post # 55
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

This thread is great, because my husband and I are thinking about getting a dog, and this provides a lot of food for thought.  Thanks for sharing, bees ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 56
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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@sarahbabs:  Do it! ๐Ÿ™‚ We always say that getting Hailey was the BEST decision we ever made! She brings so much joy to our lives. We looked on Petfinder for a long time before deciding on her… Even after meeting her, the plan was to foster her for a week or two before making up our minds… but we fell in love within the first 24 hours and called the rescue to say we were keeping her.

Post # 58
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Savannah, GA

We have a Pomeranian. I’ve had her for almost nine years, and she is still a little ball of energy.  Even though she’s a registered purebread, she’s bigger than a standard pom at 10 pounds, but I wanted one that would be on the large size. At the time my niece was five and my nephew was two, so it was important to get a small dog that I wouldn’t have to keep telling them to be careful about playing with. 

The major advantages of a pom is they are loyal, friendly, small, easy to train, and little lovers.

The cons are they are suseptible to health issues…a luxating patella, black skin disease. They require a lot of grooming. They’re small, so they are somewhat delicate. They also have a mind of their own, so even though they are easy to train, they can be stubborn about following commands. 

Ultimately, here’s the face that makes me fall more in love with her every day…

Post # 59
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Buzzing bee

We have a min pin! Absolutely love her. I’m a sucker for black and tan markings. They have very strong personalities (they’re called the King of the Toy breeds) but they are so so lovable. She is a couch potato, but when she is energetic she goes all out. Like bouncing off the walls. Buts thats only for about 10 minutes every day. The rest of the time shes cuddled up under the blankets.

Pros:

HUGE cuddle bugs

Small

Great personalities

Loyal

Protective

Don’t need a lot of room

Cons:

Barks – a lot.

Can be hard to train (but it IS possible)

Lots of energy

We chose to not have her ears cropped.

Post # 60
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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@Loribeth:  This is the cutest Pomeranian ever!

Post # 61
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I love all the small dog pics and descriptions!!  I have 3 little boys…

-Our 6 yr-old is a Pomapoo (pomeranian/toy poodle mix), about 13 lbs.  Pros: He is adorable, fluffy, very intelligent (he can do some amazing tricks!), playful, and wants nothing more than to cuddle with me.  Cons: annoying/high-pitched bark, can be willful, occasionally decides he doesn’t like a stranger and barks at them, sheds like crazy.

-Our 3 yr-old Yorkiepoo (Yorkshire terrier/toy poodle mix), also about 13 lbs.  Pros: he is gentle, sweet, calm, “knows his place” so to speak, loves everyone, incredibly quiet and easy-going, no shedding at all, and he’s a little cutie.  Cons: his fur gets matted when it gets long, not quite as bright as the other ones, some housebreaking issues.

-Our littlest is a 3 1/2 month old Cavapoo (Cavalier king charles spaniel/toy poodle mix), he’s barely 3 lbs right now but will hopefully get to 10ish.  Pros: really really cute, loves to cuddle up and sleep in your lap, very good w/ housebreaking (we are still keeping him in a crate since he’s teething but he’s pretty much housebroken), I don’t think he’ll shed, and he’s playful. Cons: some separation anxiety, bit of a picky eater (I don’t know how much of this is b/c he’s still a baby), fur gets matted.

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