- 11 years ago
We have two chihuahuas (well, one and a half Chi/half Italian Greyhound!) and the second was a rescue- I HIGHLY encourage adopting a rescue dog!!! There are so many that need good homes!
I absolutely do not recommend Chihuahuas for couples that want children. I believe that’s common knowledge, but I think ALL dogs under 15lbs should be kept away from kids. For two reasons: one, they are so small that the groping, irresponsible hands of kids scare them and they can resort to aggression to escape or defend themselves, and two, kids are just too rough on them- I’ve seen rescue Chi’s with broken legs because some idiot parent bought their kid a Chi, and they did something stupid to it (I’ve seen an incident where a kid threw the dog off a porch and broke it’s leg- stupid freakin kid). But you don’t want a small dog, so that’s good!
Norwegian Elkhounds are a lovely, super-sweet breed, and I had them when I was growing up. Such lovely dogs! Great temperment! Also Weimeraners, though they have oodles of energy. Greyhounds are also great, but they are one of those oddball dogs you have to have a thing for! I personally love Great Danes, and haven’t met one that I didn’t like yet, but they are big, and will pass sooner due to their size (bigger the dog, shorter the lifespan). If you have a small house, I’ve seen them walk by tables and knock things off! But you said they are too big anyway, so, lol!
I do not recommend letting anything smaller than 20lbs roam free (due to predators, you’d be surprised what would go after a small pooch). I don’t recommend a particularly energetic dog unless you have a fenced in yard or plenty of time to walk them and give them the exercise they need. With water- a friend had a Scottish Terrier known for his love of water and swimming abilities. Then they moved to a house with a pool, and the poor thing jumped in and drowned one day. So no matter how strong a swimmer, they should be watched carefully! I don’t think kids under 6 and dogs are generally a good combination- kids can irritate animals unintentionally, and no matter how sweet the dog, they can give a surprise aggressive reaction if frustrated enough. Unfortunately, accidents do happen :/
*Also, avoid the words teacup, "-doodle" anything, or combined dog breed names, and allergy free, and such- these are advertisement words, and have extrodinarily bad results when used. There is no such thing as a teacup anything, just dogs bred small and unhealthy, designer dog "breeds" use creative breed name combos to make and sell puppies (a bit unethical), etc. etc. not trying to get preachy, but the effects of such sales tactics are unfortunate :/
I hope you find a pup that is perfect for you! 🙂