Aww, I’d always loved and wanted small breed dogs too, and we love both of our fur babies, ages 5 and 3 now already, which is crazy! We have separately and as a couple always lived in apartments in the city, and we both have dog allergies, so we had very specific things we were looking for.
What breed is your fur baby? (1) Yorkie-Bichon mix (AKA yorkchon, yorkiechon, or borkie), age 5, weighs around 9 pounds (2) Mini Australian Shepard, age 3, weighs around 12 pounds
What drew you to this breed? (1) This is the one we did a lot of research on — he has little to no shedding, adorable teddy bear looking face; combined temperaments of each of these dogs, especially that he is a cuddle bunny lap dog type, loves to snuggle and doesn’t need a lot of exercise, which is great for apartment living (2) My husband bought this dog when he was single because he wanted “a dog that looked crazy” that would go on runs/hikes with him and that would catch frisbees… so he got him for the breed’s athleticism and b/c it really is a beautiful breed (he has the crazy blue eyes), but he is the pint-size version, which should ideally make him better for apartment living
What useful info about the breed would you give? Regrettably with our allergies, we each felt like we needed to know exactly what kind of dog we were getting, and chose not to adopt but rather got directly from a breeder. I always fall in love with dogs at adoption fairs, but I always felt it isn’t fair to get a dog that would make us sick and have to give him away 🙁 My husband bought the Aussie on his own like I was saying, and the breeder told him they don’t shed. That is a lie! The Aussie sheds like crazy – seriously like an airborne pathogen or something! I’ve never seen anything like it – we have lint rollers in each of our cars, to be used on our way out the door, my backseat looks like the fuzzy side of the velcro half with all the dog hair, and it’s a common occurrence to be out at a restaurant or similar and have to pull an itchy dog hair off your lip or nose. He is a gorgeous dog, but he also has entirely too much energy for an apartment. He was not the best choice for city living in an apartment, and we are currently trying to find a rental property with a small yard. I think he’d do so much better to have space to run like the wind.
Is this a breed you would recommend? Based on what you’re looking for, I’d recommend either of these dogs. In trying to keep affection for the brothers “balanced,” we joke and say that the yorkie-chon is “cute,” but that our aussie is “pretty.” People stop us on the sidewalk and ask about both of them sometimes, but mostly about the Aussie 🙂 But I will say the yorkie-bichon is much less maintenance re: exercise and cleaning up fur. They are both equally as yappy here lately, and that is not really ideal, but what can you do? We live in a noisy apartment, and we have even tried a bark deterrent high-pitch machine thing. Both dogs have to be groomed, so that is an expense to take into account any time you get a longer-haired dog I think (and whether or not they shed). They were/are relatively easy to house-train, though the yorkie-chon tends to have more accidents in the house. Because they are both small breeds, they have both had some minor joint problems, and the yorkie has more dental problems (smaller teeth means the kibble gets stuck in their teeth more = bad breath and dental cleanings?). I would actually go so far as to say the Aussie’s joint problems are somewhat severe. We worry about his gait, and he limps from time to time (he used to drag a hind foot after a random mini-stroke he had). We have done some physical therapy with him but have been told this is just a symptom of the breed, plus the fact he is so rough on his legs – you really cannot keep him from jumping and running.
Let’s see a picture of your fur baby !! (not sure how to re-size these; sorry!)