(Closed) small dog owners i need your help

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 47
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

What breed is your fur baby?    
-She’s a Dachsund/Min Pin Mix (both actually have similar personality traits). 

What drew you to this breed?    
-We got her at a local shelter, but Darling Husband really really wanted a dachsund so it worked out

What useful info about the breed would you give?    
-They are very very high energy.  Almost in constant play mode.  Ours also has separation issues so she whines/cries alot.  Both are barkers, but very friendly not agressive.  They’re smart but can be stubborn if they are distracted by a toy or scent.  She was semi house broken when we adopted her, but only had accidents in the house when we first got her.  She always goes to the door and cries to go out.  I heard they can have back problems down the line.  Since ours is a mix and has tall legs not sure if this will happen to us.  I do recommend getting some sort of mixed breed regardless as they tend to be healthier.

Is this a breed you would recommend?    
-I would, but only to someone who has the time and patience, especially if its a puppy.  You have to give the dog the attention/exercise it needs.  Keeping all that energy bottled up doesnt help an already hyper dog.  They are very loyal tho..

 

 

Growing up I had chihuahuas, I love them.  If we get a playmate for her it will be a chihuahua.  I recommend them too. 

Post # 49
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

What breed is your fur baby? He’s a chihuhua. ๐Ÿ™‚ I believe he is a long hair/short hair mix, because he’s not sleek, but he’s not super furry either.

What drew you to this breed? I’ve always thought they were so cute. He’s going to turn 9 this year, and I got him when he was just a little puppy. I like that he’s small, so it was easy to have him in my apartment when I lived in one.

What useful info about the breed would you give? I don’t have much information really, just that they can be really territorial at times. I’m lucky that my little boy is actually pretty sweet, but some chihuhuas are really nippy.

Is this a breed you would recommend? Yep! I wouldn’t trade my little man for anything. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Post # 50
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Sugar bee

@braverbeating:  Thank you! He excels at being cute. Here’s a recent one of him looking out the windown at my Fiance as Fiance is taking out the trash. When Fiance was out of sight, he went to sit next to the door to wait on him.

Post # 51
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Sugar bee

@roweboat:  I love the bathtub picture! So cute!

Post # 52
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

What breed is your fur baby?

We have two American Cocker Spaniels

What drew you to this breed?

Both Fiance and I had Cockers before.  They are great dogs for empty-nesters.

What useful info about the breed would you give?

They are HIGH-MAINTENANCE in that they require daily grooming and a trip to the “spa” at least every four to six weeks, along with a special diet for their dry skin.  All of the Cockers that I personally have had are not especially kid friendly, unfortunately.  They are OK with one well-behaved child, but Fiance and I had my son, his girlfriend, and her nine children (‘nother story) over at Christmas time, and Maxx became anxious very quickly.  They are not territorial, but have very sensitive ears, and kids just LOVE pulling on their floppy ears. 

Is this a breed you would recommend?

Perhaps to a couple with plans to only have one child, or empty-nesters, like me and Fiance.  Our two are really, REALLY sweet dogs, and prefer to sit as close to or on top of, us as they can, but they can get freaked out pretty easily.  They are smart dogs, and are a dream to train.  Our two are crate-trained, and feel very comfortable at night when it’s time for them to “load up.”

I know this is not a glowing recommendation for the American Cocker Spaniel, but I also don’t want to see a sweet Cocker surrendered to rescue because he growled at a kid.

 

Post # 53
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MRSsrm85:  Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ That was the day I brought him home, almost 9 years ago now!

Post # 55
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

 

What breed is your fur baby?

Mini Daschund – (Doxie)

What drew you to this breed?

My mother fell IN LOVE with one on a PetCo commercial, and she got to choose. we wanted something small as well.

What useful info about the breed would you give?

I hear that Doxies are very hard to train. she jumps, and would bite everything. she ate pieces of our wooden deck (no joke), she loves to pull the toilet paper. she’s 4 years old now and still loves these things  (doesnt chew the deck anymore though)  she is physically UNABLE to go down our stairs. they are too tall and narrow for her.  She has accidents once every couple of months, but it took us about a year to train her fully. BUT she loves us unconditionally, she rarely barks, and she’s a DOLL with kids and other dogs. she’s super sweet and very quiet and loves to lay on your lap. sometimes too much! oh, she gets scared of thunderstorms, but thats okay with us. we’ll hug her.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Is this a breed you would recommend?

Yes if you are forgiving of an accident here or there! and have lots of love to give!
 
 

Post # 57
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We have a golden retriever, which is the best dog in the world.  Ours is super laid back and would crawl in my pocket if I let her. 

The rest of my family has small dogs, though.

We had a Corgi (Pembroke) when I was in high school and college, and my brother has one now.  We had a bitch, and he has a male.  Our bitch was a real B the older she got.  She was cute and cool for a while, but got a REAL attitude the older she got.  Not like we didn’t train her, socialize her, or exercise her, either.  My brother’s corgi is a little friendlier to people (I’ve read males are) but is VERY territorial.  Mom said he almost ripped her little dog apart because she got a drink from his bowl.  My 60lb golden will let her 18lb dog push her away from her own water or food with no problem, just a look at me like “um… mine?”  They have a baby now and my mom is genuinely worried that the dog will maul the baby when she starts crawling around and getting into “his” stuff.  I doubt he’ll do that, but he’s a piece of work. 

My mom has a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.  She is the best lap dog ever.  She wants nothing more than to curl up on your lap, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing.  Which can get old, but it’s nice when you are just sitting around.  She is my dad’s dog – we’ve read that they attach better to the opposite sex.  Like if mom wanted her “own” she should have found a male.  Sophie is a little delicate to play rough with little kids, but if you get a stockier male, they’d be fine.  She plays with my golden when they visit each other.  The cavalier is still a spaniel so she needs at least a walk a day, but other than that she’s pretty chill. 

She looks a lot healthier than this now, when we picked her up (a coworker of my SIL’s gave her up), she was way underweight and had worms.

Post # 58
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

What breed is your fur baby?

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

What drew you to this breed?

We wanted a smaller dog, but one that was easier to potty train and wasn’t known for being yippy/barky. 

What useful info about the breed would you give?

This isn’t a hugely popular breed in the U.S. yet, but they are very popular in Europe (England mostly I think).  They are EXPENSIVE as puppies most of the time (we adopted an adult) and I would like to believe it is because they are SUCH good dogs.  Since they are relatively new they aren’t plagued with major health problems (yet at least), I think the most common are heart valve problems and eye problems.  They are known for being extremely loyal and very people-driven.  

I love our baby because he is not barky, he is a perfect little lap dog, he has the most kind eyes/face and melts everyone’s heart he meets, he absolutely does not have accidents in the house EVER, he is easy to teach tricks to, he has the softest silkiest hair that is just a joy to pet, I could go on and on.  We absolutely adore him. 

Drawbacks: he does shed quite a bit of that longer luxurious hair, but it is SO worth it to us!  You don’t HAVE to get their hair cut constantly because of the shedding, but the breed does grow hair between their toes, giving them a “feathery” feet look, and this just gets to be a pain in the butt when it’s muddy or snowy here.  He gets regular-ish hair cuts, and only because of this.  

Is this a breed you would recommend?

 Absolutely.  I didn’t know much about them until we came across an ad for him, but now I don’t know if I would ever get another breed of dog now.  Here’s a cool youtube clip about the breed.  

ETA: I’ve had a mini daschund and I’ve had a boston terrier before.  I loved my mini doxie but she just would not go to the bathroom outside.  Literally like impossible to potty train.  I would take her out and she would run around, then come right back inside and pee.  The boston was cute and pretty goofy, but not nearly as loving and devoted as my Cavalier that I have now.  We also had some potty training issues with the boston, but we didn’t have him for very long so I probably can’t say much about the breed.  He wasn’t fitting in with us very well so we found him a different home with a brother boston and a couple who knew how to handle the breed a little better.  He was a bit too energetic and crazy for us.  And OMG the farts. The farts were the worst! Haha.  
I seriously think our Cavalier is like the best dog ever.  DH and I are always talking about how lucky we are that he doesn’t have a single bad habit we can think of–he is not destructive, needy, loud, crazy pscycho but he still likes to play.  Highly highly recommend the breed! 

Post # 59
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Canal St Inn

Breed: Echo is a Havanese/Lhasa Apso mix

What drew you to this breed?: A friend who grooms dogs suggested a Havanese Mix, because Havaneses have great temperments. She also suggested a mix because a lot of pure breeds have inherent genetic issues, much less likely than a mix. We picked the other half to be lhasa, since they’re excellent alarm dogs, but small enough for an apartment with the havanese part; pure lhasas are actually about twice Echo’s size, and not nearly as nice in my experience.

Info about this breed: Groom regularly, brush whenever you can, and keep them mentally occupied, whether with a friend or exciting toy she/he can play with by her/himself. Echo can be very relaxed but when she wants to play and no one wants to play with her, she can get depressed.

Recommend: I would definitely recommend this breed to families in apartments to farms. Echo’s small, but she’s scrappy, and sweet.

Post # 61
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@mrstaylortobe:  I’m on the corgi brigade too!! Here’s our little lady:

 

Personality wise, I couldn’t have asked for better. She’s been really a joy to live with and I think we really lucked out with her!! 

 

However, we did struggle to find a breeder in the UK as corgis aren’t all that popular anymore. In fact we had to travel from Aberdeen to South Wales to get her, over 500 miles, but it was totally worth it ๐Ÿ™‚

 

happy to give more info but by the looks of it you’ve got a fair bit to be getting on with!!

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