Post # 1
So my Fiance and I are looking into getting a dog in July. We are looking at thease dogs. Anyone recommend or dont recommend dogs. Were looking for a dog thats is easily house trained, dosen’t bark alot when people aren’t home, dosen’t get sick a lot.
Anyone have any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!
Post # 3
The best thing you can do to choose the dog that is right for you is to spend as much time as you can with adult dogs of different breeds, hit up dog parks, dog shows, and spend time with friends or families dogs.
Read about all the dogs, their purposes, breed standards, and temperaments. The dogs you listed are all small, but have very different different origins in their breeding, and were bred for different purposes, and therefore will have different personality profiles.
Here is a good place to start your research:
Post # 4
I love shih tzus even though they’re prone to some eye problems because of the protrusion.
Our little shih tzu was super smart and calm. She did have her hyper moments once a day but it’s was still relatively quiet. She just ran around like a mad dog but didn’t bark or anything. I think barking is trainable. We trained our shih tzu to never bark unless they were strangers in my home. Somehow she knew not to bark at friends that she’s never met but she did bark at the maintenance guy. She never barked at random people in the street either.
Even though I’m totally biased, overall I really think that a good dog is a result of good parenting and training. I also say spend as much time with each breed. Even within the same breed there can be different temperaments so get to know each dog you’re thinking of getting.
Post # 5
We had two Shih tzus. A male and a female. Our female was very quiet, but our male would bark when someone came to the door. He was our little wanna be guard dog. Both were extremely smart and easy to train, but I stayed home with them to train them. If you decide on this breed, they require a lot of attention and if you want to keep their coat nice, you will have to groom them every single day or their hair will matte and be very uncomfortable for them. If you live in a hot climate, you may want to consider keeping them in a puppy cut, so it is easier for both of you. Our little girl suffered badly if we left her alone for over a couple of hours. She was very dependant on me. Our little boy didn’t care one way or the other. With good care, this breed will give you much happiness and live a very long time. Our little girl lived to be almost 12 and our little boy was 18 when we had to put him down because of seizures. What ever breed you decide on, make sure you do lots and lots of research, so that you know what their needs are. Some breeds require much more attention than others. If you and your Fiance work fulltime, you might consider getting a breed with short hair, so you aren’t having to groom everyday.
Post # 6
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I voted that you should get a mix, only because you can adopt a mix at a shelter instead of getting one at a breeder. There are so many shelter dogs out there that need homes.
Post # 7
No doubt about it. They are so smart and don’t shed! A major plus. Easy to train and loyal (in general a male poodle befriends the entire family and a female picks one member to follow). You can also decide which size poodle is right for you and your lifestyle. In general they are rather healthy dogs. They’ve got my vote 🙂
If I could have voted twice I would have said a poodle mix (which is what I have now). They will often still get the poodle characteristics like no shedding and the brains. I’ve also heard that mixes are not has high-strung as a purebred. And with a mix your more likely to be able to adopt a great shelter dog like @dandalephia stated!
As far as the barking goes I think it depends on how the dog is raised. My poodles were NEVER barkers (my purebred actually never barked unless someone was close to me), but others complain that poodles are yippy dogs. I also think this is true for snappy-ness and fighting. If you raise a dog right and train it well you’ll have no problems with having a great companion
Post # 8
I have a maltipoo, who I love to pieces. I have allergies, so both maltese and poodles are ideal. Ours doesn’t bark alot, was super easy to house train. Likes to cuddle on our laps and fetches a small ball in the yard. He is a sweetheart.
Here is my one piece of advice: Small dogs, especially these breeds are very skittish around children. Kids freak our dog out and he nips at them. Although he is intelligent and very well trained, it doesn’t matter. Unless you can expose your dog to children on a regular basis when they are a puppy seriously consider getting a dog that is a little bigger, like a cockapoo. I cannot emphasize this enough.
When we got our maltipoo we were just married (he was my wedding gift to DH) and living in a condo, there were no kids around. Now we are in a single family and when friends with kids come over he will be wonderful until the kid moves unexpectedly and then he will lunge at them. It is awful. Most of my friends with little dogs have had the same experience.
I never found this information in all my research I did on the breed. I now understand why, on petfinder, you see a no kids label next to most small maltese and poodles.
Post # 9
i LOVE dogs. always had cockapoo’s growing up (cockerspaniel and poodle mixes) because im allergic to fur, and poodles make the doggie have hair instead.
if you have allergies the absolute best dog is a yorkiepoo – both have hair and have very little dander.
anything mixed with a poodle is uber smart and less hyper.
cant stand poodles that are purebred – they are WAYYYY too “YIP YIP” lol even th ebig ones. lol
but i LOOOOOVE dogs. my next dogs will be yorkiepoos or maltipoos
edited to say my bestfreind has both a maltipoo and yorkiepoo they are adorable and very smart and practically never bark! its all how you train them 🙂
Post # 10
I say get a mix. Please don’t spend gobs of money buying s dog…ADOPT. Breeders are usually just out to make a buck AND most of the time those dogs are inbreed and have issues. I know that from experience. Can you say hip diplasya and cancer in two separate Labs from the same breeder? Um-hum…
Adopt. Do your research and visit a lot of shelters to find your match. We did after visiting 10+ shelters and wound up with a pit/boxer mix. She is hands down the single best dog we have ever had; plus her adoption fee was only $90!! (not the several hundred to thousand pure breeds get).
Post # 11
My mom and aunt both have shih tzus that bark at everyone who comes through the door and are super-clingy. They cry when left alone and aren’t the smartest dogs I’ve ever come across. I wouldn’t recommend a shih tzu based on what I’ve witnessed out of those two terrors.
Also, I’m with danadelphia and moosejaw, adopt! Shelter dogs need good homes. We got our Chihuahua/Jack Russel/maybe German Shephard mix a few months ago and she’s an amazing dog. She’s independent enough to be left alone, playful, loving, smart, and everything else you could ever want.
Post # 12
Whatever you can rescue, that is what I vote for.
Post # 13
I have a puggle and altho she has TONS of energy she is super duper smart!
From the 1st day we got her (9 weeks) we were teaching her to sit/ stay etc. She knows SOOO many tricks & commands. Never barks unless shes scared of something.
Potty training was very easy- We hung a bell on the door and everytime we took her out we rang the bell, she understood very quickly thats what you do to go potty!
Post # 14
@moosejaw – That is a really unfair statement. I got my dog from a breeder and she absolutely cared for and loved her dogs. Please don’t make generalized statements. Just because you had a bad experience does not mean that all breeders are the same. Thanks.
Post # 15
Most shelters have full breeds not just mixes. I’m not a big fan of the mini poo mix craze that is going on. You never really know what percemtage of the mix you will end up with.
Growing up I had a pure bred West Highland White Terrier, he lived to be 15 and he was my teddy bear. Gee I miss him, he was affectionate and loyal.
My advice would be to reserach different breed types to figure out what best suits your lifestyle. Then you can go to a dog rescue, or a breeder, the choice is yours. Either way spend time with the animal and get to know them a little before you take them home. Even within breeds there can be very different personalities.
Post # 16
Agree with those who say adopt! There are tons of dogs in shelters and rescues that need great homes. Petfinder.com is a GREAT resource.
@OttawaBride: I think that breeders are “usually” out to make a buck is actually pretty accurate. I read on the other thread that you did your (extensive) research and went through a super-responsible breeder. However many breeders are backyard breeders, puppy mills, etc. and are associated with tons of health problems among other things.