Little Tiny Dogs

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    Mar 08, 2009 2:25 AM GMT
    I am looking to get a dog. What are some good breeds I should consider?
    I am interested in a small breed that would feel comfortable living in a condo.

    Let me hear your thoughts.

    Thanks.
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    Mar 08, 2009 2:37 AM GMT
    Haven't you heard that little dogs as accessories are so 5 min ago? The new in-accessoires are babies. Pick one that goes with your carpet...icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 08, 2009 10:22 AM GMT
    My first choice is a shelter dog.
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    Mar 08, 2009 2:01 PM GMT
    I heart my lil chee-wow-wah!!!
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    Mar 08, 2009 2:23 PM GMT
    I grew up with a Shetland Sheepdog---lots of fun and very bright, but an incorrigible barker. I don't know whether females are more prone to barking than males, but she barked at everything (including the telephone when it rang). Probably not a good choice if you're worried about disturbing the neighbors.

    My sister had an awesome Pomeranian---it was playful and smart and had the heart of a little lion. I'd be happy to have one myself if I could have pets in my condo.
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    Mar 08, 2009 2:26 PM GMT
    Any terrier would do well in a small place like a condo. The most popular breed is the Jack Russell.

    Whatever you do, don't get a Beagle unless you have time everyday to take him out and let him do his run, scent, and chase - beagles were bred for smelling out prey so that's now a natural part of what they are. They don't get enough time for that and they become bored and lethargic and can take it out on your things or get something close to doggy depression. They NEED to do the run. If your city/town has a dog park, then that's a good place to allow for that.

    I've had Chihuahas and "MinPins" (miniature pinchers), they're nice little critters if you like rat-looking things. They bark a lot but are very loyal and protective for their size.
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    Mar 08, 2009 2:44 PM GMT
    I have a 4 lb chihuhua. Its a perfect size for a condo/townhouse owner. Low maintenance and has a lot of attitude.
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    Mar 08, 2009 2:57 PM GMT
    Go to a shelter and rescue one. Shop around!
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    Mar 08, 2009 3:07 PM GMT
    Most dog breeds have a rescue society that matches unwanted dogs with new owners. My sister found both her border terriers that way. Personally, I'd recommend a miniature basset hound, but that breed doesn't exist.
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    Mar 08, 2009 3:07 PM GMT
    When I was a kid many many years ago (1975)my parents moved us to into town and we got a toy poodle and thats the only breed I had ever since.I have an 11 year old now and I'm doggy sitting my mom's 2 poodles since she's not allowed to have pets in her retirement complex.

    They are among the smartest breeds,they very popular sould you decide to breed,and best of all they act spoiled little babys.
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    Mar 08, 2009 3:10 PM GMT
    I agree with the shelter idea.

    And as far as beagles are concerned? I used to own one and although I loved her dearly, she wasn't the most companionable doggy around. She had absolutely no interest in playing, but yes, she was very into sniffing around and hunting. She used to kill lizards in the backyard and create a dreadful mess. Beagles are hounds, therefore they are bred to hunt. Beware of that when you are choosing a dog.

    Jack Russell's are great dogs, but like any terrier, they require attentive training and quite a firm discipline. Let them believe they are the head of the pack and you will be done for. Also, Jack's aren't particularly good around kids or visitors - they protect you fiercely.

    Any dog that is confined to a condo will need to be exercised daily - sometimes twice daily depending on their energy levels. A dog that is bored and under-exercised will take to habits that include shredding furniture, pissing on your bed and dry-humping your guests. anything that gets them attention from you will become their new favourite trick.

    take a trip to your local shelter, talk to the nice people there and they will steer you in the right direction. Not sure about everyone else, but when I adopted my dog (an amazingly beautiful collie/kelpie) I knew she was right for me at first sight.

    good luck and let us know how you go, stealth!

    x cronk
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    Mar 08, 2009 3:43 PM GMT
    Cronk nailed it wonderfully.
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    Mar 08, 2009 5:33 PM GMT
    1) Cronker, if you want a job as a dog trainer, let me know ;). Nice advice!

    2) When I started off as an animal trainer I had a great disdain for small dogs. Now I think they're every bit as excellent as bigger dogs. In some situations, they're even better. Chihuahuas can be superb pets. They're smart, loyal and if well socialized as puppies not as "yippee" as a lot of them seem.

    Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are gorgeous, sweet mellow dogs. BUT the US bloodlines are prone to a host of devastating genetic diseases. I can hook you up with a US broker who imports some great Irish bloodlines if you want.

    Pugs are as sweet as can be and are low maintenance, Ditto Boston Terriers (a terrier in name only). French Bull Dogs too,

    Toy poodles are ultra smart and easy to deal with.

    More unusual breeds that might be good matches: Lowchen and Tibetan Terriers.

    Now for the creative option: you may want to think about a retired racing greyhound. Greyhounds may be bigger than you had in mind, but they take up very little space. All they want is a cushy place to lounge for most of the day (many like being crated) and two 20 minutes walks. At the track they are crated for 23 hours a day so they do really well in apartments. Most have no need or desire to run. They're commonly known as "forty mile an hour couch potatoes". (Though, if you can arrange for them to run safely, it is a beautiful thing to watch.) Greyhounds are also incredibly soulful dogs. I volunteer some of my time with local greyhound rescues and, while I generally form some connection with all of the animals I work with, I have fallen in love with every greyhound I've worked with. If I could choose one dog breed to keep just as a pet, nothing would even come close to a greyhound. My hands down, low maintenance favorite.

    If I can offer any other advice, please don't hesitate to let me know.

    And please be sure to let us know as you decide.

    All the best.

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    Mar 08, 2009 5:34 PM GMT
    i have a petite golden retriever- he's perfect icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 08, 2009 6:36 PM GMT
    cronker said Jack Russell's are great dogs, but like any terrier, they require attentive training and quite a firm discipline. Let them believe they are the head of the pack and you will be done for. Also, Jack's aren't particularly good around kids or visitors

    Think about a West Highland Terrier. They're adorably cute, but they have that feisty terrier personality so you won't be harboring a lapdog. They're bright, fun to play with, and matchless conversation-starters when you take them out for walks. And Westies are a perfect size for urban life.
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    Mar 08, 2009 6:41 PM GMT
    I recently helped find a home for an 8 month old rat terrier, and she is one of the happiest, most loving and friendly dogs I've ever met. Years ago, some friends of mine had a male rat terrier, and he was also a very cool dog. But, I don't think rat terriers are particularly well suited to indoor living.
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    Mar 08, 2009 6:51 PM GMT
    I want pics!!!!!

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    Caslon? Where are you?
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    Mar 08, 2009 6:54 PM GMT
    My only recommendation is to go for a shelter dog. There are lots of great small breeds, mix & rescue full breeds, that need a home! My dog is a rescue and very loving & loyal. Best of luck finding your dog soul mate icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 08, 2009 7:14 PM GMT
    One that the neighbors cat won't try to eat.

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    Mar 08, 2009 7:17 PM GMT
    For apartment dogs Yorkies are the best

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    I got two of them and they're great
    They don't shed
    They are smarter than any breed I've known
    They're good alone for long periods
    and don't require alot of upkeep
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    Mar 08, 2009 7:23 PM GMT
    GuerrillaSodomite saidOne that the neighbors cat won't try to eat.

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    The cat recognizes the Westie as a superior antagonist and must rely on a sneak attack to have any hope of victory.
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    Mar 08, 2009 7:24 PM GMT
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    GuerrillaSodomite saidOne that the neighbors cat won't try to eat.

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    The cat recognizes the Westie as a superior antagonist and must rely on a sneak attack to have any hope of victory.


    If the westie was the superior antagonist in this scenario, then he wouldn't have run away.icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 08, 2009 7:36 PM GMT
    GuerrillaSodomite said If the westie was the superior antagonist in this scenario, then he wouldn't have run away.


    Sometimes the wisest option is a dignified retreat.
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    Mar 08, 2009 8:02 PM GMT

    Update: I would second the vote for the Yorkshire Terrier and maybe for the West Highland Terrier.

    I have a two year old rescued rat terrier. They are smart as whips, usually friendly,a lot of fun, very easy to groom, usually small and, unlike a lot of terriers, do not require a great deal of exercise. The only real downside is that they are natural watchdogs so are inclined to bark (very, very loudly) at noises outside their home. I marvel at how my seven pound dog generates as much sound as she does. I'm guessing that 75% of her insides are lung. I have no close neighbors so it's not a problem, but it could be in a condo or apartment.
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    Mar 08, 2009 8:09 PM GMT
    Get a Miniature Dachshund, my mom and dad both have one and they are great pets. They are SUPER FUNNY dogs and very smart. They are really loving and have such personality. My mom's weiner dog is really energetic and runs around her appartment and loves to play. My dad's is really relaxed, smart, cuddly, and the funniest dog I've ever seen. They don't shead either.