Little dogs

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    Dec 28, 2007 11:38 PM GMT
    I'm looking to buy a little dog in the next while, once I can afford somewhere with a scrap of garden. I don't want a yappy dog, but I think it's cruel to have a big dog when you have a small garden. What breeds with those in the know, dog-wise, reccomend?
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    Dec 29, 2007 12:49 AM GMT
    A Welsh Corgi (Cardigan [short hair] or Pembroke [long hair]), Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, or Norfolk Terrier?

    All beautiful intelligent small dogs that are firly easy to train.

    As for yappy, I think some of that is breeeding, and some is the temprament of the owner and the training of the dog.

    Be aware that even a small dog can be very labor intensive however.
  • GQjock

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    Dec 29, 2007 1:18 AM GMT
    Depends on the kind of dog that you like

    stay away from the terriers...they tend to be what you called yappy...like Yorkies and Cairns

    but a Westie is a cute small dog...West Highland Terriers
    they basically look like a White Scottish terrier

    If you like long haired dogs A Shitzu would be a good bet
    not a Lhasa apso...they look alike but Lhasas tend to be nippy

    Pugs..are a great breed
    sturdy little guys that are a barrel of laughs

    and miniature greyhounds are beautiful little dogs but are kind of breakable
  • Timbales

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    Dec 29, 2007 1:37 AM GMT
    Shiba Inu is a small, smart dog that is a Japanese breed. It is good for apartment dwellers and people with smaller spaces.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Dec 29, 2007 1:51 AM GMT
    Well I like beagles (LOL) and they probably wouldn't work as they can be loud (but sometimes not), but also need some space to run and have fun.

    I also like maltese. We had one at home for a number of years and she was great. They need to be trimmed and kept up as they have long hair, but very nice.
  • Artesin

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    Dec 29, 2007 4:25 AM GMT
    A small mutt ? I dont like purebreds for the fact most are inbred and some can have psycho disorders.

    Go to your local SPCA they should have something and they can tell you anything about that particular breed.
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    Dec 29, 2007 4:27 AM GMT
    are you familiar with the rat terrier? I've had one for years -- the best dog ever! i work with a breed rescue and have had many others in my home. they are a handful and quite active, and yes, they can be yappy. but it's a dog after all... so you have to compromise. still, ratties are loyal, loving and super fun. icon_biggrin.gif
    Good luck!
  • olden

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    Dec 29, 2007 5:31 AM GMT
    I've raised Kerry Blue Terriers for forty years. These are larger than you want (19" to the shoulder) and can be quite dog aggressive.

    Stay away from terriers in general - most of these breeds require quite a bit of grooming and the smaller ones tend to be yappy. However, a Miniature Bull Terrier might fit the bill.

    I also like Pugs, about the biggest Toy. They have fabulous personalities. Also in the Toy Group is the Brussels Griffon. They take a little grooming, but have a real attitude. I showed one that attacked a Bloodhound on the way to the ring. Jumped up off the ground and tried to bit the hound in the side. I don't think the Bloodhound even knew what happened, but Herman thought he drove the enemy away.

    I would always go with a pure bred dog. You will always know what the dog will look like and how it will behave if you look at its parents. Also buy from a breeder and NEVER from a pet store.

    Good luck.
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    Dec 29, 2007 6:07 AM GMT
    and miniature greyhounds are beautiful little dogs but are kind of breakable

    I have an Italian (miniature) greyhound, and actually he's proved quite indestructable, though yes, he does appear breakable. Very sweet, loving and intelligent, if slightly neurotic -- but then all dogs are. Not yappy either. He does bark, but it's quite a substantial bark. Does need to be exercised though, and will chase anything that moves.
  • UStriathlete

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    Dec 29, 2007 4:22 PM GMT
    www.minpinrescue.org

    miniature pinschers

    they are great dogs, very smart and trainable. very sporty dogs, mine runs with 3x a week and won the thanksgiving 5k dog division with a 20:40 time.

    please adopt/rescue no matter what the breed.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Dec 29, 2007 4:28 PM GMT
    Shitzu...they are adorable and they don't shed despite their beautiful long hair. But my favorite little dog ever (may "Murphy" rest in peace) was a long-haired miniature dachsund...way smart, totally sweet natured, and very easy to train.

    As for "Yappy"...if you get it as a little puppy and are really firm and just do NOT allow it to bark, they will not be yappy. People that allow their dogs to bark end up with yappy dogs. You have to be really firm early on because once they get in the yapping habit, it's really difficult to break.
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    Dec 29, 2007 5:00 PM GMT
    Any small dog is cute as long as your not sticking it in a Coach carry purse with matching sweater.

    For barking just putting coins in a empty bottle seems to work. Just shake it when they bark.
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    Dec 29, 2007 5:07 PM GMT
    Save a dog from the shelter. I got an 8 month old shih-tzu/terrier mix from there about 6 weeks ago and he's great. Highly intelligent and adaptable. I've always had Bouviers, which are BIG dogs, and love that breed, but this guy is a revelation---never thought I was the small dog type until getting him.
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    Dec 29, 2007 5:09 PM GMT
    I agree, shelter dogs are the way to go.. Get a dog that needs a second chance.
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    Dec 29, 2007 5:10 PM GMT
    Westies, West Highland White Terriers, were bred from Cairns, so don't expect them to be any less yappy. My Cairns would yap at any and all varmints. They thought their job was to tell me when I needed to come out and kill something (I never did). But they would never bark at me or any people. I guess they thought it would be rude.
  • BlackJock79

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    Dec 29, 2007 5:29 PM GMT
    I was thinking of getting a Puggle which as I understand it, a mix of a Pug and a Beagle. I saw pictures and they're really cute and I hear they are great pets.
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    Dec 29, 2007 5:34 PM GMT
    small but not frou frou
    french bulls
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  • Timbales

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    Dec 29, 2007 5:55 PM GMT
    http://www.kennels.co.uk/Utility/JapaneseShibaInu.html

    such a cute breed
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    Dec 29, 2007 6:39 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidShiba Inu is a small, smart dog that is a Japanese breed. It is good for apartment dwellers and people with smaller spaces.


    I have a Shiba and they are awesome little dogs. Very clever and very sweet, they only bark to alert you to something. Otherwise, they're silent. They're also quite self-sufficient, but very loving too.

    And very sturdy. My little guy has been on 50+ mile backpacking trips and, by the end of each day, I was the one trying to keep up with him! This summer we've got a 200 miler planned and I have no doubt that he'll do just fine.

    Shibas require a bit more work than your average breed, though. You must start training them early, the earlier the better. My little guy is terrible on a leash, but it's my fault. I didn't work with him enough when he was young.

    Also, they can be dog aggressive, so early socialization is very important. I made sure my Shiba met *LOTS* of dogs and today he's quite good with other dogs. He gets very excited when he gets to meet a new dog or see one of his old dog friends. Many Shiba owners will describe a completely opposite experience, so socialize early!!!

    Finally, all dogs need you to be the alpha. However, some dogs are naughtier than others if they think they can get away with something. Shibas can be naughty. ;-) They're very smart/clever. Just remember to establish who's boss early on and stick with it!
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    Dec 29, 2007 9:51 PM GMT
    I"ve got a miniature schnauzer... they're lovely little dogs with a very grown up temperament.
    And they don't molt(loose their hair) either.

  • UVaRob9

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    Dec 29, 2007 10:30 PM GMT
    I second McGay on the french bulldog (yours are so cute, btw). They only get to about 30 lbs, so they're small enough for apartment life. In addition to that, they're adorable, have a great sense of humor, and love people. Most importantly, they're not stereotypically gay dogs. Let's face it: pomeranians, lhasa apsos, and bichon frises are just not right for a man. Any dog that would be owned by a society woman and weighs less than 20 lbs is not the dog for any man to own. Chihuahuas seem to be an odd exception to this, but I think they have more to do with guys who have a Napoleon complex .
  • RickSL

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    Dec 30, 2007 12:16 AM GMT
    Timberoo saidShiba Inu is a small, smart dog that is a Japanese breed. It is good for apartment dwellers and people with smaller spaces.


    I have a Shiba and live in an apartment and it works out great. They are very clean, extemely easy to house train and friendly if you socialize early. He only barks when someone comes to the door but is friendly when they come in.
  • Artesin

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    Dec 30, 2007 12:19 AM GMT
    Or you could get an australian sheperd. Though be warned they can get quite energetic and need to be taken out and ran. Playful, wirey and somewhat small, maybe 35 lbs. Though I still push for any shelter/pound dog. Put breeders out of business icon_twisted.gif

    "I was thinking of getting a Puggle which as I understand it, a mix of a Pug and a Beagle. I saw pictures and they're really cute and I hear they are great pets."

    Puggles are an abomination and a cruel product. These two dogs would not normally be attracted to each other which means people intervened and started making them with use of pheramones and the like. Your combining an energetic beagle with a pug who ahve quite small respiratory systems. Genetics does not work for these type of dogs and they should just stop being bred.
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    Dec 30, 2007 1:56 AM GMT
    These two dogs would not normally be attracted to each other

    Umm, tell that to the male dog when the female is in estrous as to what he should or should not be interested in. At any rate, I've seen stranger and more mismatched pairings that 'happened' sans human involvement. You may or may not like breeds, but they come about from separating dogs and selecting their gene pool for them. If left to their own devices dogs are much less discriminate, and rare is the male who will ignore the scent of a ripe female, and she's usually equally adept in canvassing the neighborhood for the best genetic material, or at least gives them all a fighting chance.

    Don't know much about them, but there are also miniature Australian Shepherds as well, so might be another one to investigate in the already long list.
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    Dec 30, 2007 2:20 AM GMT
    I have a Corgi/Retriever mix and he's great (he's in my profile) - 18 lbs so he's on the smaller side but not a yappy dog by any means. He's smart like a corgi but sweet and athletic like a golden retriever. It's basically like having the spirit of a big dog in the body of a smarter, smaller dog. I have not run across too many other corgi retrievers but they are definitely out there - but mutts in general are a great way to go.