Small dog people!
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Among our animals, we have:
Shih-tzu - kinda like having a soft rug that's ...
March 5th, 2007 05:19 PM
My wife is a vet tech... yes, we have a zoo...
Among our animals, we have:
Shih-tzu - kinda like having a soft rug that's happy to see you. High maintenance animal if ever there was one. Not real active... or at least not for more than a few minutes at a time. Great foot warmer though :) Ours isn't, but most others that I've seen are kinda nippy around strangers and kids.
Chihuahua - thinks he's a big dog, weights 7lbs. Would not make a good therapy dog.
Pug - Might be a good choice! both active and calm at different times, short hair, easy to care for, intelligent, doesn't need a lot of space. They tend to snore, so if you're a light sleeper it may not work out. Ours doesn't snore nearly as loud as I do, so it's no problem for us...
Dachshund - Ours was a rescue dog that spent the first 14 years of her life at a puppy mill, stuck in a 2'x3' box. When we got her, she was afraid of everything, and wasn't strong enough to climb a stair. Had to have a fatty tumor removed, and have all of her (rotten) teeth pulled. She's getting better, but is still very much afraid of people she doesn't know. Hard to judge from ours, but it might be a good choice. The breed tends to have back and hip problems with age...
Good luck with your search. Whatever you decide on... deal only with a respectable breeder. Puppy mill animals that show up at the neighborhood pet store are much less likely to be a good example of the breed!
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March 5th, 2007 05:20 PM
March 5th, 2007 05:32 PM
There are two miniaturized Australian Shepherds: "Miniature Australian Shepherd" and "North American Shepherd" -- the NAS version is supposedly all the standard Aussie is but calmer.
We have two tri-color boys from the same litter which we adopted seven years ago. They are pretty calm and would make great therapy dogs. One weighs 24 pounds and the other 27.
They stay in the car (weather permitting) at the range while we practice. Noise doesn't bother them!
The breed has blue merle, red merle, and sable colors as well. They are not AKC (yet). We could not have cared less.
Give this breed a good look! In addition to the link above, do your search on the internet for a reputable breeder or rescue dog.
March 5th, 2007 05:36 PM
I'm a rottie guy myself but had a pug that I really miss a lot. She was such a great little gal. She held her own with the big guys too. Truth is, they loved her too. Sure do miss that snore.
March 5th, 2007 05:53 PM
I like the idea of the Jack Russell. The nice part is that they have plenty of energy and seem to never tire. The bad part is they have plenty of energy and never seem to tire.
Jacks are scary smart, and do make great companions, but need much excersize...more excersize than this fat boy is willing or able to put out.
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March 5th, 2007 06:01 PM
Get a nonbreeding pup. Dad's was cheaper that way. Cheaper but not cheap If you know what I mean. They're still expensive
Originally Posted by Betty
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March 5th, 2007 10:20 PM
Good luck on the breed selection. I'll vote for the wirehaired daushund for your needs, (and the Golden Retriever for all-around great family member). A suggestion - once you decide which breed you want, go to the AKC web site and find the listings of the local and national clubs for your selected breed. Nearly all of them have rescue dogs available. Of course you'll have to meet their "common sence requirements" but it is a wonderful way to get a good dog.
March 5th, 2007 10:36 PM
Jack Russell Terrier (or Rat Terrier) are great dogs and very smart I had one that I took to work with me all the time and everyone loved her, very friendly you won't be disappointed. Wish she was still alive today.
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March 5th, 2007 11:05 PM
Originally Posted by PatrioticRick
'She' being the operative word regarding smart dogs, I never get boy dogs, girl dogs are streets ahead with the smarts.
March 5th, 2007 11:25 PM
Try finding a copy of Margolis' book Good Dog, Bad Dog. He has a lot of breed descriptions in it that are dead-on accurate.
I never met a minature Schnauzer that was not very yappy. Ergo, loud.
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March 5th, 2007 11:37 PM
Any dog under 100 lb is a small dog, Those under 50 are suitable for concealed carry, but only as a BUD - back up dog.
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March 5th, 2007 11:47 PM
By that criteria I have one BUD and a mini .22 Derringer.
Originally Posted by obxned
March 6th, 2007 09:22 AM
My vote is:
We just got a new dachsund a little over 6 months ago. You can get you pick of brown, black, or dapple. You can also choose long or short hair.
My input is you should get a female, because to me they have more energy all the time. You can have her "tonsils" removed to prevent issues with her going into heat and you don't have to worry too much about her marking her territory like males do.
I have a male golden retriever also and he is a great dog but his energy level is way less than the female's.
March 6th, 2007 09:25 AM
A friend of mine say that JRTs think they are bullmastifs in training. But they are smart and seem to be people friendly.
Originally Posted by retsupt99
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March 6th, 2007 10:37 AM
I did various searches for dogs currently used as therapy dogs that meet our description of a short-haired smaller dog.
A whippet came up. It's not too big, and I can take him jogging.
I'd prefer to not get a "designer dog" but something I can find in my area, preferably from a humane shelter or similar rescue place.
I'm on petfinder.com doing a search for young dog, size small, 37214, regional. There's a cute little whippet/terrier there, a Boston terrier, and lots and lots of other terrier-type dogs. It's going to be a slow day at work, so it appears I'm going to have some time to hunt.
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