||[Oct. 21st, 2007|11:19 am]
I've started doing research on dogs. I love the pointy faced small dogs, like the papillon. I also think terriers are pretty cool.
So my question is, what kind of attitude and traits would some sort of mutt with some of each be like? Also, are there other pointy faced small dogs? Do you have experience having a small dog? What sort of things should you consider if you are thinking about getting a dog?
They sound great! Craig reminded me that we can't get a dog yet. :( He's right, Midnight's vet bills are adding up.
Dauchies are awesome, I grew up with a houseful, but you have to watch out for their super long backs. They are prone to back problems. They are very loyal and loving and not too high-energy either.
Jack Russell's are very pointy and wiry, and very much FULL of energy. Most terriers are, but particularly Jack Russell's. They are also VERY loyal, appreciate and love you with all their heart, but can be aggressive to strangers and possesive of you because of that loyalty to you. They also like to RUN RUN RUN!! So I'd advise a Jack Russell only if you are ready to have an *extremely* energetic and athletic dog. OH! They also like to dig, so that can be an issue if you have a fence and plan on keeping it outside while at work. Great escape artists!
They sound cute, but maybe a terrier is wrong for us. That sounds like way too much energy for us. We also need one that will stay in the fenced back yard during the day. Craig reminded me of why we can't get a dog right now, and I hate to agree with him, but he's right.
I've done rescue for more than 7 years, so have LOADS of experience with just about every breed out there, including the mixes/mutts.
Here is what you guys need to decide:
-what kind of activity level do you want to deal with?
do you want a slug, or a hyperactive spaz or something between?
-what kind of coat care do you want to deal with?
is constant grooming something you want to deal with, or a short coat more your speed?
-what kind of temperment towards kids do you want?
-what kind of temperment do you want in general?
you can have super-laid back and aloof dogs, to super-intent love-hounds/lap dogs
Figure those things out, and make the list. After that, repost, and I'll take a look a them and can make some recommendations if you like.
There's just sooo much to consider...especially since the dogs with the higest bite-rates in the country tend to be small dogs (believe it or not!)
those are a couple of the worst bite offenders, and the worst for children
(and yes, there are obviously exceptions, so please no flames)
Craig isn't ready to get a dog yet. He reminded me of the expense and time it is going to take us to try to get Midnight healthy, and I agree with him. We can't get a dog because we wouldn't have the time to train it right now.
We had Miniature Schnauzers when I was a kid. Madonna was a pure bred runt, she was 12x12 and weighed 12 lbs at her largest. She was active, but still loved to sit and watch TV with us. Major was bought as a purebred, but he was much larger than Madonna and his hair was softer and curlier so we think there was a poodle in the woodshed. He was a great dog. Fun, playful, sweet but not the smartest. We had this long hallway in the house that ended in a door into my parents room. We'd sit at the end of the hall and toss a tennis ball. They would both chase after it, Madonna would get to the door and stop. Major would run head first into the door. :) They barked a lot though. You knew if someone was in the front yard because they would sit in the living room and bark as soon as someone came up the drive. They were always happy to see us when we came home. They loved to ride in the car. Especially Madonna. My dad had a little Fierro and Madonna would sit on the center console and lean forward the faster we went watching out the front window.
I have a papillion.
She is amazing. .. afraid of cats though. haha. We got her from a rescue - she is perfect. Not aggressive at all. Obedient. She's scared of her own shadow though, it's hillarious.
when you r ready, ask again I have lots to add about small dogs and if you are looking to add a child as well some breeds are much better thn others :)
my mom has a pomeranian and absolutely adores him - he has a pointy face and very playful and loving personality... he also gets along with cats...
Funny coincidence that my mom's coworker who breeds them is looking for a good home for two of her 8 poms, I guess she's running out of room at her house. She tried to give them to my mom, but with all that's going on right now, my mom can only take care of the one she already has... One is 5 pounds, the other is 3 pounds and both are about 5 months old... of course, they're here in Ohio, so that makes adoption difficult... but you could check out some local pure-breed rescue groups for a much cheaper way to get exactly the dog you want and also help give a home to a puppy that really needs one...
2007-10-23 03:00 am (UTC)
Hate to be a wet blanket, but my totally selfish concern about you getting a dog is that you're already kinda far away now, and everyone in my family who owns a dog has to plan every social occasion around their dogs. "Wanna do lunch?" "Can't, gotta get home, the dog hasn't been out all day." Annoying. But that's coming from a cat lover To The Core as well.