That's a possession problem, StellarJKD. That could have simply been solved by your mom pushing the dog off her lap when he started to growl, and on the floor, making him roll on his back and submit to whomever was near.
As far as the breed goes, just as any other lapdog, you have to watch the "lap" part and make sure the dog is submissive to you when you ask it to be. If you say no, it means no. No hand feeding from the table, no racing out the door, no jumping, etc. If you have young ones, (under 10...) I would say bring her home on a trial if they will let you, and see how things go. Do not get emotionally involved until you are certain she has the right temperament for your family. Don't make excuses for her, "oh, she's so cute! oh, she's so pretty! Oh, I love her little bark, that's so funny!" kinda stuff. For all she knows, she's half shar-pei, half pug. (tried to think of what would make an ugly breed... LOL )
at 11:43 PM on Mar. 14, 2010