My husband and I are in the market for a small dog. Our house is a decent size, but a yard is .06 acres, and while fenced in, it would not be fair to a medium, to large breed dog. We both grew up with labradors and golden retrievers. We are new to the small dog word. Ultimately, we will adopt from a shelter, so we will most likely end up with a mutt and we are 100% okay with that. So, to anyone with small dog experience, what small dog breeds would you recommend? Which would you recommend avoiding? We have 3 active children ranging in age between 7 and 14 months. Thanks in advance for any advice!Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 10:36 PM on May. 24, 2010 in Just for Fun
I have shared my home with many dogs, some ours and most fosters. We have had adult dogs from 3 pounds to 100 plus pounds. Two of our personal dogs were lab mix and we lived in apartments with them and they did fine. We were really tight on space for about 6 months and in a a 3 bedroom hourse we had our lab/golden retriever, my son's lab, our 3 adult cats, 2 foster kittens, 5 adults and a baby. Big calm dogs that like being around people and other animals can do just fine in small places.
Right now we have 2 stray toy poodles that are around 9 pounds and a 3 pound chihuahua my son got me for my birthday. It's the first time in 15 years we haven't had a big dog and I am enjoying the little dogs. Poodles are smart and don't shed. I have really fallen in love with my little chihuahua. You can find pure bred dogs from the pound, check www.petfinder.com
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Answer by Anonymous at 10:57 PM on May. 24, 2010
The poodles and my chihuahua get along great with my toddler grandson. I think it depends more on the dog then on the breed. Two houses down there are two chiweenies and they escape and they don't like anyone. One will let me pet it sometimes. They are about 6 pounds and my chihuahua is terrified of them. My chihuahua is friends with the rotti next door.
If you adopt from a rescue then if it doesn't work out you should be able to take the dog back and get a different dog. One of the rescues I foster with is really nice about that. I would stay away from any dog that has any pit bull mix. I don't trust them. They can be all nice one minute and turn mean the next. Of course dogs should live in the house and not outside.
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