What type of dog is best for me?
I think I would be best suited to a companion type dog, but I hear that some are hard to potty train? I have a little niece as well as a sister-in-law who are allergic to dogs (though my niece doesn't seem to be alergic to my sisters pom?) so this is something else I need to consider.
When I do some research, a Shih Tzu as well as a poodle (standard) seems to be on the top... I'm just wondering if they would really be best suited for me.
I'm looking for a dog that: 1. can stay to themselves (i.e don't have "separation anxiety")
2. Low grooming needs (I hear it depends on the Tzu?)
3. Low exercise requirements- I can do a max of a 30-45 min. a day walks.
4. Doesn't bark much.
5. Is ok with strangers after being introduced and knowing that they are ok.
6. Can go outside for walks in cold temperatures (of course it would live indoors with me though).
on Jan 13th 2013
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No grooming, no exercise, no barking, loves everyone, likes cold weather... You probably don't want a puppy. The shedding is easy to answer, as there are many dogs who don't shed much and are hypo-allergenic to an extent. Yes, poodles are definitely recommended, and are very smart and caring companions as long as they come from a reputable breeder and not a mill. I suggest adopting an adult rescue dog (of any breed -- go with "curly" hair for the allergic family members) who already has great manners and is socialized. Chill, not anxious so won't bark, good with people. As for Shih Tzu grooming, they definitely require it. Long hair, teary eyes, definitely not the most low maintenance dog. The groomer will be a regular thing. Good luck, and please rescue or adopt!
Tony Hernandez answered on Jan 21st.
Beagles have all that EXCEPT they are LOUDMOUTHS!!! They not only bark, but they howl and bay. Our Snoopy isn't much of a howler or barker because he's just a puppy but they do shed a little bit. There is no such thing as a non-shedding breed because all dogs shed a little.
These are all little shedding dogs and mutts
American Hairless Terrier
American Water Spaniel
Black Russian Terrier
Bouvier des Flandres
Chinese Crested (hairless)
Coton de Tulear
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Glen of Imaal Terrier
Irish Water Spaniel
Kerry Blue Terrier
Löwchen (Little Lion Dog)
Peruvian Inca Orchid
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
Polish Owczarek Nizinny
Portuguese Water Dog
Scottish Terrier (Scottie)
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Spanish Water Dog
West Highland White Terrier
Wirehaired Fox Terrier
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Mr. Beagle answered on 1/13/13. Helpful? / 0