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).

Thanks :)

Asked by Member 1149850 on Jan 13th 2013 Tagged therightdogforme in Choosing the Right Pet
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Tony Hernandez

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.

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Snoopy, Mistur Beegul

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

Airedale Terrier

American Hairless Terrier

American Water Spaniel

Australian Terrier


Bedlington Terrier


Bichon Frise

Bichon Yorkie

Black Russian Terrier


Border Terrier

Bouvier des Flandres

Brussels Griffon

Cairn Terrier

Cesky Terrier

Chacy Ranior


Chinese Crested (hairless)


Coton de Tulear

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Doodleman Pinscher

Giant Schnauzer

Glen of Imaal Terrier

Hairless Khala


Irish Terrier

Irish Water Spaniel

Italian Greyhound

Kerry Blue Terrier



Lagotto Romagnolo

Lakeland Terrier

Lhasa Apso

Löwchen (Little Lion Dog)



Manchester Terrier


Miniature Poodle

Miniature Schnauzer

Norfolk Terrier

Norwich Terrier

Peruvian Inca Orchid

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

Polish Owczarek Nizinny


Portuguese Water Dog



Scottish Terrier (Scottie)

Sealyham Terrier




Silky Terrier

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Spanish Water Dog

Standard Poodle

Standard Schnauzer

Tibetan Terrier

Toy Poodle

Welsh Terrier

West Highland White Terrier

Wirehaired Fox Terrier

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon


Yorkshire Terrier

Snoopy, Mistur Beegul answered on 1/13/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer