|Barked: Mon Dec 13, '10 9:35am PST |
|Gotta agree that small dogs do tend to be harder to housetrain (there was a thread about this in the Small Dogs forum you can look up), mostly because of smaller bladders that develop later, and also because the house looks much bigger to them and it's a longer walk to wherever you do want them to potty.
If you want a dog who's naturally calm and housetrained, by the way, you should look for an adult. I have NEVER heard of or seen a calm puppy!
All that said, I'm going to oppose Eppy for a moment here and say that while both are great dogs, I think you should go for the MALTESE!
A good Maltese is a perpetually happy, playful, endlessly endearing little dog who settles well and lives to be handled and loved. They're less active than a Shih Tzu generally and a little less physically sturdy. ADULT Malteses (that enough s's for you?) are sweet, calm, and loving. Well-bred, they should NOT be moody IMO, though they do enjoy being pampered (they WERE royal dogs, after all). They're easily trained, endlessly charming, and convey a sense of satisfaction with life. They are also, moreso than Shih Tzus, quintessential lap dogs. Princesses and ladies used to carry them around on pillows (and at one time in their voluminous sleeves, I believe ), and most don't mind that treatment today provided they get some time to chase a ball once in a while. Oh, and splash in puddles. It's as if they KNOW they are white dogs, and therefore need to get themselves dirty.
Anyway, for what you're looking for - a calm, undemanding companion - I think you're slightly better off with a Maltese, provided you can keep up with their crazy coat needs. Even in a short clip, they must be brushed. You should also be aware that they can be barky. This is a MAJOR puppy mill/backyard breeder breed, which is why you meet a lot of neurotic specimens. From a good breeder who health tests, pays attention to temperament, etc., though, they're a pure joy. So if you're set on a calm, easy-going dog, then you'll need to either do TONS of research to find a good breeder, or go with an adult with an established temperament (this is true of the Shih Tzu as well, by the way).
On the OTHER hand, though....a Shih Tzu might be a better match given the Pomeranian you already have. They're sturdier and better able to keep up with a "hyper" companion. Does your Pom like to play rough? A Maltese can be more easily injured by rough play, falling off of couches, etc. than your average Shih Tzu.
So you're on the right track with both breeds...have you tried meeting any to see which one you click with?
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