|Barked: Wed Feb 6, '13 12:33am PST |
|You know, while many chihuahuas are one-person-dogs, I wouldn't say all of them are that way... I grew up in an area where there were TONS of chihuahuas, and how they turned out depended on both genetics and socialization... well bred chis that were socialized around multiple people from early on ended up being great, cuddly, personable little dogs. Ones from sketchy pasts that weren't given the opportunity to socialize ended up downright nasty and mean towards strangers. That was just my observation though, and I think that's a truth that crosses all breeds to some degree.
I myself have two pomeranian/chihuahua mixes from the same litter and both are great little dogs. The female is quiet, sweet, low energy, and on the independent side. The male is the cuddliest/most affectionate dog I've ever encountered; he is literally a noodle of a dog and sleeps in my arms every night- total velcro dog with a very silly personality. They are both good around strangers in part because they were socialized from the get-go; that said I am their favorite person with my boyfriend coming in at a close second. They shed very little considering they are long-haired!
So in your search, don't rule out mixed breed dogs- they can be great too! Regardless of the breed you pick, if you end up picking a puppy from a litter then my advice for your chance at the most "cuddly" dog would be to get the one that is interested in you, yet also chill enough to be picked up/rolled on it's back without struggling. It's been said that males are more affectionate than females, and while I've had that experience with my two, I think affection level depends more on personality than sex (ie: submissive dogs will be more likely to be cuddly than dominant or independent dogs, male or female). Not really a breed recommendation, but hopefully it helps when it comes time to pick out your pup- whatever breed you choose
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