|Barked: Wed Feb 20, '13 11:21am PST |
|Lhasas and Pekes are better alone than Tzus and Tibbies. Taking the extremes breeds can go to, Tibbies have more of a reputation than Tzus do, but Tzus can be more demanding of attention (they are bubbly). They are really the only one of the batch that is strictly companion in the doggie sense. Pekes are cat like in believing they are house royalty, and Tzus and Tibbies both have some guarding background.
Whippets are fine. Unlike other sighthounds, they were developed in England. They are more sociable and more trainable. They still are sensitive as all sighthounds are and don't deal well with craziness or change, which is a sighthound trait....that's something I failed to mention in the first go, that and forget off lead lifestyles with any of those. They are very fast and potentially with a strong chase instinct and will be gone in a flash. That's about the only reason you ever see these dogs in rescue, though. They are naturally well mannered, fastidious, quiet and comparatively speaking, save for sensitivity and some shyness, sighthounds are typically free of vice.
The bullies you mentioned? You'd need to think long and hard as they are gassy and can be smelly...which I think would be culture shock for a cat person They also snort.
Dobermans do not have high exercise demands. If you were at one point considering a Berner, you could easily consider a Doberman. Hardly a difference. They do really well in city environments. They are *not* dominant. Wherever you heard that, just forget it....that was nonsense They are one of the most trainable dogs in the world, and also positively brilliant with a human like intelligence. I'd stay open minded and not cross them off. They do great as first dogs, in terms of house manners are sighthound esque but more tactile but there's a lot more world for them in terms of outings, trainability, etc. Their beautiful look, ease of trainability, manners, and rather inspiring intelligence are all good reasons to mull on them for a while.
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