|Barked: Thu May 3, '12 5:38pm PST |
|My Fiance and I, were talking about what lies ahead in our future, things like living arrangements, Children, Setting up our wedding and official wedding date. Naturally, pets came into the conversation, which is no surprise seeing as that is a regular conversation that we have...anyway although we love our big dogs, we'd love the experience of owning a little dog.
Now, grant you this will not be for a very long time. I think we have our next FEW breeds picked out...BOL
But we haven't really done a ton of research on smaller breeds. I mean sure I know the basics of some small breeds, but not to much detail. My Fiance is pretty nonchalant when it comes to what he would like in a dog. Other than he loves nordics (as most know ) and I am quite fond of my jowly bully's. We both agree though we want a small dog someday, while we're younger not retirement.
We've looked into some small breeds. In general speaking, the S.O doesn't care for chihuahuas. I think the long haired version is quite adorable, but he doesn't care for the typical high pitched barky dogs. While he knows that it can be corrected with extensive training, and I will say if it is a chihuahua that seems to fit us best we are not opposed to looking into them more. Just would like to see what other choices are out there first.
So, here is what we would ideally like in a small dog.
-Spunky little personality, with a happy go lucky outlook.
-Friendly with other dogs, cats, children etc. I realize this has to deal a lot with socialization. I think in this situation though it'd be good to stay away from breeds that have tendencies to have DA and etc.
-A dog that likes to snuggle or at least occasionally snuggle. Its a bit hard to explain...I like a dog that likes to near and around me, but isn't obnoxious about it.
-Less vocal would be nice , again I know training can help curve this.
-As far as train-ability goes a little bit of stubbornness is okay, but I don't want to have to constantly convince the dog to do something. Unfortunately, I do not have THAT much patience.
-I would like to take the dog places with me, like hiking and nice walks. The lake and etc. Spend a great deal of time outdoors, whether gardening or yard work. Eventually, when we have children, we will be outside a lot with them. As we don't want our kids to be like the newer generation that sits and watches Tv all day long, and plays video games all day long.
Breeds we have looked at most recently: Grant you there is a lot, because we haven't really done any narrowing done what so ever.
-Bulldogs: Both English and French version
-Even though they are not a true breed. We adore some Puggles we have seen in rescues. I want to make this clear if we were to ever get one. I would not go to a breeder, being they are a designer breed. I would rescue.
-Japanese Chins..gosh they are so cute.
Feel free to ask more questions, suggest breeds, or even give some information on the ones listed above. I will try getting S.O to help me narrow the list, and I will let you all know as soon as possible!
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