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Old 05-02-2013, 07:36 AM
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Hi all! I have a Harlequin Great Dane pup, my second, and I LOVE him to pieces. I show him, and he's just a wonderful wonderful dog. I lost my little dog about a year and a half ago, a "maltese" who was given to me when I was in the fifth grade. While I couldn't see myself owning another maltese, or any breed that is quite so fragile and small, I have been missing having a little dog. I'd prefer to avoid a TON of grooming, but I don't mind a moderate amount. Lower energy would be preferred; I grew up riding horses and like a jack russell would in NO WAY be up my alley. I never left my little dog unsupervised with my last dane, and my current lives with two chihuahuas at the moment with whom he is very very gentle. Anyways, I thought I'd ask the chazzers if they had any thoughts. I'm kind of a blank slate. I've liked frenchies for years, but they're a little on the larger side and are (and this is kind of stupid, so feel free to tell me I'm stupid) well, kind of the flavor of the week right now. I've been looking through rescues, and perhaps one will jump out at me, but after all the heartbreaking health problems with my little one, I'm wary. Chazzers, any thoughts? Non AKC breeds that I might not have seen before? Thanks, guys!

Note: Don't worry, this would be well down the road. I'm just sick, in bed, and really wishing I had a little fella to cuddle with.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:57 AM
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My small dog "wish" is a Chinese Crested The ones I've met have sturdy and had really sweet personalities. Or maybe an Affenpinscher? I have to say, tho, the sweetest "small" dogs I've ever met have been Cocker/Poodle mixes (aka Cockapoos).
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:20 AM
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I keep coming back to the Cotons and the Frenchies, but have seen the Dandie Dianmont Terrier also, who is adorable. Any thoughts on these, personality wise?
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:37 AM
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I've never met a Cotton or a Dandie. I met one Frenchie years ago when they did a crop in at an obedience class I was in. They seem to have sweet personalities.
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:38 AM
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Thank you! I did email a Frenchie breeder in the area to see if she would be attending the upcoming show around here, so we will see how that goes. I appreciate your input
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:30 AM
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Border terriers are my small dog want, they're hardy, known for being friendly (dogs and human), and have fantastic off switches which makes for a stable companion with the get up and go when you desire it.

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Old 05-02-2013, 04:44 PM
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I have a customer who has a Dandie. Watson is AWESOME. Just a chill, go with the flow kind of dog.

But he isn't small. He is larger than my 29# corgi.
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:28 PM
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Love Frenchies! Rocky is the perfect lap dog. He would sit in your lap all day if you would let him. He has good endurance, but is low energy. Although my Boston Terrier is the bigger snuggler, but he is high energy. Jack will go limp in your arms and you can cradle and hold him like a baby and he makes the most adorable snorting sounds.

Did love my old roommates Rat Terrier. She is an awesome dog. And got along wonderfully with her Great Dane!
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:56 PM
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Not sure what would be a good choice, but I can tell you to avoid patterdale, fell and jagdterriers. Too much hunt in those breeds and they become very destructive in a typical pet situation.
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Old 05-04-2013, 07:20 PM
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Get a Frenchie.... Festus was friends with the frenchie at my work. They LOVED eachother. And honestly, a frenchie is what I would be going for if I ever went small dog... Right now my 38lb boxer is small enough for my liking. Another option I would go for is a Boston Terrier, so again very frenchie like.
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