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Old 04-22-2013, 01:50 PM
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So since I moved out and Taken Teagan with me my mom is lonely without her cuddly, small furry Teagan. And she is constantly looking at small little dogs on rescue sites, but has never taken the plunge as of yet on a dog.

- I know she is looking for a small breed
- very cuddly
- a breed that will follow her around everywhere
- They do live on a farm, but the dog would never be outside unattended.
- a breed that can handle the heat, my mom spends a lot of time in her garden, and Alberta summers can get pretty hot. The Winters are cold, but again dog won't be outside other than pee breaks.
- A breed that can handle going for walks and will be ok on somewhat rough terrain, again they live on a farm. Mom always takes the dogs for a walk through the fields, and they have a cabin in BC and always visit us in BC and we are always going adventuring and boating.
- Barking is not an issue, they have terriers
- a breed not super fragile as they do have a bouvier, although Emme is really gentle with small dogs.
-a dog probably in the 5-16 lbs range. Nothing bigger than Teagan who is 16lb's
- a breed that tends to be good with kids, as Tyler and I will be eventually starting a family.
- If she does finally decided to get a dog, the dog most likely will be either a rescue or a re-home younger adult or older puppy.
- A breed that is not super difficult to train.

I will add anything else that I think of later

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Old 04-22-2013, 02:51 PM
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Since it'll be a rescue or regime, a larger chihuahua? I know Jessie's do awesome hiking and when they go out and rent a cabin in the winter. Even tiny Emma is best friends with Rory, and with a larger chi you don't really have to worry. I know hers are definitely cuddly when we're just sitting around. I always have them on me when we're just sitting around.

The only issue would have to be the normal things with little kids and dogs, but not really a worry since kid would be used to Teagan

ETA: They're also super easy to find in rescue or rehome.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:54 PM
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Toy poodle!! They aren't a brachy dog, so no worries with the heat. You can keep them clipped shorter in the summer and longer in the winter to compensate for temp changes. Can easily move over rough terrain as they have longer legs than most of the smaller breeds. Super easy to train. Very people orientated, most do well with kids and I know plenty that are rough and tumble dogs. Plenty in rescue.

I vote poodle.
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Old 04-22-2013, 03:01 PM
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Sorry, I was on my phone and out shopping LOL.

Mye grandma has a chi/terrier mix, that lives on the farm with her. Awesome dog. Can go gogo all day or cuddle if that's what's happening.
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Old 04-22-2013, 04:14 PM
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I was thinking a shih tzu...they aren't super, super tolerant of extreme heat, but I don't think the average canadian summer would do them in some like a pug or bulldog. They seem to do fine outdoors for long periods, even being active, in a NY summer.

A norfolk terrier might also be a good choice.

Or a cavalier, but the health risks might not be something she's willing to deal with.
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Old 04-22-2013, 04:19 PM
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Get her her own Teagen. Was he a breeder pup?
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:03 PM
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I would think any kind of poodle mix would be great. Every cockapoo I've ever met has been AWESOME. Smart, ready to go go but not hyper and content with cuddling with you for most of the day too, doesn't get too big, or shed. Our cockapoo was a total farm dog through and through. She used to roam free outside on the farm and loved it. Never would've expected it when you looked at but man, she was a tough little one. She was always great with kids too and just a really overall good dog. Didn't need much training to be good either.

You can find a lot of cockapoos in the shelter too, at least around here. So I vote for a poodle or poodle mix!

Havanese as well come to mind... great dogs.
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:19 PM
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Canadian summers in the prairies actually get insanely hot.

I think poodle or chihuahua too
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:26 PM
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Miniature Poodle or Schnauzer

They are both good with kids, very hardy little dogs. Have wonderful off-switches and always up to what you want to do at the moment. If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them!!

Also (though not sure about size) cocker spaniels and cavaliers come to mind.
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:42 PM
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Toy Poodles could work. Or some sort of mix-a-poo or minidoodle. Some cockapoo and minidoodles would be too big though. Bichons could be a possibility too. If needing pro grooming is an issue though, those wont work. A larger Pom or Pap could be a possibility. Cavs are sweet but not real energetic and a "heartbreak breed".

If she's getting a rescue, she'll want to be sure the dog is known to love kids. Not just tolerate or be ok but love them. Sadly a lot of toy dogs end up really nervous and defensive around kids because people allow their children to treat toy dogs as play things
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