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Old 04-04-2009, 08:48 AM
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You might even look into the Coton de Tulear.
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Old 04-04-2009, 01:21 PM
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What about a Bishon? They are awesome little dogs. One of my neighbors has two, and she is highly allergic to most dog breeds but does fine with her Bishons.
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Old 04-04-2009, 02:13 PM
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well I am on the papillon bandwagon) My sister has two males and they are nice dogs. She does agility with the older one who is now one of the top agility paps in new england. She works full time, but lives with my mom,,they are pretty docile during the day, and at night ready for whatever my sister has in store for them..

We hike alot, (i have gsd's & aussies),,they aren't barky for no reason,,one loves the water the other one hates it )..all in all, nice little dogs..

I also like yorkies as a small dog )
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Old 04-04-2009, 07:25 PM
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I wouldn't totally rule out little mutts. My Miley is an 8 pound Shih Tzu/Poodle/Maltese cross andd by golly she is the coolest little dog. Just a thought. I always keep an eye out for those little rescue gems.


I personally like Papillions and Chinese Cresteds the best as far as small dogs go.
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Old 04-04-2009, 07:34 PM
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well obviously Im partial to yorkies!

morkies are not an actual breed but if you like the look of them look into Biewer Yorkies which are a breed and have a similar look to them.

Also, if you want to litter train your dog, staying under 10 pounds is probably a good idea. I know bigger dogs have been litter or pad trained but it is easiest with the smaller dog.

Yorkies have a lot of terrier personality so be prepared for endless energy. ENDLESS.

I also have a cat and every once in awhile he will chase her but just to try and get her to play, he does not hurt her at all, and I can call him off right away.

Any other questions, ask away.
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Old 04-04-2009, 08:09 PM
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I highly don't recommend a pomeranian. I've been around several, and they all tended to be very... barky. And none seemed to like cats. Including my mother's pom.

I reaaaallllyyyy don't recommend a dachshund. Amazing dogs, we have 5 and I foster them constantly, but they are terriers and cats are something they love to chase, despite endless training. I've trained mine enough to stop when I tell them to, but it's still something they have a passion for (chasing kitties that is). Some can also be very yippy, though I've worked hard to teach mine that barking is not something we do non-stop. They are great cuddle bugs though, but also are very active and full of energy too. Mine are all very playful, great family dogs, and mine love other dogs. Just not kitties.

The dog breed that I own that I love is a Shih Tzu. Not very barky at all, loves to cuddle, couldn't care less about the cats for the most part, loves other dogs, very intelligent, and can be very active at times. I think they are a great breed, and I've had great experiences with them.

I also like a Maltese, as I've had great experiences with them. They seem not to be very yappy, very sweet natured, all that I've met loved other dogs and cats and got along fine, and were great snuggle bugs but also had lots of energy in them for playing and interacting.

I also would check out area rescues and shelters near you. You may find the perfect little mix of what you're looking for. I've seen several 'designer' mutts at some of the rescues and shelters here lately, including yorki-poo's, chi-weenies (chihuahua/dachshund), and a "morkie (maltese/yorkie)" (I can't help but giggle at that horrendous name, LOL).

Good luck!
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One breed I really like as well that hasn't been mentioned is a Havanese. Just thought I'd throw that out there.

Of course paps are my favorites.
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Old 04-04-2009, 10:00 PM
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Laur, how are Paps as far as people who tend be allergic? I know that just because they're long haired it doesn't necessarily mean it's going to be a problem.

If I were going to have a toy breed it would SO be a Pap.
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Old 04-04-2009, 10:05 PM
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Laur, how are Paps as far as people who tend be allergic? I know that just because they're long haired it doesn't necessarily mean it's going to be a problem.
Well, they're not a 'hypoallergenic' breed. Sometimes they get mistakenly listed as non shedding but they do shed. They're very clean dogs and they seem not to smell much compared to other breeds. I guess the only way to know was if you were around some paps to see if they bother your allergies or not?

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Old 04-05-2009, 09:45 AM
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Choosing your first breed is definitely tough. But ultimately the choice is your, as we all have different preferences, i think it is best you judge and choose for yourself.

I personally like bigger dogs now because smaller dogs tend to be too yappy for my liking.
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