choosing between diffrent small breeds

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  1. Fran101

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    ive never had a small dog before.. ive always had big mix breeds so this is all very new to me. ive done some research and im just looking for opinions/advice

    -im looking for a dog that is inactive indoors, but still likes long walks once or twice a day
    -doesnt need a yard (ill be living in an apartment)
    -small size obviously, small enough to take places with me in a bag
    - sturdy little dog that likes to play
    - cuddly :)
    - not very barky (because of the apartment)
    - friendly with other dogs
    - not too shy, likes to explore, be in new situations, go to new places
    - not to many grooming needs/alot of shedding.

    the breeds ive been looking at are:
    1. Papillion: ive always liked them, but im having trouble finding a breeder that has puppies for less than $1200 and any information about them.

    2. chihuahuas: i like the breed, my parents used to have a great chi . but paris hilton, and all the biters, yappers, ect.. that i have seen has made me a lil reluctant to get one. and i cant find a good breeder that doesnt worship "the teacup"..and everyone just seems to have one, and some of them that i have seen do not look..like dogs.

    3. mini dachshund: i just like those lil weiner dogs.. they are short, just like me:) and are tough little dogs

    i really would love a puppy, but depending and how my life goes from now, a rescue/adopting an older dog might happen, but i rly would love a purebred this time around
    so if you have any recomendations for me, know a good breeder, have some information of the breed, or anything
    please post :)
     
  2. Squishy22

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    Chihuahuas tend to yap, although not as much as some min pins I've seen. Some might disagree, but I think they are a little more fragile due to their tiny size. They normally do not like other dogs, dog aggression is well known in the breed. They prefer their own.

    The dachshunds I've seen are yappers as well. My aunts male is worse than my chi/min pin mix. They are very nice dogs though. Loves people and tolerates other dogs pretty well, from what I've seen.

    I have no idea about papillons, but I do know that there are a few members here who can tell you more about them.
     
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    its not that i need a dog that is completly silent or anything, but since its an apartment, barking at every noise wont be very nice to my neighbors.

    my cousin has a min pin.. i will never own one. ever. im traumatized, i babysat that dog for a week and couldnt wait to give him back lol
     
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    Pug...fits it all. More than any of the 3 you posted, IMO.
     
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    pugs are usually 13-20 pounds, which is unfortunately too big for me to carry around in a bag, which unfortunately, my lifestyle requires. i dont want a dog that i have to leave at home all the time, especially since small dogs (as long as they are in bags) as accepted EVERYWHERE here. beleive me, i wish a leash was enough, but its just not
     
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    my vet also says the exceptionally hot weather down here makes it hard for pugs and the breeds like them.
     
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    I thought of that one as well, but my moms is a notorious barker... not sure if all of them are though. Its insane. They also shed like CRAZY. They aren't small enough to fit in a bag to carry either. Not that I agree with carrying a dog around constantly. ;)

    As far as yapping goes, the good thing is that chis tend to have somewhat of a small voice. Compare it to a min pin or dachshund and there is a big difference. I think all small dogs tend to be yappers, other than basenjis of course. LOL.

    Boston terrier is one that comes to mind.
     
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    I think they are more around the range of 17-20 pounds. My moms is 21.
     
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    LOL...most women's PURSES weigh that much...lol. if you are planning to leave your dog outside...weather matters...if the dog is in a ac house, car, room, or walking or exercising long stretches at a time...I can't see it making a difference.

    ALL the dogs you posted to me, I would consider barky. Just me tho.
     
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    STURDY doesnt' really match up with a sub 13lbs dog in my mind.
     
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    Even 14 pounds is way to big to be carrying around in a bag. My back hurts just thinking about it. Bostons are a bit too big as well, the smallest being under 15 pounds.

    Not sure how big mini dachshunds are. My aunts male his huge, but hes not a mini either.

    I would personally stick in the 3-7 pounds range which cuts a lot of breeds out. Maybe a yorkie, toy poodle, or Maltese? Those ones are pretty darn small.
     
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    those would be big on grooming tho..even kept in pet cuts. Low grooming was a requirement above there I think.

    BTW, wow I JUST saw your balking at $1200...toy dogs, from GOOD breeders, COST A LOT. Most Maltese here go for $2000 and that is a PET DOG. Chi's similar.

    If you want a dog below say $1K you should really consider a retired bitch or show dog, those sometimes are less, or HEY better yet! checking petfinder for an adult toy mix...there are PLENTY out there thanks to the designer dog balloon beginning to bust.
     
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    Yeah, your right. I guess that only leaves the chihuahua? lol. Not sure how much grooming papillons require, but they also have some long hair.

    I cant come up with any other breed small enough to carry around in a bag. Petfinder is awesome. There is a good chance she can find something there! Totally worth a shot. Ouch 1,200...
     
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    dont get me wrong, i really also dont agree with a dog being in a bag all the time. i love dog parks, long walks,and all of that. but i also want a dog i can take with me on errands that i wouldnt otherwise be able to take a larger dog.
    i spoke to my boyfriend, and he agrees an adult dog would be better. since the personality, size ect.. is already there (and we dont have to potty train :p) lol

    ive never bought a dog, i really didnt think $1000 was normal but i guess it is, all my other dogs have been mixes from animal control, so sorry if i dont know much about the process of buying one
    ya 14 pounds is alot for me to carry around, finding a dog that small in a shelter is a long shot but its worth looking.
    im just looking for a pet, with the right temperament and size. i wouldnt mind a mix, or an adult dog, that would really be better than a puppy actually lol
     
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    i didnt know about petfinder! thanks im finding lots of choices :) i think we are going to go with an older dog, save a life, and leave me more money to spoil him or her rotten lol :p
     
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    always happy to share the JOY that is...petfinder. :)
     

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