Owners of poms, chis, yorkies, and malteses

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  1. Fortune's Fool

    Fortune's Fool New Member

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    okay so these are the four breeds ive come up with in my search. i want to get 2 puppies in the future.. one for me and one for my brother.. we already have a medium size dog (26 pounds) and a cat. i just have these questions about them

    which breed would best to get in a pair?
    would any of them not get along with my other dog?
    or my cat?

    i really would prefer a breeder.. i think i will be showing one of the or both the dogs in small shows..

    the only major requirment (set by my mom) is that they have to be under 15 pounds.

    Does anyone have any questions to help determine the best pick for my family?
     
  2. Squishy22

    Squishy22 Guest

    I only have experience with chihuahuas. They love to bark and its almost impossible to break them of it. They are very fragile because they are so tiny. They are more of a challenge to potty break than some larger breeds I have owned. My sister has a female that refuses to potty outside if the grass is wet, lol. They can be nippy if they are pestered with, so I dont think they are a great choice with children. They dont usually like strange dogs. They are very sensitive to cold weather.

    This is just my own experience with the breed.
     
  3. ~Jessie~

    ~Jessie~ Chihuahua Power!

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    I have 3 chihuahuas... and I think they are a GREAT breed. Only one of mine is a barker (Rylie), and when I say, "Rylie, stop!" she stops barking right away. She also only barks when someone is at our door.

    If bred well, chis are not fragile. My Rylie weighs under 4lbs, and she is like a little tank. I'd actually be more afraid of my badly bred Madison getting hurt, and he weighs 6.5lbs. They run around, jump on the furniture... I've never been afraid of them 'breaking.'

    I honestly believe that the pottytraining issues are a myth. If a 2lb dog pees on the carpet, it's less of a deal than a 40lb dog peeing on the carpet, so some owners aren't as dilligent about pottytraining as they should be. Small dogs are still dogs... just because they're smaller doesn't mean they are slow learners.

    My Madison and Chloe actually love children... and they are barely even around them. Rylie takes a little bit to get used to them, but she fell in love with my 12 year old sister this summer while my parents were watching them for a week. Madison actually prefers children if we're in a setting with them. None of mine have ever been nippy- I would NOT tolerate that behavior with any dog... whether they are 5lbs or 50lbs.

    My chis get along with other dogs... Madison loooooves big dogs, lol :lol-sign:

    Chihuahuas do prefer their own breed, so they do well in multiples. As you can see, they are quite addictive (thus why I have 3!).
     
  4. 2pups622

    2pups622 Soon to Be 4 Pups!!

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    i also think chihuahuas would be great as long as you train them right i dont see any problems
     
  5. Squishy22

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    I do have to say that mine were from bybs. The WORST thing you can do is get one from an irresponsible breeder, because they will have more problems health wise and temperament wise too. BAD BAD IDEA!!

    My sisters 7 pound chihuahua broke her leg by jumping off a chair. Her leg bones are very tiny and pretty thin. She needed surgery.

    The chis that I have had just dont like other dogs. I tried socializing them at a young age. My sisters chi gets along great with the other dogs in my house because they grew up together.

    I have had large breeds and small breeds. I train them all just the same. especially potty training. I do not tolerate it no matter how much of a mess they make. A mess is a mess in my eyes. My 8 month old pit bull is fully potty broke while the 3 year old chihuahua has accidents about once every couple of weeks. Its because she refuses to get her little paws wet in the grass after it rains while my pit bull could care less. When its wet outside she will run and hide as I open the door. I then put her out and give her the potty command about 10 times before she goes. She likes to hide and poop, in the house.

    I am not saying chis are bad. I love the breed. They are one of the most affectionate breeds I have ever owned. They are FULL of personality. Love to be with their people. Nothing makes them happier than that.
     
  6. heartdogs

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    If you were a client coming to me for advice, I would tell you to opt for the Maltese or the Yorkie, but I would also tell you not to get them at the same time. Littermates often bond to one another more than to the humans, and that can present problems in training (you would want to go to separate classes). Most reputable breeders won't sell littermates to any but the most experienced owners, and often not even then. Also, it's often easier (in terms of how the dogs get along) to have dogs of opposite gender that are separated by a couple of years or more in age. Have you thought about getting two compatible adult dogs instead of puppies? Small dogs live such a long time, that even if you got them at age 5, you might still have a virtual lifetime together. My Yorkie is 18 1/2. She lives with three larger dogs and still holds her own quite nicely. Well, hope this helped you. Let us know when you finally make your choice. We'll want pictures.
     
  7. PWCorgi

    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

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    Please, please do not get two dogs at one time. Bad idea, and I'm speaking from experience.

    Here's just one of my recent posts about the subject:

    If you'd like more info or to talk just let my know either on here or PM me :D
     
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    Yeah, I've always heard you should get kittens in pairs, puppies as singles.
     
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    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

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  10. FoxyWench

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    realy depends on WHAT you are looking for in a dog...
    personally while i adore the look of yorkies, their personality just doesnt fit me, they are TERRIERS and just too terrier like for me.

    Poms are awsome little dogs but are very spitz like, look up husky, mal and other spitzes personalities to get an idea of the pom. they tend to be bold fairly hihg energy and have selective hearing.

    Maltese are good little dogs, can be barky and protective, but generally very good.

    and chis tend to be stubborn and "selective"

    so it realy depends, tell us more about what you want out of the dog, what kind of excersize, grooming time, are you looking for a dog that NEEDS you or one thats a little more independant, ect.

    im a chihuhahua lover, but there definatly not a breed for everyone, no matter how amazing they are. they are clannish and like being with other chis...so WARNING, when you get one chi your pack tends to increase rather quickly.

    you say your hoping on showing, are you planning on breeding, toy breeds can be difficult to breed, but chihuahuas are notorious for difficulties during labor...

    of the breeds you listed, i would say the maltese would be the "middle ground" all around breed...
     
  11. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    I agree with waht's been said. Just because the breeds are small, they aren't that similar in personality.

    Of those I'd probably pick a longhaired Chi followed by the pom, but that's just ME. Terriers don't fit as well with my personality.

    Anyways, I know several poms and one really pretty well. She's a good dog, but she is very badly bred and a rescue, so she's probably not the most to standard pom. She's definitely a one person dog compared to the papillons, but I don't know if that's standard pom behavior or just her. The paps will be up in everyone's laps all the time giving kisses and wanting to be petted, whereas she will be lying down near her 'mamma'. Don't get me wrong, she lets other people pet her. She just seems a bit more independant than the paps. She also loves toys, which I've mentioned before. She carries this toy bunny around in her mouth at all times. It's really really cute.

    Anyways, I have to agree. After training three toys to pee outside, I've really not seen any significant difference in potty training the little ones versus the big ones.
     
  12. HoundedByHounds

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    Showing...even in small shows a coated breed like a Maltese will be a MONUMENTAL undertaking as far as grooming....so do bear in mind the HOURS of work you will need to do WEEKLY to keep the dog in coat and in condition...then also factor in the EXTRA HOURS on actual show weekends. It's no joke...keeping a Maltese or Yorkie is show condition is NOT a task for the meek or those on a tight schedule!
     
  13. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    And at least where I am, they're always first thing in the morning. ;)

    (genius move, I tell you!)
     
  14. StevePax

    StevePax A guy with a dog

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    I'll jump in with my super-limited experience. Not because it's helpful, but mostly because I like to hear myself talk.

    I have a chihuahua X shih tzu. He's only 15 weeks old right now, so we haven't had him for very long (we got him at 6 weeks). He's like 3/4 Chi, 1/4 Shi, and I admit he came from a byb. As for our experience with him - potty training was unbelievably easy - hasn't had an accident in weeks, only had a couple at the beginning, even at only 6 weeks old. He doesn't care if the grass is wet or if the sprinklers are running - he goes on the grass. I care if the sprinklers are running, though....

    He's learning to be good with my kids, 20 months and 3 1/2 years old. We're training both him and the kids to be good to each other. He's quite mellow, lets anyone pet him, gets really excited to meet new people, and just kind of acts like a puppy. Being a chi mixed with a slightly larger dog, he's already 7.5 pounds at only 15 weeks, so he'll be slightly bigger than the average chi, which is great in my mind. Still very small, still has a hard time even jumping up onto the couch (which I don't let him do, anyway), but not quite so fragile as a purebred chi. His coat is short (except for some long hairs on his knees and elbows :)) and easy to care for. He's just basically a great dog, and everyone loves him.

    Of course, you can't show a dog like that, but it's a great pet. Chi crosses show up in shelters all the time, so it would be easy to find. If you're lucky, you get the best of both worlds.
     

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