Small dog breeds

Discussion in 'The Dog Breeds' started by HayleyMarie, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. HayleyMarie

    HayleyMarie Like a bat outa' hell

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    So as much as I hate it I dont think bringing a huge or large dog into my home would be a good idea right now, with all the traveling we do ect ect..

    So I am looking into smaller to medium-ish sized dogs for the future hopefully if Tyler allows me to have a third dog..Im working on that lol

    now what I am looking for?
    -outgoing, spunky, sassy, smart and tons of humour
    -friendly, but some what aloof with strangers.
    -peferably breeds with no sound sensativity.
    -able to keep up with hiking and out door adventures.
    -active, but able to settle in the house.
    -biddable, but still challenge
    -drive, prey drive, toy drive.
    -I would pefer lower shedding, but I guess I would deal with it for the right breed.
     
  2. JPuckett1989

    JPuckett1989 Slowly but surely......

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    Jack Russel maybe?

    EDIT: Given the right energy outlet.
     
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    FG167 New Member

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    Cardi! :)
     
  4. AdrianneIsabel

    AdrianneIsabel Glutton for Crazy

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    I have a patterdale mix at my work right now which I love. Also rat terriers, the standard sizes, are amazing dogs.

    Why not another westie?
     
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    I was going to suggest another Westie...

    Border Terrier? Silky Terrier? Many small terriers would fit that.

    But for a non-terrier, a Papillon would probably fit too (though not too sure on their prey drive).
     
  6. Emily

    Emily Rollin' with my bitches

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    Word. :hail:
     
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    check out petfinder.com lots of little dogs there and you can check to see whos closets to you but its up to you if u want a rescue dog.To me it seems easier cause usually they have the pet fixed and all there shots and other stuff.
     
  8. Cali Mae

    Cali Mae Little dog, big voice

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    Cali fits all that criteria to a tee.. minus the "somewhat aloof to strangers part". If she sees anybody and they come approach her, she'll roll right over and wiggle on the ground and just soak about the loving. I don't think she's met anyone, two legged or four legged, that she hasn't liked.

    As for prey drive, she has a lot of it. She saw a squirrel about two months ago in someone's yard, and she still gets excited when she walks by and tries running to the tree. She also thoroughly enjoys chasing anything moving and once followed an ant through grass for a good ten minutes.
     
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    You have just described a Basenji :)
     
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    ~Jessie~ Chihuahua Power!

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    Do you want to stick with terriers, or do you want to branch out? It sounds to me like a terrier would fit your specifications best!

    I also think another Westie or a Silky sound like they'd work well for you!
     
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    Rat terriers, patterdale, and America hairless would fit with the right outlets
     
  13. HayleyMarie

    HayleyMarie Like a bat outa' hell

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    If I found the right westie, I would be all over that. The only issue is that a breeder has not caught my eye yet :(
     
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    ~Dixie's_Mom~ ♥Chloe & Violet♥

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    I agree with JRT, that's what I first thought of. :) Portable, spunky, sassy, active, drivey, etc. :)
     
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    sassafras mushinois

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    Border terriers are highly underrated in my opinion. :)
     
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    I've been major dog-crushing on Border's. They are one of my next possibilities for sure.
     
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    Finkie_Mom It's A Red Dog Revolution

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    I honestly would say Finnish Spitz, but I'm not sure how you feel about barking.... They can be trained not to be obnoxious with it, obviously, but they are good alert dogs. They only really shed when they blow coat (twice a year) and you should have no real issues if you brush them every other or every third day between those times.

    But they can be a bit challenging to train, and off leash is just not a good plan.
     
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    Border Terriers are love! Rat Terriers too...mostly all the ratties I meet are awesome. My Toy Fox can go all day too but man she can be loud and is a bit suspicious of people (I've met other TFT the same way). I wouldn't call her aloof..she stands 3 feet back barking at people ;).
     
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    Muttkip LABRADERP!

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    Miniature Schnauzer?
     
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    Romy just keeps saying how tiny her Borzois can make themselves.....just saying
     

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