Considering getting a small dog whats the best breed for first time owner?

@apples99 (6564)
United States
January 27, 2011 8:21pm CST
For a long time I've wanted to get a dog always liked dogs but I just didn't have the time to devote to one back when I was younger, but now I think I'm finally in a place in my life where having a dog is manageable, though I would be looking for a small dog breed kind of a low maintenance breed. what do you recommend for a first time owner please share thanks.
1 person likes this
13 responses
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
29 Jan 11
I love my teacup chihuahuas. They are very low maintance too. Their nails need to be clipped and they need to be bathed but other than that...that's it. They are very clingy dogs though and love lots of attention. They are not very happy with strangers though..lol. I had never had one before the ones I have now. I have always had bigger dogs and cats. I have to say that I am very attached to one in particular...she chose me...lol. Good luck.
1 person likes this
@Cherish14 (2695)
• Philippines
28 Jan 11
i think you should get a Westie :) awww they're so cute and just so small :) they're very smart and very easy to train. they're hairy but you don't have to worry about their hair falling off because their hair is like the human's, and the vet told my boyfriend, because he has one, that they are hypoallergenic :) that is why even though his mom has asthma, they have the dog and they even cuddle and sleep with it :) oh and it's their first dog too :) oh and another thing, even though he is that small, he is so brave he guards the window and the door most of the time. he is just so cute. have you seen the movie Bolt? that dog is a Westie (West Highland White Terrier):)
• United States
28 Jan 11
I love maintenance, small dog would be a french bulldog. They are super cute and "lazy" so you won't need to take them out for a ton of exercise (although they'll still want to play, and you need to keep them fit). if you want to go a little bigger (but still not too big) look into English bulldogs. They are the most laid back dogs ever! Couch potatoes of the dog world, but super super sweet!
• United States
28 Jan 11
And please please please adopt from a shelter/rescue and don't buy from a breeder!!! That is the best thing you could do. Check out this site, it can help you...Petfinder.com
• Philippines
28 Jan 11
I totally agree.
• Canada
11 Feb 11
Small dogs 1st choose, Poodle, don't shed their coat, the smaller poodle is easy to train easy to care for. Mini Schnauzer is another good choise, small easy to train . There are so many other breeds to pick and I am sure you will get many more e-mailing u..
@AmbiePam (48646)
• United States
2 Feb 11
Poodles don't shed, and live a long time. I have a dog that is 3/4 chihuahua and 1/4 Corgi. He is very low maintenance, but apparently a lot of other owners with chihuahuas find theirs exctiable. I've had three chihuahuas in my lifetime, and they were all sweet, calm, and loyal dogs.
@Humbug25 (12551)
28 Jan 11
Hi ya apples99 I dont know a lot about dogs either but I would suggest that you get one that doesn't need walking when it's hammering down with rain hahahahahaha
• Philippines
28 Jan 11
Hi apples99! I suggest shih tzu or japanese spitz. My first dog is actually a big breed, show type pitbull, and she is now 6 years old. Just last year I decided to get another puppy and settled for a shih tzu, who is now 7 months old... I am actually planning to get another shih tzu within a few months, this time a girl puppy to pair my first small breed shih tzu... They are cute and adorable... though sometimes naughty like other dogs...
@inu1711 (5288)
• Romania
28 Jan 11
Hello Apples, You will know better what dog is for you if you do some researches on some breeds. There are a lot of factors that should be considered and you can run a "what dog should I get?" test. There are plenty on the Internet. Here's one I like: http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/search.htm I can't tell you what breed to choose, but I can try to give you some advice: If you're not in love with a particular breed, I sugest you to get a small sized cross breed. They seems to be more healthy then many pure breed dogs. But if you buy your puppy from a responsible breeder, you may have a healthy dog, too. For a first time dog owner I sugest you to adopt an adult dog, especially a neutered female. They are more calm and attachet to their owner. Some new owners bring a naughty little puppy at home and they loose their patience from the first week. Then they give them for adoption. An adult dog will be more easy to integrate in your life, you don't need to change your whole life to fit the dog in your schedule. If you want your dog to be from a low maintenance breed, keep in mind that the longer the coat, the longer the time you should spend to keep the coat in good condition. Don't forget to come back and tell us what is your decision. Good luck in choosing the right puppy for you!
• Philippines
28 Jan 11
Hi! Since I was a kid, my family loves dogs, like we have pekingese,japanese spitz,chihuahua and duschund, but among those breeds I consider the duschunds to be the most loyal of them all. They may look not that cute but if you dont like dogs which are very hairy you can try them.They are also low maintenance breed.Good luck for looking the cutest dog!
@urbandekay (18312)
28 Jan 11
If I were to get a small dog, I would consider a Parson's Jack Russell all the best urban
@BlueGoblin (1833)
• United States
28 Jan 11
Small dogs can be very energetic. You might want to consider finding a breed that is a little mellow. I don't know much about small dog breeds. My aunt owns a Yorkshire Terrier and they are kind of mellow. They bark alot though. Small dogs bark a lot. French bulldogs don't bark much. French bulldogs have mild temperament. They look like bulldogs but have bat ears and are leaner. They need minimal exercise. However, they have many health problems and don't do good in warmer weather.
@rosegardens (3044)
• United States
28 Jan 11
The easiest of any animal to care for is a mutt. The more mixed breeds the better. Specific breeds come with their own set of health problems, special diets eventually, etc. If I were to get a dog, I would check out the pounds in the area to find a nice mix.
• Philippines
28 Jan 11
It's not that I'm a first time dog owner but I just a got pup which is pure breed Japanese spitz. You should be looking for dogs that you would like. Like me, I want a dog that is small but has lots of fur. They are very good companion and if possible would always like to be with someone and a good guard dog. Here are some pictures from a Japanese spitz lover. www.konalaejapanesespitz.com characteristics: www.dogbreedinfo.com/japanesespitz.htm You can also try shih tzu which is also a small dog. You can view the links below for the dog breeds and their characteristics. www.pgaa.com/canine/general/size.html www.dogluvers.com www.justdogbreeds.com Hope you would be able to find a dog that fits your character. :)