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25-01-2011, 08:41   #1
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Best small Lap dog for House

Hey there . Im considering getting a small house dog to have as a companion. I really Love pugs. What other dogs would people suggest as house dogs. My friend has a yorkshire terrier and when i visited last it ran around in circles for hours. Unreal energy a lovely small dog but something a bit quieter? Would a pug be considered a house dog? I mean you wouldnt really leave a pug or any small house dog out on its own outside at night right?
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25-01-2011, 09:26   #2
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Pugs, like any dog, need regular exercise. Our pug is mad in the head so he needs his walks or else he climbs the walls. That may have been the issue with your friends yorkie.

I wouldn't leave any dog outside at night personally, but definitely not a pug. They are very social dogs and would not do well to be left alone like that.

In general, regardless of breed, if you exercise your dog regularly and train them to be obedient and calm, they will be. Any dog can be a quiet companion about the house. Think about how much time that you can commit to this when researching breeds.

Pugs are low energy dogs so a 30-45 min stroll a day is fine for them. If you are more active and like longer walks/runs, maybe a higher energy breed like a springer would be more suitable.
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hmmm Yeah i was watching pugs on youtube them seem pretty quiet fellas and that head to the side thing they do is adorable. Im 90% on the pugs going to see one later its 800 quid so ill be breaking open my piggy bank! LOW ENERGY DOG FOR SURE is what im looking for
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That seems very fast considering you were only thinking about it in your first post.

Pugs can have alot of health problems dervied from poor breeding, what do you know about this? What questions are you going to ask this breeder? Is the breeder reputable? What kind of a routine is this dog going to have?

Don't be going off what you see on youtube!! If you are really interested in getting a pug then go to some shows, meet some dogs in the flesh, talk to a good breeder and then consider getting one. I really wouldn't buy this breed from Donedeal.

A dog is not something to be bought on a whim. You need to do a bit more research than looking at a pretty dog on the internet.

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There are loads of small dogs that would suit you, as long as they are well exercised you wont have a problem of them going mad at home. I have two Yorkies and while one is more hyper they are both quiet in the evenings. Happy to sit on the couch/in front of the fire and snooze.

Just be very careful with the breeder you are going to see, pugs can be difficult to breed hence the large fee but make sure you buy from a repubable breeder.

Where did you find this breeders information if you dont mind me asking?

Others that might suit would be King Charles, Maltese, Bichon etc. Terriers like Yorkies and JRT would be more high energy than other small dogs.
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My girlfriend and I have owned a Maltese for nearly two years now. Superb dogs and have completely changed my perception of "small dogs" as I wouldn’t have been the biggest fan prior to getting her.

As a rule Maltese dogs can be full of energy and very playful and ours is no exception. But any time you sit down she will always run over and paw at your leg to be picked up so she can sleep on your lap and keep you company. They have great personalities and thankfully very seldom if ever barks which is a plus for me
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Couldn't recommend a Shih Tzu enough, we have had plenty of small dogs over the years but this little girl is near human.

Bit troublesome at the start training her to go to the loo outside but a training crate sorted that out.
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Why don't you consider a slightly older dog? If you get a pug puppy, you'll have to be prepared to train it and exercise it.

Even small dogs need exercise no matter the breed. A pup will definitely have alot more energy and will be very inquisitive comapared to a dog that is maybe one or two years old.

Rescue centres are teeming with little dogs lookinfgfor homes. The staff there would be able to advise you on their personality and which ones are more suited to a quiet home. Thats something you can't guarentee when you buy a puppy.
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That seems very fast considering you were only thinking about it in your first post.

Pugs can have alot of health problems dervied from poor breeding, what do you know about this? What questions are you going to ask this breeder? Is the breeder reputable? What kind of a routine is this dog going to have?

Don't be going off what you see on youtube!! If you are really interested in getting a pug then go to some shows, meet some dogs in the flesh, talk to a good breeder and then consider getting one. I really wouldn't buy this breed from Donedeal.

A dog is not something to be bought on a whim. You need to do a bit more research than looking at a pretty dog on the internet.
well thinking about it for the past few months actually i should have rephrased Well I would only buy from someone with an IKC cert
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Well I would only buy from someone with an IKC cert
IKC cert doesnt guarantee a healthy pup. You need to research the breeder much more than that.
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Why not go along to some shows,speak to owners,breeders,vets etc and do lots of research before you consider.There was a show near the airport at the weekend for all breeds but Im sure there is another coming up.You may go for a totally different breed than you expected.I wanted another boxer as a second dog and I ended up getting a bichon hahahaha now ye cant get more opposite than that hehe.Id contact the IKC and get numbers of the breed group,the groups for different breeds are mostly very happy to sit and chat about the breeds.Best of luck what ever you get..just remember dont get one on a whim you could have your doggie for the next 12/16 years
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A Chihuahua is your answer, I have one and she is the best house dog ever. She is so loveable and enjoys nothing more than to sit on my lap and snuggle up. She is super loyal and doesn't go mad running around the house, she is 2 years old. But be warned they are not good with young children. Make sure if your getting one to get it off a reputable breeder and ask to see it's parents.
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well thinking about it for the past few months actually i should have rephrased Well I would only buy from someone with an IKC cert
Just so you know, puppy farmers and back yard breeders can get IKC certs for their pups, they don't mean anything
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Another vote for Shih Tzu. I have one. Normally I'm not a small dog fan, but my fella's such a lovable, cheeky dog and a real character! He's very playful, great with kids, loves his walks. But equally he's just as happy to curl up beside you, like he is now.

They don't need much exercise. a 1.5 mile walk will do, although my dog loves long walks. But they do take a hell of a lot of brushing, and regular trips to the groomer to be clipped if you want to keep them short.

Shih Tzu can be stubborn and difficult to potty-train, so you need to be firm with them. But they are SO worth it in terms of the loyalty, love and companionship they offer! A real little lap dog. Which is of course what they were bred for.
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If you don't care for the breed but would just like a small dog with the same energy level as you you can get some gorgeous dogs in rescues, the rescue will match the dog to you plus they will be s/neutered, microchipped, wormed, vacc'd etc. all for a small donation. Most rescues will have some history on the dog too. Win, win situation really!
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