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Posted 19 August 2012 - 10:30 PM

I just got a dog last month (Purebred Maltese) and it has honestly been the best decision my family has made!


The little guy is always so energetic and so fun to play with.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 10:35 PM

Like everyone else said, adopt a dog from your local SPCA. They deserve a good home so why not give them one?
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Posted 19 August 2012 - 11:21 PM

If your going for a small-medium dog, I'd go with a Bulldog or Pug...both are pretty cool


However, if you want an AMAZING dog that might grow a little bit bigger, I recommend an AKITA hands down.




And they're smart. They are trained as both guide dogs and police dogs in Japan and here in N
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Posted 19 August 2012 - 11:25 PM

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 11:26 PM

So I am planning on getting a dog next June and I was wondering which type of dog I should get. I want a small - medium size dog that is capable of being left alone while no one is home (7 hours a day) that does not smell, shedding minimally, likes to stay inside (dont have a fenced backyard) and that is intelligent. Thanks in advance! This is my first dog so I want a low maintanence dog.

sounds like you want a cat


Get both, always worked for me.


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Posted 20 August 2012 - 12:44 AM

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 01:18 AM

Get both, always worked for me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DxiOrelarw

Adorable. If my mom wasn't so opposed to getting a cat I would have done it ages ago. When I finish school and get my own place my dream is to adopt a kitten and a dog at the same time.

I have a mini Aussie Shepherd and I love her to pieces. Super friendly, loves to play, loyal and really smart (sometimes, hahaha)...she does shed quite a bit though which I guess is the only downside.
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Posted 20 August 2012 - 01:35 AM

Adorable. If my mom wasn't so opposed to getting a cat I would have done it ages ago. When I finish school and get my own place my dream is to adopt a kitten and a dog at the same time.

I have a mini Aussie Shepherd and I love her to pieces. Super friendly, loves to play, loyal and really smart (sometimes, hahaha)...she does shed quite a bit though which I guess is the only downside.


Beautiful breed. I've always had the larger G.Shepherd's throughout my life. Had two sets of the dog/cat combo over the years. Always made for interesting times, but it's remarkable how much they'd care for each other as part of the same 'pack' or 'clowder' depending on which one thought he was in charge.
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Posted 20 August 2012 - 01:53 AM

Dude I have a Mini Schnauzer

They dont shed are smart and alert and they are small

I love my dog so much hes adopted

You too PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE adopt your dog
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Posted 20 August 2012 - 02:31 AM

<p>Another vote here for a Shihtzu.

I have a 10year old Shihtzu-Bichon. Great little guy. 17lbs (which is bigger than average for that breed). Doesn't bark often; listens quickly when you tell him to stfu. Was very easy to train. Very mellow dog except when he meets new people, then he goes bonkers. No shedding (allergies are the reason we got him). We put a pee pad thing in the garage so when we're not home for 8 hours or so at a time, he uses it. Never chews furniture.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 03:13 AM

I just got a dog last month (Purebred Maltese) and it has honestly been the best decision my family has made!


The little guy is always so energetic and so fun to play with.

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Ugh, my sister had one of these.. their shrieking barking is awful and has a tendency to be aggressive.

High maintenance to attempt and minimize the barking, although it doesn't shed everywhere.

Probably still a better idea than a dachshund or pug that I've seen mentioned, dachshund's are aggressive and eat anything, even your shoes, pugs are extremely attached and are at your heels everywhere you go in the house.
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Posted 20 August 2012 - 07:10 AM

Boxer. Very energetic. They absolutely love people.
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Posted 20 August 2012 - 07:10 AM

My wife and I have both a French Bulldog and a Boston Terrier. I would recommend a Boston Terrier if you were to only have one. I grew up with Cairn Terriers, while my wife had Golden Retrievers.

Cairn Terriers are also pretty good if you leave them alone for the day. Boston Terriers have a lot of energy, so daily walks are needed to keep them satisfied.

We love our French Bulldog, but they are good if you pair them with another dog to keep them company. They get incredibly lonely if you are not around, and are pretty stubborn for house training.
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Posted 20 August 2012 - 08:49 AM

i have a sh*tzu-bijon (sorry i had to do that the swearing detector thingy changed it to crapzu)

relatively small dogs, are hypo-allergenic, does not shed, listens to commands (if trained well), and i am not sure if this is just really rare with my dog or not but i have heard him bark litterally twice. He has a really relaxed personality and is good to stay at home for a lengthly period of time.


We have 2 of those as well...great travelling dogs as well.

We have a third dog now - but as a guard dog (I'm on 2.5 rural acres ) - she's a Komondor/Bouvier cross. Definitely not a city dog!

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 08:55 AM

i have a sh*tzu-bijon (sorry i had to do that the swearing detector thingy changed it to crapzu)

relatively small dogs, are hypo-allergenic, does not shed, listens to commands (if trained well), and i am not sure if this is just really rare with my dog or not but i have heard him bark litterally twice. He has a really relaxed personality and is good to stay at home for a lengthly period of time.

if you spell it correctly (shih-tzu) it doesn't get censored.

and my purebred shih-tzu is all man.


even though mine is a female.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 09:16 AM

If you want a dog that can stay at home while you work I wouldn't get anything under 2-3 years old.
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Posted 20 August 2012 - 09:28 AM

There is no such thing as a low maintenance dog. They need your love, care and attention all the time. Sounds like maybe you should get a cat if you are looking for a pet to have during certain times of the day only. Cats are much more independent.

Whatever you decide on, go to the SPCA and give an animal a chance to live and be loved for many more years.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 09:32 AM

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I got a pug x dachshund.

Most cuddly dog in the world. Sleeps all day, but is really active when you want it to be.


I have a cockapoo pug (cocker spaniel, poodle, pug), and he has a very similar demeanor as your dog. Must be a pug thing :P

My dog pretty much moves from the bed to the couch to another couch all day, except when he sees food or wants to play.

Overall, a great dog!
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Posted 20 August 2012 - 09:57 AM

I woul've recommended a Boxer but you want a small dog and don't have much of a yard...

Get a pug (1st reply).
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Posted 20 August 2012 - 12:32 PM

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 12:57 PM

Shi'tzu are very intelligent, usually independent, do not shed AND would be buddies with Ballard's Shi'tzu .. we have had two for several years and they are great dogs .. I am a Golden Retriever/Scotch Collie kinda guy, but they need space and a lot of care .. Shi'tzu's are a very happy alternative and they are NOT yappy unless you let them be when they are young ..

This coming from a owner of sh*t-zu and did research on them before i got mine , They are actually considered to be one of the dumbest dog breeds .

They are a very friendly dog but take lots of patience and consistency to train
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Posted 20 August 2012 - 01:04 PM

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 01:06 PM

Augh, that is the most adorable thing ever!!!! :frantic:


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Posted 20 August 2012 - 01:09 PM

So I am planning on getting a dog next June and I was wondering which type of dog I should get. I want a small - medium size dog that is capable of being left alone while no one is home (7 hours a day) that does not smell, shedding minimally, likes to stay inside (dont have a fenced backyard) and that is intelligent. Thanks in advance! This is my first dog so I want a low maintanence dog.

Your looking for the perfect dog and there just not out there , Really smart dogs cant be left alone all day unless left in a kennel when your not home because of them being smart they need there mind stimulated or there going to get bored and wreck stuff , Being that its going to be your first dog your definitely going to want a low maintenance dog so you dont get over whelmed because dogs can loose there cuteness pretty quick if you cant handle them and then your going to just end up dropping it off at the SPCA like so many people have .

Since your waiting awhile it will give you plenty of time research dogs and find one that will be able to be happy with in your lifestyle and infact there is dog matching quizs online that you might wanna try
http://animal.discov...dog-breeds.html
http://www.selectsmart.com/DOG/

here are a couple of them , Might give you a better idea one what your looking for
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Posted 20 August 2012 - 01:18 PM

This coming from a owner of sh*t-zu and did research on them before i got mine , They are actually considered to be one of the dumbest dog breeds .

They are a very friendly dog but take lots of patience and consistency to train

i find it hard to believe you own one, never mind did research on them, considering you can't even spell the breed properly (Shih-Tzu).

Shih-tzus are stubborn, and want to do everything on their terms/when they want to, but they are very smart and can be trained to do many things easily, including very quickly learning potty training.
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Posted 20 August 2012 - 01:33 PM

Get a Scottish Terrier.


Welsh Terriers are the best
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Posted 20 August 2012 - 02:06 PM

If your going for a small-medium dog, I'd go with a Bulldog or Pug...both are pretty cool


However, if you want an AMAZING dog that might grow a little bit bigger, I recommend an AKITA hands down.




And they're smart. They are trained as both guide dogs and police dogs in Japan and here in N


Akita's are highly unpredictable and dominant and NOT RECOMMENDED for a first time dog owner. One of the most loyal dogs, but I wouldn't let that be his first dog.

Back to topic:

Smart dogs don't tend to be low maintenance, since they need/want a lot of challenges or work.

Get a Dutch Shepherd, they are like a smaller, healthier version of German Shepherd. Used as police dogs all over the world, and mainly Europe. http://www.dogbreedi...tchshepherd.htm
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Posted 20 August 2012 - 02:31 PM

This website is HANDS DOWN the best website out there for dog info:

http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/
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Posted 20 August 2012 - 02:35 PM

I have a Maltese sh*tzu Pomeranian poodle cross. And he doesn't shed at all. It's called a multipoo I believe.
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Posted 20 August 2012 - 02:42 PM

Boston Terrier


LOL, I have 2 Boston Terriers and they are not low maintenance dogs. Love 'em to bits, but they need a couple hours excercise a day. They can be left alone all day no problem, but that's assuming you've taken them for a good hour long walk in the morning, and will be taking them for another one that night. If you want a low maintenance dog that likes to be inside... BT is not the right choice.
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