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Shawn@PRS
06-15-2012, 08:32 AM
So my wife wants to get a dog. Me, I'm not so sure. If we do get a dog, I would like a relaxed, low-key, kind of dog that isn't bouncing off the walls and doesn't require a lot of exercise. I'd also prefer a smallish breed.

What kind of advice can you give me? Since dog ownership is a serious matter, I'd like to hear the good and the bad.

One more thing. I'd also like a dog that doesn't shed alot.

johnnyguitar
06-15-2012, 09:31 AM
We just lost ours after 6 wonderful years so they are going to be a real part of your family and someday leave a real hole in your heart

Taller
06-15-2012, 09:34 AM
My wife and I have owned Shih Tzus for 20 years. We've had 5 alltogether. They are extremely intelligent and possess the laid back qualities you describe.
When my wife (then girlfriend) brought the first one home, I literally said, "That's not a 'dog'. That's just some wussy little yippy fur ball."
I was right in one regard - they're not 'dogs' - they're smarter than that and I fell in love with the breed. They're like little kids.
The only down side to owning one is the grooming. They have a lot of fur and if you look at pics, it grows to the floor if you let it. We keep ours cut short. They don't shed. Running a brush through the coat once or twice a day avoids tangled matts. It's no big deal.
I can't imagine owning another breed. Everyone I've run into who has owned one falls in love with them.

11top
06-15-2012, 09:51 AM
Shawn:
Gus is 18 lbs. and thinks he's a dog. Low maintenance and one heck of a pal.

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c395/11top/Guswithwetnose6-10.jpg

themike
06-15-2012, 10:22 AM
Im going to be honest and suggest that you visit your local shelter and meet some mixed breeds - they tend to be healtier, live longer and are usually easier to train. Why? I have no idea but its what Ive been told and also experienced personally. Ive had nothing but good experiences with pets and theyve all been rescues :)


We just lost ours after 6 wonderful years so they are going to be a real part of your family and someday leave a real hole in your heart

Its true, its beyond hard to loose a pet. Ive always adopted a new pet after the loss of one because not only does it make the grieving process easier, there is nothing like saving the life of an animal who could possibly become your next very best friend :)

jrw32
06-15-2012, 11:21 AM
While they don't shed much, I don't recommend a Boxer if you want low key/low energy...we have 2, & their energy is endless. We exercise them 2+ hours a day, & they're still nuts! It's like having 8 kids. That said, they're the best dogs ever if you ask my wife and I!

Dogs are A LOT of work and I don't recommend them to people who don't want to commit to the time and energy it takes. A well exercised pet is a happy, healthy, better behaved dog in my experience. But if you're willing to put in the time/energy, you'll never have a more loving, loyal companion! Good luck in your search!

Here's 1 of our Boxers from a camping trip last weekend:

http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/4369/41272710151802215415023.jpg

sergiodeblanc
06-15-2012, 11:29 AM
You mean like one of these?
http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/IMG_0787.jpg

WEDGE
06-15-2012, 11:43 AM
Shawn we used to raise dogs when I was a kid, had aGerman Sheperd kennel, and lived for years with fur everywhere.

Now we have a Peekapoo, Lhasa Apso, and a Shitzu-Lhasa Apso mix........all have hair not fur and don't shed at all! Plus they are cute and have really distinct personalities, low maintenance, and don't have to be run or walked a lot.

These are about 15 pounds each, well trained ( indoor dogs that go outdoors for pooping), and stay in their tiled room while we're at work with food water and plenty of toys and beds to lay in. Great little guys that sleep on the foot of the bed.

Also they are real mellow and while you hang out they nap at your feet, not pestering you all the time, very good for a chill lifestyle.

Aldwyn
06-15-2012, 01:09 PM
I agree with themike... check out your shelters! Most of my pets have been shelter animals, and the mixed breads tend to avoid the issues some of the pure lines tend to have issues with. And it's good karma. :-)

RedGuitars
06-15-2012, 01:24 PM
Based on your comments - check out a Maltese. They're small but have lots of personality, and they have no idea that they are small. They are also hypo-allergenic, so no shedding. In the dog shows, you usually see them with long dust mop hair and ribbons... but a puppy cut and NO ribbons is more my style. Great dogs. Buddy (below) is ~6 pounds, travels short or long hauls with ease.

http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/216043_1728314692632_5754080_n.jpg

John Beef
06-15-2012, 01:59 PM
While they don't shed much, I don't recommend a Boxer if you want low key/low energy...we have 2, & their energy is endless. We exercise them 2+ hours a day, & they're still nuts! It's like having 8 kids. That said, they're the best dogs ever if you ask my wife and I!

http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/4369/41272710151802215415023.jpg

I know it's the norm that boxers are high energy but I know of at least one who is the laziest SOB I have ever met! He's pretty cool, but easily one of the mellowest dogs I have ever met.

My labrador is awesome. He's also pretty mellow, but he's older. He's always happy and loves everyone. However, he sheds like mad. They do have Labradoodles, which have the lab temperament with no shedding.

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee251/johnmfer/IMG_20110327_115428.jpg

JMintzer
06-15-2012, 02:00 PM
We have a "Schnoodle" (a miniature Schnauzer/Poodle mix), that we love to death. It's our second one (we lost Tele 2 years ago and Maggie joind out family about 6-7 months later). They are very friendly, incredibly smart, can learn all sorts of tricks, are hypoallergenic, don't shed and grow to about 12-15 lbs..

Maggie:

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2270/702387/1931814/398165262.jpg

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2270/702387/1931814/395269629.jpg

And our beloved Tele:

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2270/702387/1931814/272109109.jpg


Jamie

Random
06-15-2012, 02:05 PM
Be a little carefull.
Most young dogs that can be described as quiet, low key and like to lay around a lot can also be described as profoundly stupid.


Earlier posters got it right...make a couple of visits to a dog pound and play with some of the dogs. You'll find a few that want to adopt you and hopefully one will stand out as one you want to take home.

newfmp3
06-15-2012, 02:08 PM
After owning a Sheppard for 17 years. yes 17. When we lost her it was like losing a member of the family. I was also 18 at the time. We swore we would never have another one. Sheppard are big playful dogs, not for you.

About 3 yrs ago, my mother in law got cancer. While they were gone for treatments, I took care of their dog since I was also home for health reasons. I am actually allergic to dogs. But I love them. This dog was a 2yr old Shih Tzu. Now, I always thought of little dogs as yappy annoying things. I liked big dogs that I could take walking, hunting, fishing whatever. So when they said they were getting a Shih Tzu I laughed and said they were getting a rat not a dog.

While taking care of the little guy I realised just how wrong I was. Smart, fun little thing, sweet as hell. Very loyal, nothing like most dogs, almost human-like in their behavoir, they are hilarious to be around. So we ended up getting one . And my allergies aren't too bad at all. Ours is now just over 2 years old, full of energy though and we have 3 in the family and they are together most days so they can play. They will miss you if you aren't home. My evenings do consist of trying to beat him out. If I could, I'd have two so they could keep each other company. Males tend to be more energetic, playful, while the females tend to more cat-like and tend to stick to whoever grooms them. Whereas the Males just play with everyone they see. Honestly, despite the fact that he can consume a lot of time, like any pet, the single best thing I have ever spent my money on. But, Grooming is a big deal. Every 4 weeks he gets cut down, they grow hair quickly. They do not shed, BUT there will be some hairs around the house, but nothing like a shedding dog. I swear that the cure for male pattern baldness is inside a Shih Tzu! We have a Pure Bred, and his fur is the softest thing you'll ever touch though.
at 8 weeks old.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y174/newfmp3/31219_444937560832_8089936_n.jpg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqTO2OMdLEA&feature=plcp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNgJvueeXSE&feature=relmfu

All dogs consume a lot of time. But you get back from them what you put in. I look forward to seeing my buddy every day. The first 2 years you have a puppy, they will all have lots of energy and want to play play play. Let me put is this way, after 2.5 yrs, I'm just now finding some time to actually play guitar again. We have one dog, and no kids.

11top
06-15-2012, 02:11 PM
Maggie:

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2270/702387/1931814/395269629.jpg


Jamie

And she's fiddleback to boot!

james
06-15-2012, 02:31 PM
My step dog. He's pretty good. No idea what the breed mix is.

http://www.prsguitars.com/forum_img/IMG_1790.jpg

Not a huge dog person, but he's easy. He'd let himself out if he had thumbs. Vocal as all get out, though.

Proxmax
06-15-2012, 06:49 PM
i like those! (sorry couldn't resist) :)

http://images.pictureshunt.com/pics/h/hot_dog-9582.jpg

themike
06-15-2012, 07:10 PM
You sure your son will like a dog? I mean maybe he'd prefer .... oh I dont know..... an older brother. You know, one that also would love to go with him to the factory from time to time? LOL

And yes, I'm house broken.

Zilmo
06-15-2012, 08:29 PM
Having a dog is like having another child with the amount of care and attention they require.

Mike Duncan
06-15-2012, 08:45 PM
I have a dachshund named Oskar. He's a long-haired black and tan with a different colored eyes. Dogs are exactly like having another child!https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/547259_10150921629347412_119119030_n.jpg

Shawn@PRS
06-15-2012, 10:10 PM
You sure your son will like a dog? I mean maybe he'd prefer .... oh I dont know..... an older brother. You know, one that also would love to go with him to the factory from time to time? LOL

And yes, I'm house broken.

Thanks Mike, that made me laugh! :)

Mike Duncan
06-16-2012, 01:41 AM
Oskar is about the speed of a throw pillow. The biggest danger in my house with the dog and three children is that none of us trip over him.

Hopeful Sinner
06-17-2012, 09:07 AM
+1 on Maltese.. Hypoallergenic, has hair not fur, so shedding is minimal to nonexistent. Loyal, very affectionate and not nearly the "yappy" dog their reputation might suggest...

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/40066608/lilly.jpg

TGSCAN
06-17-2012, 10:03 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bichon_Frise

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7088/7386351826_b072d56387_b.jpg
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7093/7386424540_c687014abc_b.jpg

This little gal on the other hand.. will "TAKE YOU DOWN" .. LOL

Ruby is much loved still though.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7095/7386431198_90741a1aff_b.jpg

bluefade
06-18-2012, 12:02 AM
On march 3/12, my wife and I had to put down our mini-schnauzer. His name was Fritz. Though small in stature, he was large in heart. He is deeply missed ,since that last moment we had together. He taught us the greatest lesson a human being will ever recieve... UNCONDITIONAL LOVE...If you have that in you, then you're ready for dog ownership.

newfmp3
06-18-2012, 10:03 AM
Honestly, I find small dogs more work then big dogs. They need more attention, constant attention. My larger Sheppard I could leave alone all day come home and she was fine.

Em7
06-18-2012, 10:39 AM
If you can find one, standard schnauzers are great dogs. They are not too big or too small. Unlike miniature schnauzers, standard schnauzers are not "yappy" because they are not terriers. The standard schnauzer is the dog from which the miniature schnauzer and the giant schnauzer were bred. I have owned minis and standards, and standards win hands down. Standard schnauzers are also incredibly intelligent dogs that are well adapted to living in tight quarters (they were originally used as merchant cart dogs in Germany). Standard and miniature schnauzers do not shed; therefore, they have to be stripped or clipped. Standards come in salt & pepper and black. We had a black standard, but salt & pepper is the dominant color.

Here's a video from the 2010 Standard Schnauzer National:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AraRahvsTJg&feature=related

dantedayjob
06-18-2012, 10:51 AM
Havanese are great, small, companion dogs... and aren't fu-fu at all. They're dogs... even the AKC standard for showing doesn't allow them to be clipped or have ribbons and mess in their hair when they are being shown. They're sweet dogs, smart, playful, silly and not yappy. Also hypoallergenic.

If you want a dog that is also a watch dog, a Lhasa Apso would be a good choice. That's what they were bred for. Many people don't realize it, but the Tibetan monks bred those dogs to guard the temples. They're cute, fun little dogs that don't bark too much.. but will let you know when something ain't right and they take that job seriously. Lots of people try to priss them up, but when left to their natural shape they just look like shaggy dust mops Hypoallergenic dogs too. :D

Letrow
06-19-2012, 04:15 AM
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3573/3296752557_918bbb7e49_z.jpg?zz=1

These are our two cairn terriers. They are small (approximately 8 kilos, so you can actually carry them if you want), funloving and well tempered and they don't shed at all.

Although I like the idea of visiting a shelter my own preference is to buy from a good dogbreeder, so that you know its history.
A lot of dogs, especially the very popular kinds, have been overbred and they can have physical or mental problems as a result of that. Watch out for that if you make your choice. A dog that is in the top 10 of most popular dogs is not always a good choice, so make sure you know the breeder.

A good breeder will look at your family situation and at your previous experience with dogs and advise accordingly. An older dog can be fine, but again, you have to know its history. There could be hidden issues that you get to deal with later on in its life. Fear, aggressiveness, a lot of it can be solved, but you have to know how to spot it and then act on it.

Having a dog is rewarding and you get a great companion, but it is also hard work. It makes sense to go to a puppy course, not just for the dog, but also for you. You have to know a bit more about dog behaviour if you get one, otherwise there is the danger of the dog going wrong.

Cairns are good with kids, their coat has to be plucked once or twice a year to get rid of the excess hair, they are not overbred and although they are small they are real dogs.
Good luck with this.

newfmp3
06-19-2012, 12:30 PM
I second the buying from a Breeder suggestion. Where I had allergies, once I found a dog type from a Breeder that didn't bother me, and I have been around a LOT of dogs before I found one, that is the one I bought. Plus I got to see other dogs from the Breeder and see how they behaved and asked other owners if there were any issues with behavoir. Ours is a wonderful dog now but he did go through a chewing phase. Baseboards, door mouldings, kitchen cabinets(yes, that one pissed me off) and even a Fireplace. So if you do get one, go get a couple of baby gates and block them into one area where they can't do much damage. We did use a cage during the puppy months, but once they get out of that and left alone, anything can happen. I know one family who left their Lab tied onto the patio one day around the same time they usually go for a walk with the dog, but this day they just left him home. They came back and he had eaten the patio...stairs, railings, you name it...gone. Brand new home. I also invested in some Wireless camera's that I can check from my cell phone. Wish I had them before he chewed things up.

soundbee
06-19-2012, 12:40 PM
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3573/3296752557_918bbb7e49_z.jpg?zz=1

These are our two cairn terriers. They are small (approximately 8 kilos, so you can actually carry them if you want), funloving and well tempered and they don't shed at all.

We have a Norwich Terrier - that looks a lot like the one on the left with a bit longer legs. Rudy is an awesome dog. The one thing to remember about terriers is that they love to dig holes. Give em a place that's their own and they'll "get it out of their system" and leave the rest of your yard alone. Overall super happy and loving dogs.

newfmp3
06-19-2012, 12:42 PM
how are Norwich Terrier's for grooming? My Shih-Tzu, every 4 weeks, $40 haircut.

SFactor123
07-16-2012, 07:38 AM
what about cat?
aren't your wife interested in cats?

rugerpc
07-16-2012, 09:23 AM
So my wife wants to get a dog. Me, I'm not so sure. If we do get a dog, I would like a relaxed, low-key, kind of dog that isn't bouncing off the walls and doesn't require a lot of exercise. I'd also prefer a smallish breed.

What kind of advice can you give me? Since dog ownership is a serious matter, I'd like to hear the good and the bad.

One more thing. I'd also like a dog that doesn't shed alot.

What you need is a new breed called a Rockwiler. It never needs walking, doesn't pee or poo or shed or lick itself. It just sits wherever you leave it. Its only major problem is that it offers no love or house protection of any kind and when you repeatedly stub your toe on it, you will be tempted to rename it "Toejam". Other than that you can take all of its good qualities for granite.

markie
07-16-2012, 09:52 AM
I love dogs & always had at least one dog from being a very small child until about 3 years ago. However, they can be a royal pain in the a$$. Jeff killed my Brittany Spaniel about 3 years ago & we have not had a dog since. Disclaimer: My wife goes to pick up my daughter's dog (Golden Doodle) a couple of days a week & he spends the day at our house................... This works out rather nicely!

docbennett
07-16-2012, 10:38 AM
Airedales don't shed and are extremely loyal and friendly....and always need to be on leash. Great dogs. Here is Wayneberger:

http://i871.photobucket.com/albums/ab271/drugdetox/wayneberger/101_2568.jpg

http://i871.photobucket.com/albums/ab271/drugdetox/wayneberger/101_2567.jpg


http://i871.photobucket.com/albums/ab271/drugdetox/wayneberger/100_3299.jpg


http://i871.photobucket.com/albums/ab271/drugdetox/wayneberger/2011-01-27_15-30-56_607.jpg

swede71
07-16-2012, 02:45 PM
If we do get a dog, I would like a relaxed, low-key, kind of dog that isn't bouncing off the walls and doesn't require a lot of exercise. I'd also prefer a smallish breed.



If you exercise your dog it will be relaxed,low key and not bouncing off the wall :).Also,if you are relaxed and low-key your dog will follow you,the packleader.
I would recommend Shetland sheepdog,a bit energic but a nice and very loyal breed.

crgtr
07-16-2012, 03:36 PM
If you want low-key, do NOT get Aussie Sheppard's or Cattle Dogs. I love mine to death, but they are working dogs & if you don't give them a job, they will go out & find one.....like eating the siding off your house! Or go out & get bit by a Water Moccasin..
http://i1222.photobucket.com/albums/dd490/crgtr/Sydney%20vrs%20Bad%20Snake/photobucket-1920-1315253947106.jpg
Leg very swollen up. Bad ju-ju. Almost lost that leg. He's fine now.
http://i1222.photobucket.com/albums/dd490/crgtr/Sydney%20vrs%20Bad%20Snake/photobucket-3845-1315253968463.jpg
This is what we got for my mom-in-law & he's awesome!
http://i1222.photobucket.com/albums/dd490/crgtr/Dogs/downsized_0920091124.jpg

Of course you could go crazy & get a pair of these!
http://i1222.photobucket.com/albums/dd490/crgtr/Reynolds%20Ranch/downsized_0704091338-1.jpg

rugerpc
07-16-2012, 03:47 PM
Some suggestions about personality...

This is good:

http://i1073.photobucket.com/albums/w382/rugerpc/Just%20for%20fun/ATT0001717.jpg

This not so much...

http://i1073.photobucket.com/albums/w382/rugerpc/Just%20for%20fun/ATT0001515.jpg

dantedayjob
07-16-2012, 05:25 PM
If you want low-key, do NOT get Aussie Sheppard's or Cattle Dogs. I love mine to death, but they are working dogs & if you don't give them a job, they will go out & find one.....like eating the siding off your house! Or go out & get bit by a Water Moccasin..


First, let me say glad your boy there recovered from that snake bite... that can be ugly business and is real problem for people in our part of the country


I have to second the thing about Aussie Shepherds needing a job or finding one... it's in their blood. When I was a teen, we had an Aussie Shep/Sheltie mix... beautiful dog, sweet, too smart for her own good (which has other tales attached to it) ... she took it upon herself to herd our horses... and our cats... no one ever coaxed or suggested, it just happened when she was about 6 months or so. Every day, same time, we would go to the barn to feed the horses and put some out for the cats (of which there were MANY, usually 10 or so, sometimes over 20)... it started with her going down into the pasture and running the horses up.... then, once she had a handle on that, it was the cats... summertime, they would be scattered all over the yard, basking in the sun... dog would go round 'em up and run them to the barn... I wish I had had a video camera at the time, 20 cat tails stuck high in the air, running in formation as that crazy dog ran back and forth, barking, snapping and keeping them together... she never messed with or hassled the cats and would go the other way if one of them got ill with her, BUT, at feeding time they better keep their tails in line or they were in for it LOL

cwhenke
07-16-2012, 06:13 PM
We just put down my dog (and former partner) a few months ago. Our next will be a Great Dane. They don't fit the bill for small, but they are low-key and family-friendly. Out dog breed book actually recommends them for apartment-dwellers because they are so laid back.

If you want to go small, I had a Westy growing up, and he was a great companion. I don't like small dogs, and my wife hates them (she worked for a vet for years, and the small ones were the meanest), but some other smallER, laid back ones that havn't been mentioned are:
Bassett Hounds are good, but like all hounds, bay...
bulldogs can be hit or miss, but mostly laid back.

docbennett
07-16-2012, 06:43 PM
Medium size, extremely laid back, non-shedding....Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. The breed that preceded my current Airedale.....very easy going and "hypoallergenic". A bit of upkeep, as you need to brush them regularly to avoid matting. Highly recommended breed.

Proxmax
07-16-2012, 08:25 PM
http://i513.photobucket.com/albums/t336/proxmax/dog3.jpg
Lucy-Fer
http://i513.photobucket.com/albums/t336/proxmax/dog1.jpg

John Beef
12-12-2012, 11:23 AM
My labrador is awesome. He's also pretty mellow, but he's older. He's always happy and loves everyone. However, he sheds like mad. They do have Labradoodles, which have the lab temperament with no shedding.

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee251/johnmfer/IMG_20110327_115428.jpg
Pancreatitis took this guy away from me the day before Thanksgiving. I miss him so much!!

JMintzer
12-12-2012, 11:32 AM
So sorry, John. I know your sadness...


Jamie

themike
12-12-2012, 11:33 AM
Pancreatitis took this guy away from me the day before Thanksgiving. I miss him so much!!

So sorry to hear about that bud! Looks like he a lived a full and wonderful life, I mean look at how comfy that carpet looks!

newfmp3
12-12-2012, 12:26 PM
Breaks my heart to hear this bud. Ever think about getting another?

John Beef
12-12-2012, 01:11 PM
Thanks, everyone. I actually searched for this thread so I could read about some dog breeds, but I got sad about my best bud there when I saw his picture. So yeah, we will get a new one, but I'm not sure what breed I would like to go with.

He had a great life, a family that loved him and misses him. He was a rescue dog, and we don't know much about his early life except that he was unreasonably afraid of certain inanimate objects (including guitars!). Once he joined our family, he had a good (almost) decade of fun and love.

The tough part is right now we have a 4 month old baby and a 4 year old girl at home, and with both of us working and having to devote so much time to the kids, I'm not sure we'd have time to properly adopt and get to know a new dog.

TDPRS1
12-12-2012, 02:49 PM
Golden Retriever (hands down)!

themike
12-12-2012, 02:53 PM
The tough part is right now we have a 4 month old baby and a 4 year old girl at home, and with both of us working and having to devote so much time to the kids, I'm not sure we'd have time to properly adopt and get to know a new dog.

Totally understandable. Have you considered a cat since they require less one on one attention? I only suggest a dog alternative becuase as a yong kid I really, really, really loved having dogs. I believe they helped shape me into the somewhat compassionate person I am today!

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
12-12-2012, 02:55 PM
Golden Retriever (hands down)!

Two. No more. No less.

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/hansomatic/General_Photos/Pups.jpg

docbennett
12-12-2012, 03:01 PM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;34290']Two. No more. No less.

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/hansomatic/General_Photos/Pups.jpg

This is what the dictionary should use for the definition of "Bliss".

If only moments like this were more enduring, more consistent....well, just MORE.

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
12-12-2012, 03:14 PM
This is what the dictionary should use for the definition of "Bliss".

If only moments like this were more enduring, more consistent....well, just MORE.

Rest assured, Ned, I'm soaking it up. Not much in this world that's sweeter than puppies chasing a child though a field.

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd272/hansomatic/General_Photos/RunningWithPups.jpg

Jet Whitey
12-12-2012, 06:50 PM
Based on your comments - check out a Maltese. They're small but have lots of personality, and they have no idea that they are small. They are also hypo-allergenic, so no shedding. In the dog shows, you usually see them with long dust mop hair and ribbons... but a puppy cut and NO ribbons is more my style. Great dogs. Buddy (below) is ~6 pounds, travels short or long hauls with ease.

http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/216043_1728314692632_5754080_n.jpg

+100000000 Everything Mike told me a year ago was true....Maltese are great "Companion" dogs! They are all dog and not snappy like most small/toy breeds. They are amazingly smart and don't shed or smell like dogs as they don't have that undercoat most dogs do, and I hate smelly dog houses!!!!. The only problem with them is you'll want 2 like Gina and I. Arnold is a purebred Maltese and Oliver is a Morkie...1/2 Yorkie...1/2 Maltese. They made it 4 days @ 14 hours a day in the car @ 6 months old when we moved to Bama last June without a peep. Since then they've been to N. Carolina 3 times and Annapolis twice. They are serious "Roadawgs" and I dig em!

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Digging for crabs on the Severn!!!!

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With their Girlfriend (left) Natty in Sept in town for their "Experience!!!!!" :five:

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JMintzer
12-12-2012, 09:33 PM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;34295']Rest assured, Ned, I'm soaking it up. Not much in this world that's sweeter than puppies chasing a child though a field.

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Pure joy...

My daughter Lori is not lobbying HARD for a playmate for Maggie. HARD!. So far, Lynn is holding fast...


Jamie

prsrocker1988
12-13-2012, 01:10 AM
I like dogs... That said, I'm very hesitant to bond to another. I lost my best friend 2 years ago and a part of me went with him. I just can't connect to another dog like that.

But I have another dog now - but very independent and not the lap dog Shiloh (he was a Beagle) was. I miss that.

Here is Gibson (old pic when I got him), a 2 year old (now) male Boxer.

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I love him, but it isn't the same intense bond as I had with Shiloh.

Rosewoodsteel
12-13-2012, 01:18 PM
i like those! (sorry couldn't resist) :)

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Great breed!

Rosewoodsteel
12-13-2012, 01:19 PM
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are GREAT dogs.