brubeck76 asked in PetsDogs · 1 decade ago

Any advice on picking a small, not tiny, breed of dog?

I will be moving soon, and therefore able to have a dog again. I would like to keep the dog under 25 pounds, to make leasing and renting easier. I have had a beagle before and loved it. I would like a "real dog", not a toy or lap breed. Any suggestions?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Yep, don't do it.... Get an American Bulldog, soooo much better than a little ankle biter.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I live in an apt. where they allow lap size dogs and I was fortunate enough to adopt a miniature poodle from an humane society from a city about 30 minutes away. He is the sweetest thing that I could imagine. Go to a local humane society and find a dog and make sure that they know what size that your apt. will allow you to have. Also if you have room in your heart look into getting a special needs dog or an older one as they are a lot harder to place in a good home, mine was in foster care for 8 1/2 months.

  • 1 decade ago

    I suggest going to the local animal shelter and adopting. It helps in so many ways.

    Saves a life.

    Keeps your money out of the hands of puppy mills.

    Contributes to a caring society by rescuing an animal.

    Shelters can help you match your temperament and lifestyle with a dog they already have and have tested and observed for adopt ability.

    If you liked the beagle, look for another or a beagle mix.

  • 1 decade ago

    you CAN make any size dog a not-lap dog. just teach it that laps are off limits.

    but, since you like beagles, I'd go for one, or even an older mix. Puppies can be a lot sometimes. but, you can also say that it depends on your home environment, and you amout of energy level:

    kids? lightly boned dogs such as italian greyhounds are out, but a pug, smaller bulldogs are in!

    your sedentary, go for a basset hound... they do have a bit of energy, but like being lazy too.

    but thaqt also depends on the dog... my neighbor has a basset that is hyper, and every chance it gets it runs over here (1/4 mile) to rough-house with my Akita, at 60+ lbs right now (6 months old... woo, bigger than you want!)

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  • 1 decade ago

    I have a Long-Coated Retriever but she is kind of big. She is a mainly house dog though. Before I read the details of your answer I was going to say a Beagle or Jack Russle Tarier but it seems that you want something bigger. Have fun with your new puppy.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Whatever type of dog you decide on, be sure to temperament test it before you take it home.

    This is best done with puppies, tho. Doing it with a shelter dog, whose history will be largely unknown and probably not truthful, could be dangerous, so be careful.

    To temperament test, you simply do things with the pup and watch his reaction. Call him, clap your hands, stomp at him, tug his tail, throatlatch and ears, shout, get him to lay down and roll him on his back, pick him up, hold him on his back.

    The best reaction is a reasonably calm one, but even if you end up with some dominant (aggressive) reactions or some submissive (scared) reactions, you will at least know what you are dealing with, and can learn how best to train the animal you choose to take home.

    Best of luck to you.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I was going to suggest a Beagle, but you have already had one of those and know that they are good dogs. How about Cocker Spaniel, I don't care for them myself but many people do like them.

  • 1 decade ago

    We had a Tibetan Terrier who lived for 13+ years. They don't call them little people for nothing. Beautiful character and lots of fun. Also, looked after our daughter when she was a baby, by that I mean he protected her from strangers; we never managed to train him to change nappies. I suggest you check out the dedicated web sites. Good luck!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Wow... a non-lap dog under 25lb is a pretty unrealistic wish. You may have narrowed your choices down to one sickly breed.

  • 1 decade ago

    well a shih tzu is a toy dog but it weighs 9-16 pounds

  • woooh!
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Just research any breed before you commit to it. Be smart and buy from a reputable breeder. Stay clear of BYB's.

    www.akc.org

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