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Hi all I'm Celeste, I'm a huge animal lover, but DF won't let me have any in the house, due to the fact I bought a Yorkie about a two years ago and he was HORRIBLE!!! I loved him to death, but he was so hyper and just a little on the mean side I had to give him away before I had my baby. But after some convencing (sp?) I thought it would be nice to get another dog so my DSS has something to do when he comes over and so that my son has a buddy. So does anybody know anything about them or own one themselves. I've always thought they were super cute but I just have a few questions...
Do they shead, and it they do is it really bad?
Are they hyper?
Are they good house dogs?
And would you recommend one for have a soon to be six month and a 9 yr old in the house?
And if you don't mind me asking, how much did you spend for one? I just want a good dog but I don't want to dish out the huge bucks I did when I bought my yorkie!!
From your description, I don't think a pom would be the best choice. Yes, they're small, hyper dogs like a yorkie. With a 6 month old, a small dog can be dangerous for both. A 6 mo old is just learning to crawl/walk over the next few months, will (if not already) start testing the boundary waters so-to-speak, and doesn't understand that playing rough can hurt a dog... or especially a puppy as small as a pom. Unless you're interested in breeding show dogs, I'd HIGHLY recommend getting a dog from a shelter. You could choose a dog or a puppy, but if you get a puppy, get one that's at least a year old. That way you'll know it's temperment and adult size, and you won't have to deal with all those annoying puppy training issues (biting, urinating, etc) with a baby on the floor all the time. Since you have an older child as well, a rougher breed would be more fun to play with than a toy breed. There are some small dogs that would make great "small dog" house pets without having to choose a toy breed... toy's many times have a smaller bone structure and break easily if handled improperly by children. Also, since you have a baby, you might want to consider a short haired dog if going with a smaller breed. Small dogs can become defensive (to the point of aggression if not caught early) if they're constantly having their hair/ears/tail pulled by a small child. Small children don't understand that they're hurting the dog.
Try this quiz... put in what you're looking for and it'll give you back a list of breeds that best meet your guidelines. Then, google each breed name and/or look it up at the AKC website to get specifics about size, temperament, shedding, etc.. http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/search.htm Make a list of the breeds you like after googling them, and take that list to a shelter. They'll find a dog that is a purebred or mix of those you selected.
I agree what with Ben'smom said. You can also check out petfinder.com for some rescue groups near you. Since the dogs are fostered, they'll have a good idea what would be a good match for your home. Rescue is definitely the way to go. Good luck!