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Looking for a smaller dog to be a pal to my avatar. He is well socialized and great w/small dogs as there is no dominance issue that I've ever seen.

My fiance wants a chihuahua, but I seriously think that would be too small. So here's what I want to try to convince her of.

A small dog (8 pounds-25 pounds max), with black and tan colors/markings (similar to my avatar). Please include pics even if they aren't your own so I can show some to her...
I've been unable to sell her on MinPins as of yet, thinking about Shiba Inus to try next.


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Dachshund. They come in 2 sizes (mini = 11 lbs or less, standard = over 11lbs), 3 coat types (smooth, long, wirehaired), and a multitude of colors (including black and tan). Great dogs. Very loyal and want to be around their people. Originally bred as hunters who would drag badgers out of dens, they think they are 10 feet tall and bullet proof. Every place that I have seen that had a Dachshund and also bigger dogs, the Doxie was in charge. One of the Dachshunds I have now spent some time with my nephew. He has 3 GSDs. One is a very dominant female. Bently (the doxie) had them all run ragged by the time he came to live with us. He didn't care how big they were, he wanted to play and by golly he made those big dogs play with him.

They also make great watchdogs. They don't like anyone or anything messing with their home or their people. Mine let me know anytime someone is around the house. They will bark like crazy and stand their ground. Cats or possums in the yard just have to be driven out. They also tend to be pretty easy going the rest of the time. If you want to play or go for a walk, they're ready. Want to spend the day napping and watching TV, they're ready.

Do some research and make sure you get the breed that is right for you. Here's a picture I found of a black and tan Dachshund.

 

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Thanks all! I thought about dasch's too, so thanks for the info Petra!

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Why not hit a shelter or rescue? Lots of mix breeds out there that would fit your criteria.
 

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Why not hit a shelter or rescue? Lots of mix breeds out there that would fit your criteria.
I know, but part of the shelter problem is not knowing what you are getting, esp. ones by my house, and adoption fees are as much as breeders (300+ dollars)

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Definitely a Mini-Dachshund. Great Pets, and a healthy little dog. love to play. I have a black and tan.
Here she is in a stupid jacket my wife puts on her in the winter... and also sitting in my hand...



only weighs about 10 lbs but wrestles around in the yard with my golden retrievers. .
 

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<a href="http://s336.photobucket.com/albums/n352/RickD6023/?action=view&current=Bosco.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n352/RickD6023/Bosco.jpg" border="0" alt="Bosco"></a>

This is my Boston Terrier - Bosco. He has unusual markings as he is brown instead of the customary black. The breed is a 15-25 pounder and definitely a family dog.
 

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<a href="http://s336.photobucket.com/albums/n352/RickD6023/?action=view&current=Bosco.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n352/RickD6023/Bosco.jpg" border="0" alt="Bosco"></a>

This is my Boston Terrier - Bosco. He has unusual markings as he is brown instead of the customary black. The breed is a 15-25 pounder and definitely a family dog.

tried Bostons too, all hear are blind/deaf from rescues; Inbreed rejects :(

I don'thave the time to care fir a dog like that, not til I move again, :(


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What's wrong with a minpin? Mine unfortunately ran away 4 months ago and probably has been dognapped. I replaced him with a rat terrier. The rat terriers are great dogs as well, have no health issues as they are probably the healthiest dog breed. They also like to play with things, unlike minpins, and are more social. Thye do not need their ears cropped or tails docked, my little Jack is all natural. The black and tan ratties may be difficult to find, most of them are white with black.

But I still like my minpins, they tend to bond with one person and then become their best friend.


 

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:) Here's our little guy. 26#'s now. About 18#'s when these pictures were taken. You should be aware that even if your present dog is a saint, he's much too large not to end up hurting something as small as a Chihuahua.

I would suggest that you go no smaller than 25#'s. (And I'm a retired dog breeder/trainer.) ;)



 

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Visit the local pound and let her pick out the one that just melts her heart.

Who cares if it's not a pure breed (although many at the pounds are).

They just want a new family and someone to love them.
 

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As harsh as it may sound, I would think twice before getting a dog from a shelter, unless it's a puppy. No way of knowing what abuse the dog has suffered, or bad manners instilled into it. And those shelters have SUCH an attitude, charge way too much money, and would rather kill animals in some cases than having them adopted.
 

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:shocked: What!

Half the creatures in our home, right now, are rescue animals - Including one severely abused cat who must have once been under the hand of a deranged drug addict. Lovely cat! He's terrified of me; but, follows my wife around like a little puppy dog. (We constantly trip over each other!) :supergrin:

There are some great animal experiences waiting for many people at shelters. I certainly wouldn't rule them out. The two most powerful emotional forces in the universe are love and hate. Animals, like people, are capable of both. More than likely you'll get out of a creature exactly what you put in; and, that's the truth! ;)
 

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My opinion is that the only way to go is rescue or shelter - but you have to find the right one. I've been turned off as a volunteer, rescuer, adopter or foster because some of them are butts...but that is a reflection on individuals, not rescue in the broad sense.

Rescues act the way they do because they care for these animals a great deal. They don't want to see them returned and they want to see them in a superb home which will love them and not cause further "issues."

There is nothing more rewarding than helping a rescued dog become an excellent family pet. I personally think there is no other option, but I'm not critical of people who choose to buy from reputable breeders either. I just wish you'd give it more of a chance.

Hundreds of thousands of would-be excellent pets are needlessly killed every year. I encourage you to do your part to save the life of one.
 

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All 3 of mine came from rescue. Yes, sometimes they come with "baggage." Just because they come to you with a behavioral problem doesn't mean that they have to stay that way. We've worked with all 3 of ours to overcome whatever problems they started out with. One of them is still a work in progress but he's much better than when we first got him. Give the pound puppies a chance. They will more than make up for it.
 

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Why not hit a shelter or rescue? Lots of mix breeds out there that would fit your criteria.
Agree, look around.

I got these 2 this year.

Larger one is some sort of Australian Cattle Dog mix, weighs about 40 lbs. She cost me $20 at our local pound, was 12 weeks old and already spayed. Smaller one is ACD and Beagle mix, weighs 31 lbs. He was free and about 15 months old when we got him. He had spent about 8 weeks with a professional trainer before we got him.



Throw away dogs are everywhere if you look. No need to pay outrageous fees to rescue groups.
 

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Well all...as I said, it is her dog, and I will repsect her choice, That link I posted goes to a diff pup now...but she is getting an AKC black/tan chi who should weigh 7-8 pounds. My dog was a recue, I pushed her towards rescues/adoptions, but it is her money and commitment. I thank you all for the info, as I will use it for my next pup! I'll post a new thread when we get the chi.


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