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First Puppy: Maltese, Shih Tzu, or Pomeranian?


I’m getting my very first puppy in a couple of weeks! I’m too excited. But I need some advice from you dog experts. Which breed Maltese, Shih Tzu, or Pomeranian, is more independent, less noisy, not very agressive, doesn’t bite much, is good with seniors, and is good with small children?

Thanks! 🙂

For myself I tend to like bigger dogs. but I have met some Maltese that seemed like nice affectionate little dogs. Poms seem very lively and smart. They’re probably more independent than most toy breeds. They can be noisy but that depends a lot on your training.. the other breeds could have that problem too if you don’t teach them not to.
A lot of the characteristics you are mentioning are not exactly breed traits that would be very strongly in one of the 3 breeds over the others, but more a combination based on how they were bred ( temperament of their parents, grandparents etc)., how they have been raised so far, and the work you put in to socialize them and train them.

To start with you should stack the deck in your favor by being careful where you get a puppy.
Choosing a breed is important, but so is choosing what kind of breeder the puppy comes from, what kind of knowledge and thought went into choosing that particular sire and dam to breed together based on their own characteristics and what’s in their pedigrees, what health testing was done on the parents before breeding, the temperament of the parents, and how the puppies have been raised by the breeder.

It is SO important to find a good breeder who is very dedicated to their breed and breeding the best examples of the breed standard, with the best possible health and temperament.
Good breeders do not breed a bunch of different breeds of dogs. Also good breeders do NOT sell to pet stores. A breeder who actually cares about the dogs enough to do a good job breeding &amp: raising them, would want to talk to the people who will be buying the pup.

Puppies in stores are from breeders just in it for money who cut corners on the care and the quality in order to increase their profit.

If you are planning to get a puppy in a couple weeks but you don’t know what breed yet, that sounds like you were planning to just go buy a puppy mill puppy from a pet shop or directly from a puppy mill or order online from a puppy mill broker.

That is starting out with the deck stacked against you that you may get a puppy who turns out to have serious health problems or unstable temperament. This is not something you can tell just by seeing a cute puppy. I would be a lot more careful about getting a dog. especially when you’re concerned about small kids &amp: seniors.
Here are Dogsters reasons to not buy a pet store puppy
http://www.dogster.com/puppies/pet-store…
&amp: about how to find an ethical breeder http://www.dogster.com/dog-breeds/how-to…
Tips from the American Maltese Association http://www.americanmaltese.org/ama_gener…

Even if you buy a puppy from a great breeder, a 2-3 month old puppy won’t come already trained, housebroken and not biting . YOU have to train them. Many people make a big mistake of not seriously training toy breed dogs, and babying them too much, letting them get away with bad behaviour , so they turn into yappy snappy holy terrors.
Puppies are a TON of work. You will have to take this puppy outside about every hour or two at first to teach it to potty outside. &amp: you will be going out in the middle of the night too.
You have to teach it to chew on toys, not people.

Small breed puppies are fragile too. They could easily be accidentally hurt by a small child. ( You should always supervise small kids with pets for both the child and the pet.) . And they’re very tiny and can easily get underfoot.

Adult dogs often make a better choice when you have small children. especially if you want a toy breed. You might do better to adopt an adult dog from a breed rescue group. In that case, they are usually not from the better breeders but at least if you adopt an adult dog who has been living in a foster home, the rescue group will know a lot about him/her . it’s really not as risky as buying a young puppy from a pet shop or BYB because you get to see their adult personality, plus the foster home has had a chance to get to know them. And some potential health problems would already have been found out.
Another possibility might be a retired show/ breeding b!+ch from a reputable breeder usually they would be under 6 yrs old and very well trained.

A well-trained dog makes everyone happy, including his owner. Take a little time training him, and you’ll never regret it: you’ll always have an obedient dog by your side. Go here http://OnlineDogTraining.enle.info/?trKV

For the potty training: Try taking her out every hour on the hour and don’t bring her back inside until she potties! And as soon as she finishes pottying give her a tasty snack and reward and praise her. The best way to potty train is to prevent accidents, so if you can, get some pet scent remover and clean your house from top to bottom. Wal-Mart has some stuff called &quot:OUT! Natural&quot: and it works very well. It smells like lemons and herbs and it also removes stains. Then, if you can, get pee-pee pads. LOTS of them. Line your entire floor with them if you have to securing the seams with scotch tape. Only replace the ones she potties on daily. Leave the rest. After while you can start removing them one at a time until there are only a few left. It sounds complicated but it works. Most people use this trick for small rooms like a bath room or bedroom they have to leave the dog in when they go somewhere. Sooner or later she’ll get down to just pottying on one pad, and then you slowly move it a few inches towards your door every day. Then move it outside. You should never punish a puppy for pottying in the house, only prevent it, and reward them for going in the proper place. And don’t clean up the mess when they’re watching. It’s like a mind game for them.

For the chewing: Get her rawhide toys, bones, Greenies, rope toys, balls, squeaky toys and anything else you find at the store that’s made for dogs and she might enjoy. Give her 2 or 3 a day, and rotate them so she only has the same ones for a day or two and she won’t get bored with them. I understand you’re against physical punishment, but really you should try using a loud newspaper or paper towel roll (that’s empty of course), or an envelope with the plastic window thing in it. Just something that makes a lot of noise but doesn’t cause pain. I found the envelope works best. Keep a very good eye on her at all times, and when you see he headed for something she shouldn’t have tell her NO! If you can stop her before she gets to it that really speeds up the training. If not it’s okay, just tell her no, and if she doesn’t respond, tell her a second time and follow up with the paper.

For the crate training: It’s best to work on this when you leave the house and no one is around. Doing it at night keeps everyone up and it’s just annoying. Put her in the crate, and cover it with an old blanket so she can’t see you leaving. When you leave it doesn’t matter how much she cries, she’ll take the hint that crying won’t get her her way. And whatever you do, never ever ever let her out of the crate while she’s crying. This enforces the behavior and you’ll never get her trained to sit there without crying. If you can’t get her to quiet right before you take her out, make a loud noise like clapping your hands and as soon as she’s quiet you can let her out.

I hope it all works out for you… if you need any more help feel free to e-mail me. I can look up some of the sites I got my training info for you. Oh, and Bull Dogs are very stubborn by nature, they take longer than some breeds to catch on to and respond to training.

Get a Maltese!

shih tzu x maltese, they are so cute, i have one she’s about 2 years old , and she’s a playful cute little thing =)

do not get a Pomeranian they are ***** dogs

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