Please keep in mind
that the most important aspects
of a successful dog/human relationship
1) the characteristics
of the breed,
2) the temperament
of the individual dog, and
3) the training
provided by the owner.
A purebred puppy
will be expensive. Depending on the
scarcity and popularity, expect to pay
$500 to $2,500.
My Strongest Recommendation is
a few dog shows for
the reasons below.
see what small dogs in that breed should
look like (a problem for over bred and
bred dogs such as Pomeranians and Toy
can buy a program that will have names
and addresses of breeders, owners, handlers
other dog business people. This can
be a valuable
resource when you need a referral; and
see what Toy breeds are capable
and you may be amazed.
How do you find
a dog show? Easy. Check the monthly
magazines, Dog Fancy and Dog
World at the
newsstand or at your public library.
Or visit the
Dog World Calendar under Resources.
All Toy breeds
make good companions for adults,
but given their small stature and weight,
they are not the ideal family dogs when
small children are present. Many are
fragile and cannot withstand rough handling.
Whichever breed you
select, please do not get any dog advertised
as being a "teacup." Toy
breeds are small enough as it is,
and a "teacup" almost guarantees
you will wind up with a sickly and high
Be sure to ask the
breeder or seller whether the parents
had X-rays and veterinarian clearance.
To reduce the risk
of health problems, you should take
your new pet to a veterinarian as soon
as possible. Get a checkup before the
bonding process is complete.
may require expensive surgery, and you
may have to decide whether to return
or keep your pet.
Most of all, consider
you work all day and need a dog who
can be alone?
you have any family members with special
needs such as allergies?
Do you want a lap dog or an active
- Do you have experience
with dogs or will this
be your first?
Consider your needs as well as a potential
Good luck. If
you take your time and chose wisely,
you'll have a best friend for the next
decade and possibly
Reports provide detailed information
on what to expect from each breed and
how to care for your new canine companion.