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Selecting the Perfect Pooch
     
Affenpinscher
Brussels Griffon
Cavalier King
Charles Spaniel
Chihuahua
Chinese Crested
English Toy Spaniel
Havanese

Italian Greyhound
Japanese Chin
Maltese
Manchester Terrier
Miniature Pinscher
Papillon
Pekingese
Pomeranian
Pug
Shih Tzu
Silky Terrier
Toy Fox Terrier
Toy Poodle
Yorkshire Terrier

Please keep in mind that the most important aspects
of a successful dog/human relationship are:

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 anywhere from
$500 to $2,500.

My Strongest Recommendation is to attend
a few dog shows for the reasons below.

    • You'll see what small dogs in that breed should
      look like (a problem for over bred and poorly
      bred dogs such as Pomeranians and Toy Poodles);
    • You can buy a program that will have names
      and addresses of breeders, owners, handlers and
      other dog business people. This can be a valuable
      resource when you need a referral; and
    • You'll see what Toy breeds are capable of doing,
      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
website: http://www.dogfancy.com/dogfancy/ for
Dog World Calendar under Resources.

Other Things to Consider

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 strung dog.

Be sure to ask the breeder or seller whether the parents had X-rays and veterinarian clearance.

Organizations that provide official clearances are the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) for hip disorders and the Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF) at for cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy (which always leads to blindness).

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.

Genetic problems may require expensive surgery, and you may have to decide whether to return or keep your pet.

Most of all, consider your household.

    • Do you have other pets?
    • Do you work all day and need a dog who can be alone?
    • Do you have any family members with special
      needs such as allergies?
    • Do you want a lap dog or an active companion?
    • Do you have experience with dogs or will this
      be your first?

Consider your needs as well as a potential pet's.

Good luck. If you take your time and chose wisely,
you'll have a best friend for the next decade and possibly
even longer!

P.S. The Special Reports provide detailed information on what to expect from each breed and how to care for your new canine companion.