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Old 07-19-2018, 10:44 PM
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Seeking small dog breed with little barking

Hello! I am a long-term large dog owner (the dogs, not me) who is now looking for a small dog (read: lap dog size) to be both my beloved pet and a therapy dog, as in the type of dog who can be trained to go to nursing homes etc. and cheer up the patients. I also live with several roommates with varying schedules.

For both these situations, I am looking for a dog with minimal barking. Since I'm also looking for an adult dog, not a puppy, I'm trying to find breeds or mixed breeds that would work. (I have heard bad things about bark collars on very small breeds.) Some sites have recommended poodle mixes, like shih poos (sp?). A hypoallergenic dog would also make a more successful therapy dog.

If I get a dog who subsequently doesn't work out as a therapy dog, I of course will still keep it; but still, the barking is an issue. Any advice? Thanks so much!
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I have a Bichon/Shih Tzu (Zuchon). He is hypoallergenic and only barks when there are people or other dogs who walk by the house. I’m sure if I really worked with him, I could train him to not bark at passerby’s however I like the warning. He barks, but not excessively. However, he would not be a good candidate for a therapy dog...he is too active and doesn’t like to sit still for long (he is still young though).
I know someone who has two Cavapoos (King Charles Cavalier Spaniel/Poodle). One of the dogs is a very successful therapy dog, and the other one is too active and crazy to become a therapy dog.
Really, I think it just comes down to individual personality. I would recommend checking out shelters and asking the staff if they have any dogs that would be a good therapy dog candidate. They typically know the dogs pretty well, and may be able to match you up. Or, you could seek breeders who have adult retired breeders.
Good luck in your search!
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We have a Poodle/Bischon mix, a non-shedder who only barks when people walk close by the house, or if she is upstairs looking out the window and sees another dog even across the street. IMO its not excessive, I would not ever ever ever put a bark collar on her, I mean never. If I tell her to stop barking, she does, but of course the next stimulus sets her off again. I consider this normal dog behavior, and the reality is, after all, she is a dog.
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