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Old 10-08-2013, 01:40 AM
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Thank you all so much for your advice so far ! I feel much better about my plan now and I think I will simply contact whoever I can find around my area that either fosters or breeds smaller dogs and then look at them individually. Thanks guys !!!
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Old 10-08-2013, 03:03 AM
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When I read your post, I didn't reply, because my first instinct was a mini poodle from a good breeder, who would know the temperament of each puppy.... But... you didn't want anything that requires excessive grooming...

My mini poodle is a very laid back dog... He'll play by himself, or if I offer, he'll play with me... I groom him myself every 8 weeks, by shaving him down... In Germany you'll probably have to leave his coat a bit longer in winter, or buy him a coat... I know that my Storm would be perfect for what you have in mind (No, sorry, you can't have him... lol)
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I think the suggestion for a retired show dog is a superb one!! And a toy or mini poodle, even better
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Old 10-11-2013, 12:42 PM
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I LOVE toy poodles !!! I just heard they are insanely active :-D :-D Iīll definately look into the show-dog-thing, too, altough I never heard of that being a "thing" in germany.
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Old 10-12-2013, 12:49 AM
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I have a toy, 7 months old & currently only needing about an hr of exercise a day. Thats only a 15 minute walk morning & night & then some off leash free running/fetch time. His big love is mental stimulation though, for him, I think that is actually more important. When I am home all day he will get about an hr of training, spread in small sessions throughout the day. A combination of obedience training & tricks. He loves the tricks, really thrives off it all. Lately his tricks have been physical (like leg weaving) so that helps tire him out too. I think they're happy as long as they're with "their person". They bond extremely well & just want to be close by. I think a toy poodle could work with your lifestyle as splitting exercise/training up & spreading it out throughout the day into small sessions seems to keep them very happy.

When he is nicely tired & relaxed, Hugo my poodle is a dream dog to handle Here he is this morning sitting on my market stall table. He happily sat up there for an hr watching the world go by. Really nice, polite & calm once the energy is burned off.

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yeah I was going to suggest a retired show dog too because they will be used to traveling and since you're always out on the road, that would be perfect for you.

May I suggest a retired show papillon? They require weekly grooming and they are a wash and wear type of breed. They have a single coat rather then a double coat and might help with less shedding. Plus, you will already have a dog that is probably crate trained, trained in obedience, and well behaved. (You'll have to continue training and excercising which isn't very crazy.)
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hhmmm.... ISaZoo, your dog is VERY cute :-d !!!!

A papillon? ALSO a very beautiful breed. Gosh, itīs hard to decide. I think I will just have to play it by ear with every dog I encounter individually.
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Old 10-18-2013, 02:56 PM
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Paps shed very consistently (don't blow coat but shed a little 24/7- I don't wear black and have lint rollers everywhere). They are also very hyper-alert dogs, which can lead to lots of barking. I had my two in an apartment fine but we were outside running off leash at the park for a couple hours every day back then. Both of mine are BIG barkers. They bark as much as my shelties did and we all know the reputation shelties have...

Also, they tend to need more exercise than most other small breed dogs. A young papillon might well need an hour or more of exercise. Mia has been the most energetic dog I've owned- moreso than my herding breeds. She is very busy and very high strung. My sister's pap is much mellower but I've been around a lot and most are medium to very high energy. Summer is 9.5 and still is bouncing off the walls excited about agility and keeps up frequently on 5-7 mile hikes.

If you have any questions, I've owned 7 papillons. Great, great dogs but not for everyone. They are SUPER intelligent and biddable and a joy to train. They are one of the most popular toy dogs for dog sports because of their energy level and biddability. I think they are just the best.
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My phalene (drop eared papillon) is much less hyper than Laurelin's, and barely EVER barks, like seriously she rarely goes above a whine or a yip, but she does need a fair amount of attention and stimulation. Having said that, she is an excellent traveller, loves everyone and everything and for 5 months is pretty well behaved. If you did go down the papillon route, I would go with a retired show dog. Most of the show dogs I have met have been fairly mellow and a lot less intense than the agility bred dogs (this doesn't always follow though).
With an older dog you can pick a papillon/other breed which is suitable for your requirements. It really does vary dog to dog.
Other breeds that could work might be a Chihuahua (provided it is well socialised), Maltese, Bichon Frise, Mini poodle or Havanese (though they do need more grooming.)

I'm biased because I love my phalene to bits, but you have to go with individual personality.
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Mia is exceptionally high energy for the breed.

Of ours: Mia is a very intense kind of energy. She is very busy, rarely settles indoors, hates strangers, high strung, VERY barky, moody and sharp, very very smart (but destructive). She is my favorite dog I've ever had but she's a lot of work a lot of the time and if I'm being honest very few pet only people really enjoy her.

Summer, Bernard, and Beau are all 'average papillons', I think. They're all very friendly, happy dogs who are people oriented (Summer is probably over the top friendly). Beau and Summer are fairly high energy but in an easy way. They don't have the 'edge' Mia does. Both are 9 now so calmed down quite a bit but as a youngster Beau was very bouncy hyper and didn't settle much. Summer came to me at 4 because her breeder/old owner felt like she was too high energy and not getting enough. She was good with an hour or so walk as a younger dog. Now she doesn't need much at all but appreciates it. Bernard is much mellower but was higher energy as a pup. He's a mush, I love him. Very sweet boy. All three are trainable, but Bernard is a little less so (could be ownership though). All 3 bark some... Summer is very very loud, Beau is a bit less so, and Nard is even less (but he bays like a hound).

Rose is very very calm and sweet. She is a princess and likes her pillows. She likes to go places and do some walking but she would never be demanding. She's a bit aloof- the only one that doesn't follow humans around 24/7. I've heard her bark maybe 5 or 6 times in her life. She's timid but friendly.

There's a lot of variety but I'd call Summer, Beau, and Nard very typical of what papillons are. I don't meet many Rose type papillons. I meet some like Mia but typically they are in sports homes.
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