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Hello, I am new to these forms. ( I might make a "new" topic later describing my dogs more)

I have been seriously been thinking about getting a show dog. I have two dogs that are both spaded/neutered, so I can not show those. I was wondering if any body can suggest a dog for me.

I live alone in a fairly large one story house, with two small dogs. (The largest is about 13 pounds) I will be at home almost all day, except for a few hours on the weekend. Here are a few requirements:

Size Size is really not a huge issue for me, but I think a smaller dog might be better, because of my little dogs. Otherwise, a large dog would be great, but nothing huge.


Energy Level I want the dog to be somewhere between "couch potato" and "playful"

Climate I live in humid Louisiana.
Rarity I don't mind a rare dog, and I can take the time to find them, in fact, I would like a some what rare dog, but if a more common breed fits me, that's also perfect.,
Things I can't have brachycephalic dogs. The only one I might be Able to consider is the Boston terrier.

That's all I can think of! Please suggest a breed :thumbsup:
 

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If you haven't done so, it might be a good idea to attend a few of these shows and talk to the owners/handlers about the dogs you might be interested in so that they can give you a much better idea of the breeds you're interested in and what goes into a dog that would perform well in the show ring.

A short list of dogs that may fit your needs: Bichon type dogs, Italian Greyhounds, Corgis

I would personally stay away from the terrier types (e.g. the Boston you mentioned) if you are just looking for a playful couch potato.
 

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Well I have been to a couple of dog shows and talked with a few owners/handlers, but I really wanted another opinion. I really like the dogs you mentioned, I like the idea of a Corgi. Never thought about them. Then again Italian Greyhounds are also great.. I'll just have to see.
 

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I do know some breeds tend to have more crowded rings/more entries on average than others. Also, some of the rarer breeds can require a lot more traveling to get to shows, and sometimes will only be competing against a very small handful of dogs, which I could imagine might make it less satisfying when you win. Pretty much, you want to find a sweet spot between

How far from couch potato are you OK with and are you OK with some higher energy puppy years? A lot of the smaller breeds (terrier and toy/companion type breeds) will be fairly mellow adults (as in, play once a day and go for one or two walks and be fairly low energy otherwise), but will have a higher energy puppyhood.

I would skip Bostons because honestly it sucks to have them in a hot, humid area. It can be easier with those with out-of-standard muzzles, but personally I find show Bostons to have short enough muzzles so as to be a little worrisome in the heat when it's very hot and especially when there's humidity. Also, they may be more high-energy than you're looking for.

I was looking into Italian Greyhounds briefly and found a lot of people online saying that they were very prone to breaking legs- more of a "when" then an "if", and they can be tricky to set and sometimes need a specialist. Apparently they don't have a great concept of height or depth and will jump from very high heights without pause. They're also very easily injured when playing with other dogs and it's especially a concern with breeds known for high prey drive/ a propensity for predatory drift (ex: huskies, sight hounds (especially greyhounds), bully breeds, etc). They also tend to be very timid by nature, though not usually prone to fear-based aggression, just generally timid. Also, they can apparently be very, very difficult to house train and I've heard some never 'get it', although they can be trained to use pads or a litterbox reliably? That said, they seem like cool dogs. Quick little movers with a strange play style and a little delicate, maybe, but cute.

I would think Corgis- at least Pembrokes- might be a little popular in the breed ring. That said, they're very fun little dogs. Cardigans (the ones with the tails) would be cool to show, though, I think. They might be on the 'too rare' side, though. I really only ever see Pembrokes (the ones without the tail) around.

Also- very important for smaller dogs meant to be shown- how much upkeep are you willing to do on a show cut? A lot of the smaller breeds have intense grooming needs, which can mean extravagant hair cuts (some breeds I've heard are judged as much by the cut as the dog itself, like Poodles).

Some ideas (most of which have higher grooming needs): Bichon, Shihtzhu, Maltese, Yorkie, if you're up for a testing puppyhood before a more medium energy/playful adulthood maybe one of the small terriers like the Cairn, Scottish, Border, Norfolk, although I have a feeling they would be more energy than you'd want and maybe too much trouble besides), Havanese, Min Pin (maybe also too energetic).

Other less common ideas: Austrailian Silky Terrier, Irish, Sealyham, Kerry Blue (all of which may be more on the 'too rare' side and also might be too energentic/too terrier-y), Coton du Tulear (may be too high maint. coat, but very cool little dogs).

My personal favorite idea: Chinese Hairless. They might need to wear sunscrean, though, and there probably is some coat upkeep.
 

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Okay, thank you @Moonstream ! It's really between the pembroke welsh corgi, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, and the Chinese crested. I'm fine with doing fancy stuff with grooming, but I honestly never been a huge fan of the poodle cut.

I'd like a dog that likes to play, but also loves just sitting on the couch. There's really no reason for it to be fast. I plan on teaching it a lot of tricks, and that would probably be most of the "play". (I would still take them on walks, it's just not my main objective.)
 

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One of the neatest dogs I have run into lately that you don't often see here where I live is a Schipperke he seemed to be friendly but calm .
Or how about a Whippet? Sturdier than a IG.
Of course my very favorite for couch potato designation is a Bassett Hound LOL!
My niece has a Griffon.......a little character for sure but didn't calm down til he passed puppyhood. Good watch dog but all bluff LOL!
 
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