What about a bichon? They're under 20 pounds, hypoallergenic, don't need much exercise, they don't shed, I don't think they're known for separation anxiety but I think that depends more on the dog than the breed
Shelties require a lot of grooming, are high energy, are usually over 20 lbs, very vocal, and can be difficult to get out of their mouthy phase.I would say a Shetland sheep dog.
But all the things you named are possible in any dog you get.
Shelties are fairly easy to train and willing to work, they are good guard dogs and family dogs.
They do require some brushing out with the longer hair, but other then that they are good.
Any dog you get need exercise, some of the smallest dogs can walk a long ways and still be bouncing off the walls when you get home.
I wouldn't look into a whole bunch of designer dogs because you will end up paying a lot more with not a whole lot of health guarantee and not so good bloodlines.
I hope this helped
My understanding of Chinese crested is that although there is no brushing etc as there's hardly anything to brush, doesn't mean low maintenance - they need frequent bathing, moisturising, sun screen etc. Also their teeth need care as, I believe, they are genetically predisposed to bad teeth. So, in my mind their grooming requirements are higher than average.There are lots of dogs that meet one, two, or maybe even three of your requirements, but some of your requirements are directly conflicting each other.
Good watch dog and doesn't bark a lot do not go together. Really I think you can either expect a dog to shed a lot or you can expect to pay for grooming. The only dog I can think of that would require no grooming/shedding would be a hairless Chinese Crested, but they do not handle the cold very well, and they really don't like being alone.
Also, just because a dog is under 20 lbs doesn't mean it doesn't need ample exercise. Most of the little dogs I know can just go and go and go.
No, but I believe in planning for absolute optimal results, instead of using the "how much is that doggy in the window"If these are your expectations, I would opt for a different type of pet.
Good to know.Dogs with hair don't shed
True. According to ACK "While no dog is 100% hypoallergenic, there are a variety of breeds that do well with allergy sufferers. "This also doesn't make them "hypoallergenic"
Good to know tooThere are breeds that require little exercise, but these are usually companion breeds that are pretty prone to separation anxiety due to their nature.
I am not looking for that. I am looking for a "whats a better choice from available breeds" E.g. Yorkshire Terrier is a nightmare to groom, but Westie is much better.Agree with what others have said, no dog is going to meet your criteria in every category.
In short, what is your lifestyle like? And, how do you envision a dog fitting into your lifestyle?A push toy would fulfil most of your criteria
Seriously now, you don't say what you want the dog for and what you are prepared to do for the dog in return - in terms of exercise (all dogs should have walks no matter how small),mental stimulation - in terms of play, training, how long the dog is likely to be left alone - if long, what can you arrange in terms of dog sitter, doggy day care or similar.
Health issues - I'm sure we all hope none of our dogs ever develop them, but life isn't always that kind. Can you afford pet insurance, vet fees if your dog does develop health issues? Training? Can you spare the time and money to find a good training class? Can you put up with a new puppy's soiling/crying/sleepless nights/neighbours complaints/nipping/destroying of things whilst he settling in, learning what is acceptable and what is not?
So, in reality, without more information, it's impossible to guide you to your 'ideal' pal.