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Unsure what dog to get? Westie? Lhasa? etc

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Hi all,
I'm getting a new dog very soon, and am very unsure what and where to get one. I'm not a first time owner (I had a lhasa in the past who I got from what I later found out to be a pretty unreliable breeder). Now I am getting a new dog I'm torn between what breed, and shelter vs breeder. I would really truly love to rescue a dog, but all the ones I've browsed in my area have either a lot of terriers/jack russels or large staffies which would not work for me. I have some requirements I really need to consider:
1) A fairly small breed (10-25lbs)
2) Affectionate and loving but isn't prone to separation anxiety as I do go to work. Ideally fairly laid back and happy. No aggression or biting.
3) Doesn't need hours and hours walking each day
4) Is reasonably quiet and doesn't bark all the time as I am living with 3 other housemates.
5) Is safe with children
I've been thinking about another lhasa, but also perhaps a white west highland, and any other suggestions people may have?? I don't know if a shelter will have the right breed for me in the next four weeks (my deadline) so it may have to be a breeder, but if so, I would need a slightly older dog (10 months+), not a puppy. I don't know if breeders generally have dogs that old?

So does anyone have any ideas for a great breed to get, and opinions on whether I should go breeder or rescue?

Thanks guys!!
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It's always exciting to start the journey of bringing a new dog into your life!

My first piece of advice is to nix the deadline. Unless there's some really unusual reason, a deadline will be counterproductive to the goal of getting the right dog.

Second, you should add to your list of criteria. Two major things you need to consider are:

Health (some breeds are more prone to having serious health concerns. If you have the finances and willingness to deal with this, great! If not, perhaps this will rule out a few breeds).

Energy level / exercise requirements (no sense getting a mini Australian shepherd if you're a couch potato OR a pug if you are an avid outdoorsman or hiker. If you and the dog are incompatible, you'll both be miserable).

As for a breeder having older pups, yes, this does happen. For instance, a show breeder may keep a promising pup, but then by 5-8 months realize that the pup is not a good show prospect for some reason or another (usually something minor and irrelevant to a pet owner). This is an excellent way to get a fantastic dog. Alternatively, a retired show dog may be placed in a pet home. This is another good way to get a fairly young dog that is well bred and well trained. However, both of these options will require you to be patient.
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Ok, I just reread your criteria-

Based on exercise requirements and tendency to be vocal, I would not recommend a Westie, or nearly any other terrier.
I agree with the previous poster. It sounds like a bichon, a shih tzu, a Lhasa, a havanese, or a Maltese would all be good choices.

Good breeders don't have pups available constantly. Most pups will be spoken for before they are born or very shortly afterwards. Wait list, deposits, etc.

However, you could check out a breed rescue for one or more of the above mentioned breeds. Perhaps they will have a dog that suits you and can be had quickly.
I think a Maltese may in many ways be ideal for the OP, but can anyone speak to Maltese and separation anxiety?
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