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Was talking to my land lord and he tells me that he doesn't mind medium size dogs, and I say back so no more than 60 ibs. And he responds, "Oh no! No more than 20 ibs" -.- :suspicious:


So my question is........What dogs out there should I be looking at. I mostly want an inexpensive trainable dog that doesn't bark all day. Where should I start.
 

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Call a local shelter, and tell them what you want in a dog. They will then recommend a good dog for you and will want you to come in and meet the your new best friend. I told them my wants and needs in a dog and now I have a Pekingese.
 

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Rescue. Rescue. Rescue.
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The shelters and rescues have many wonderful little dogs who need forever homes. :)

I just found my little Eddee at a shelter and he was only $86.00 ... and that included neuter and 5-way shot and a rabies vaccine as well. Eddee is only 11.6 pounds.

Abbylynn was $100 ... and that also included blood work, spay, vaccines.
 

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Go to dogbreedinfo to get info on specific breeds as well. Rescuing sounds like a great idea as they are usually vetted prior to you adopting them. I too have two Pekingese dogs and while they are small, I would not say they are not happy (thy have their moments) but they are an awesome breed, but a bit high maintenance.
 

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It depends on how much work you're willing to put into the dog. Some small dogs have a high maintenance grooming requirement and must be clipped every 6 weeks (around $50/groom), and they need to be brushed daily or nearly every day. I just adopted a westie/poodle mix, and we love her dearly. However, westies have notorious allergies, and Maddie (12.4 lb.) is no exception. Our miniature poodle (12.8 pounds) is also a rescue and he's cuddle bug! However, his hair grows like a weed, and he needs clipping every four weeks. Fortunately, I learned to do it myself, saving a lot of money.

The initial clippers, blades, etc. are expensive, but they pay for themselves in only a few grooms.

Some small dogs have short hair, lessening the grooming requirement dramatically. Some small dogs are high energy, so if you want a couch potato, beware.

I recommend getting an adult rescue from a reputable group in your area. They've been vetted, spayed/neutered, and have had their shots. They've also been temperament evaluated, so you'd have a better idea of what you're getting than if you got one from the pound. Just be up front and honest when you talk to them in letting them know what your lifestyle is like, so you get a good match.
 

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My Hamilton is dachshund mix from the shelter. He'll probably be around 20 lbs full grown. He only barks when he's super excited or super upset... or if a toy falls off the couch and he wants you to pick it up for him, or once or twice when someone comes to the door, and occasionally he barks at that handsome dog in the window at night... but we can easily go several days without hearing him bark. He has been training very well and is very cuddly. He was $300 at the shelter, and already neutered. Then his initial vet visit was like $150. The second included a microchip and was about $230. Then we had another couple hundred in vaccines and a sick visit. Figure $70 in heartworm pills and frontline. $265 for a year of health insurance. $40 for house crate, $50 for travel crate, $40 for expen, I don't even know how much in food, treats, collars, harnesses, leashes and toys. $300 in training classes so far. $10 a week for play group. Point being -- I don't think "inexpensive" and "dog" go together. Getting an adult dog will reduce some expenses, but many are unavoidable.
 

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go to petfinder.com you can search by size, age, sex even breed. put in your zip code and your size limit and see what comes up.

I paid $250 to the rescue. For that, I got a neutered dog that had all his shots, was dewormed, had a flea treatment and had had a $600 surgery to remove a benign tumor. Shelters and rescues are a huge bargain. Yeah, you can get dogs for free from craigslist, but I've yet to see one that is neutered/spayed, up to date on shots, dewormed and temperament tested, and temperament testing is huge for you if you need a quiet dog.

Note: You do NOT want a puppy. There is no way to tell with a puppy if it will be vocal or not until it's an adult- 2 years from now. You need an adult dog.
 

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I found my Yorkiepoo Guapo at a shelter , he was on petfinder.com. And if you live in an apartment you will know what you are getting with an older rescue dog.

Oh and because Guapo is older and was already neutered there would of been no cost to get him but I donated 100.00 to the shelter anyway .
 

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I would definitely go with a rescue, especially since you have very specific criteria you're trying to meet. We got our dog off of Craigslist, and while she was "free", we still ended up dropping over $800 on her immediately (she had a serious laceration on her shoulder, and then even though she was an adult, her previous owners never had her spayed, then shots, flea/tick/heartworm preventative, etc.). Although we did get a really good deal on her crate from another Craigslist ad...paid $30 for what would have been over $100 at the store.

As an aside, I never would have pegged 20 lbs. as "medium" size, but I guess everyone's standards are different.
 

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Try to educate you landlord too. A lot of bigger breeds are calmer and less destructive then the little dogs. I've heard greyhound are some of the best apartment dogs (they tire quickly. And are cat like lazy)
Animal planet has most of their dogs 101 videos on YouTube and theyre a fun way to learn about various breeds.
 

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Try to educate you landlord too. A lot of bigger breeds are calmer and less destructive then the little dogs. I've heard greyhound are some of the best apartment dogs (they tire quickly. And are cat like lazy)
Animal planet has most of their dogs 101 videos on YouTube and theyre a fun way to learn about various breeds.
Thanks, we don't talk to the actual owner. There is currently a third party company handling it. I tried to be polite and talk to the company about a bigger less aggressive dog. Through research, 40 ibs is actually a very nice looking size for me. But they became rude and started interrupting me, the lady if raised her hand waved it to the ground like she could silence me while saying no. Just aggravating all in all.
 
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