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Bichon frise, maltese, or pug?

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I am going to start high school next year and am thinking about getting a dog. I live in a house with a medium sized backyard, and have no experience owning a dog. I am looking for a low maintenence, calm and affectionate lap dog. The dog will need to be left alone for about six hours a day. I have done some research and am thinking about a bichon frise, maltese, or a pug. Can you please give me some insight on which dog will fit my needs the best?
Thank you:)
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Have you spoken to your parent/guardian about this? Someone in your family would need to be financially responsible for the dog. A well-bred purebred dog is going to cost you somewhere between $1,500 and $3,000. Don't buy a dog from a breeder unless you are going to do the necessary research needed to find an ethical, responsible preservation breeder. If you'd rather rescue, there are plenty of breed-specific rescue organizations that can help you find a dog to adopt that will cost less up front. But you will also need to factor in the hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars you will spend per year on food, training, veterinary care, grooming, toys, etc. If you've never had a dog, you will likely need to find a professional trainer. A dog can be a 15+ year commitment - if you go away to college and have to live in a dorm, who will care for the dog? If it's your parent/guardian, for example, you may want to consider letting that person choose the breed.
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