Let me preface by saying my soon to be wife has a Maltese. I want my own dog, but one that will not eat her dog. I don't like small dogs either. We both like blueticks. I've been around them a lot, so I know they make great pets and are good with other dogs. What I don't know is how well they will do in a suburban setting. Will it be a disaster? I can come up with an educated guess, but I'd like to know of any personal experience anyone might have. Thanks.