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Old 03-13-2012, 07:25 PM
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Best dogs under 20 lbs...

Does anyone have any suggestion as to best breeds under 20 lbs? Both my wife and I love golden (especially our 13 yr old senior), but our building recently changes policy to only allow dogs 20 lbs and under. Our current dog was "grandfathered" in. But we're planning ahead to getting another dog...

For context, we live in the city, but have no problem getting in 3 long walks every day. We would also probably adopt another older dog, as they're nothing sadder than a good dog who needs a home.

Can anyone recommend a "golden-like" breed that is under 20 lbs?
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:04 PM
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Overall, I like the shih-tzus if they're raised right. I board a couple here at the pet hotel that think they're small goldens. One of the best "ball players" I've ever had here is a shih-tzu.
If it doesn't have to be strictly under 20 pounds, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a really nice dog, too, although be careful where you get them, they are insanely prone to health problems. They vary from just under to just over 20 pounds. Nice temperaments.
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One small dog I have met that I did like is a border terrier. I only ever met one, so I cannot speak for the whole breed, but she was a sweetheart! She is to be a show dog.

I agree with the caution of the cavaliers... just way too many health issues for me every to consider it.
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I've recently had the pleasure of meeting several whippets, and I thought they were just the most awesome dog. I'm not sure what their standard weight is, though, but perhaps a female would/could be 20lbs.

I also know a few people with Havanese dogs, and they are just adorable and friendly.
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Italian Greyhouds - and I believe there is a large Italian Greyhound rescue group in NY (I know - not a real subtle hint)
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A well bred papillon is a dog I love. I also have a soft spot for the Bichon Frise, and hope to have a wonderful cheerful one someday.
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I am partial to Boston Terriers. They love to cuddle under the covers.
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Get a cocker spaniel.

Before we got into goldens, my sibs and I helped our neighbor out with her buff cocker. We absolutely loved Rusty. His attitude was very much like goldens. Very loving. Very bondy with his people. Loving and friendly with other people. Easy to train. Just a terribly awesome little dog.

I think I was 5 or 6 around that time and spent many afternoons playing with my dolls at the fence. And he would sit there on the other side of the link fence just being with me.

I think they can be 20-30 lbs, but I'd check with your landlord.

If you have to go smaller than cockers... I totally second Shihtzus. I also love the Havanese and Lhasas.

I think the only bad thing about all of these dogs is you need to either pay for a groomer or learn to groom the dogs yourself.

I guess the other thing is with the Shih Tzus - they have a lot of eye problems. I don't know if it is a breeding thing, but a lot of them seem to have major eye problems as they get up in age and need to have the eyes removed.
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How big do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers get? Darn. Just checked - too big.

I love the look of French Bulldogs, but know nothing about the personality. There are a few at my park and they LOVE to play ball.
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Papillion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If I ever own a small dog, I would get a papillion. I also love the PBG (Petit Basset Griffon) though bigger tha 40 lbs! So cute.
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