5 Lapdogs You Will Love

5 Lapdogs You Will Love

Lapdogs are classified under the toy dog breed because of their small frames .They may be adorable and mini in size, but don’t let them fool you, as  their personalities are gigantic. We brought you  some information on 5 lapdogs that you will absolutely love. Beware: serious “awwww” factor may occur.

Pomeranian with a teddy bear  fur-cut.

Pomeranian with a teddy bear fur-cut.

Pomeranian

Weight 3 – 7 pounds;  7 -12 inches tall

Lifespan: 12-16 years

Characteristics: Vivacious and  spunky, this minute breed is very aware of its surroundings. Though he may be comfortable in his environment, introduce him to a stranger, and you will more than likely hear  him bark endlessly. Poms are considered to be very strong-willed, yet cuddly as they love being spoiled. If you have small kids, be very cautious when it comes to the way they play with your four-legged friend, as they’re very delicate. They’ve been known to break their backs if dropped, and are easily stepped on. This pup is definitely an indoor dog all the way. A pet peeve the Pom may have to some? They tend to have a decent amount of shedding. If you can get past that, Dogtime and Dummies.com says you’re in for a treat with a loyal friend.

 

Chihuahuas

Chihuahuas

Chihuahua

Weight: 3-6 pounds; 6-9 inches tall

Life Span: 10-18 years

Characteristics: There are countless adjectives to describe a Chihuahua. Ranging from extremely affectionate, loyal,  energetic, and considered to be a swift mover, these guys are special in their own way: they’re the tiniest dog breed in the world. They have a ton of sass, and are very eager…to an extent. When it comes to training, one may notice they have “selective learning.” People say they  may be on the tough side to train,  but their absolutely capable of learning-what they want to take the time out to learn. They’re smart dogs, who can be manipulative when it comes to getting what they want (sounds like a few kitties I know). Just as with Poms, Chihuahuas have a tendency to bark as soon as they hear something or meet someone new, but that’s expected. Because they’re so dedicated to their owner, you may find this characteristic intensify when it comes to children. ChiwawaDog claims that they demand attention. You may notice that it can be difficult for them to find  acceptance with sharing their special person with anyone. Normally graceful, petwave.com says to  be aware of Chihuahua interaction pertaining to other dog breeds-especially with  larger dogs, an aggressive streak can become apparent. Do ya blame them? If you’re looking for a beautiful, big-eyed, lap pup, this enthusiastic, active dog will definitely cause you to smile.

Yorkie

Yorkie

Yorkie

Weight: 4-7 pounds; 6-9 inches tall

Lifespan: 10-15 years

Characteristics: Known for their elegant appearance, these little fellas are observant and intelligent.  According to yorkieinfocenters.com, the yorkie, for the most part, is relaxed when around other pets. Like the Chihuahua, when it comes to larger breeds, they may bark up a storm, but barking for a yorkie is definitely not out of the ordinary. You won’t have to worry about sleeping at night, as they’re excellent watchdogs. You will be woken up if anyone attempts to break in. When out and about, always  have your Yorkie on a leash. The problem? They can be stubborn sometimes and absolutely despise it. Though they love snuggling on one’s lap, as well as a plush bed or pillow, there’s a good percentage that absolutely love to dig more than anything. As stated before, they are barkers to the core, but you may have an issue with housebreaking. Yourpurebredpuppy.com recommends either having an indoor litter box or using a doggy door which leads to the outside. When pertaining to children, they are known to be a bit mischievous. The dailypuppy says there are specific methods that you can teach both your child and terrier how to interact with one another-no need to become too discouraged.

Maltese

Maltese

 

Maltese

Weight: 4-7 pounds; 8-10 inches tall

Lifespan: 12-15 years

If you want a dog with a playful personality from puppyhood all the way through his adulthood, the Maltese is the way to go . They’re personalities can differ easily, as some Maltese’s are very outgoing, while others tend to be on the  more timid side. They’re very calm around people and  most breeds. They can be very codependent, and when left alone will probably bark immensely or become destructive. Petcarerx.com says that if you’re very overprotective with your Maltese, they may develop a sense of jealousy when it comes to their owners interactions with others. Show them lots of love and play with them often, as they need to be reassured. A great thing about this breed? They don’t shed a lot, so if you have allergies, you will have no worries. Enjoy these little guys, as they respect your company greatly.

Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhound

 

Italian Greyhound

Weight 6-15 pounds;13-15 inches tall

Lifespan 12-15 years

Italian Greyhounds, also known as Iggy’s, will definitely keep you guessing. My kind of pup!  They’re naturally agile and have a hunter mentality, so don’t be surprised if you catch them chasing something,animate or not, all over the house. In fact, If you look up the word “darting” in the dictionary, you may find an Italian Greyhound’s picture right next to the word, as they would be one of the first to dash away if not on a leash. That’s probably why yourpurebredpuppy.com recommends having a fence of at least six feet high.  Don’t be confused-they love to cuddle and snuggle, but the yard is a like a mini paradise to them. It’s their place to be. Dogtime.com says that they may be tiny, but they sure feel invincible; hence the reason, you  may come across a few broken bones before they’re twelve months old. They do demand a lot , so if you’re a new pet owner, this may deter you. They are also ultra-sensitive to emotional stability. If they sense stress, they may literally get sick to their stomachs. They’re not happy when there isn’t routine. Switch an Iggy’s schedule, and they’ll make you aware of how uncomfortable they are. These dogs love love love their owners-they can get clingy;yet they are independent thinkers. These dogs are amazing when it comes to keeping you on your toes. If you want a fun-loving, vivacious friend, that doesn’t bark too much ,go with an Italian Greyhound.

 

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