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Lea - posted on 04/11/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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So the kids (I have three) have been begging me for a puppy for a looong time now, and finally my husband is caving in (but only because they have proved their responsibility). I am not really the one deciding whether or not to get them a puppy anyways, because he stays home and I work. BUT the catch is that we need a dog that doesn't shed or bark too much. The reason being is that both my husband and I are light sleepers and are easily awoken by really anything. And second, I do not want a dog shedding all over my carpet. It just makes more mess. We have looked into a bischon frise, are there any other recommendations before we buy? :)

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Firebird - posted on 04/11/2013

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Short - medium length haired dogs shed far worse than long haired dogs because their fur is only supposed to grow to a short length before it falls out. A long haired dog takes much longer for their fur to reach a length where it will fall out naturally. I have a long haired dog, I take him to get shaved every 3 months and he hardly sheds at all. I have a Lhasa Apso/Yorkie/Silky Terrier mix, he's pretty hyper but I kept on him about the barking and now he doesn't bark much at all. He's a great guard dog, loves my family and my cat, but Lhasa Apsos need a lot of socialization with strangers from a very early age right through adolescence and into adulthood or they may be unfriendly toward people they don't know. A professional trainer is recommended if you don't have the patience to train them properly because they can be stubborn, and they *need* to be trained.

Ev - posted on 04/11/2013

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I had a Bischon. They are great with kids. They do bark though. Ours spent a lot of his time outside and we knew about every little critter that came a long and big ones too. He also shed a lot. Bischons have a curly hair that sheds a lot all over the place.

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Ev - posted on 04/11/2013

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Lea-added note: They can be great watch dogs too. They get very excited and will get on hind quarter and bring up their front paws and make the front paws go up and down in their excitement. They have a great temperment. Good luck!

Lea - posted on 04/11/2013

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I do realize that all dogs bark and shed, but I am looking for a calmer sort of dog, preferably with short hair. (For example, I will not be purchasing a Jack Russell terrier)

We are looking into a Bischon. Thank you Evelyn :) However, other suggestions are still very welcome!

Amy - posted on 04/11/2013

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I suggest you rethink your decision because all dogs bark and all dogs shed even short haired ones.

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