For those of you who don't know, I'm will soon be getting a new dog and I'm doing thorough research into the breeds that I'm interested in... I have by no means settled on either the toy poodle or bichon frise, but I'm setting up a pros/cons list for each of the breeds I like so that I can get a better overall picture on what type of dog will suit me best.
In the past I've had dogs before (a chihuahua, mini foxies, and a tenterfield terrier), but this time around I'm wanting a new breed. I am wanting a companion/therapy dog (as I have post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)), that is primarily a lap dog, but still active enough to play, etc.
In my original post http://www.dogforum.com.au/general-d...ggestions.html Hyacinth suggested both poodles and bichon frise, but originally I had decided no as I thought that the long fur and constant brushing would be a bit much for me (my old dogs used to act completely unruly when being brushed... which I now realize was because I didn't actually train them to be brushed)... but now I'm reconsidering, due to this realization.
Here are the traits I'm after in my dog (I'm mentioning these, as I'd like an experienced opinion on whether both or either of these breeds have these qualities):
- Friendly (to everyone, even strangers) and loyal.
- Highly loving - I'd like a more dependent dog, compared to independent... when I was reading up on king charles cavaliers, they mentioned that the females loved you, but the males were in love with you - And that is EXACTLY what I'm after in my pet! (The in love with you part!)
- Low maintenance in terms both exercise (so 30 mins (min) to 60 minutes (max) per day, and then if me and/or my dog felt like it again later, we'd go for a second walk later.)
- Not incredibly active when indoors (like I said I primarily want a lapdog)... in saying that though, I would love a dog that follows you around when you go from room to room, etc
- Cat friendly (I have 2 indoor cats, so they'll be sharing the same space, unless I'm taking my dog out for a walk (or whatever) or a run around in the backyard)
- Easy to train and preferably easy to housetrain
So here are my questions for both breeds (I originally posted on my original thread, but I not only realized that it would be *smarter* to start a new thread for each breed):
- What are the main differences between the breeds (aside from looks)? - From what I can tell, they generally seem to be similar.
- How long do they need to be walked daily? (I've looked at multiple websites and the only answer I'm able to get is "a long brisk walk", which if you think about it can mean anything. - And if you could not just tell me the minimum, but also the preferred length of time that would be great also! )
- Would both or either of these breeds be perfectly happy being left at home all day (with my cats as company), if and when I needed to go out? - I don't go out much at the moment (due to my PTSD), but I'm trying to think ahead in terms of work, etc, once I'm well enough to do so. (I should also mention that I'm only allowed one dog, but once I'm ready to get my own place, that will probably end up changing... though I have no idea when that would end up being!)
-At the moment the most I go out is once or twice a week, sometimes all day and sometimes only for a few hours... but if I'm out all day I usually get back really late. Though my dad usually gets home around 6-7pm.
- I've heard that poodles can be "snobby" and "self-centered" and I was wondering if this was true, and if so how?... And what about the bichon frise? Do they (generally) have any of these type of behaviours?
- Are there any differences in temperament between the sexes, in either breed?
If I get either of these dogs, I'll be keeping their coat short (about this length: http://www.poodleforum.com/attachmen...ort-face-3.jpg)... and maybe growing it a bit longer in winter (this length at most: http://www.valleyviewdogs.com/images...bronson-05.jpg) if I felt like it. So:
- How often would I need to groom them, and generally for how long?
- Is blow-drying their fur (or is it technically called hair, due to the way it grows?) a must, or can I let them just dry naturally? (I ask because I wouldn't really want to do it, unless it was absolutely necessary or only in winter or when it's cold).
- Do you think my choice for a "summer coat" is too long and hot for them?
- With the average winter Sydney weather being between 9-18*C, do you think these breeds would need a warm coat to keep them warm?
- What type of brushes would you need to keep their fur well kept, and which brushes for what area/use?
I think that's pretty much all of the questions I have for the moment, and thank you to anyone who to the time to read this and an extra advanced thank you to those who answer!