I mentioned in the introductions area that I am currently trying to choose a breed for our puppy. I have looked at various different "designer" crossbreeds - but I'm concerned about the health, welfare and the possibilities of puppy mills in that regard.
I have considered rescue - all my animals prior to this puppy have been rescue animals, however, it is difficult to find puppies of predictable size and temperament in rescue centres. It is not of the list yet, however, as I don't really care what breed it is, as long as it fits certain criterea and it may be unlikely, but not impossible to find what I am looking for in a rescue centre.
So perhaps you kind folk can help me pick a breed suited to my family? I have a house with a small garden, fully fenced. I have two cats, two guinea pigs and a birds - this is where buying from a breeder will be helpful, because the pup would hopefully have already started socialization, at least with cats. For the first year of his life with us, he will be on his own in the house for a max of about 4/5 hours 4 days a week. After that, I will be working from home most of the time.
I want a small/ toy sized dog, I don't mind long hair as I have done a grooming course and I can do all that myself. I can walk it twice a day and my husband occasionally goes jogging and would like to bring the dog with him.
I have been considering different breeds - papillions, bichon, maltese, yorkies, poms, affenpinscher - I can't decide!