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I'm thinking of adopting a small dog but i'm not sure what breed would be god for me. I live in Kansas City, MO and i have a very big yard. the dog would get alot of exercise. I have four other big dogs. I'm not sure what kind would be good if anyone knows please tell me. Thanks
 

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A yard should not be the only exercise a dog gets, sorry. They need to be taken on daily walks, and made to heel either besides, or behind you.

If you don't believe that, look up Cesar Milan's dog guidelines. Taking your dog for a walk is vital - it allows the dog to take a walk with his/her pack, and makes for a more obedient dog at home.

Go here:

dogbreedinfo.com
 

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I'm sorry i meant to put it would get two walks a day with my other four dogs and my sister
 

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Oh, awesome! Good job. :)

Yeah, just go to the link I posted. It lists pure breeds, and those "designer dog" mutts, and gives a summary of information for pure breeds if that's what you're looking for.
 

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Ah, I myself would make sure to not get a yipper. But that's up to you :)

I would also not consider a dauchound (however its spelled). They are very needy and tend to latch on to one person in the house, and will protect that person like no other. My roommate has one, and he is so cute but man he's mean, he won't let annyone near my roommate when he's next to him. Yeesh. But I would not suggest one of those if your house is already full of dogs, he would probably not get the attention he needs and end up acting out. Just a thought :)
 

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Kayla, I was thinking the EXACT same....

Dachshunds are very fragile and prone to back problems.
 

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wiener dogs, in my experience as a dog groomer and pet sitter....
are the devil.
they yip, and bite without a second thought. they are prone to be obese, they are very needy and they are one of the hardest breeds to house break, if not THE hardest.
 

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Sorry to bring this up but were you not saying only a few months ago that you did not have the money to take your other dog to the vet.

Should you not keep your money that you would be spending on a new dog to care for your current animals?

http://www.paw-talk.net/forums/f9/my-dog-54195.html
i am saving up all my money that i get for birthday and Christmas. i am not getting it soon but i just want to know so that i don't have to rush when i am about to buy him or her.
 

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Sec. 14-28. Limitation on number of dogs, cats and ferrets.
(a) It shall be unlawful and a public nuisance for any person in charge of a residence to keep or allow to be kept more than four dogs or four cats, or any combination of such animals exceeding four in number
source: Kansas City and Springfield Animal Control Ordinances
http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusmoodkansascity_springfield.htm#s28

In many states/counties it's not legal to have more than four dogs and it looks like Kansas City has this as a law too. There are some exceptions like if you live on a farm or are a registered rescue. So it seems like you will have a while to save up your money as you cannot legally get another dog right now.
 

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Birthday money can run out fast when taking care of an animal. You have a saved amount and an everlasting demand for food,etc.
 

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we have food for our other four dogs
 

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source: Kansas City and Springfield Animal Control Ordinances
http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusmoodkansascity_springfield.htm#s28

In many states/counties it's not legal to have more than four dogs and it looks like Kansas City has this as a law too. There are some exceptions like if you live on a farm or are a registered rescue. So it seems like you will have a while to save up your money as you cannot legally get another dog right now.
we have a family that lives right next to us that has 5 cats and 5 dogs and right next to them lives a animal control worker. P.S we will probably adopt the dog when we lose our 17 year old dog
 

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It doesn't seem like you are getting alot of support on taking in a new dog. Any reason in paticular you and your family want to take in another?
 

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I don't want to seem rude in all of this mess, but just because your neighbors have more than the limit DOESN'T make it right.

There is more to it than just food...you also have to pay for vet care and that is only needs, you probably also want to get them toys and collars and things like that too.
 

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Hello! I have some I would like to suggest.
If you want a playful small dog that is not a twig, maby a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel? They are quite the fun dogs. Mine loves to run, play, but also simply loves to cuddle with you. Their hair is short, so not a LOT of grooming is needed, although around their legs you will need to brush. Also, you MUST brush their ears, or else you have have a very unhappy puppy, and also, if they are itchy and they stratch, and their ears and ungroomed, their nails can get caught in their hair, leaving their leg stuck, and a yelping puppy pulling on his hair.
A dog you could call a bigger verson, the Britney Spaniel, which I don't know much about, but they are quite cute. They are big, but not Lab big.
Now, if you wan't a little bit more work, a Papillion, but they can be quite shy, and are quite frail, so its a no if your bigger dogs are rough, they also need much grooming, but even so, I love mine to death.
Now, even though I love mine, and I would really rather you not, but its your choice, is, a Maltese. Now if you look up that on google, you will see long haired dogs, and I mean VERY long haired dogs, and they look slightly creepy if you don't have one. But the truth is, they look NOTHING like that as a puppy, and you have to choice to cut their hair(it looks better in some cases, and saves you, and them, much stress.) Grooming is a MUST MUST MUST, daily is a very good idea. Mine is not even a year old yet, and the poor thing gets her hair so matted and yet from playing out side, leaves strung in her hair and everything, and we have to tie her hair up so she can even see. She is quite loving though, and loves to play, and she will cuddle with you for a long time, but she dislikes being picked up. Maltese are even more frail then Papillions, so, with big dogs, she would pretty much be their fluffy chewtoy, even though mine is quite brave, I think in her mind she is the biggest dog in the world.
 

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not a very healthy breed though and very prone to health problems.

Papillons have a lot of energy, and are very smart. They are the border collies of the toy dog world. Even after a 3 to 4 hour hike in the morning my papillon still comes home with energy to spare. And because they are so smart, if you don't keep them busy they can become destructive. A lot of websites and such will tell you they are easy to groom, but their hair gets long and if I don't brush Kit's hair he gets mats, especially in the hair around his ears. So I'd say they need to be brushed at least once a day.

Why do you want a small breed dog? What where some of the breeds you where considering? With three or four large breeds living in the same house it might be better to look into at least medium sized dogs. From my experience, a lot of small dogs don't seem to realize that they are small and will try to play rough with large dogs, which can sometimes lead to them getting hurt.

And of course it's important that you have the means to support another dog. Kitsune is small but I haven't even had him for a whole year yet and already I've spent over $3,000 on him. Most of that was for vet care and basic supplies and that's without any major health problems.
 

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I personally find cross breeds are much better to look after, they generally have fewer health problems as the cross breeding genetics creates a cross bred immune system and helps them combat some of the problems that they may have. The temprement of the dog is important if you already have some, as it needs to be a calmer dog in order to socialise with others. you also need to consider the gender of your dog, generally a lot of people say males and males dont mix but ive always had two male dogs and they get along fine AS LONG AS THEIR CASTRATED. Generally speaking though the best thing to do is to look on the internet for various breeds. How small are you looking for? terriers are a firm favorite of mine.
 
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