|Barked: Mon Feb 5, '07 4:00pm PST |
|I'm not positive what you mean by "no tendancy to bite." There are so many reasons a dog might bite. For the most part, it's the kind of thing you can prevent with any breed through training. But there are breeds more inclined to be possive, territorial, or generally mouthy. I find a lot of Poodles will quickly resort to getting snippy.
Dominance is more an individual trait... Not many breeds are specifically dominant or submissive. Especially when it comes to other dogs, if you're concerned about pack order. Your best bet is to talk to a breeder about it, or, if you're planning to rescue, go for an older dog.
Yappy-ness is a problem for me, too. Barking annoys me, so I try to look for breeds with a reputation of being non-barkers. And I am also interested in smaller breeds at the moment. I've had the most interest in Basenjis and Shiba Inus, which can totally hold their own with bigger dogs. They tend to be on the independant side, though, and therefore more difficult to train.
The thing with Poms... I don't think they're a naturally yappy breed. But they can be manipulative, and are easily spoiled. Once they've got you wrapped around their little paw, they will use yappy barking to get what they want. Such is the case with every yappy Pom I know. I know Poms who, if taken away from their "servant," the change in behavior is so drastic people don't believe it's the same dog.
Edited by author Mon Feb 5, '07 4:02pm PST
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