Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Posted September 24, 2015
We got Richo when he was just a few weeks old. I was 8 at the time and we also had a cat. He fit into the family just perfectly straight away. My parents were never worried about leaving me with him or my cat as he was always very loving and yet cautious about his actions.
He was so used to and friendly towards the cat that whenever we took him out for a walk he would approach any cats that we would come across in the streets thinking that they were all his friends. The cats, of course, would get scared and run away, however, this never discouraged him.
Richo was always very sociable and happy to meet new people and old friends- my parents would even joke that if someone decided to break into the apartment while we were away, he'd be delighted to see the burglar and welcome him as a guest of honor.
Probably the only downsides of this breed is that you need to dedicate a lot of time to the dog's grooming (curly and white is a pretty combination, however, very time consuming) and that they tend to get very emotionally attached to their owners. As my mom was the main person to take care of Richo, he would follow her everywhere in the apartment. Whenever she was out and he was left at home, he would lie in front of the front door and wait for her to return. There were a few occasions when she had to leave for a few days and Richo would even stop eating- he would miss her that much and get so sad.