Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Posted March 20, 2015
My roommate got Bella when she was just a little pup. Soon my roommate realized that she wasn't really a dog person but I had already gotten attached. I took over Bella's care from then on until I moved away for grad school. (I couldn't leave her behind so I gave her to a friend that I saw frequently). These cute little ones are the perfect snuggle buddy for bedtime, couch time or pretty much anytime you are seated. They do bark at outside noise and new visitors to the home. Something to note: please feed well and take for long walks. Bella had cute little legs but that didn't stop her from enjoying hour long walks with me after work. I also fed her Blue Wilderness dog food to make sure she was getting nutrients and not chemicals. She was in pretty good shape when I gave her to my friend, which is kind of a miracle because it is very easy for them to gain weight. Once my couch and burger happy friend took her she doubled in size around her belly. But she was still happy as a clam.
If you're looking for some snapshot points to consider, check out these pros and cons
Great for an apartment and small enough to be accepted in most complexes
Happy and affectionate
Easy to groom yourself
Friendly to guests and kids
Mix-breeds are less expenses
Needs a good diet and a lot of exercise
depending on the dog, it may need supervision around smaller pets and kittens
Barks a lot, at everything...
Overall, if you are looking for a small dog you should definitely consider a Doxin-Papillon mix. There were some struggles (which you'll face with any dog) but I wouldn't change my experience with Bella a bit!...Well... maybe more snuggles