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I recently had my first experience with a greyhound of a certain belgian breed. It was a female and much smaller and not so meager-looking than I had pictured greyhounds. Her owner said she has a beautyful temperament, no yapping, quite and cuddly like a cat but yet obedient. I'm not a big fan of dogs but that experience almost made me want to have one of those.
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For me it's a Labradoodle[^]. Smart, loyal, little to no shedding, no yapping, great for families. However, they need to be groomed periodically.
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Any other suggestions of small to medium sized dogs which are good family dogs, have a loyal temperament and have at least a modicum of sanity? I don't want a yapper or nipper, I want a good dog that isn't too large.
I am always a little nervous the of Jack Russel, as from experience they Yap constantly, jump up constantly and get under your feet. I have always liked bigger dogs as they don't. just my tuppence worth!.
From my experience Jacks are intelligent and loyal and the majority are not yappers; neither of mine were. Though one was an recidivist, with little or no redeeming qualities*, they are great little dogs.
* Okay, he managed to get a neighbour's German Shepherd up the duff. A feat which can be attributed to either him having a step ladder or her being at least amenable to the idea.
We have had a series of Pugs over the years, and liked them. We currently have two, both from rescue missions - one is blind in one eye, deaf, and has some health issues but still is the happiest thing around. Neither is yappy (although they will make sure any visitors are checked out as to the owners of the land), and both are calm, cool and collected.
We have a Dachshund. Lovable little fart he is. The only time we hear a sound out of him is if he's hurt, or if he's dreaming (he yips in his sleep occasionally, it's adorable.)
The breed in general is rather well tempered, and can be trained (as ours is) to be quiet. They're also quite loyal, though ours seems to be more codependent (he's practically attached to my wife's hip!)
The only drawback to the breed is that they can be a bit food-obsessed. Ours will be 13 years old in a few months, and he still runs around like he's high on speed when it comes time to eat.
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