I have only owned one dog, a mix of terrier and palmoranian, and would like some assistance picking my next dog.
I would value a watchdog. Not the kind that attacks, but the kind that alerts or warns off. I have a 3yr old daughter and another baby on the way so being good with children is important to me. I would prefer one that didn't shed too badly as it will be primarily an indoor dog (with a doggy door). Size is a consideration. I would prefer to stay under 25 pounds.
The two breeds in the subject lines are ones my limited research has let me too. But I have no experience with either so I am open to further suggestions.
Thanks,
Dave
that didn't shed too badly as it will be primarily an indoor dog (with a doggy door).

Pugs and Bostons are both great dogs.
However... Pugs shed profusely.
Hope that helps a bit Emotion: smile
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I have only owned one dog, a mix of terrier and palmoranian, and would like some assistance picking my next ... primarily an indoor dog (with a doggy door). Size is a consideration. I would prefer to stay under 25 pounds.

i wouldn't think pugs would make the best watch dogs. i mean, they do make all sorts of noise, but not much of it is alarm barking. i'd think a boston would be more likely to wake you when an intruder comes to your window.

-kelly
I think it depends on the dog.
We got a Boston for our family when my daughter was 4 years old. He was VERY active and the kids loved him. He also was small enough to NOT knock the kids over if he jumped on them (which he did). He has been an incredible family dog and is now 10 years old.
However, until he was about 18 months old, we never heard him bark! We finally had to start barking ourselves each time the doorbell rang to teach him his job. He eventually figured it out and has been a wonderful watchdog ever since.
But good Boston's are VERY expensive. Pups are usually delivered by c-section and the litters are very small. They also have a lot of congenital problems, so it is important to buy from a responsible breeder. We didn't and ended up putting out over $1,000 the first year for luxating patella surgeries. I'd recommend going the rescue route. Our vet got a Boston mix from a rescue and he says he's the best dog he's ever had..not beautiful, but a great dispostion and really smart. Keep an eye on Petfinder.com...you may be able to find a great dog..and you'll feel good about saving it's life! Sue M
I have only owned one dog, a mix of terrier and palmoranian, and would

like some assistance picking my next dog. I would value ... a consideration. I would prefer to stay under 25 pounds.

i wouldn't think pugs would make the best watch dogs. i mean, they do make all sorts of noise, but ... barking. i'd think a boston would be more likely to wake you when an intruder comes to your window. -kelly

Sue
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