The Bichon Frishe (Bichon for short), that little white ball of fluff, is a delightful choice for a small non-shedding lap dog. Reaching a max weight of 18 pounds, most Bichon Frishe dogs average between 10 and 14 pounds and stand under 11 inches tall. Brichons require frequent brushing and a run to a groomer to maintain their white coat so there is a bit of work involved if you're looking to own one of these enchanting creatures. With its mild temperment, the Bichon is a great choice for everyone from the youngest child to the oldest senior citizen.
Although Yorkshire Terriers (Yorkies for short) have a reputation as yappy dogs, frequent obedience lessons will help control this problem. Yorkies can be had as small as the teacup variety (weighing in at under 5 lbs) up the the standard size which weighs in at a hefty 8-11 lbs. Yorkies, like Bichon Frishes, also require brushing and some grooming to keep their coat in prime condition.
Among the smartest of dogs, the Poodle has gotten a bad rap as being yappy but this rep is not necessarily true. With training, Teacup Poodles can easily be taught to bark to alert to an intruder or to quiet easily. Poodles are as at home on a lap as swimming around a small pond or playing with larger dogs. The Teacup Poodle is the smallest in the Poodle family and weighs in at around 5 lbs. The next size up, the Miniature Poodle, has all of the good qualities of the larger poodle (the standard) but weighs in anywhere from 8-10 pounds. Poodle coats require a trim periodically but is basically carefree.
This might be one of the strangest looking dogs on the planet, and also one of the sweetest. Bred in two varieties, the hairless and the powderpuff, both of these lap dogs weight less than 15 lbs when adults. Being basically hairless, the Chinese Crested will thrive in a warm environment (such as Florida) but will need coats and other clothing if living in a northern climate. Wherever one finds a Chinese Crested, there is sure to be a lap that follows!
The Italian Greyhound (IG for short), a frail looking dog, is not necessarily so. Weighing in at just under 15 lbs as an adult, any IG loves a good lap or a rousing play with other, bigger dogs. The Italian Greyhound loves a good run too so, if you're a jogger who also is a couch potato upon occasion, this might be the lap dog for you.
Even though the aforementioned dogs are noted as non-shedding, they all still have dander so may not be hypo-allergetic. In fact, there is no dog breed that is 100% hypo-allergenic; instead, individual dogs have different dander and may trigger allergies in suffers.
All of the breeds mentioned above have nationwide (and probably, regional) rescue groups. Why not adopt an older dog, one who needs a good home? And, please, spay and neuter.
Nice list! Great job!
Great List Hi5
Very good info, I never knew! Thanks. :)
I love Yorkies. I didn't know they didn't shed. Great list.
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