That said, I totally understand the many comments about smaller dogs as we and they age. Our last dog was a shepherd mix, only around 55 lbs., who had neurologic weakness in her back legs progressively over her last year or so. I’m 41 and very athletic but we’re in a second-floor walkup apartment, and getting her up and down the stairs really did a number on my back. I actually ended up finding an amazing harness (the Help Em Up harness–Google it, a wonderful wonderful product) that made things soooo much easier–if we’d had it sooner I would have saved myself (and her) a lot of stress and grief. Our current dog is a 62-lb. houndy mix, but we’ll be out of the apartment long before she (or we!) age too much. Our house (currently our weekend place, hopefully soon to be full-time) is mostly one level, and I think for any future home I would prioritize avoiding stairs before I would ever prioritize a smaller dog.
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The older I get, the smaller my dogs have become. Right now I have three Havanese, and, despite what the AKC might say, they are quite popular in this household! I am also a member of breed rescue and will comment that surrenders of Havanese peaked during the recession and have slowly declined in the years since. There were five dogs surrendered 10 years ago, shortly after the organization was formed, that number grew to 150 at the peak of the recession.
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