On getting a dog
Please, if you are a super dog person, do not take umbrage with this question.
I am seriously considering a small (12 pounds at the absolute max) companion dog. It will be inside all the time except when it wants to go to the yard or we go for a walk. We can walk often. The dog will set the limit.
I like the personalities of larger dogs, but I am not looking forward to the house (and yard) keeping, so the less poop and other dog shedding, dripping, dropping, drooling, dog breath and smell, and spraying the better for me. Also, I have allergies to certain dogs. So far I have face tested a couple of malti/shi/poo/ and I seem to be ok. I am ok with grooming. No kids, no other pets. Me and DH. We will both play with, cuddle, feed and exercise the dog, but I will be "the one".
I would like a Havanese. They seem not to have the small dog syndrome tendency. I really don't want a yappy, demanding dog.
The other thing is I don't want a puppy. I know my limits. I can handle the late-life issues on the other end, but I want to start with an adult who is house trained and heels. A dog who does not have anxiety or aggression issues. I can do further obedience school, etc. The ideal dog for me would be about 8 years old. Manageable medical issues are not a problem, but I want a dog that sees and hears and has teeth, can walk and eat and poop and pee.
I've looked around. Many humane society dogs seem to have anxiety or aggression. Shelter dogs often come from puppy mills and require a lot of training. Breeder dogs are usually puppies. The Havanese rescue dogs are few and far between.
I was thinking of asking a breeder (there's a cavapoo breeder not too far away) if she knew of someone who had a dog they couldn't keep, but that's a long shot.
Do you have any suggestions for me?