So you’re at the shelter and your child falls in love with the big eyed gray dog with the sweet temperament that crawls right into her lap and falls asleep. “Mommy, I want this one!” and you want no more than to say yes… and then you realize that 3lb puppy dog is a great dane that may possibly outweigh you in about a year.
There’s nothing wrong with great danes. In fact, they thrive in even small places and are sometimes referred to as the world’s biggest lap dog. However, it might not be exactly what you are looking for in this instance. The term, “lap dog,” generally refers to a small dog that has the temperament to lie on someone’s lap.
Some common breeds that typically fall into that “lap dog” category are the following: Malteses, Pomeranians, Shih Tzus, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Bichon Frises, Pugs, Terriers and Dachshunds. Just like people, though, each dog is different. There are dogs that fall into these categories that may have no interest in sitting in your lap, so make sure, as with anything, that this is a decision made with care. Also, if you’re a more active person, make sure that the breed you’re getting will be able to keep up with your activity level. Shelters should allow you to spend some time with the dog, which should give you an idea of their temperament and how that would work with your family. It should also tell you whether they actually have any interest in being on your lap at all. Always remember to go to a shelter and not a pet store. Adopt, don’t shop!