We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
My NYC daughter's Yorkie pup is three months old. (That white thing is a Christmas hair bow.) Pees on the floor, gets up on her hind legs to challenge our big dog - gets right in his face. Sort-of does "Sit" and "Stay" thus far, but not really "Come" or "heel."
The wonderful thing about dogs, they are all 99% wolf by DNA, and every one of them, from the smallest on up, has the heart of a wolf. There is a video floating around, can't find it right now, where a ten pound Jack Russell bites on the nose of bull, protecting a person getting gored. They are fearless . . . well, except for my female lab, who seems to have a highly honed sense of self preservation, but that another story . . . Sounds like your family is going to take a lot of enjoyment in its newest member . . .
We have 4 Yorkies that were saved from a puppy mill. They are a wonder to behold as they discover that they are dogs and all that goes with it. You know - Playing, pooping, sleeping, peeing, pooping, eating, pooping, playing, sleeping peeing, eating - repeat.
They are a joy and lift one out of bad day by simply jumping up and down in excitement as you come in the door from work. I could go on and on about small dogs and their feats of bravery I've witnessed but then I'd get nothing accomplished today.
DH was a field dog man all of his life--until daughter brought home a Malti-Poo. Beyond dog smart: she knew what time of day it was, who was supposed to be doing what at that time and more importantly she knew what day of the week it was--she would tell us very clearly.
My easy keeper Cairn terrier mix lived to be 17, had princely manners and graduated as salutatorian from obedience school. In spite of abuse suffered before I adopted him, he was perfectly housebroken and never snapped at anyone but me, and only once when I accidentally rolled a very heavy easel over his tail. He cost $20 ($.99 a pound). His one major issue was horror of moisture. After being bathed he would careen around the downstairs in manic laps, sometimes doing twenty or more. Very odd. Lovely dog. Miss him.
While our 4 month old Brittany puppy weighs a bit more than 2 pounds - the description you provide "Pees on the floor, gets up on her hind legs to challenge our big dog - gets right in his face. Sort-of does "Sit" and "Stay" thus far, but not really "Come" or "heel." is perfect for almost any puppy including ours. I can hear M'Lady discussing the dangers of a hot oven with her right now (we're baking Christmas cookies).
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family. Enjoy your new miniture addition!