1. Barking? 2. Smell? 3. swimmer?
(back to Boston)
We are moving back to Boston. Our last dog died, a very independent Tibetan Spaniel. Our children are now 12 and in college nearby. We will be living downtown, near a very large park with lots of other friendly big and little dogs. I will have the time now, with older children, to devote to training and socializing (and it will be a good way to meet the new neighbors).
The Pyr looks wonderful and in many ways exactly the kind of affectionate loving dog we're all looking for this time, but I have these questions:
1. is the barking really as bad as some other sites suggest? is there anything to control or manage or train that? (We will be living in an area of townhouses.)
2. Do Pyrs have strong dog smell? (not wet--everybody smells bad when they're wet--just on an average day.)
3. We spend our summers in New Hampshire on an island. Do Pyrs like to swim? And can you really never leave them off leash? won't they ever come back?