To buy: around £1,000
Average price to insure: £42.45 per month**
Food: £30-£40 per month
Potential health issues: they can be prone to eye problems.
‘These adorable dogs need a lot of grooming to keep up their appearance, but their loyal and affectionate nature makes up for all that brushing,’ says Mark. ‘They love being the centre of attention, so will thrive in a family home. And they bond well with children, although, as with any type of dog, interaction with smaller kids should be supervised.
‘They’re not keen on being left alone, so would best suit a household where at least one person is usually at home. Intelligent and eager to please, they’re relatively easy to train, and they only need around 30 minutes exercise a day.’