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Old 07-07-2006, 09:46 PM   #1
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Hello - I would really appreciate some advice on trying to choose a breed of dog.

I will be moving into an apartment - I am just a single person and working 30-40 hours a week. I plan to spend most of my free time with the dog, however, but it must be ok on its own for long stretches of the day. I would need it to be quiet and well-mannered, and would prefer a breed that is extremely loyal to its owner and has a protective nature, or an instinctive hunting nature. I would like one that is small enough to walk around with and carry, but large enough that it can go running with me. A dog that wouldn't mind short car trips is a plus. I don't mind a dog of mixed breeds, but would prefer to get it as a puppy so I can have the joy... "joy" of training it myself, and best of all get to name it.

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How about a Bichon Frise? Or a Border Terrier?
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how about a pug or staffordshire bull terrier very loyal and protective

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what about a beagle? they are really cute,small, and did i say cute? lol i love those! and welcome to the forums!

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Hi and welcome to the forum hope you enjoy it and get a suitable puppy. Afraid I have no suggestions to, offer on which breed, but look forward to hearing what breed you decide on and to seeing pictures. I should perhaps add that it may be better to go for an older dog rather than a puppy if it has to be left for long periods while you are at work, but that is only a suggestion it is of course up to you at the end of the day.

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I should perhaps add that it may be better to go for an older dog rather than a puppy if it has to be left for long periods while you are at work, but that is only a suggestion it is of course up to you at the end of the day.
Absolutely agree. My boyfriend and I just got a puppy a few months ago and if we didn't have two of us working two different schedules, we wouldn't have been able to train her. At least, not very easily. I suppose it could be done, but it would take a while.

I love mixed breeds and highly recommend them. Try going to different animal shelters and just seeing what's there. We did that for months, mostly just for fun, to see what we liked while doing research on the breeds in between the visits. I also used to think I wanted a dog I could carry around but I changed my mind. Now I'm very happy with my 40ish pound German Shepherd mix (she's the evil looking one in the pic).

I also highly recommend crate training!

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I would recomend going to a shelter, and seeing if there is anything there of interest. I dont think there is a Specific breed out there that fits all those.. I think there is several! Maybe look up breeds online,and read on them, and see what you find. Personally I Love Pappillons
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Welcome to the forum!

I don't know much about many of the breeds mentioned, but I would have to say that you do not want a beagle. Beagles are not quite, and do not like being left alone for long periods of time. Being left alone they can be destructive and quite vocal.

I would suggest going to an animal shelter. I dont suggest getting an 8 week old pup when you are working 30-40 hours a week, but maybe you can find a 6-9 month old pup in which you could still have the joy of training your dog and taking him/her to obedience school, etc. and an older pup would be more capable of staying inside for longer periods of time without needing to be let outside every couple hours.

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Hi your working hours are rather long for a dog!! have you made arrangements for walking it while you are at work???
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Well 30-40 hrs a week is a avg time for a Job.. Lol.. 8hrs a day..that is normal these days.. I think anywayz.. I dun think that is a problem. I work 40hrs a week, and my dogs are fine.
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