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Old 07-14-2006, 10:58 AM   #1
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Question Need help with choosing a breed please

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My partner and I are moving into our first house soon and we both come from families where we have had dogs before and would very much like to take on a dog as we feel that no home is complete without one.

Unfortunately we both work during the day and are out of the house between 8 in the morning and 6 at night so we are not sure what breeds if any would be comfortable spending that much time alone, although we are happy to take on two if it would help the situation.

Ideally we would like a breed that is very loving and sociable, good with young children, doesnt make too much noise and loves to play.

Any advice would be very much appreciated.

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Old 07-14-2006, 11:13 AM   #2
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Hi there! Have you thought about looking in shelters near you? theyre many kind, loving, homeless dogs there that would love to be saved... or are you hunting for a pure bred? I would look around and all.... is there any breeds youve been looking at? are you lookin for a certain size? how much exercise would you be able to give him/her? grooming?
lol, ive picked up alot by asking questions....sorry...
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Old 07-14-2006, 02:05 PM   #3
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Hi
Although your heart is in the right place by the sounds of things it may be worth delaying this until either/both of you can spend more time at home. My old man is at home most of the day and I am here two days a week and weekends.

Ever thought of trying a different pet? How about a cat? My old cat didn't even notice me half the time . Too busy sleeping 22 out of the 24 hours in the day! No wonder she reached the ripe old age of 19.

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IMO 10 hrs is far TOO long to leave a dog home alone. I couldn't go that long without having a pee so how could you expect a dog to.
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Oh My! Didnt Notice The 10 Hr Thang!
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I agree with the suggestions of looking in a shelter. And if the average working family who works 8 hours a day is not supposed to own dogs could you just imagine the dogs that would not currently be in their loving homes? I think as long as you love a dog and take care of your individual dog's needs then a regular working schedule is just fine. To suggest that those with regular working hours shouldn't have dogs is absurd.

Having said that, a very young puppy probably would not be the best choice. Plus they always go first so an older dog would be a better choice in this situation. Good luck on whatever you decide.

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I am so with 1lila1 on this. THAT IS ABSURD. How would one even afford to have dogs if one didn't work?? Vet care and even dog food costs are going up everyday. I wouldn't worry about that. I'd be more concerned with the things you want in a dog. Like do you want a dog that has to go to the groomers? or a dog that wants to run for 4 hours a day? try to match your personalities and energy levels to your new dog. Shelters and rescue organizations are great places to find dogs. mixed breeds are just as good a dog as a purebred.
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I agree, I work 10 hour shifts at the hospital. I don't feel my dogs are neglected and I never find messes. People work, doesn't mean they can't own dogs. Those of you who said that 8 hours is too long of a time and shouldn't own a dog are lucky I guess. Since you obviously don't have to work and can spend 24/7 with your dogs.

I don't think a puppy would be best, but it can work. If you have lunch breaks where you could go home and let them out or have a family member help out while potty training, you should be fine.

Also, about the breed, I suggest going to your local shelter and finding a dog. There are all kinds of breeds, pure and mixed that need homes.
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I may have some decent advice- i'm not sure, but i'll give it a whirl since my BF and i were in a similar situation when we got Orchid.

Orchid is alone from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Although its not as severe as 10 hours, seven is pretty close.

i make sure she gets a long walk (usually about a mile) and a good run either fetching her favorite toy or chasing birds during the morning. i also try to incorporate some kind of training into our morning ritual- whether its sit, lay, stay, roll over- just anything to keep her from getting bored and destructive.

Luckily, the bf and i work different schedules, and he used to come home at lunch (i worked too far away) and walk the pup, feed her, and play with her a bit.

If none of you can come home at lunch, i would consider getting an older dog. and about the no barking and great with kids thing...lol, sounds like the perfect dog. good luck with that!

no, i'm teasing. orchid doesn't bark and she's great with kids, and she's house broken, but it takes alot of work, that's for sure.

exercise is a key element if you're gone alot- if one of you jogs, runs, or walks in the morning/ evening, that would be ideal. if you cramp any dog up in the home for too long you'll have behavior problems. that may sound negative, but that's just how it is.

also, i'd make sure i got a dog that was already crate trained if i happened to be in your shoes. that can help with extended absences.

If you all are really busy, i'd be hesitant to even get a dog- the best dogs have had training of some kind, and you never know with vet bills and such, and trying to introduce even an older dog to your home can take time and lots of effort.

but hey, with lots of effort and love you could make it work- just make sure you're ready for the added commitment on time and money. Good luck guys. let us know how it turns out for you.
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I have a cavalier king charles. If you're looking for a smaller size dog he is just a love! Cavaliers are known for their loving personality. And He is great with all the neighborhood children. Also check out your local shelters. Good Luck!
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