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Old 02-07-2008, 06:39 PM   #1
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I've recently moved into a new apartment and would like to get a dog. I am however limited to the size the animal can be- It must be a max of a mere 25 pounds when fully grown.

Since I'm only familiar with larger breeds, I'm looking for suggestions on dogs/puppies that are generally quiet, low maintenance, and would be happy living in an apartment.

What do you think?

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I love helping people find the right dog for them, so here are the questions I generally ask:

Are you comfortable getting a mixed breed, or do you need/want that larger bit of certainty that comes from having a pure bred?

Would you prefer to get a dog from a shelter, rescue group, or breeder?

Are you looking for a dog with bounce and energy to go on long runs with, or do you want a couch potato?

Do you want a puppy, or would you prefer an older (possibly already housebroken) dog?

How long will the dog be left alone each day?

Will the dog have the run of the apartment when you're gone, or will you crate?

How many people in your household?

Do you live with kids, or will kids (esp. those younger than 8) be visiting regularly?



Generally speaking, I wouldn't recommend Jack Russells or Miniature Pinschers, because in my experience, they need a little more space than an apartment can provide.
On the flip side I've found Greyhounds and Irish Wolfhounds to make wonderful apartment dogs (though these are out for you due to size restrictions).
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I love helping people find the right dog for them, so here are the questions I generally ask:

Are you comfortable getting a mixed breed, or do you need/want that larger bit of certainty that comes from having a pure bred?
I think I would prefer a purebred. I've had mixed breeds growing up as a child and they've all been fantastic, but this time around I think I'd like a purebred.

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Would you prefer to get a dog from a shelter, rescue group, or breeder?
Most likely a certified breeder, but I'd consider any option.

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Are you looking for a dog with bounce and energy to go on long runs with, or do you want a couch potato?
I'd say a medium energy level dog. I do work long hours sometimes, so I'd like him to be comfortable just lounging. But one that's also playful.

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Do you want a puppy, or would you prefer an older (possibly already housebroken) dog?
Can't technically be a puppy due to lease restrictions. It has to be several months old I believe, I'd have to check my lease for the rules on that. I don't want an older dog.

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How long will the dog be left alone each day?
At least 7-8 hours. I know this is kind of a long time and is my main reservation when it comes to getting one.

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Will the dog have the run of the apartment when you're gone, or will you crate?
He'll definitely have full-rein of the apartment once he's housebroken.

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How many people in your household?
Just myself.

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Do you live with kids, or will kids (esp. those younger than 8) be visiting regularly?
I do have family members in the area including my young neice and nephew, so yes.

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Generally speaking, I wouldn't recommend Jack Russells or Miniature Pinschers, because in my experience, they need a little more space than an apartment can provide.
On the flip side I've found Greyhounds and Irish Wolfhounds to make wonderful apartment dogs (though these are out for you due to size restrictions).
Appreciate your help!

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Old 02-07-2008, 07:31 PM   #4
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If you're looking for a pure bred, but it can't be a puppy-puppy, you may have to go with a rescue organization. It can't hurt to check with breeders - responsible ones will take back their dogs at any time for any reason, so there's a chance they'll have a young dog with them that they're looking to rehome, but most will only have litters.

A breed specific rescue group might be your best option. They would have young dogs, people who specialize in that breed, and foster homes to give you the run down on the dog's behavior.

A dachsund or italian greyhound might work really well for you. A pug would probably also meet your needs, but if you live in a place that gets super hot and/or humid, I'd recommend against one.

In my experience, terriers tend to be a little more nippy with little kids, and tend a bit more toward destructive behavior when left alone. At the same time, I have a friend with a norfolk/norwich (I can never remember which) terrier who is a lovely apartment dog.

Since you want a pure bred, I would recommend going to akc.org (or a similar site) and researching the different breeds. The AKC site can also connect you with breeders and rescue groups once you've made your decision.
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Hi elmikethemike and welcome!
That has been some great personalized help from esp!
If you want to see what breeds might be right for you, there are also some online breed selector quizzes that can help get you started as to what breeds might be good options.
http://www.petnet.com.au/selectadog.asp
http://www.selectsmart.com/beta_dog/
http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/search.htm
http://animal.discovery.com/breedsel...dogselector.do

Have fun!
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Hi and welcome. Think you have been given some very good advice so far so good luck with your search and do keep us posted.
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ICan't technically be a puppy due to lease restrictions. It has to be several months old I believe, I'd have to check my lease for the rules on that. I don't want an older dog.
Several months old is still a puppy . In fact I don't think most reputable breeders would let them go much before that anyways.
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can't add much more than it sounds like you may be better off with a couple of ferrets.

I hope your search goes well
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the whole size thing with renting makes me laugh...i would rather let to someone with a laid back 100mile an hour couch potato (ex-racing greyhound!) than someone with a silly little yappy thing...JMPO! good luck in your search, though personally unless its a groundfloor appt/flat, with its own private outside space, i would not have a dog...but thats just me.
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