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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by AliceCollie, Jan 10, 2012.


  1. AliceCollie

    AliceCollie PetForums Junior

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    I'm not actually getting a dog for another few years, but i'd like time to do lots of research, go to discover dogs, find a good breeder etc etc!

    I'm looking for a dog that would be okay living in a smallish place (possibly a flat?) so would have to be quite small. Not sure if there would be a garden, but i'd be taking walks twice a day and long walks at the weekend.

    Would need to be okay being left for a few hours a day, as i'd be working at least part time, and getting dog walker/ day care arrangements if I ended up working full time.

    Would prefer a dog that didn't need too much professional grooming! I'm not sure about terriers, and their stubborness, but i'm open to ideas!!

    I've had a Cairn Terrier and lived with a GSD as a child.

    Someone suggested Chihuahua's, would they suitable? Thanks!
     
  2. rottie

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    you can have any breed you want if you walk him enough ;)
     
  3. Manoy Moneelil

    Manoy Moneelil PetForums VIP

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    In your research look at the nature of each breed you might consider, some small dogs might be little but still working dogs and so need activity and space unless you seek to make an unbalanced dog that gets bored and takes out frustration in the small space.
     
  4. PennyGC

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    What about a retired greyhound? They're not small but their exercise requirement would suit you and they love to snooze curled up on a comfy chair. Grooming isn't an issue either. They can be 'retired' very early and there are lots to choose from so it would be lovely to give a home to one of these.
     
  5. Lil Doglets

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    Have you thought of perhaps a whippet or an italian greyhound? they are both fairly small but not teeny tiny, IG's are smaller than whippets though. Neither need any grooming at all really, maybe just a wipe with a damp cloth or one of those soft glove mit things you can buy.
    Considering you might be in a flat you wouldn't want a dog that barks much which alot of terrier types are prone to (not all ofc but there would be no guarantee!:p) and as far as i know the greyhoundy types don't tend to make much noise (if any!)
    They generally walk as much as you want to and are happy with long or short walks.

    Might be worth having a look into :)
     
  6. rottie

    rottie PetForums Senior

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    Manoy, I have a rottweiler and we always staid in flats and he never had a problem with space. I walk him 1,5-2 hours/day and he gets enough play and intellectual stimulation, so at home he is sleeping or relaxing.

    edit. I'm not recommending a rottweiler. this breed is more suitable for people with experience.
     
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    I was thinking greyhound/ lurcher. They seem to fit in anywhere on any chair/ bed/fire place/table :rolleyes:
     
  8. emmaviolet

    emmaviolet PetForums VIP

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    well a rough collie is good in any amount of space and do not require that much exercise.

    also they do not need as much grooming as people believe and dont need bathing as their coats are self clean, also loyal and lovely and adaptable.

    but there are many dogs available to a loving home.
     
  9. AliceCollie

    AliceCollie PetForums Junior

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    Thankyou for the suggestion! I'll have a look into them! I would be worried about chase instinct but I don't know very much about them.

    I always thought Italian Greyhounds were adorable ^^ thankyou for the suggestion :) ah yes, didn't think about noise, a dog that isn't renowned for making a lot of noise is probably best!

    Sounds good to me!! :p
     
  10. AliceCollie

    AliceCollie PetForums Junior

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    Is the Rough Collie the larger and the Shetland Sheepdog the smaller? They are both beautiful but would the Rough be okay in a flat?
     
  11. Goblin

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    Very impertinent of me I know but if you are not planning on getting anything for a couple of years and if you have spare time available (big if I know) why not volunteer at a rescue if one is nearby, even if it's just to walk the odd dog. This would probably allow you to meet different breeds, some of which may be of interest.
     
  12. happysaz133

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    I have 2 retired greyhounds and a Lurcher. I live in a small cottage (one bedroom) and they are perfect for this type of living. I can leave to go to work for hours, and they will just snooze. I leave toys and chewy bones, as well as a toy filled with food just incase, but most of the time, they aren't touched.

    When its time for walks, they are happy with 20 minutes twice a day, or hours if I have the time. They are really flexi like that. They are also a very gentle, docile breed, its very rare to find a bad one, and also, they are one of the healthiest breeds around, very rare for them to suffer from hip problems or anything like that. All of mine in the past have reached their 14th birthdays!

    There is also an abundance of them in rescue centres just begging for a home. There are also ones who have no prey drive, these are failed racers, meaning they often just don't have any drive to chase things!
     
  13. AliceCollie

    AliceCollie PetForums Junior

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    I've volunteered at a rescue before and absolutely loved it but unfortunately i'm now at university, there are no rescues within walking distance and I can't afford transport to get anywhere! I'm trying to volunteer with the Cinammon's Trust (with hope that someone needs dog walking who is nearby me) but they want 3 references from people who have known me for 5 years and aren't relatives, which is proving difficult.
     
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    It was just a thought as I didn't know your situation. Pleased you didn't take offense at the suggestion though.
     
  15. AliceCollie

    AliceCollie PetForums Junior

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    Thanks for the info! They sound fantastic! Do you find they have any drawbacks? Are they quite intelligent/ easily trainable? Also, would they be okay with other dogs? I plan to get a Border Collie when I eventually get a house (planning very far ahead here.. !)
     
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    No offence taken :) it's a great suggestion, I met so many lovely breeds i'd never have considered if it weren't for the volunteering!
     
  17. L/C

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    Depends on the background, how they were treated, where they raced etc. I have 2 - one has been fine with all other breeds since day one (fab temperment, came from a reputable trainer), the other was/is a basketcase. He came from the flapping tracks and has required extensive socialisation and retraining as he was terrified of all non-pointy dogs as he had never met any. We're fairly sure he not seen the outside of a kennel (except to race) until he was 4. :(

    It's always a good idea to be careful with an ex-racer in terms of socialisation - esp. with small dogs. But I can't see any reason why one couldn't live with a border collie. One of the first dogs that Ely made friends with was a puppy farm rescue collie. :001_wub:
     
  18. emmaviolet

    emmaviolet PetForums VIP

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    yes rough collies are bigger and shetland are smaller, they are very good in a flat, they don't take up very much space at all as they are quite small on the whole and when they sit down take up hardly any room.

    when they get wet you see how small they really are, just mostly coat!!!
     
  19. happysaz133

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    As it happens, my greyhounds best friend is a collie
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    Freuchie, Maddy & Todd by Niseag, on Flickr

    and as I am a dog sitter, I regularly have other dogs of several breeds here. They have no problems with anyone!

    I have found mine quite easy to train, so many people say greyhounds can never be let off the lead for example, and mine are off everyday.

    The only drawback to them would be they are addictive :001_tongue: In all serious-ness, all breeds have drawbacks. Greyhounds would be they have quite thin skin, so they can cut themselves quite easily. Not all are prone to accidents, one of mine has had quite a few cuts and bruises in his time, none requiring treatment or anything, its just good to have bandages about incase. They also tend to run, then think, so can injure themselves. I should say though, its not very common, but it is something to be aware of. As long as you have a safe, flat space for them to have a run, you should be OK.
     
  20. Alice Childress

    Alice Childress PetForums VIP

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    When you say two walks a day, how long would you want the walks to be? Eg would you prefer two 20 minute walks a day? Or two hour long walks a day?!

    Just to help filter out inappropriate breeds a bit further!
     
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