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Which type of dog would be ideal for me?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by debra27b, Apr 22, 2011.


  1. debra27b

    debra27b PetForums Newbie

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    Hi

    I Need some help. I'm thinking about getting a puppy but not sure which breed.
    I'll explain abit about my situation then hopefully someone could point me in the right direction.

    I live in a large flat with a small garden, but there is a very large park across the road.
    I have 2 cats, both aged 8 years old.
    I had a Border Collie who passed away 3 years ago aged 18.
    I work full time, but my work place is 10 mins up the road.
    With my past dog I use to give him a long walk in the morning, come home at lunch time for a walk around the block, then at home for 16:00 for a stroll down to the beach & back, then the final walk round the block before bedtime.
    I would prefer a medium size dog as when he/she gets older I will need to lift him/her up the stairs (I'm on the 1st floor).

    A Staffie has been mentioned but unsure, so any help at all would be very helpful.

    Thank you :confused:
     
  2. Gopher

    Gopher PetForums Senior

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    I'm really lazy so I've got a shihtzu x chihuahua then on days when I really can't be bothered to go out it's not the end of the world for him, or me!!

    That said I've been thoroughly enjoying our twice daily walks so can't now see a time when I won't be bothered to go out, but the weather's nice now, I'll probably revise my opinion when it snows again LOL

    What about a small breed dog like a shihtzu??
     
  3. I would certainly say an older dog and not a pup! and there are some lovely staffies in rescue - but you need to be sure you go for one that is tested and sound with cats! and even then first intros are very very important - and always make sure the cats would have an escape route!

    DT
     
  4. Another option a retired greyhound - but again needs to be sound with cats
     
  5. Amethyst

    Amethyst PetForums VIP

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    While many older retired Greyhounds are couch potatoes some younger ones would not be happy left alone most of the day, especially without the company of another dog :(

    My niece has a 3 year old ex racer and the dog is till pretty high energy ... lovely though, but not suitable to be left all day.
     
  6. Nonnie

    Nonnie PetForums VIP

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    An elderly staffie maybe, but a younger one will more than likely wreck your house out of boredom, and crating a dog for that amount of time isnt an option. They are a fairly high energy breed, like company and dont really like being left all day with little do to.

    I would say a rescue, and that way they could find a breed/crossbreed whos needs you could meet.
     
  7. L/C

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    A older dog would be ideal - I have a younger ex racer (3) and work full time but she is left with another greyhound and gets an hour's walk and half hour training before we go to work so is the happy to sleep all day. We also leave them with lots of mental stimulation games to play while we are out. Then our evenings are taken up with walking.

    About 4 or 5 seems to be the age when they calm down but it all depends on the individual dog and a rescue centre would be able to match you up with the right one.
     
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  8. Sled dog hotel

    Sled dog hotel PetForums VIP

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    Working full time could be a problem having a pup, even though being 10 minutes away you could pop back lunch time, its still a very long time for a pup to be left, toilet training, general training and socialisation could be problem too, The pup could quite locally vocalise through being lonely and stressed and in a flat that wouldnt be good with close neighbours. It could cause other behavioural problems in general too.

    An older dog would probably be Ok, If you took him/her for an adequate walk in the morning, they would probably be happy to settle for a few hours until lunch, when they could have another walk and then settle for the afternoon until you returned home.

    If you considered a rescue, they are usually assessed and temperement tested, with cats, other dogs,people,etc. and rescues would know if the dog is the sort to be happy left on its own for a few hours inbetween. They would also be vet checked wormed and fleaed, spayed or neutered in the case of an older dog, and maybe even microchipped. At least this way you would have a pretty good indication beforehand whether the dog would fit in with your lifestyle and the cats. There are always all sorts of dogs in rescue from pedigrees to crosses of all ages from pups right through to oldies. Most rescues now have websites, with some of the available dogs on there.
    As you are not immediately thinking of any breed or type for sure, it may be an idea to keep and open mind except maybe for the size, and see whats available.
     
  9. 2Hounds

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    I wouldn't get a puppy if your out most of the day unless you are able to get someone else to look after it, but you can get adult dogs of many breeds in rescue. Have a look at Dogsblog for small selection.

    Greyhound or possibly a lurcher (sighthound cross) would suit well and many are available that can live with cats, they do come in variety of sizes so not all large dogs. A few links anyway
    Retired Greyhound Trust
    Lurcher Link
    Greyhound Gap
     
  10. AmberNero

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    I agree with 2hounds- perhaps not a greyhound for you personally though, if you will be in the same home when they get older, as they are not light dogs to pick up! Lurchers come in all shapes and sizes though, so really worth a look there :thumbup:

    Im with the older dog crew here, it sounds like you would have a brilliant routine with them, but a puppy would still need a lot of time with you, whereas an older/ rescue dog who is housetrained and used to a family routine may be better off.
     
  11. 2Hounds

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    You can also use special harnesses to assist a dog when there older, to take the weight strain but avoid lifting them fully.
     
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  12. debra27b

    debra27b PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you so much everyone.
    You have all given me great advise & loads to think about.
    This afternoon a rescue center called me to have a chat, so fingers crossed after a assessment they will say yes or no.

    I agree a older dog would be best.

    Again thank you all.
     
  13. Sled dog hotel

    Sled dog hotel PetForums VIP

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    Hope your chat with the rescue goes ok, keep us posted how you are getting on, and good luck with your search.
     
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