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Dog lovers help please - a good dog for apartment living

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teafortwo Fri 15-May-09 20:37:56

Me, DH and DD (aged 3)love dogs and we have always said we will get one when we get a house in the country.

A friend of mine sent me an e-mail that said "Living is not waiting for the clouds to go away but learning to dance in the rain."

I found it rather lovely and it made me wonder about our longing for a dog. If we wait until the perfect moment maybe we will never get one.

So we have started researching for good breeds for apartment living.

We live in a friendly town, in a tiny apartment but within walking distance of a woodland.

During the afternoon when I am at work and dd at school we would employ a dog sitter - as I wouldn't want to leave any dog for a long time alone.

So.... any ideas for the perfect breed for us?

Thank you for your time and thoughts smile they mean a lot.

teafortwo Fri 15-May-09 20:50:23

We are passionate about

Setters (me)

Bassett Hounds (dh)

Anything wih four legs and goes woof woof (dd)

Our ideal dog for all of us is....

A female Sussex spaniel...

but I would be nervous of having one in an apartment due to their love of barking!!!!

Any ideas????

bella29 Fri 15-May-09 20:51:27

Many breeds would suit, as would mutts - but I do understand it can be difficult to get a rescue to rehome to a family with young children.

Don't let anyone tell you you can't have a dog in an apartment: it sounds like you would provide a very good home.

Best of luck wink

teafortwo Fri 15-May-09 20:59:18

Thanks Bella!

Me and dh both grew up wih dogs but it would be our first time having a dog and being the ones in charge.

I think perhaps we shouldn't have a rescue dog as our first dog firstly because of dd being so little which could make things tricky and secondly because we need experience with a 'normal' dog before trying to care for one with ishooos iyswim.

So..... What breeds are great for apartment and family living then????

teafortwo Fri 15-May-09 21:06:28

So far we have considered...

Cocker Spaniel - but I worry about the lack of space and their desire for fields. It doesn't feel fair.

British Bulldog - but they are too slobbery and I worry about the health issues with the breed.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - but dh says he doesn't have a 'click - I love you' with them.


We really aren't keen on getting a little snappy thing (sorry for anyone who loves tiny energetic dogs)!

Would a Sussex spaniel be happy in an apartment... or is this daft wishful thinking?

MaryHuff Fri 15-May-09 21:21:41

How about a Maltese?

chegirl Fri 15-May-09 21:48:46

I would go for a cross breed. They are hardier and you can pick the bits of breeds you like.

I wanted a very small dog but not an annoying girly one. I also required that he was pretty and not weird and bulgy headed.

I wanted a chiauaua (but cannot spell) but thought they would be too fragile for my rowdy household. I looked around for Chi crosses and eventually got a Chi x Pommeranian.

He is a lovely dog. He is feisty but not yappy, he doesnt need a lot of exercise but likes going for walks, he is fantastic with my kids (youngest only 17mths). He is a game little thing but loves a cuddle.

I WUV him (sorry blush)

teafortwo Fri 15-May-09 21:50:00

Do you have a Maltese MaryHuff???

MmeLindt Fri 15-May-09 22:03:44

Did I hear someone mention Maltese?

<Daphne pricks up ears>

Our dog is a Maltese/King Charles Spaniel and she is just fab fab fab.

She is gentle, absolutely adores children, friendly and affectionate. She is incredibly loyal, follows me around from room to room and is happiest curled up beside us.

The other dogs from the same litter are similar in temperament (but much larger than Daphne)

We keep her hair trimmed and as she does not shed, we have no problems with allergies etc.

MmeLindt Fri 15-May-09 22:06:49

oh, I forgot to mention, she is content with just one walk a day (ca. one hour in the morning, school run then out in the fields) and can even go a day without a walk if need be. Today it rained all day so she refused to go out

She is quite the "cold tattie", we have to watch her in winter as she gets cold really easily. My friend has knitted her a DaphneCosy.

Doodle2U Fri 15-May-09 22:08:59

Border Terrier - not too big, not too small, barely lose hair, will walk for miles but happy to chill and wait for their walk. Best dog I've ever had.

teafortwo Fri 15-May-09 22:10:25

The puppy cut ones are pretty cute - and they seem to have a good character - which is VERY important to me!

Chegirl - I am scared of going for a cross because they are less predictable.

I would be scared of getting a dog who craves space and doesn't like children and won't stop growing!!!! It would break my heart to have to have our darling dog re-homed. Which is why we are being so careful about the type of dog we choose in the first place.

I would go for a cross like that <clicks fingers> if I lived in a place that was great for any kind of dog... but we are dancing in the rain wink

teafortwo Fri 15-May-09 22:12:23

funny Mmelindt - I was thinking about Daphne! And wondering if she was a Maltese!

LuckySalem Fri 15-May-09 22:12:32


It sounds as though you could provide a really good home. Dont give up on rescue dogs as although a few of them won't rehome where there are kids alot would.

Can I suggest you go to this website rescues register and start a thread explaining what you could offer. You'll find in no time at all that there are lots of rescues offering you lots of dogs.

I honestly dont think there is a specific breed for you as its all down to the dog not the breed so if you fancy it, I'm on there!! grin

whooosh Fri 15-May-09 22:13:32

A whippet!
They love sleeping! Very gentle with children but are happy with a once a day mad rush around.Obviously need to be taken out more often to wee/poo but are really soppy.Minimal moulting issues too.Ours lived very happily in a house with 3 cats.
Greyhounds too but may be a little big for an apartment.

hatwoman Fri 15-May-09 22:14:00

I always say it...will say it again (I'm really rather boring) check out - you can do a quiz about your situation/requirements/what you can give a dog etc and it comes up with suggestions. it also has excellent breed profiles for most breeds

MmeLindt Fri 15-May-09 22:15:48

Just to warn you, a pure bred Maltese will set you back around ?1500 to ?2000.

A Maltalier will be a lot cheaper. We paid CHF 500 for our puppy.

LuckySalem Fri 15-May-09 22:18:20

A lot of whippets have ALOT of energy although some are content to sit around alot will develop some bad behaviour through boredom.

Again i'd suggest either going to your local rescue or joining some sort of site like that one (if not that one) and looking at individual dogs not at breeds.

teafortwo Fri 15-May-09 22:19:41

doodle - do Border Terrier's have that terrier 'killer instinct'?

I used to walk a terrier (patadale) and I found her desire for trying to and actually killing things quite hard to handle emotionally...

I need a gentle dog...

<remembers fondly being a child sleeping infront of the fire laying over both our English setters>

MmeLindt Fri 15-May-09 22:21:01

Or have a look for Bichon Frise

They look similar to Daphne, just the hair is curlier.

Another dog that looks similar and has great temperament is the Coton

These are the kind of dogs that we see a lot of in Geneva. They are good for city living.

All of them look best, imo, with a puppy cut.

whooosh Fri 15-May-09 22:21:58

I know I will get flamed for this but the terrier mentality is not always a good mix with childnen.......or indeed apartment living.

LuckySalem Fri 15-May-09 22:22:49

Hmmm, some terriers can be a little nippy around children but again some are brilliant.

I'm gonna keep sayin it wink see the dog not the breed.

hatwoman Fri 15-May-09 22:22:57

we have a border terrier across the road and when he sees our dog he turns from this rather cute cheeky looking chap into a gremlin. or tasmanian devil. it's quite amusing coz our dog doesn;t even acknowledge his existence. which sends him even wilder grin

Doodle2U Fri 15-May-09 22:26:57

I asked VET for advice before I decided.

She said ;-

a) Get a puppy, so the dog grows up with the children

b) It's very noble to go for a rescue dog but with children, the risk is too high.

She then listed some breeds, including the border terrier and said a lot of vets have BT's.

If you get a puppy and work hard on socialising - around other dogs, children, walking at night with car headlamps, around sirens, in crowded places etc etc and do all of this in the first 16 weeks of his life - any dog will work for you!

As salem says - see the dog, not the breed.

Doodle2U Fri 15-May-09 22:28:15

Maybe a better way of saying it - you get out what you put in.

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