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Old 11-01-2016, 11:49 PM
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HELP looking for new dog

Hello everyon! I am currently in the market of looking for a new dog. It's been about 6 years since I've had a dog, and so you can imagine the excitement i'm going through!

I just have one question, and that is help me choose a breed! So a little bit about what I'm looking for, and feel free to offer any suggestions and or break any expectations I may have if it's just not possible. Also important to add, I plan on attempting to adopt first before trying to go through a breeder. So if anyone is familiar with the Greater SEA area and know of any reputable dog adoption locations please share.

I basically live in a small home and have a regular 8.5 hr day job like everyone else. So yes, the dog will be inside the home or in the garage. So even though I do plan on walking/running/keeping it active, there is no escaping this daily slump, and so I need a dog that's ok with being left alone and being a couch potato.

I need, NEED, to have a dog I can run or hike with in cold/rainy climate, I live in WA state and I do jog/run regardless of the weather. However, I don't do long distance running, more like 3-4 miles or intervals.

Lastly, if possible i'd like to have a dog that's moderately shedding. Just a personal preference, but not high on the priority haha.

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Old 11-02-2016, 06:29 AM
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Is it going to be alone for the 8.5 hours or will it get a break with a dog walker?
Couch potato and a dog that wants to run and hike are often opposing traits in a dog
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Is it going to be alone for the 8.5 hours or will it get a break with a dog walker?
Couch potato and a dog that wants to run and hike are often opposing traits in a dog
It will have full range of house and garage, approx 1500 sq ft. I just don't want dogs that are known to be very restless and start ripping everything apart haha. I also didn't even think about a dog walker, how much do those run for. That might actually be a good idea.
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Old 11-02-2016, 04:50 PM
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It will have full range of house and garage, approx 1500 sq ft. I just don't want dogs that are known to be very restless and start ripping everything apart haha. I also didn't even think about a dog walker, how much do those run for. That might actually be a good idea.
I'm not sure, it would depend on your area. I would think about it because it might open up different breeds that would meet your needs in terms of the hiking etc. I can think of some couch potato breeds but they aren't hikers!
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Well, my dog sounds a lot like what you're looking for. She's a schnauzer poodle mix (schnoodlepoo=schnoodle x schnauzer) around 12 lbs. She seems to have a switch from "hyper" to "lazy" She'll happily sleep all day, but if you start playing with her or take her outside for a run, she'll go crazy and run right with you. I can rollerblade with her (I on blades, she running with me) for a good 1/2 hr before she gets really tired, but she's essentially sprinting the entire time, so slower running she'd probably last longer. She also can hike several miles in the foothills without puttering out. She doesn't care for the cold much, but with a little motivation she'll brave it with me. I think that's more of an individual thing for her, though. My grandparents have schnauzers and schnoodles in Iowa and that's just about as cold as it gets haha. Bella has never destroyed the yard or house and doesn't shed at all.

So, I'd recommend a poodle mix, and as I've said, the poodle/schnauzer mixes have been pretty good to my family. My experience with them has always been great. Not to mention they're super smart and easy to train...though can be a little nervous and stubborn at times.

Those are my 2 cents and good luck!
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A havanese is another good choise. Luna weighs 11 lbs, bot she is a little small for one. She would be happy to do nothing all day, or run all day (sometimes we go to a pond, which is 1hour to 1 hour and a half away walking, but I go with the bike and she runs (sprints) the whole way. There are many dogs there, so she even plays with them for a while.
She isn't a big fan of rain, but it she likes to lie in shallow water (when it's hot). The cold doesn't bother her too much, which is suprising (they come from cuba and their fur is made to protect them from the hot sun).
And yes, I think a poodle mix would be a good idea (havanese have some poodle in them)

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Ya still looking, still scanning adoptapet and local dog adoption agencies
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Couch potato AND super jogger? Eeeesh... you might try getting a dog walker to check in on your future pup. That being said, poodle mixes are good, but I really wouldn't recommend leaving any dog alone for 8.5 hours on end. My neighbor has a full work day, so he has to run home at lunch time in order to walk his Treeing Walker Coon Hound for a couple miles. Inconvenient, but it has to be done.

Good luck!
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Greyhound or some other type of sighthound maybe? They can be active but they're also known as couch potatoes. I have a friend who takes hers hiking frequently.
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