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Old 07-09-2011, 09:51 PM
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Looking for a good apartment dog that also likes to be very adventurous.

Looking for a good apartment dog that also likes to be very adventurous.

I have been looking for weeks on the right type of dog that I am looking for. I am a senior in college in elementary education and this will be my first dog, besides the ones my family owned while growing up! I really want a companion to do things with and just a best friend!!!

I want a small to medium sized breed that likes to do the things that I enjoy like kayaking, hiking, biking, camping and all things adventurous. I would also like a dog that will be my running partner. I generally run 3-5 miles every day and I realize that I couldnít run every day with it or that much but would like a dog to run with.

I also would like a dog that is not way to hyper active and can enjoy living in an apartment. One that doesnít shed a lot and isnít that hard to train. I want a dog to train to do fun tricks with and I am not trying to say I just want a dog just to do the things I enjoy doing and not the stuff I donít like, but just a few things that would help.

I realize that there is not a dog that is going to match what I want completely but I would like to see what ideas people have.

A few I have considered but I think they shed too much and would be way to overactive for an apartment were collies and border collies and any other herding dogs. I would like Dachshund but not sure about the running part. Possibly looking at mixes of collies but just not sure. Beagles were another I had thought about.
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Old 07-09-2011, 10:57 PM
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What about a Boston Terrier? You may not be able to run with one because of they can get overheated because of their smashed face but I take mine on fairly long walks during cool weather. She does well in the winter with a small sweater on to keep her warm. They are pretty rambunctious and love to play, get along well with kids/people. My little girl was quick to train and she is very loyal.
Good luck on finishing up your degree!
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I am considering adopting a gray hound from the track when my Jasmine goes (she is 16 and I'm by no means pushing her...I just have just been thinking about it). Any who, I have hear they are great dogs. Low to no shedding, and are giant couch potatoes unless they are outside. The only problem is you have to really watch them because they do have a "Chase" instinct/drive. Just a thought for you.
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Old 07-10-2011, 01:43 AM
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I have rescued greyhounds. What I love most is that they are willing to do as little or as much as I want to do. If I don't want to get off the couch for 2 weeks they are ok with it but if I want to hike all day for 3 days straight, they are happy with that too.
If you want a smaller dog whippets are really nice dogs. They are a little more active than greyhounds, but just as sweet.
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What about a bedlington terrier? Many people are put off by their horrible haircuts, but they are gorgeous dogs when not in the 'show clip'

But they suit pretty much all of your criterias. I have a bedlington who is nearly a year old and he's perfect for me He weighs about 11kg, so considered a medium sized breed, he doesn't shed at all, he's very clam in the house yet very active and happy on his walks They are very happy little dogs and tend to bond very closely to one owner in particular. They are built similar to greyhounds, so they are very quick and good fun to play with on a walk

I hope this helps Although I'm well aware bedlingtons aren't everyone's cup of tea lol
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Old 07-10-2011, 04:51 PM
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Sounds like you could do well with a Mcnab stockdog, closely related to the Border Collie. I know, herding dog, and they can get pretty high strung. However, since you run a lot, just take the dog with you and it'll be pretty calm the rest of the day. Mcnabs aren't AKC registered, but they looke enough alike to be indentifyed as a specific breed. They're pretty small, have a shiny beauty of a coat (black or brown with white and freckles), don't shed much and are eager to please, loyal and sweet. Incredibly agile with their lil' cat-like paws, they'll easily run what you run a day. Plenty of breeders, just check online. Warning, they're very alert, so they spazz occaisionally.


Of course, mutts are always great too! Got a local animal shelter? Good luck!
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Any dog can be a good apartment dog, it just depends on the dog's individual personality. I think you would be better off adopting a dog from a shelter because that way you could get a mix of breeds - laid back & playful.

For instance, my dog is a German Shepherd/Lab AND Greyhound. Labs/Shepherds are pretty high energy while Greyhounds are more relaxed and together I got the perfect apartment dog! She loves to go out and run at the dog park and go for walks when I take her, but at the same time she is quite content to just sleep on her bed while I'm studying or at class.

This is why I love mutts.
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I would also have to agree with a shelter mutt In addition to the reasons other posters give, I believe that the amount of thankfulness they have for you saving them really shows.
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You can have one of mine

Haha, just kidding. I agree with the shelter mutt advice. Check out petfinder, locate a good rescue group who can give you information about the dogs they have available. Any dog can be a good apartment dog provided they get the proper amount of exercise, and it sounds like you are more than able to provide that!
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