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Old 03-24-2012, 10:11 PM
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Debating On Which Dog to Get. Input Desired.

Hey.

My family has long been dog owners. Since my parents married, we've had quite a few dogs. Lately, I have been looking into a future dog once I leave this program I am in for college students with learning disabilities. The dogs I want the most are either the Alaskan Klee Kai or the Miniature Siberian Husky. The problem is I live in Maryland and am not sure if either dog would appreciate warmer temperatures. I have been looking into other breeds, but my heart appears to be set on those two.

I need a dog that can live in an apartment with a small yard. I am also considering a abother Shetland Sheepdog since my parents have one and she is absolutely wonderful. They also have a Maltese who is quite hyper. A gentle temperment is desired and I would love to be able to walk it daily for the dogs sake as well as mine. I am also willing to comb and brush him or her daily.

Another dog I find very appealing is West Highland White Terrier in case the other two are not recommended. Can you recommend me my top picks or should I go with the Westie?
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Hi Rexon,

first of all you are right - miniature siberian huskies as well as alaskan klee kai will still get think coats which are primarily set out for cold weathers. Plus they will shed at least twice a year.

but there are some further, essential questions you probably need to answer yourself first:
- What is your current lifestyle & how much time are you able and willing to invest in your dog?
e.g. miniature siberian huskies and alaskan klee kai are still araising from working dogs - they need to have sufficient physical and mental stimulation. They require still a enourmous amout of exercise plus these dogs are highly intelligent, which often makes their behaviour a bit complicated when they get bored...
Also, they are prone to chase other animals - however they are usually friendly with other dogs and humans.

A Westi would probably be more suitable in regards to living in an apartment with a small yard. they require not as much exercise as the husky and klee kai (allthough they still need to work out!!). Usually a Westie's temperament is friendly, but they are very passionate guards - e.g. they can bark a lot. consider this if you live in a apartment block where this could disturb the neighbours...

however, why don't you just have a look in a local shelter and talk to the staff there. those dogs are desperate for a loving home and the staff will sure help you making the right decision. Plus mongrels are just as wonderful as pure-breds, but with less genetic health issues ...

why not give it a try?
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