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Old 06-16-2012, 03:02 AM
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Looking to get a dog - need help with which breeds to choose.

Hello dogforum! I am soon moving into a new house. I'm leaving apartment living, and going to live in a house at the end of the month. My sister has a cat which is her "baby", and they're inseparable. My parents thought it would be a good idea that I get something to invest my time into, like a dog! Were moving into a duplex, with almost no backyard at all.

So, any suggestions on what I could get? My favorite breed is the Doberman Pinscher, but my parents expressed that dog may be too large. Anyway, any good suggestions for dogs that are good for house living, and just generally chill dogs? I understand each dog varies, but I'm just wondering in a general sense, what's best for what I need? Thanks!

EDIT: Also, short hair breeds is preferred.

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Old 06-16-2012, 05:47 AM
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My parents thought it would be a good idea that I get something to invest my time into, like a dog!
Before you choose a breed, give some thought to the whole situation. If you are doing this only to please your parents, think on it. Dogs are wonderful for some people, others not so much. How about volunteering at a shelter and checking them out for a while?
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Before you choose a breed, give some thought to the whole situation. If you are doing this only to please your parents, think on it. Dogs are wonderful for some people, others not so much. How about volunteering at a shelter and checking them out for a while?
Sorry, I didn't mean to phrase that paragraph as my parents doing something for me. I love dogs, I always have. This isn't something my parents are putting on me, I do want a dog. And I'm doing some research into what size dogs I should get (probably something from medium to small).
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Maybe a little more info would be helpful for us
What breed groups are you attracted to?
Are you set on a puppy or would you be into rescuing an adult?
How much grooming do you want to do?
Are there any other animals living with you? Other people?
How many hours a day would the dog be alone?
How much exercise do you want your dog to require (eg. A few quick jaunts around the neighbourhood or a 2 hour off-leash hikeing buddy)?
What are your "dealbreakers" (ie daily grooming, barking, digging, shyness, etc.)
How much do you know about training/dog behavior?

By the way, congratulations on the new digs!
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Maybe a little more info would be helpful for us
What breed groups are you attracted to?
Are you set on a puppy or would you be into rescuing an adult?
How much grooming do you want to do?
Are there any other animals living with you? Other people?
How many hours a day would the dog be alone?
How much exercise do you want your dog to require (eg. A few quick jaunts around the neighbourhood or a 2 hour off-leash hikeing buddy)?
What are your "dealbreakers" (ie daily grooming, barking, digging, shyness, etc.)
How much do you know about training/dog behavior?

By the way, congratulations on the new digs!
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What breed groups are you attracted to? I have my favorite breed (the doberman), but like I said, my parents said that may be too large. So as long as the breed is short haired and generally a chill breed, it's perfect.

Are you set on a puppy or would you be into rescuing an adult? I'd prefer to get a puppy.
How much grooming do you want to do? Little, very little.

Are there any other animals living with you? Other people? We have an adult cat, who is pretty chill and easy going. And it'd be with my whole family. Parents, younger sister, and myself.

How many hours a day would the dog be alone? Almost never. My mom works from home, and I am home a lot myself, so the dog would almost never be alone.

How much exercise do you want your dog to require (eg. A few quick jaunts around the neighbourhood or a 2 hour off-leash hikeing buddy)? A highly physical dog would be avoidable. I don't mind taking him to go play fetch at a park and what not, but I don't have the time to hike and run for hours with him/her.

What are your "dealbreakers" (ie daily grooming, barking, digging, shyness, etc.) Deal breakers would probably be barking, grooming, and digging. Since my mom will be having a garden in the backyard, I don't want the dog to dig it all up.

How much do you know about training/dog behavior? I myself, don't have much personal experience with dogs. The only I dog I had in my life died when I was a baby. But my parents are very good with dogs, so I'm assuming I can get some help from them if I need it.
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I know you said puppy, but based on what you answered honestly my first instinct is to suggest a retired racing greyhound.
The are very low maintenance in terms of grooming.
They have an athletic build like a dobe, but they are super chill, and actually require little exercise.
They come in varying sizes, so you could get a smaller female (40 lbs give or take).
They can live 14-16 years, so even a retired racer at 2 or so would out-live a dobe that you got from puppy.
They are quiet, easy with strangers and not known diggers.
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I opt for the greyhound too! They can be couch potatoes or keep up with you on jaunts! They are wonderful companions and have a sweet nature! There are many greyhound rescues...you couldn't go wrong with this choice. I also vote for a female!
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I appreciate the help guys! Of course this isn't a quick decision (my parents are still on the fence about this whole situation). But I just thought I should get some knowledge on some breeds and tips just in case this does happen.
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I've never had a greyhound but I vote for it also from what I've heard
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Ditto the greyhound suggestion.
Exactly what came to mind based on your description!

Just be sure to let the rescue group know that you have a cat. Ask about how they cat/small animal test and make sure that all potential adoptees have passed!

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