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A year ago I lost my 72 pound Shepherd mix due to a tumor at age of 14. I am now finishing my college degree and thinking of adding a new addition to my family. Since I live in a smaller place, I am looking at smaller size breeds with big dog personalities. I love to go hiking, walk instead of drive to the local redbox, and take random car rides. I used to include my dog in everything I did besides school and work. I love to spend as much time with my dog, unfortunately, we all have to work too. My criteria for a small dog is that he is active enough to keep up with long hikes, okay being left alone without suffering from separation anxiety, and has some protective instincts. Though knowing me, I would socialize him to much and he would lick the intruder to death. Haha.

I been searching but a lot of smaller dogs have separation anxiety and need only short walks before wanting to be picked up. So my question to all the dog lovers out there, what is a good breed for me? I love big breeds, but in smaller place it would not be fair to get bigger than 30 pounds.

My top choices are:
Mini Schnauzer
Mini Poodle
Cocker Spaniel
Boston Terrier
Whippet

Any opinion would help!!
 

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My daughter also works full time and goes to school full time. I'm here with her dog all day and when she moves out next month, she'll be bringing her dog here to spend days with me. If her dog had to spend as much time alone as he would if I were not here to watch him, I suspect he would have major separation anxiety, as I would expect any dog to have. I'm not sure why you would bring a dog into your home knowing you're going to be leaving it alone for pretty long periods of time. If you're determined to do so, you can't just pick a breed without getting to know it and be guaranteed it would fit your criteria. All dogs react differently to situations.
 

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How many hours a day are we talking being alone?

I have to be honest, I kind of don't understand deliberately going and getting a dog when you know you aren't going to be home much for it
Dogs are companion animals by nature. They want to be with their people.
But again, I don't know your hours and what you are planning.

If we are talking a normal working day, I think an older rescue could work if you were willing to hire a dogwalker to come in the middle of the day. Id shoot for age 5 and up.
Then I wouldn't focus so much on breed, but rather temperament
 

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Hi dog lovers out there!!!

A year ago I lost my 72 pound Shepherd mix due to a tumor at age of 14. I am now finishing my college degree and thinking of adding a new addition to my family. Since I live in a smaller place, I am looking at smaller size breeds with big dog personalities. I love to go hiking, walk instead of drive to the local redbox, and take random car rides. I used to include my dog in everything I did besides school and work. I love to spend as much time with my dog, unfortunately, we all have to work too. My criteria for a small dog is that he is active enough to keep up with long hikes, okay being left alone without suffering from separation anxiety, and has some protective instincts. Though knowing me, I would socialize him to much and he would lick the intruder to death. Haha.

I been searching but a lot of smaller dogs have separation anxiety and need only short walks before wanting to be picked up. So my question to all the dog lovers out there, what is a good breed for me? I love big breeds, but in smaller place it would not be fair to get bigger than 30 pounds.

My top choices are:
Mini Schnauzer
Mini Poodle
Cocker Spaniel
Boston Terrier
Whippet

Any opinion would help!!
Collie.
 

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Are you set on a puppy? Your description honestly describes my little shelter mutt to a T, and I imagine it would be very easy to find a young shelter pup that ticks all of your boxes.

Of the breeds you listed, I think a mini poodle could satisfy your wants, but you'll want to be sure to find a quality breeder.
 

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Many people have a full time job and a dog. And many dogs are left to their own devices despite someone being around all day. Rescue or puppy you should get the dog when you have 2-3 weeks off work. And then maybe the chance to come home in your lunchbreak for an additional month or two. That is what I did with my Cairn Terrier, and he is perfectly content being alone while I'm at work. He sleeps most of the time, and when I'm home both during the morning, the evening and of course the weekends he gets my undivided attention. Dogs and especially puppies sleep way more that we do. He gets his sleep while I'm at work, and at night next to me in my bed, and then he is awake and have his active hours while I'm there to play and supervise him so he doesn't get himself into to much trouble:)

Wouldn't trade him in for anything in the world!
 
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