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Hi! Since i was a little girl i've always wanted to have a dog, but the only problem is that i don't know which breed to choose. Knowing that my only concern is the dog being left alone during the day, which breed do you reccomend me?:ponder::ponder:
 

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Research different breeds, and compare to your lifestyle. Most dogs can handle time home alone - as long as it's done right. Look up dogs 101 videos on youtube, not 100% correct but every dog has universal truths.

Don't get an Australian Shepherd if your life consists of being a couch potato.
Don't get a Bassett Hound if your life consists of running 30 km's a day through mountain trails and you want a dog for company.

Dogs like Bichon, Maltese, Havanese etc are all great first time dogs, very forgiving for new owners.
 

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Thank you for the advice jagger, but i've already searched for different breeds on a specialized website about dogs and the ones i liked were either too big for appartaments or couldn't tolerate being alone. I already had my eye on a french bulldog, but i heard they can't be left alone for too long... Any thoughts on that?
 

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Thank you for the advice jagger, but i've already searched for different breeds on a specialized website about dogs and the ones i liked were either too big for appartaments or couldn't tolerate being alone. I already had my eye on a french bulldog, but i heard they can't be left alone for too long... Any thoughts on that?
Frenchies can handle being alone, yes. Can't always go by the advice on the websites tho. There's a fellow in the condo here that has a french, lovely dog, doesn't seem bothered on being alone.
 

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You might also consider a pug. They tend to be pretty laid back, but beware that if you get one from a not-so-good breeder they can have a lot of health issues. We had a pug when my husband and I first got married. She was a great dog. Perfectly content to be alone during the day while we were at work, as long as she got plenty of loving when we were home. She did have some allergy issues and had to put down at the age of 10 because of collapsed trachea, which is common in snub nosed breeds.
 

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Hi! Since i was a little girl i've always wanted to have a dog, but the only problem is that i don't know which breed to choose. Knowing that my only concern is the dog being left alone during the day, which breed do you reccomend me?:ponder::ponder:
I would love to know more about your general lifestyle before recommending a dog. You mention size is an issue because of your living arrangements - how big is too big? How do you feel about hair? Grooming - will you pay for it, or do it yourself? How much exercise can you commit to daily? Is drool a factor?
 

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Let me see... I live in an medium sized appartment, i'm gone 8 hours a day, i would love to preservate my home from potencial amount of drooling and shedding. I really love frenchies, pugs, basset hounds (which is kind of a big dog) and of course, welsh corgis (which can also be conisdered big dogs even though they're not tall, but long).
Any thoughts on that?
 

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Yes! I really love pugs, they are adorable. But i heard that if the owners of one are gone for too long every day, that tend to get stressed and anxious, which can lead to heart diseases. So i don't really know...
 

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Take a look at Italian Greyhounds. I do not have experience with them, but I have read that they are great apartment dogs.
 

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I think if you were gone just a regular workday a pug would be fine. I would say though that if you do a lot of evening activities or are gone on the weekends too, it might be more of an issue. No dog is going to do well with someone who is gone ALL the time, they are pack animals after all, but I think if you incorporate them into your life as much as you can, most dogs will be ok with you being gone a normal work day. There are also methods of dealing with the time they are without you. Several people mention them here, such as leaving a radio playing softly in the background, making sure they have a good chew bone/food puzzle etc, or arranging for a dog walker if you're financially able.
 

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What do you plan to do with the dog? Formal training? Informal training? How much exercise can you commit to?

Most dogs can adapt to a being alone during a regular work day as long as their needs are met when the owner is home.

Thanks for the advice, but i found the italian greyhounds too big for my appartment. Thank you anyways...
What size dog are you looking for? Italian greyhounds are fairly small, so if they are too big you won't have many choices.
 

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Having a dog will be a great way for me to get more exercise, and yes i would want to train him myself, and preferencly at a really young age. But i already have a breed that fits in my conditions (the pug or the french bulldog). Thank you anyways!
 

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Keep in mind that a puppy for a first time dog owner can be really stressful. Take a look at some of our threads about "Puppy Blues". Also important to note, a puppy cannot be left alone for 8 hours.

Many people get dogs thinking that having one will make them get out and do more. This often doesn't end up being the case. The first few months of ownership go well- lots of training and walks. Then life gets busy- work, kids, friends, holidays, etc. The dog still needs his activity level maintained during this or they may become bored and possibly destructive. I'm certainly not saying YOU will be like this, just something to keep in mind.

I also recommend reading and watching training stuff now. Get an idea of what will be necessary to have a well behaved companion- it doesn't happen overnight ;) Kikopup on YouTube does a really good job of explaining things well and she has a bunch of videos.

ETA: I do commend you for doing your research beforehand! :)
 

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Having a dog will be a great way for me to get more exercise, and yes i would want to train him myself, and preferencly at a really young age. But i already have a breed that fits in my conditions (the pug or the french bulldog). Thank you anyways!
Glad you found breeds that fit your needs! I'm still confused about the size thing, but whatever.

Aspen has really good advice about puppies! If you're interested in training, Pat Miller's The Power of Positive Dog Training, Sophia Yin's How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves, and Kikopup's youtube channel are excellent resource. The Behavior and Training Sticky section of the forum contains a fabulous collection of resources, as well.
 

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Okay, well... the people who i live with already had dogs before, so they can help me. Plus, if you read the answers to this thread above, you'll see that there are ways to leave a puppy alone during the work day. I already watched Zak George's trainig videos on YT and i think i'm ready to get a pooch.
 

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Our dog is a collie. Just over two years old now. He doesn't drool and can be left alone for several hours. You can't buy the welcome you are given when you get back home. He is quite a big active chap so needs a lot of exercise. And he does shed.

He loves children and socialises very well with other dogs and knows the ones to ignore.

One other point. Getting a dog is quite a big responsibility and you have to be prepared to invest the time and care they need. You get rewarded several times over if you do.
 
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