Post # 1
DH’s work situation will more than likely be changing very soon so he’ll either be working from home or very close to it which means that we can get a puppy! We’re thrilled since we desperately need a pet after losing our kitty a few weeks ago. I love labs but I worry about how big they tend to get. DH’s parents have 2 labs and while they’re amazing dogs (I love them to pieces), they’re pretty massive (100+ lbs). I realize that there are much larger dogs out there but I still think 100lbs is a bit much, especially since we’re still in an apartment and will be for about another year. I’ve done a little bit of research on various breeds but there are SO many out there so my search has been a bit overwhelming. We want to choose the right dog for our lifestyle so just picking based on the cuteness factor probably isn’t the best way to go about it.
A bit about us…
- We’re kind of lazy but we’re hoping that getting a dog will change that. Just in case it doesn’t, I don’t want to be stuck with the world’s most energetic pup. Something with a moderate energy level would probably be good. I know all puppies have a ton of energy which is fine. I just don’t want a 6 year old dog who acts as if they’ve been on a solid diet of pixie stix.
- As much as I’d love a dog that I can tote around in my purse, I think Darling Husband would quite possibly kill himself if he had to walk a teacup yorkie. We’d like a dog that will still get some street cred.
- We don’t have a fenced in yard so all of his/her outside time will be spent either on a leash walking around our complex, at the park or running free at DH’s parents who have acres upon acres. The majority of the time he/she will be on a leash though (until we buy, that is).
- The pup will have to be trainable as we will be taking him/her to obedience school. I’d rather not be that mom that everyone talks about because my baby is a dud.
- I know anything can happen at any time but after dealing with the loss of our cat, we really don’t want a breed that is prone to health issues at an early age. I won’t be able to handle it if we have to put our dog down in the same way that we had to our cat (he wasn’t even 4 but riddled with cancer).
- Anyone who has a pet knows that shedding is a pain. If we could find a breed that doesn’t shed that terribly much that would be cool but it’s definitely not a deal breaker. We have the Dyson animal for a reason.
- The breed will have to be good around kids and other animals. We have a young niece and do plan to have children of our own at some point. My IL’s have 2 labs who our pup will be around often.
I think that’s about it. I know our list is pretty lengthy and honestly, some of the points aren’t that big of a deal. I just thought I’d mention them should that perfect breed be out there. If anyone can make some suggestions and possibly post some pictures that would be awesome.
Post # 3
We don’t have one ourselves (YET), but we really want a corgi, and they seem to meet your criteria. And they are just so CUTE:
Post # 4
I hesitate to suggest a breed, because not every dog conforms to breed standards. I have a Boston Terrier and he is “crazy” full of energy. He was easy to train, but he is a gassy breed and his lil hairs get everywhere. I don’t think that is what you want…
But there is one dog that pops into my head based on your preferences.
A Standard Poodle. For your husband, you can have the dog cut sans pom poms so it is not too embarrassing to walk it down the street. They are intelligent, easy going, don’t shed….
My mom has one and she loves that dog to death.
Post # 5
@sarahbabs: omg, that puppy is so cute!
Post # 6
@Cady: Oh god, if a poodle is all I’m going to get based on my wishlist, I really need to reassess, lol. Darling Husband would N.E.V.E.R. go for a poodle.
@sarahbabs: How freakin’ adorable!! I’ll be sending this to Darling Husband.
Post # 7
The best dogs I’ve ever had were Boston Terriers. They are very loving, sensitive, sweet, smart and licky. They mind well and don’t venture off when in our yard.
If I didn’t have my Jack Russell, I’d have more than the one BT I already have. In fact, I’d have about 4 of the little guys because they’re that damn awesome. Our JR takes up a tremendous amount of time and energy, so it will be a while before I can have my four BTs.
Post # 8
@UpstateCait: Haha sorry your preferences make it hard. I will try to think some more about the types of dogs I have handled and I will get back to you.
Post # 9
Whatever you do don’t get a border collie. We had one and I loved her but they are high energy and need to be exercised a lot. And if they are bored they can get a little destructive. So nothing against the breed, like I said I loved our border collie, it just doesn’t seem to fit with what you are looking for.
Other than that I don’t have any suggestions really, I’m a mixed breed girl myself. Good luck on your new addition!
Post # 10
I am SO biased, but a Boston Terrier fits all of those requirements!
1.) They don’t shed (at least mine don’t)
2.) They are EXTREMELY intelligent and easy to train
3.) Small(er), but not wimpy at all
4.) Great for apartment living! http://www.petmedsonline.org/top-10-best-apartment-dogs.html
5.) Extremely friendly and eager to please
6.) Look at this little face
Post # 11
I would recommend a poodle mix. I wouldn’t get a big dog, because as you said you’re in an apartment and it’s not really fair to a large dog to be stuck inside all the time. If you can commit to longs walks several times a day or daily dog park visits then I’d consider it. They mix poodles with just about anything now-they don’t shed (sometimes you need to breed them several times for this, labradoodles can take multiple times I’ve heard, poodles are smart and should be easier to train.
My parents have a Cockapoo (cocker spaniel/poodle) and he’s about 25-30 lbs, but he’s chunky. I have a Shih Tzu/Poodle and he’s only 15 lbs but my husband walks him with pride 🙂
Post # 12
We have a beagle and he is honestly the sweetest, most cuddly guy in the world. They can be a bit hyper but as long as they get exercise (walks) they are fine.
I also love the size of them. They are sturdy dogs but not overly big like labs. Small enough to be lap dogs. And they are great with kids and other animals. He’s been around toddlers who poke and prod at him and he doesn’t care one bit. He’s also fantastic with our cats.
I think the only major health issue with them is weight. But you can take care of that with exercise. Plus, there are always SO many beagles at shelters.
Seriously, look at this guy!
Post # 13
Corgis tend to be EXTREMELY high energy. They are crazy smart though, but you’d need to walk/run the dog a lot to work off the excess energy. My cousin has two of the little devils, and while they’re adorable & fluffly, they need to run around the yard for hours on end.
I know you don’t want a big dog or one with a short life expectancy, but I had a great dane when I lived in an apartment. They are low key, don’t require a lot of exercise, and are super laid back. But he’s 135 pounds, sooo…
Our local SPCA will do a “Meet Your Match” survey to asses your likes and dislikes, as well as what dogs might be more in line with your lifestyle. See if a local shelter has something like that! Also, an adult dog will usually be more or less out of the “puppy” phase- less chewing, no need to housebreak, etc.
If you have your heart set on a lab type dog, maybe get a mix or a female- they usually don’t get as big as the males.
Post # 14
@sarahbabs: OMG YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
Post # 15
Actually you know what… Dobermans are not really bad dogs…just make sure to get them trained and socialized at an early age. I noticed when they are not around other dogs or people a whole lot, they tend to get very shy and awkward. Otherwise, they are a dream to work with as a technician. A very mild, loyal dog. Dosn’t need alot of room to exercise, they tend to like to just sleep around, and are good with a walk every now and then.
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