Could our lifestyle be okay for a dog? If so, what kind?

posted 4 months ago in The Lounge
Post # 16
1575 posts
Bumble bee

Yes it definitely sounds like a little fur baby would fit into your lives! Apparently Great Danes are quite low energy despite the size, as are greyhounds as long as you take them for a run once a day.

Post # 17
1476 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

I have to echo the greyhound recommendation too. I don’t have one personally, but we met one in a dog park visit and he was the sweetest thing ever. He was retired and adopted through a rescue that specializes in retired greyhounds. Absolute gorgeous dog (and he loved mine). 

Post # 18
377 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - York, ME

It sounds like you have a great home for a dog! A lot of people here treat their pets like actual children, taking them to daycare or having a sitter/walker for them every day.  Our dog goes to work with my fiance, but even if he was at home while I was at work, it’s certainly better than being in a pound.  As long as you can get them exercise, food, and medical care, and lots of love, you can pretty much be a dog owner. 

I wouldn’t let the possibility of not working from home in a year prevent you from getting a dog.  You sound like you’d be a great owner, and you could save a little life from euthanasia! 

Post # 19
1045 posts
Bumble bee

I would recommend a smaller dog like a shih tzu for apartment living (or as PPs have suggested – for a bigger pup – a greyhound)! I have two myself and they are awesome and honestly, act like cats most of the time. One is a rescue that was horribly neglected and abused and he is THE sweetest, most loving, tolerant (my other shih tzu is the alpha and she rules the throne with an iron fist! LOL), mellow, adorable, perfect dog on the planet. They entertain themselves all day – mostly they sleep, but they also love taking walks (although my girl gets tired and will just lie down and refuse to walk if we go too far), car rides, and the dog park, etc. They do need be groomed regularly though because of their long coats. But I keep them both in puppy cuts, so no sheddings/dog hair in my house. 

Post # 20
930 posts
Busy bee

leebee333 : If there is carpet in the apartment, or home, animal odor is amplified. Along with allergens. 

So if apt: a small dog, a couple walks a day and potty breaks should be good. 

Big dogs are normally amazing for runners/joggers, but may not be suitable for an apt (then again, depends how big the apt is….seems like there is no yard, so it automatically checks a medium-large dog off)


not a good idea to get yappers, as they can get annoying if you work from home. most terriers are super energetic and jump around a lot…


shiba inu’s and pugs are calmer dogs to consider 🙂

Post # 21
6429 posts
Bee Keeper

Two big things:

Are you going to want to give up relax time to take care of a dog? Meaning when you get home you might need to take care of the dog immediately and take care of the dog before bed.

And is it in your lifestyle to have to rearrange time for the dog (no out of town trips without a dog sitter, no stay over nights without going home first etc.)

We adopted a large dog because one of is always at home. So being around people is not a problem, and being outside is not an issue as we have a house with a yard.

With an apartment lifestyle I’d get a smaller dog that doesn’t need as much exercise and one that can handle being walked (hikes on the weekend). Also another thing you want to look at is energy level and noise level.  Make sure whatever dog you do get you can train as well.

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