(Closed) Quite possibly getting a puppy! Can use some breed suggestions.

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
6512 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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:

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Post # 4
4275 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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 # 7
812 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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
4275 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@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
3182 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
1642 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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
363 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
2406 posts
Buzzing bee

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
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
11234 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013


Post # 15
4275 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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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