which breed of dog do u suggest?

@agrim94 (3811)
India
March 5, 2009 8:32am CST
I live in a small apartment ( flat) of about 1100 sq ft. So what kind of dog do u suggest I shd get ?
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@HansonFan (1659)
• United States
6 Mar 09
I have two shih-tzus and I highly recommend the breed. They are small and loveable dogs. Most of them don't bark that much... I actually had to teach one of mine to bark because he scared himself when he made that much noise! LOL! The only big thing to worry about is keeping them groomed, I just keep mine groomed really short and they are the best little things in the world. I love my boys - its a shame I can't get another one!
@agrim94 (3811)
• India
6 Mar 09
Thanks HansonFan for ur response but i havent ever heard of this breed.. but i would find on net and i would check if this breed is available is in my city or not.
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• Philippines
7 Mar 09
shih tzus are beautiful and peaceful dogs. you will love them. they are the very obedient types. i used to have one, too. i can still remember that a shih tzu has the ability to stay on top of a stool if they are trained so from their puppy moments yet. shih tzus need grooming though. their long and very silky hair demands that they are well taken care of.
@moondancer (7434)
• United States
5 Mar 09
It depends. How much are you home, how much time will your pet be left alone during a 24 hour period of time? If you are gone a lot I suggest tha you don't get one. They need lots of attention and affection. No matter what breed you get. A bird, fish, hamster, or something like that doesn't need the attention a dog does. A cat is very independant and doesn't need much time either. In a small place, an apartment you may want a small breed.One that doesn't shed or doesn't shed much. A poodle, miniture pincher, daschund, chihuahua, and some terriers don't shed much. It's a matter of what you are looking for too. Their are miniature and toy breeds. Toys are smaller and usually don't weight more than a few pounds. A miniature will get to about 10 pounds or less. Terriers can get to 20 or 25 pounds. How much of a dog do you want? It's all in what you are looking for.
• United States
6 Mar 09
If I were you I'd check around and see what's available in your area. Then go look at them. When it's right you will now. IN other words let the dog pick you and you pick it from searching. I love all animals I am a person that loves animals a lot. I have miniature pinchers. They are wonderful. I've also had daschunds, a poodle, an a silky terrier. The min-pins will be good alarms if someone is around. ALso being in a apartment that might not work as they will bark at everyone that passes by. Any of the other breeds are great. If you have a female that will tinkle in one spot. If you have a male he of course feels tht he must mark his territory...all of it. As long as he can keep you outside he will...lol. They are funny little guys. A fele does her businness and is ready to go if she needs to. It's funny but I have 4 males. lol
• United States
6 Mar 09
Since yor german shepherd is a female and having puppies, if she is a goo mom she may welcome a small breed. She will mother it. I have a male rottwieler an he daddys all of the little ones. He thinks he must take care of everyone.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
6 Mar 09
I guess you have already taken into account the need to exercise the dog. I really love the King Charles Cavalier Spaniel. They are not a big dog and a friend of mine who owns one tells me that they are quiet dogs that don't require too much running around and are quite happy to sit with you and only require a half hour walk every second day. Like most breeds they do want a lot of your attention though.
@agrim94 (3811)
• India
6 Mar 09
Thanks paula.. I have never heard of this Breed but i would find about it on net in detail. I dont know if it is easily available and even if i get one where would i find another one when it is time to mate him/her
• Finland
7 Mar 09
Just adding some information about the cavaliers since I own one. They're extremely velcro dogs, you will not be able to go anywhere without that dog following you around from room to room. They were bred for being a companion dog, so therefore they're very prone to separation anxiety and really does not tolerate being left alone for more than a couple of hours a day at most. They shed quite a bit all year long but twice a year it's more than usual. They LOVE everyone, children, adults, anyone who is willing to give them attention. Mine would go home with any stranger he sees. Absolutely fantastic temperament however, and they don't require a lot of exercise once they're mature. (Mine was a disaster as a puppy, he required lots of attention and exercise for 5+ hours a day to not chew up the house. Now he's content with one 30-60 minute walk a day.) The most important thing about cavaliers however, is that they have loads of health issues. Especially heart problems and syringomyelia. A very big number of cavaliers die from their heart problems and most of those don't even live to 10 years of age. It's crucial if getting a cavalier to get one from a very well known respected breeder who shows her dogs and have health tested (and passed all tests) both parents (and a few generations back needs to be cleared as well) for everything they're prone to. It's not a cheap dog. The well bred ones are few and far between, and you will likely have to end up on a waiting list to get a well bred puppy. It's not worth it to get anything less than the best. The poorly bred ones will cost you tons of money and heartache in the long-run. Having said that, this is not a dog you can get and breed on your own. If you want to breed your dog, do not get this breed. Leave it for the experts who know this breed inside and out. That goes for any breed really, but I love this breed and there are too many things that can go wrong.
• United States
5 Mar 09
something small. definately go to an animal shelter and look for a mutt. saved animals are very loving. make sure you will be around enough to bond with it and train it. good luck.
@agrim94 (3811)
• India
5 Mar 09
Thanks for the response but the problem is we dont have many animal shelters and people usually buy their pets here. So what breed would you suggest in small dogs.. i personally dont like pugs
• United States
5 Mar 09
how about a jack russel terrier mix?
@savypat (20246)
• United States
5 Mar 09
How much exercise can you give it? Many little dogs need a lot of exercise, while a great dane doesn't need that much. But clean up with a large dog is a full time job. How about a stuffed dog with an automatic bark?
@agrim94 (3811)
• India
5 Mar 09
Stuffed dog with an automatic bark thats funny.. when i was a kid i had a battery operated very small dog toy which would walk 4 steps and then do a somersault in air and land of feet and it would bark too.. i liked that a lot.
• Philippines
5 Mar 09
oh my goodness Savypat, you made me laugh there. I was really wanting to have a dog but the problem is we are living in a flat too and hubby does not like yet. I guess i would suggest that it's better he would buy me a stuff dog with auto bark
• Philippines
7 Mar 09
since you live in a small apartment, the type of dog that you can raise is definitely the small ones only. chihuahuas would be ideal. if you don't have liking for them, dogs of chinese and japanese breeds are also small, hairy types which are so loving. they love to be cuddled and you'd surely love to cuddle them, too. you can contact the nearby vet for an advise on this so you can be sure of the kind of dog that you get. the one which you will surely love to have. you can also visit a nearby petshop to see if there is one that suits your requirements for a pet dog. this is how i usually do this. if there is none that i like, i will not buy any. i only buy what i would love to have for a pet.
@agrim94 (3811)
• India
7 Mar 09
thx trinidadvelasco for such a lovely response and i woudl definitely chk them out.
• United States
8 Mar 09
If you like a small dog, a dachshund would be nice. They like to lay around and they aren't too big and don't need lots of exercise. But really I would suggest a adoption from a shelter. Sometimes the best dogs in the world are at the shelter. I know our late Shadow was the most well behaved little dog I ever had and I know I won't find a dog like that again. We have a mini dachshund right now and I'll tell you they are like having a child. Very affectionate but I must admit they are a bit difficult to house train. It took us about 1 1/2 years before Emma would go out and use the bathroom like she should.
@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
5 Mar 09
i dont know the dog breeding but i like the small dog like a toy size dont know the breeding