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Question DetailsAsked on 5/21/2011

What's a good small breed dog for an apartment?

Does anyone know of a good small breed dog for a small apartment? I really miss having a puppy around. I just tried to adopt one but someone snagged her up before me.

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Do you want a dog or a puppy?

Puppies are great, but they turn into dogs before long.

Answered 3 years ago by fuzzybunnies

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The first year with a new puppy is always so much fun. There's just something about cleaning up "accidents" at four in the morning that makes you really appreciate when they do learn house manners.

I would recommend anything under 50lbs. (most complexes have certain rules) and anything that is not a "high energy" or "working" breed.

Answered 3 years ago by Helper Monkey 5000

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I want a puppy that will grow into a small dog (and still look a little bit like a puppy). I grew up with a small dog (yorkie/poodle mix) and he was always a puppy to me, even when he was 13.

Answered 3 years ago by Sarah

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Here's a link to a site w/ a list of small dog breeds. If I had to pick one, I'd go w/ the pug.

Answered 3 years ago by fuzzybunnies

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Pugs always sound like they're out of breath. I think a mini-Pin would be cool.

Answered 3 years ago by Helper Monkey 5000

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I have a pug/beagle mix, and she is the best! Plus, she's two years old and still has a puppy-dog face.

Answered 3 years ago by Laura R

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My wife and I got a miniature dachshund when we were in an apartment a few years ago. They're small, tubular and have big-dog face. He was hard to train at first (they're a stubborn breed) but once they learn, they never forget. We now have two red tube-dogs and love them both! He was a perfect size for (and happy in) our tiny apartment.

Answered 3 years ago by your_pal_chris

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We have a shih tzu. He's almost three years old now. We have never loved an animal like this before. He's the best!

Answered 3 years ago by Daystar

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Us, too! Ours is adopted so we're not sure of her age. She could be about 12 yrs old now. My husband said the other night, "I never thought I'd have such feeling for an animal" then he gave Chelsea a big hug. Shih Tzus are the best! Indynan

Answered 3 years ago by Indynan

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Be careful of Shih Tsus when they grow older. They can get mean and start biting.

Answered 3 years ago by SandyG

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Papillions are great for apartments, but be prepared to pay at least $400-500.

Answered 3 years ago by persephone16

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A former roommate of mine is looking into Papillions (named so because their ears resemble a butterfly's wing). She's contacted a rescue group but is still expecting to pay betwee $200 to $300.
I say no matter the breed, always go with a rescued dog first.

Answered 3 years ago by Helper Monkey 5000

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Please consider obtaining your puppy from a shelter, Humane Society or a rescue group. I personally prefer a "Heinz 57" dog instead of a purebred, but both are available from the above sources. Other things to consider are whether you want a breed of dog that doesn't shed and whether the dog will be around small children. Getting advice from a local veterinary office about the most suitable types of dogs might be a good idea. Also, if you want to start out on the "right" foot, try watching a few episodes of The Dog Whisperer (if you haven't already). He has valuable advice on how to keep both you and your dog happy and well adjusted. Get ready for some unconditional love and enjoy your new puppy.

Answered 3 years ago by OhioRose

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I know that you’re looking for a smaller breed, but don’t knock the big ones. They can be sweet and quiet the protector dog as well. Consider a German Shepherd/Black Lab like I have. He does well with my 2 year old and lets her use him as a pony and a pillow. He’s really a big baby when it comes down to it, but he can be tough if the need would ever arise.

But if you really do want a small dog, I would suggest going with a pug. They’re so cute and adorable (and can even kick you off a coach even though they’re 1/5 of your size).


Answered 3 years ago by sublime

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I personally do not have a problem with big dogs. It's my fiance. He also doesn't like pugs...which I think are adorable. He's very picky...maybe it's because he never had a dog growing up.

And we have definitely been looking at adopting. For some reason every time we find one we like, it's gone by the time we get there.

Answered 3 years ago by Sarah

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Well whichever breed you decide to go with I would defiantly go to the Humane Society. That's were I have gotten all the dogs that I have ever owned. It's nice because they usually have a chip in them that would be used to scan if they ever run away. You have to pay a small fee to activate it, but its well worth it. Also, they usually are up to date on their shots AND they give you a certificate for a free spray and neuter or if you decide to take it to your own vet they will give a discount off as well.

I know that's where I’ll always go to get a new dog...especially because if they have no space and they receive animals they have to put them to sleep. I know this because when I was young we went there to just look and there was a man in the parking lot with a mixed breed dog. He said that the Humane Society would put her to sleep if he left her with them because they were too full to have any more animals. I know it's sad...so just think of the puppy you could help save!


Answered 3 years ago by sublime

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Be careful of Shih Tsus when they grow older. They can get mean and start biting. I found this to be true of people also. [:)]

Answered 3 years ago by SamanthaFL

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A few thoughts for you Sarah:

    If your fiance has never had a dog, maybe you should look for a way to "borrow" one for a few days to see how he and whatever breed get along. Nothing but praise for your willingness to adopt! Solving two problems with one action is a good thing.Finally, keep your and your fiance's minds open to a larger breed. There are some who make excellent apartment dwellers because the apartment feels like a good-sized house to them.If he isn't used to animals, a small breed that wants to zip around, yap and be a lap-buddy might not make either of them very happy.

Good luck to both 'o you.

Answered 3 years ago by Old Grouch

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We have two Shih-Tzus and love them like our family. They can be stubborn to train as far as housebreaking, but are very loveable and loyal. I think any dog that is not trained and is allowed to have bad habits can turn into biters. Ours are not and we wouldn't give them up for anything!

Answered 3 years ago by Leeza

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Pugs are precious, but beccause of their breathing problems, they are prone to stroke... which is heartbreaking. Puggles, which are a mix of a Pug and a Beagle, tend to overrcome this design flaw and still maintain the relatively small size. A co-worker has two of them and they seem like very sweet, happy pups!

Answered 3 years ago by eliz1bef

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I recently got a puppy form an adoption agency. She is adorable. I had to get her dewormed, but that is poretty common among puppies even if you don't get them form a shelter. If you do not have a specific breed in mind, I defenitly reccomend it.

Answered 3 years ago by TacoMeat

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I can tell you what you don't want, I have a part jack russel which is super cute but she has destroyed the couch, one cushion at a time. She also goes crazy when ever a cat or small animal runs by the house. Sometimes a bigger dog is calmer and easier in a small space

Answered 3 years ago by orthoboarder

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Pug mixes are great and don't have the health issues of a purebred. There are many mixes out there but the pug will always be dominant because it is such an old breed. Another good choice for an apartment would be an Italian Greyhound. My advice is for you and your boyfriend get on line and check out rescue groups in your local area.Many dogs from rescues are living with families in real home situations.You will know some of the baqckround on the dogs. Owner might have passed away,financial situations might have caused a family to give up a beloved pet. Rescue dogs are NOT throw away pets. Most dogs in rescue are not adopted out till they are spayed or nutered and up to date on shots. I have at this time two dogs; one was a rescue and one we got as a puppy. My husband insisted on a puppy. The puppy although socialized as a puppy, taken through obedience classes still remains fearful. Just her nature, who knew. The rescue on the otherhand was adopted at 2 years old and is the most outgoing loving dog I have ever had. I knew this about her when we adopted her. Rescue dogs seem to really appreciate the fact that they were rescued. My rescue is now a certified therapy dog and I wouldn't trade him for the world. Good luck finding the right dog. Enjoy the adventure.

Answered 3 years ago by Rescue Mom




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