Hello everyone,
I want to get a dog and I am looking for the right breed. My and my girlfriend are living in a small appartment without a yard, that already exclude all the large/huge dogs.
I have experience with dogs (had a german shepered, and I worked with her on advance training for work tests).
Needs to be smart and trainable (for agility or work obidience). And very reliable (I might have kids someday ;-).
I want a dog that will be o.k. when left alone during the work hours(0900-1700) and a 30 minutes walk would be enough for him during the week, but he will also be a good companion for a large weekend trip/activities.
any advice would be more then welcome.
thanks ,
Inon
B.T.W,
does anybody have any experiece with Cannan dog ?
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Two questions
Q1 no dog is suitable for you in your current circumstances. You can't expect a dog to be ok when left for eight hours a day all week & then spend the weekend being active.
Wait until you can spend more time with a dog before you get one that needs activity.
If you could arrange a lunchtime visit, the options open up but only for an older, calmer dog. Have you looked at retired greyhounds? Q2 Canaan dogs are primitive, busy dogs. Can be very opinionated & not particularly easy to convince that your wishes count. Sue
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Q1 no dog is suitable for you in your current circumstances. You can't expect a dog to be ok when left for eight hours a day all week & then spend the weekend being active.

while the OP's situation isn't ideal for most breeds, it doesn't automatically preclude him from finding an appropriate dog. there are plenty of dogs out there that would be fine living under those conditions. i suggest that he contact rescues and shelters near him, being up-front about his requirements. i also suggest that he consider an adult dog, because with an adult, what you see is what you get: an adult will likely already be housebroken (especially if it comes from a rescue), it will be past the puppy chewing stage, it may already have some basic obedience training (e.g. walking nicely on leash), the dog's activity level is a known (or guestimatable) factor, etc.
If you could arrange a lunchtime visit, the options open up but only for an older, calmer dog. Have you looked at retired greyhounds?

i see no reason why the average Greyhound wouldn't suit the OP's current lifestyle. they're large dogs, but their indoor activity level is low. they *do* need exercise, but as long as they are allowed regular off-lead runs in an enclosed space, i expect daily walks would be sufficient. hopefully, Sally or one of the other Sighthound folks will respond with more info.
Q2 Canaan dogs are primitive, busy dogs. Can be very opinionated & not particularly easy to convince that your wishes count.

i'll ditto that. i've no first-hand experience of them, but everything i've read has indicated that they aren't appropriate for the OP's lifestyle.

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
Hello everyone, I want to get a dog and I am looking for the right breed. My and my girlfriend ... be enough for him during the week, but he will also be a good companion for a large weekend trip/activities.

I don't reccomend this choice, but my Labrador puppy fits very well into this scenario.
He's much happier "helping" around the house than going for extended walks. We taught him to hold and carry stuff, and to look for dirty socks. He finds this to be the most absolutely cool job we could ever assign him with Emotion: wink
The important thing with any apartment dog, especially if you both work 9-5, is mental occupation. When you are home, you HAVE to be doing stuff with him. He can't be in his crate. It's a good idea (if your girlfriend hasn't trained dogs already) to send your pet through an obedience course or two.

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Needs to be smart and trainable (for agility or work ... also be a good companion for a large weekend trip/activities.

I would thing a Shih Tzu, Maltese, Havanese , standard poodle, min-poodle would all be dogs that would fit in this range reasonably. I just can't see a Lab .. sorry.
Thanks for the information, but my guess is that there are other people who are working 0900-1700 but own a dog. I plan to walk with him 20 minutes in the morning and about 30 minutes of exercise (including training) in the evening.
Retired dogs are out of the question because i need a young one to train.
Thanks for the information, but my guess is that there are other people who are working 0900-1700 but own a dog. I plan to walk with him 20 minutes in the morning and about 30 minutes of exercise (including training) in the evening.
Retired dogs are out of the question because i need a young one to train.
Retired dogs are out of the question because i need a young one to train.

To train for what? And why do you need to be the one doing the training?

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Retired dogs are out of the question because i need a young one to train.

you may prefer a young dog, but you don't need one. you can't expect to leave a puppy alone for 8 hours every day, but many grown dogs can handle such a schedule just fine if they are otherwise well exercised and given proper mental stimulation. an adult dog is not too old to train. any dog you get will start learning from you from the moment it enters your life until the moment it departs.
before getting a dog, it's your responsibility to ensure that you have the appropriate resources to meet its needs. i personally think you're asking for trouble if you insist on getting a puppy with the schedule you've outlined. before you've even gotten the dog, you've stacked the deck against its success. that's not fair.

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
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