I am planning to get a dog in the near future! I live in an apartment and work from home. This will not be my first dog, but It will be my first dog in an apartment building.
I guess I have two concerns:
1. that I will get a very noisy dog that upsets the other tenants in my building
2. that I will get a dog that is upset by living in a major city with lots of people.
Does anybody have any advice on where to start and what to look for?
Avoid; Beagles, basset hounds, Jack r. terrier, keeshond, maltese, basically most terriers and hounds and toy breeds.
Research on google, top quiet breeds. That's the reason I got a Shiba Inu.
You really just need to socialize the dog very well by taking it to those kinds of places OFTEN. Socialize that little shitter from day one as much as possible, then it'll be smooth sailing.
I'd recommend getting a lab as they are very friendly, or a goldie.
I wouldn't recommend any bully breed, as I believe they are meant for more expert owners at this time because it's easy to slip up with them. All bullys require a very excessive amount of attention, training, exercise, and socialization (especially that last one) in order to become well behaved close to perfect dogs.
Also google high energy dogs, because if you can't exercise them enough, then it's very possible for them to lash out and instead become aggressive.
Once you've decided on a breed, you can use this:
(For US) http://marketplace.akc.org/puppies
(For CAD) http://www.ckc.ca/Choosing-a-Dog/PuppyList/Default.aspx
To search for reputable breeders.
These kennel club sites can also help you learn more about breeds you are interested in and you can pick your ideal.
An apartment dog would ideally be a smaller breed so it doesn't feel enclosed in a tighter space than a large breed would.
Having a small dog also means less food to feed, so you'd save money.
And also means you don't have to go on hour long runs just to get their appropriate amount of energy.
So let's say, by using this reliable link:
and we choose an American Eskimo (miniature)
Very trainable, though they need exercise, not sure if that'll be another problem.
Requires a lot of grooming
But they are very lovable and loving dogs. So they'd be easy to socialize.
any other questions, bb?
>1. that I will get a very noisy dog that upsets the other tenants in my building
I was lucky enough to end up with a dog that just plain doesn't bark much, but he was just a babby when I got him, so I just left a note on my door saying, "I got a new puppy and we are working on crate-training. I work from x-to-x but my hours are flexible; if he's making any noise and it's totally unbearable, please call [my number] and I will be home ASAP. Thanks!" I never got any complaints, and when I asked my neighbors about him (and maintenance men in the building, recently), they said he hadn't been a problem and they were glad I put the note on the door in case.
>2. that I will get a dog that is upset by living in a major city with lots of people.
Socialize, socialize, socialize. Exercise, exercise, exercise. Both of these things are things that must be constantly done. A lot of idiots think they can socialize a puppy really well during puppyhood and expect his good manners to carry over into adulthood. As he gets bigger, so does the world. There will never be a point where he will just stop having new experiences, so it's your job to make sure he's at least tolerant of new things.
>I'd recommend getting a lab as they are very friendly
Not OP, but I'm curious: Do labs typically do well in apartments, given daily walks? I live in an apartment too and was thinking about adopting an older one and walking it twice a day.
>lumps all bully breeds together
>got a shiba inu
>get a small dog because they're ideal apartment dogs
>avoid most toy breeds but instead go for a miniature verison of a breed that is well known to be excessive barkers because it's in their genes to alert you at the slightest thing
>get a lab or goldie, the ladder being well known destructive and the former prone to horrific, sometimes personality altering health problems
Only slightly listen to this anon, OP. He's all over the fucking place.
They range to very destructive to chill. Any 'old' lab I've met is chill though, they didn't really do anything honestly despite not being obese. I personally find their personalities to be very boring. Its like they're just 'there'.
From what I know:
Pit bull terrier, dogo argentino, bull terrier, am. staffordshire (+bull) terrier, American bully, basically most bully breeds require a high energy and dedicated owner.
Also I recommended a miniature Eskimo because it was an example, and whilst writing my previous post I looked up the breed to see if anyone ever mentioned them being yappy, which I didn't see at all.
What's wrong with owning a dog btw? So what it's a shiba, it's cute and loves me and I love it.
OP didn't say he wanted a healthy breed, so I recommended a lab, sure they're prone to a few things, but that doesn't change their temperament.
I'm sure that a few people on /an/ have recommended some pretty bad breeds before, but I just want OP to be happy.
I've also heard a lot of things and seen a lot of things with toy breeds and terrier breeds and find that they are VERY yappy, unless the owner was a decent trainer.
It just really depends on OP.
He just has to research a little on what breed he wants and just take care of it.
Dogs 101 on YouTube is helpful because at the end of each video it tells you what the recommended living space is.
Thank you for all of the advice!
I would rather not get a really small dog... but as long as I can get a good full handed belly rub in I am happy.
I grew up with a lab and while he was a total boss he did have some gnarly health problems... which is obviously something I would rather avoid.