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    Hi All, I am hoping someone can help me as I am quite lost at the moment.

    Two and a half years ago I lost my darling mini foxi quite suddenly to kidney failure and had to put her down. (She was a month shy of turning 16).

    The loss was quite sudden, as she was happily running around outside that afternoon, only to get sick in the early evening and was gone by that night. She had been my baby since she was given to me when I was 12 and I couldnt contemplate getting another dog without feeling guilt over her.

    I am soon to be living on my own and feel the time is right to have another dog. I am hoping someone could help me with a breed type

    Lifestyle:

    • I work between 830 - 5.30
    • I will be home at night and the majority of the weekend (I'll only be out for a few hours anyway!)
    • I am happy to take it for a daily walk
    • I have a backyard of roughly 500m2
    • It can be an inside or outside dog
    • I'd rather not spend too much time grooming


    What I would like in the dog:
    • Something Loyal
    • Something that will love me as much as I love it!
    • Something to make me feel "protected"
    • May need to be able to live with a cat



    I would value anyone's help in this.

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    How about a labrador? Short hair so grooming is low-maintenance, they're affectionate. I'm not sure how big 500m2 is but if you're taking it for daily walks then I don't see backyard size as a huge factor, they're a good size so should give you that 'protected' feeling.


    Best of luck with finding a pooch that's right for you

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    Hi Vintage Princess,

    Puggerup has a good point IMO. 8.30am - 5.30pm is a long day for a dog to be totally alone, considering most breeds crave human companionship. To be away each day through the week, I would also consider the possibility of two dogs.

    Perhaps a breed from the terrier family?

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    Quote Originally Posted by puggerup View Post
    but I would always get 2 dogs.. to keep each other company
    I totally agree with puggerup :-) 2 dogs might be a bit more work, but they WILL keep each company.

    How about a STAFFY.......they'll love you to death!!!

    There are a lot of them at the shelters (if you would want a rescue)

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    Hi VP...

    sorry i cant offer advice in regards to a breed that will suit your lifestyle.

    But i can recommend a breed that's not suited to being left alone without human company for hours on end & the breed is the Staffordshire Bull Terrier as they are known to fret,can become bored & destructive & can become great escape artists if left alone for long periods. SBT'S thrive on human company & they are emotional worry worts, bless em.
    Last edited by Aussie Floyd; 11-15-2009 at 06:46 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Floyd View Post
    Hi VP...

    sorry i cant offer advice in regards to a breed that will suit your lifestyle.

    But i can recommend a breed that's not suited to being left alone without human company for hours on end & the breed is the Staffordshire Bull Terrier as they are known to fret,can become bored & destructive & can become great escape artists if left alone for long periods. SBT'S thrive on human company & they are emotional worry worts, bless em.
    Actually...didn't think of that. SBT's hate to be without their humans! So I agree with AF 100%. I think it is difficult to say what breed of dog is ok with being alone for that amount of hours.

    IMO...and that is only my opinion...I wouldn't get a dog if I could only offer the amount of time you are talking about. It is 9 hours a day the dog will need to be by itself. Sorry for being so blunt, but it is supposed to be a pleasure for the dog too

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    I agree with your comments Cleasanta. That was my original thought...I would not have a dog if I was working those hours Mon-Fri.
    But that is just me, and the OP obviously would like a dog again. Perhaps 2 Foxys? Jack Russell? Corgi? Dacshund?

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    Perhaps if you got a smaller or non shedding dog you could have the option of bringing it to work with you a couple of days a week? I know quite a few workplaces allow dogs, it might be worth looking into.

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    If you are away from home for that long - I do agree if would help to have 2 dogs BUT if it is going to be an inside and outside dog and you were dead set on only getting one I would make sure you got an older dog and they were pretty laid back. I know my older whippet wouldn't mind being an only dog if she got to come inside as she would just sleep the whole time, but would be ready to play when I came home.

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    I don't think you need two dogs to be honest...

    Why not another Foxy?
    Otherwise I think you should take a visit to your local shelter.
    Have a look at this website and fill out the quiz, it will tell you(going by your answers) what breed would most suit you. Its quite helpful.
    ★☞ Dog Breed Selector Quiz SelectSmart.com
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