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Thread: Indoor Dogs, What Breed Do You Have?

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    Thank you for all your feedback. Do you think a cat and a dog keep each other company? Or do you need another dog to keep the dog company?

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    I think a cat and a dog can be great company for each other.

    I have Pugs, and apart from shedding, they make great house dogs. However, they don't suit the activity level you require.

    I would suggest a Poodle, Greyhound or something along the lines of a Tenterfield or Jack Russell perhaps.

    Regardless of which breed, and particularly while they are young, you will need to think of clever ways of keeping their mind and body active in your absences. There are many ways of doing this, you just need to be creative and think about your home from the dog's viewpoint. You can also pay someone to walk your dog for you daily (a local high school studnet could easily take him/her for a walk each day for a few dollars).

    One worry you should look at, is the fact that a bored dog may develop the habit of barking...which is not good for apartments.
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    A couple of others said Greyhound.
    Thats a very good suggestion.
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    I have 3 Sheppies & a cat. They're all happy inside, although I'm home with them, so that probably negates your original question. I can leave Mish & Tara inside for quite a few hours & they'll happily sleep all the time. Spirit will find something to amuse herself (trash) if left in the house too long even though she has the other 2 with her.

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    Shadow,(heeler) Blacky BC x) and Tara (gsd) were fine with all cats. Pretty has a ratings preference. The pups are learning, lol. Tara died with her favourite cats around her.

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    Any Sighthound breed. Whippets are a good house size but would probably relish a cat or another whippet for company. Bigger ones like Greyhounds, Deerhounds, Borzoi etc - despite their size - love being indoors and have no problem snoozing on a couch or cushion for 8 hrs plus. Most will also roll their eyes at more than a 30 minute walk at the end of it!

    Like any dog, if they are socialised with cats young they are fine. Some mature ones looking for new homes, including Greyhounds, are cat safe and actively enjoy sharing their snoozing spots with them.

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    GSd x here

    Lots of hair though! but nothing a quick vacuum cant fix

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    Thank you for everyone tips. Does GSD = German Shephard Dog? or something else?I looked up greyhounds, but apparently they don't like swimming? I am going to be 2k from the beach soon and hoping to spend a fair bit of time down there.

    If GSD does equal German Shepherd are these ok inside all the time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fitnhealthy View Post
    I looked up greyhounds, but apparently they don't like swimming? I am going to be 2k from the beach soon and hoping to spend a fair bit of time down there.
    Depends on the individual. The ones I've known love it.

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    Thanks I have been doing a lot of research on the various dog breeds, but it gets very confusing sometimes. I also find it is great talking to people that have the actual dog to see the real life version of how they interact.

    One other thing on the GSD as they are a guard dog, would they bark alot during the day if there were a lot of people around outside in a unit situation?

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