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    Quote Originally Posted by GSDs4Ever View Post
    I shouldn't have posted ... clearly ....Sometimes I should just keep my mouth shut .....
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    What? Did I miss something too?

    Honestly, I am sometimes at work for 12 hours a day. My girls would go nuts if they didn't have the backyard, but Boris? He would wake up enough to say goodbye in the morning, then jump up when he heard the car with a "What? You're back already?" look on his face He will sleep like he's dead as long as he has to. Scary sometimes - I have to go wake him just to reassure myself!!

    It depends on the individual within a breed as much as the breed itself. I'd say anything Working dog or Terrier you would have to tread cautiously and really pick an adult who had a personality that suited your lifestyle.

    You'll find that Sighthounds - like Greyhounds, get recommended in this sort of situation as they have been selected for hundreds of years for their ability to to lie about quietly until needed for a chase or hunt, then settle again. Very different to a Working breed or Terrier which has for the same sort of time period been selectively bred for their ability to work or hunt ALL day and not stop even if tired, hot etc.

    Good luck with your searching.

    The other good options for apartment and courtyard life are little toy dogs like Japanese Chins, Pekingese, Papillions etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leo01 View Post
    I have a Staffordshire Bull Terrier who is an inside dog. He spends anywhere from 5-9hrs a day home alone with access to the backyard but my neighbours say they rarely see him in the yard, and im guessing he spends most of him time sleeping inside (From the hair on my side of the bed! ) He gets a good run every afternoon and is generally pretty tuckered out after 1/2hr or so of full on running. He also loves to swim

    Whislt he did chew as a puppy, quite a few things who shouldnt have! such as a skirting board or window frame, that was easily solved at the time by making a confinement area with a play pen. He is left everyday with appropriate chew toys/bones to keep him occupied.

    Im not being rude AF, i just think it can be done. Alot of people who work 9-5 own our breed and there dogs are not deprived
    I think what AF is trying to say is that SBT's are "worry pots" and can fret without their humans. They are very human oriented and have a tendency to have separation anxiety etc

    Of course it is also the individual dog and so on...my Sumo is ok, but Ruby doesn't like being left alone, but then again...she is only 7 months old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fitnhealthy View Post
    Hi All

    Just wondering who has a mostly indoor dog and what breed? I am thinking of getting a dog when I move and he will be inside 8-10 hrs whilst I am working, but when I get home he will be able to go for a run or a swim down at the beach etc...

    I am just after ideas for a dog breed and wondering what people have now.

    I can't wait to hear from you.

    Thank you in advance
    Kristy
    I'm afraid my reply is going to be terribly biased..... But they seem to suit your requirements ( and mine !! ).

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    I shouldn't have posted ... clearly ....Sometimes I should just keep my mouth shut .....
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    not at all hun, id agree with you that in a smaller place its fine, but i think the amount of time she'll be away is too long for such a small place thats all!

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    I'm new to having a GSD and I agree with the others and wouldn't recommend it if you'll be away for so many hours a day. They definitely need the mental stimulation and will find their own entertainment if you're not around to provide it

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    Quote Originally Posted by fitnhealthy View Post
    Hi All

    Just wondering who has a mostly indoor dog and what breed? I am thinking of getting a dog when I move and he will be inside 8-10 hrs whilst I am working, but when I get home he will be able to go for a run or a swim down at the beach etc...

    I am just after ideas for a dog breed and wondering what people have now.

    I can't wait to hear from you.

    Thank you in advance
    Kristy
    Starting up an old topic, but I've heard if you take the dog out for an hour long walk before you head out to work, that'll leave 'em zonked out all day. Just don't feed them before the walk, only after (it reinforces the idea that dogs have to work for food).
    It doesn't even have to be an hour, just long enough for your dog to tire out. That's what I'm planning to do with my Tenterfield when I start school after the hols. They just need that physical stimulation.

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    Masha I was originally looking at getting a tenterfield terrier after a lot of research they seemed like the breed for me, but at $700 at the time I couldn't. I would love to hear how you go with yours. Keep us up to date Masha. How long will your dog be inside for before you get home?

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    we have a Shih Tzu and a Maltese X Silky cross as mostly inside dogs and they do really well.

    we do live on a farm though so they do get to run around too... but they'd have it either way, they're great dogs!..

    my aunty has a sheltie, shes really good too xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by fitnhealthy View Post
    Masha I was originally looking at getting a tenterfield terrier after a lot of research they seemed like the breed for me, but at $700 at the time I couldn't. I would love to hear how you go with yours. Keep us up to date Masha. How long will your dog be inside for before you get home?
    I got mine for $300... not registed to show, but this is a pet for me, not a show dog She will be kept inside for maybe five hours a day, six maximum. She also has the cat to play with, but they usually get a bit too rough... if it doesn't stop we'll have to seperate them when we leave them alone.
    Tenterfields are good dogs - they've got the terrier inside them, so mine loves to dig .
    They're still a dog though... to get my pup fully tired out I take her on a two hour outing, maybe half of that walking, and the other half just frolicking at the river beach I go to with my friend's Daschund. Like I said, I'm planning to take Dora on an hour walk before school so she'll be tired and not cause too much trouble
    The main thing is, whether it's a small or big dog, they need to be mentally and physically stimulated as to not to cause too much trouble, ie. excess barking, compulsive digging. My mum lived in a 26 square metre apartment in Russia and she had a GSD. No trouble at all, no excess barking, etc, because the GSD was taken on two dailiy walks a day. There I go, off topic
    Hope that describes what you needed (and then some).

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