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    Hi All,

    I am looking at getting a dog, whether it be a puppy or adopting an older dog, I am not sure yet.

    I work full time 5 days a week and was wondering what breeds would suit my situation.

    Obviously I would walk it before and after work, get a doggie door so it could be inside and outside during the times I am not at home!

    Any information would be greatly appreciated!

    Cheers,

    N.

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    Well first I have some questions for you.
    Do you see yourself doing with your dog ie taking to beach, agility, cafes or showing?
    Is it just you at home if not who else & ages of any kids?
    Is size(of dog) an issue for you?
    Do you want a dog that needs reg grooming or more a wash & wear coat?
    What other exsperaince with dogs have you had?
    What would be the number 1 thing your not looking for in a dog?
    How much time will you have for the dog when you are not at work?
    This will give me a better understand of what you are looking for.

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    Thanks for your reply!

    I see myself with a dog, that I could take to the beach and long walks, but also one that is happy to be in just my company also!
    It is just myself at home, I have a two bed unit with quite a large back yard and grassed area.
    I don't mind what size the dog is to a certain extent, but to prefer small to medium sized dogs.
    I have helped look after my friends and sister dogs prefer, so I have some knowledge of how to be a good owner etc
    When I am not at work, I would either be home or visiting friends and family, so the dog can always come with me where necessary, to me it would be a part of my family.

    I know having a pet is hard work and a life time committment. I am 38, single and lead a great life. I wont be having children, so I am looking for my little companion!

    Thanks again!

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    Research the different breeds and their needs (exercise, diet, grooming) then you can see if they will fit with your lifestyle.
    Please do not buy from a pet shop as so many pups there come from puppy farms.
    Rescues, pounds and registered breeders are a good source.
    You may even find your perfect companion at

    PetRescue - find your new best friend!

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    I have been researching refuges, pounds etc and have seen pet rescue also!

    I wont be getting a dog from a petshop!

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    [QUOTE=Noodle72;113901]Thanks for your reply!

    I see myself with a dog, that I could take to the beach and long walks, but also one that is happy to be in just my company also!
    It is just myself at home, I have a two bed unit with quite a large back yard and grassed area.
    I don't mind what size the dog is to a certain extent, but to prefer small to medium sized dogs.
    I have helped look after my friends and sister dogs prefer, so I have some knowledge of how to be a good owner etc
    When I am not at work, I would either be home or visiting friends and family, so the dog can always come with me where necessary, to me it would be a part of my family.

    I know having a pet is hard work and a life time committment. I am 38, single and lead a great life. I wont be having children, so I am looking for my little companion!

    Sorry if I sounded like I was grilling you lol but I was not doubting your commitment just get a profile so I could better decided what sort of breed would in my opinion suit you & your livestyle the best.
    Well I think you'd be best to steer clear of the working dog breeds as they really need alot of exercise & mental stimulation & would likely not do well with so many hours alone, of course there are but exseptions to this genreally they are very energic dogs.
    You know greyhound rescue dogs are lovely apartment dogs & although they enjoy their daily walk they are amazingly great lounge lizards. Although large they are very graceful & genrally well mannered dogs making their size not so intimadating.
    Then at the other end of the stick so to say you could look at say Tibetan Spaniels they have great little personalities & are very devoted to their owners without needing to be attached to you 24/7. They cope well in working households if given the correct upbringing.
    In the middle size group I would recomend a Boxer(from a respondsable breeder) as they are great clowns & cope well in apartments.
    I will probley be back again with another breed that jumps into my head & has me thinking oh I should of recommended such such, lol. But for now thats my first thoughts.
    Of course any dog you get will need the correct up bringing & training otherwise no breed will do. Good Luck with your serch.

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    I work 5 days a week and still find time to be with my border collie in the afternoons 2 maybe 3 hrs at the off leash dog park and on some weekends we go to the beach and long walks through the many tracks available within the area.
    NOTE: if you decide on a Border Collie be prepared for an emence daily workout as they are very highly energized but you'll be rewarded with lovable and devoted companionship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigesel View Post
    I work 5 days a week and still find time to be with my border collie in the afternoons 2 maybe 3 hrs at the off leash dog park and on some weekends we go to the beach and long walks through the many tracks available within the area.
    NOTE: if you decide on a Border Collie be prepared for an emence daily workout as they are very highly energized but you'll be rewarded with lovable and devoted companionship.
    That's great & bc need that level of exercise as they are very intelegent highly driven workers. I love my working breeds just think they not for everyone.

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    Greyhound or Whippet.

    As adults they will sleep happily while you're out and go for a 20 minute stroll when you get home. But if they don't get their walk they don't mind either - they'll happily chase a ball in the backyard. Wash & wear coats, they're great strolling and going out to cafe etc dogs as they're usually so laid back and love people. Not guard dogs though... Wash & wear coats which come in a large range of beautiful colours, and they love wearing all sorts of gorgeous coats in winter and on cold nights - so can satisy the most devoted dog-shopper. They're very clean inside as well.

    Gentle, loving and devoted dogs. Very easy to live with.

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    I am gonna recommend a mutt. Zap down to the local pound or shelter and one of the dogs or puppies will call to you. You will know which one is meant to be yours. And you will be giving a home to a dog/puppy that really needs it.

    Most dogs will fit into any lifestyle if that is what they grow up with.

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