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    Was never really allowed pets as a kid, and now I have the means I'm seriously considering getting a dog. Been reading up on the costs, responsibilities etc. not taking this lightly at all.

    Living with my parents still and for the next 4 forseeable years (studying at uni). Have looked into the drawbacks of finding rentals which allow pets (for the future) and am comfortable that I'd be able to figure things out when the time comes.

    My mum and brother own a Dane each. I'm ideally looking for a small breed, I particularly like the spitz types, Shiba Inus, Keeshond (too clingy and poor climate for an outside dog :c). And dogs like the Dane, Shar Pei, Rottweiler.

    Particularly the spitz type but some of the others I've mentioned aren't the best choices for a newbie dog owner from what I've read (as far as training and keeping on top pack wise).

    I'd love a pug but the they're not suited at all to being an outside dog :c.

    TL;DR

    Looking for some advice on dog breed as far as
    • Outside only dog (dogs not allowed in the house, backyard is huge though)
    • Can cope with the owner not being around for good portions of the day (there will always be 1 to 2 danes there)
    • Fairly quiet or lazy, not too high exercise requirements
    • Newbie dog owner friendly


    Dad doesn't like Staffies (there's so many that could be rescued, they seem unfortunately popular :c) and mum doesn't like small "yappy" dogs.

    It could be the case that I just need to wait out the 4 years untill I'm out on my own and can get a pug :x

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    It will be impossible to find a breed to suit your requirments perfectly.
    I don't even think its capable to own a dog that lives outside for most of the day by itself without wanting to much exercise that suits someone new to dogs.
    You're gonna have to be reeeealy flexible.

    Off the top of my head..

    Pugs; Need small amount of exercise, inside dog, needs regular attention.
    Keeshound, Independant, doesn't suit outdoors, not a breed for beginners.
    Danes; Don't suit outdoors, small amount of exercise, not for beginners.
    Staffys; Dont suit outdoors, need small amount of exercise, needs regular attention.
    Rotti; Not a breed for beginners, can suit outdoors, needs decent amount of exercise and attention.
    Shar Pei; not a breed for beginners, doesnt suit outdoors.

    Members, please correct me if im wrong, this is all stuff I've decided based on owners and the dogs I meet at work
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    Reading about Keeshonds suggested they were rather clingy and could become anxious/noisy if left alone too long?

    And yeah, generally knew about the drawbacks of the other dogs I listed. Mum's dane is primarily an outside dog (generally not allowed inside, it sleeps in the garage (connected to the house) and has access to sheltered areas of course though).

    As much as I'd like to, might just be the wrong time to get a dog still for me. If there's other mor fitting breeds you might reccommend do shoot

    Edit: Ah thanks, I'll give that test a shot haha

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    I can understand your complete love and want for a dog, they're great, but my advice would be wait.

    I'm glad you're not taking this lightly and are considering adoption. Staffies are great, but also not the only dogs available for adoption. With what you've said about your time, availability and living situations, I'd recommend a cat.

    Waiting for a pug sounds like a great idea They are a great breed and you won't regret it.

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    I've only met one Keeshound before, so maybe he was a one off!

    Oh also, thanks for considering adption!
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    Yeah starting to think that. The area I live in doesn't allow cats though not to mention I'm allergic haha.

    I would always have the time to take it out for a 20min or more walk (at the moment (and into the future) it would be fairly rare for me not to be able to do this and more) and there'd 90% of the time be someone at home and another dog in the yard. I think it's more the issue that dogs aren't allowed inside at home I think :x

    And about the staffies yeah haha. Looking through the rescue pages for WA at least I think 90% are staffies and lots of working dogs too.

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    If you had time for 40 minutes plus of exercise daily, I'd suggest a Kelpie. Theres heaps of pure and X's needing to be rescued, they suit outdoors, are good for beginners as they learn very quickly, and they're gorgeous.

    And im bias
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    Good on you for not rushing into it.
    So do the 2 Danes live at the same house? If so do you need a permit to have 3 dogs?
    Are they both desexed? how old? and what sex?

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    I would be getting a decent sized dog if it is to be living with Danes -- something robust. A Staffordshire or Amstaff would not fit the bill of living outside...ever! A Finnish Lapphund may be right for you, or a Husky.


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