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.
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.
I shouldn't have posted ... clearly ....Sometimes I should just keep my mouth shut .....
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!
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
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.
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?
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
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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