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  1. #11
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Gold Coast, Australia


    Have you tried googling breed selector?

    Animal Planet :: Guides :: Dog Breed Selector

    Dog Breed Selector

    Dog Breed Selector

    They might give you some ideas and are fun. I think I am do some!!! I must be bored!

  2. #12


    we have a beagle- he is HEAPS more wk than our old dalmatian was.
    The beagle needs a lot to keep him occupied (and hes 6 yrs old) he still chews everything, is a good escape artist, eats like a pig, and is not loyal (a good smell that captures his attention and hes off!)- we still adore him, but we are home all day, and he gets walked 3 to 5 km every day down bush fire trails....
    I shudder to think what a beagle would get up to while alone all day in a small yard... there is a beagle rescue site with lots of good info re beagles (and about how much wk they require)
    Beagle Rescue, NSW - Home Page

  3. #13


    I would recommend considering your options when you move.
    Sorry to disagree with the Husky, Akita, Chow,and Maremema.
    These dogs are seen in shelters for being howlers, escape artists and destructive through boredom.

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Apr 2009


    i agree completely with molly, those WORKING breeds need a lot of work and not for the inexperienced as well as NOT for a small backyard. have you considered a sheltie? king charles? pug? boston terrier?

    the breed will also depend on how much time you think you will have to look after their coat, whether you can deal with fur everywhere or you want minimal fur dropping etc etc etc

    there are soooooo many breeds out there its just a matter of looking until you are both perfectly happy and you FEEL its right
    "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog." - Edward Hoagland

  5. #15


    I'm with Molly. No spitz breeds, and certainly not a Maremma in a small space... eeek!!

    I would have said Greyhound or Whippet. It sounds like you don't like their look so I would look at smaller dogs like Cavaliers or Bostons. Although... If you still like big a Borzoi or Deerhound would also fit the bill. But if you're not into Greyhounds you might not agree.

    There are breeds that certainly fit in with having owners that work long hours, but they are limited. It wold be best to get an older puppy or an adult as well.

    Do you have a list of things you would like in a dog, like coat length, size etc so we could try and think of some others for you?

  6. #16


    What you want is a couch potato unless your gonna put in a lot of time after work hours, i wouldnt recommend a rottweiler though because they are very destructive when bored and are also very fond of their family but they are a great breed though.

    here are some couch potatoes that i found on the net. Not sure how accurate this site is.

    Basset Hound
    Bernese Mountain Dog
    Chinese Crested
    Chinese Shar-Pei
    Chow Chow
    French Bulldog
    Great Pyrenees
    Irish Wolfhound
    Japanese Chin
    Lhasa Apso
    Miniature Pinscher
    Neapolitan Mastiff
    Saint Bernard
    Shih Tzu

  7. #17
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    Jan 2010


    Mastiff breeds are ok for small spaces if you have the time and effort to keep their minds happy. Small dogs can be just as destructive as a large dog if equally as bored.

    great danes,bordeaux, english mastiff have been called apartment dogs by some owners.

    I have a mastiff mutt and he does love to have a good zoomie but also happy to spend a good chunk of his time lounging about.
    I think if in a confined space that would make them to stop and start alot mid zoomie would do damage to their joints when they are growing. So that would be something you have to watch.

    If your both commited to bringing a dog into your family then wether you work or not shouldn't matter because you will be dedicating quality time to your dog.
    If its just a passing phase then you will have problems/issues later you will have to deal with.

  8. #18


    Quote Originally Posted by oceandonkey View Post
    Thank you for the suggestion on the grey hound. I couldnt see myself owning a grey hound though.

    What about a British bulldog?, I read a bio that they come with inborn lazyness as a natural attribute. Do this lazyness translate into self entertainer?

    They are so cute as well. That's where myself and the GF differ, I love them where as she is not too fussed.
    A British Bulldog is a great dog, i owned one, and have meet many, and most of them were NOT lazy dogs, my old Duke was full on for a long time, but had a major heart problem, so we had to be very careful with him

    IF you do go this way, please be very very careful of breeders, there are a few dodgy ones ripping people off at the moment
    Quote Originally Posted by hachna View Post
    Hi OD,

    How about Australian Bulldog. It is a cross breed between EB and Pug.

    and mastiff, and god only knows what other breeds, my brother owns one of these, and i would never, ever own one, she has massive breathing problems, and is very, very full on.

    I dont see why you cant look into getting a Rotty, if that is what you want?

    If you are looking at moving in 8 months... where are you getting a dog from? A breeder? It may take a few months to get hold of a good breeder who has a litter due, so if that is the breed you have your heart set on, i would seriously look more into it before thinking about other breeds.
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  9. #19
    Join Date
    Feb 2010


    Hi oceandonkey,
    i haven't read through all the replies so sorry if i double up.
    My partner and I got 2 dogs 8 months ago (from pups). a kelpie/border collie and a boxer. they are alone for 6-7 hours per day. even though they have each other by the time we get home they are bursting with energy.
    for larger breeds i would recommend taking them out morning and night and making sure they have toys rotated every day to keep them occupied. personally, ive found even if then have an action packed weekend, if they only go out once a day during the week then they start developing behaviour problems.
    As someone else mentioned it can be hard to find a new place when renting. We have recently moved and found a place that accepted pets after looking for a few months, lucky for us its a nice house. but we had to settle for a place that didnt have EVERYTHING we were after, because REALLY nice places have just too many applications from people without pets who would not potentially damage the place.

    Boxers are beautiful friendly, active and cuddly dogs but they are also stubborn and need strong leadership. a lot of socialisation and training starting from 8 weeks (or it is now recommended to get your pup from 7 weeks if the breeder allows).
    And Please Please Please pay the extra and get him/her from a registered breeder. It is worth it in the long run for both the dog and you financially as boxer can have varied genetic health issues.

    I hope this helps best of luck and good on you for researching breeds first

  10. #20
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    planet Earth


    Quote Originally Posted by Mollinator View Post
    I don't know much about which dogs are good for apartment/townhouse living but I know a Rottweiler definitely is not. They are a working breed which requires a LOT of exercise and mental stimulation. They will jump 6ft fences to get out if they're not happy and the last thing you want is a Rottweiler roaming the streets due to people's fear of them, plus it would likely be stolen by someone who wants to use it for the wrong purpose. Rottweilers are also not a breed for inexperienced dog owners.

    Probably a small breed would be best given your living situation.
    As a rottie owner I can say it is not true. Of course, it all depends how you raise the dog. I have found mine 5 years ago on a rubish dump with 9 puppies, adopted pups and nobody wanted her. She was around 2-3 years old. I lived in an apartment back then. I took her home with me and there was only one incident the very first day when I went out and she had a panick attack that I was going to leave her. She's never had any mistakes (pee or poo or damaging). We took her out before work to do her business, then straight after we came home from work plus one long walk in the evening. I also know a lot of people who own rotties and live in apartments, houses with small yards etc. Now we have a yard but it's not all that big and I have two dogs and third that I foster.

    I have to agree that rotties aren't for inexperienced people as they can be very pushy and strong willed, but alltogether they are wonderfull, very loyal and very attached to their families. I would suggest perhaps you get a grown up spayed female from the shelter, and before hand you check for her history and behaviour. Yes they do need regular excercise but they are nowhere near as needy as belgian malinois would be for example (also working breed). They even tend to be lazy and quite slow.
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