I am a single mom with two kids a 15 year old girl and a 12 year old boy, we live in a 1500 sq foot apartment in Orlando Florida. I own a papillon that is three years old and is a wonderful dog for me, but he doesn't really hang with the kids much. My son wants a dog of his own to be his companion. He really likes beagles and basset hounds. I am a little unsure about how that kind of dog would do in an apartment, and how it would do with my papillon who is only 6.5 lbs. If any of you out there have any advice I would really appreciate it either on the dogs named above or any other recommendations of dog breeds that might be good with papillons and be a good dog for my son.
***Edited By: butterflydog on 5/12/2005 11:52:48 AM*** Reason: spelling
i personally would not get a beagle or a bassett hound for an apartment. maybe your son would be happy with a boston terrier or a pug. both are not terribly bigger then your papillion and make good apartment dogs.
hounds like the beagles and bassetts tend to be noisy and would drive your neighbors crazy at some point.
First off i would look for something that is going to be close to the size of the dog you have. Even more so as you are in a aparment. If the dog is going to be for your son i would take him to see if the puppy will go to him. But remember they can change there mind who they are going to like more. You could always make a rule that only your son is to give her treats by doing that she is going to think that when she see's him something good is coming.I have heard Boston Terriers make great family dog there easy to potty train and there great in Apartments!
***Edited By: julieh on 5/12/2005 11:57:58 AM*** Reason: .
I think I would research and find a dog that has the same temperment of your Papillon. Maybe the answer is simply get another Papillon. Then your dog would have a equal companion and you son would have a dog you know something about. I have a mini schnauzer so I am parcial to that breed. But if I was getting my 14 yr old son dog it would be another schnauzer simply because I know the breed and what to expect and so that when his hormones kick in and the dog has been replaced with girls and dating. Then I would still be very happy with the dog he wanted. But remember the dog will make the ending decision as to who is its favorite human. Good luck.
I would have to disagree with Scout1 (no offense) I live in a 800 sq foot condo and have a beagle who only barks when my puppy pounces on him and that is b/c he does not liked to be touched on his hind legs/hips from an unknown injury he sustained. He is the quietest dog I have ever owned. He is the absolute best. I think beagles are perfect for apartments and condos. I take him for walks a lot and we explore in the woods behind my complex, he will see a rabit or something go into point and not move until I tell him. He was about 2 or 3 when I adopted him and I'm so happy I did. He is great with my cats, daughter, neighbor boys who are scared to death of all dogs but him. I could go on and on but I have to stop sometime :)
You may want to look at a Chinese Crested Dog.. they are easy to maintain, live very happily in apartments and adapt well inside. They are excellent with children. They love to be around people and have even been labelled "emotionally needy" .. please do your research before getting any dog, and be sure you have the time to dedicate to him, especially if he is a Chinese Crested, as they are very unhappy when left alone.
My daughter is 5 years old and loves our lil guy. They get along quite well together.
Go to dogbreedinfo.com and do lots of online breed searches to find the temperament appropriate for your household. Also consider things like the amount of maintenance you're wiling to provide as far as grooming, shedding, exercise, etc. Once you decide on a breed you'll just have to look for the right dog b/c many dogs that are the same breed are very different from one another. I'd also start looking at petfinder.com for all the dogs at shelters in your area. Mixed breeds make wonderful family pets much of the time and shelter dogs can be so loving and appreciative when they find a good home. Just do a lot of research and wait until you find the right dog. Don't rush into it. Have fun and good luck!
I have a 12 yr. old daughter and a 15 yr. old son and we have a miniature schnauzer who is perfect for our family. She's playful and fun with my husband and son, but gentle and loving with me and my daughter. She's so quiet and obedient and she doesn't shed or have doggy smell. There is nothing she wants to do more than just be with us. :-)
***Edited By: ms_mom on 5/18/2005 11:34:01 AM*** Reason: Wanted to add the part about my own dog.
i honetly think that a beagle or a basset hound is not right for u, because beagles are very loud and some bassets are very lazy and they drool, i would know because my cousin has one. The dog right for an apartment and will be good for your papillion and also your family of course will be a mini poodle or maybe a prembroke welsh corgi. There cute dogs and great with kids and people. Well hope u find the right dog.
syrn11- there always exceptions to the rule and i think your's is one of them. beagles are notorious howlers. I personally think if your son just wants a friend, a mix would probably fill the need. but if you are certain on a beagle or basset all hope is not lost. i would go with the basset. lower energy level, tires faster than a beagle, cannot run as fast, and beagles like to run. bassets can be howlers also. but you can aviod of it and prevet it by training. the way i crate train dogs (this usually when they like to howl) i will crate them for and let them howl and when they stop i will let them out. the dog getst the idea that i always come back and i only comeback when it is quite.
I must have the exception because my beagle is not very energetic either, he sleeps more then any other dog I know. Maybe he is older then what the humane society thought. I will have to ask the vet. Sheesh I hope nothing is wrong with him. Great now I'm worried. Thanks Gunny!! :)