Most dogs, no matter the breed will adapt to living indoors. I sure wouldn't want to live outside all the time. It would depend upon how much space you have in your home and your yard. If you are active and enjoy exercising, then choose a sporting type dog. More of a couch potato? Chose a lazier dog. :D
Cute or not, any type of dog would live in my house. Even when I get a rescue in who has been outside or in a outdoor kennel, they come indoors. I believe all dogs should live indoors as a family member.
I also believe that dogs should be indoors, now I have a unique situation where one of my dogs can't be inside for very long at all, he has a medical condition with his lungs that is sort of like pre asthma and he hyperventilates when he has been inside too long, except in the summer, when he can only go out for a few minutes at a time. My vet said it would take years off of his life to let him sit there and pant alll the time. Koda can't stand it for MAXIMIUM of an hour before he has to be outside. I feel bad for him because he wants to be able to come in, but after just a few minutes, he wants back out. Had Koda NOT had this problem, he would be inside. Dogs are dogs, yes, but they deserve nothing less then you. Koda sleeps in our garage and he has a heater by his crate but we have to regulate the heat so that he is not to warm and not to cold. We do bring him in for visits in the house though, and he likes that.
You're better off looking at the temperament/behavior of a breed than its cuteness because a dog whose temperament/behavior is a good match for you will grow cuter with each passing day, and a dog whose temperament/behavior is a bad match for you will not stay cute for very long.
My favorite dog that has been inside was my Old English Mastiff. She was 220 pounds, all muscle, but afraid of cats, birds, our Yorkies, lizards and anything that moved. But, it was so funny to have her laying in the entry way when the pizza man came...to see the look on his face! It was great! I want another so bad. They are great for single women! Just, they drool so much!
I think when they say indoor dog they mean a small dog. Unfortunately, some people think that big dogs like the GSD or rott need to be outdoors. When I tell some people that my GSD lives inside my house some people look at me like I am nuts. That's ok though because I wouldn't have it any other way.
scarydog. i get the same flack from some people, mainly my sister about our gsd harley being indoors. she likes to inform me that he's an outside dog. i ask her to show me something that states that gsds or any other dogs are to be kept outside. he has been indoors since he was born. he goes out and does his business and comes back in. he's getting up there in age at 10 and doesnt get around much, but he's always been content to be with the rest of the family ..inside.
I like chihuahua's, Japanese Chin's and GSD's I also like other breeds, but those are the ones I have.
When we go visit my husbands family who lives 3-4 hours from us. I bring our dogs with. They do not mind about the small dogs in the house. Our GSD needs to stay outside and they put him in the garage. I am a little annoyed about that. What can I do though it is their house and I cant not let my husband visit his family. I don't trust those kennels to watch him so I am stuck!
I told my hubby during the nice times him staying in the garage to sleep at night is ok he has his bed and stuff. During the day I stay with him mostly all day outside since it is so nice where they live in the summer we go on walks and stuff.
I will not allow them to put my dog outside during this time and thanks for reminding me we are going there for Thanksgiving and it is really cold now. I am going to have to call them and if they plan on making him stay out in the freezing garage with no heat I am NOT going!
They have a dog they keep outside 24 -7 and it ticks me off! The dog never gets any attention why even own it? They think big dogs should live outside. I complain all the time to my hubby about it.
Anyway just wanted to tell you my GSD and all my other dogs live INSIDE! I do not put them on chains EVER! Well unless we are walking them a leash : )
I feel like most of the others. Dogs, no matter their size, should live in the house.
Of course, I do know that there are exceptions, such as workinngs who aren't happy unless they're keeping cattle in line, or keeping predators away from the herd. But then these aren't really pets, per se. Pets belong in the house.