I am currently finishing up my degree in college within the next 2-3 months and will be moving back home for a few months before I move back out to get my own apartment more than likely. I am, however, looking at getting a dog when I move back home, but I am having a hard time deciding what type to get. There are so many type out there and I like a lot, but i'm just not sure what type to get for myself. My parents home is a large house with a large backyard, which is nice, but i'm concerned about when I move out and get my own apartment or townhome. Growing up my parents raised spaniels, retrievers and labs but i'm just not sure if that would be suitable for me, if anyone has any advice please help me with this. Thank you.
I would suggest maybe an older dog or at least an older puppy. 1+ yr since you might not have to deal with potty training or the high puppy energy. Often they have some basic manners and training as well.
Have you considered looking at a shelter or rescue?
I haven't considered looking at a shelter or rescue, there are many in the Raleigh, NC area that I will probably take a look at. I will definitely have to take a look there. I'm sure the people that work there will be able to help me out as well. Thank you for the advice.
Have you considered a cocker spaniel or a field spaniel? They are great dogs when bred properly and socialized properly. Cockers seem to turn up in rescue, too, although not as often as some other breeds.
Here in St. Louis we seem to be lousy with lab mixes, and they can be wonderful dogs.
I agree with the poster that a dog over a year would be best for an apartment or townhome. I would caution you that any dog is likely to be lonely and bored while you are at work. Have you considered getting a cat and a dog?
Mine seem to be good company for each other, and they certainly are never bored.
Hey Oz, from experience, , I think a dog over a year would be best, Im 26, work full time, and stay very busy, I got my dog at 3 months old, it was so very, very hard for the first year, the chewing, the dis regard for the word "no". But, if you do have a little extra time, it does pay off, because Ive had my dog since he was a baby, we learned a lot about each other. I know its just a dog, but the two of you really get a bond, JJ knows when Im in a hurry and don't have the time to play games, and I know when he just needs just a bit more attention! I can hike and go on trails and not worry about putting him on a leash, he isn't going any where! If you get a dog over a year, they already have their own routine down (but can still become your best friend). SO it's your choice! Im personally a huge fan of Rhodesian Rhidgebacks, they are big dogs, but their protective, but not aggressive, and they can handle the weekdays in the apartment, just let them loose on the weekends at the dog park or something. They make great joggin,hiking partners!! They will be attatched at your hip!
Hi Oz it also depends on your lifestyle & experience as well...
When I first moved into my apartment I ended up adopting a 3mo. old Bully from a local rescue. I wasn't sure if it was the right breed for me but knew there was something special about her. I spoke with the rescue along with trainers & found that it was a breed that fit my lifestyle (Slightly active- we run in the am, comical-always smiles just like me, but also can be a cuddle bug couch potato.... she loves to watch movies).
I immediately made time for training, bought a crate, & stated socialization. She learned quick & always aims to please but it did take time on my part to show her what behavior was appropriate. Hope you find the perfect breed for you && Good Luck with your search.