I am interested in adopting a small companion dog. I live in Puerto Rico and I will be a first time dog owner. I am researching on what breed of dog is suitable for the lifestyle that I am able to provide to my companion. I am single with no kids and live in a townhouse with a terrace and no patio. I am looking forward to traing the dog to live with me inside the house. I will be able to play and walk the dog daily. However, the dog will be left alone for 10 hours a day while I work.
Using this description I have been emailing breeders to obtain information on shih-tzus, bichon frises, charles spaniels, and havaneses. Most of them have answered that no dog should be left alone for that long. One of them answered that the havanese would be fine under that condition.
I wanted to know your opinion on this, since some of my friends have living situations just like mine and they do have dogs, and they seem fine. However, the breeders are experts on dogs and I want the best for my pet.
I don't think it's right to make a dog hold it for 10hrs. Are you going to use puppy pads or a litter box? I also don't think it's right to leave any puppy alone for that amount of time. If you really want a dog, you need to be looking for an adult. Perhaps a rescue or retired show dog. Also most of the breeds you posted are bred solely to be companions, so no I don't think they would do well being left for so long. You should look into a more independent breed.
Definately, I will use a puppy pad. Also, I am willing to do research on more independents breeds, but I haven't been able to find out information about it. Do you have any suggestions? I appreciate your comments.
When I got my dogs, I knew that I would be away from home at work for a least 8 hours, and this is at the most as they would sometimes be a lot less than that...I had to be prepared for accidents & I still am...I wouldn't expect anyone let alone an animal hold on that long...I often ensure paper is left down for them to go on, and they are real good at that...The other thing I did was get two, they are litter mates (brother & sister) so that they would have company while we are away at work...This way I knew they would have company rather than be alone
it is very hard to raise a puppy when you work all day. I have a 5 month old right now. first you better have a tought heart if you try to adopt I applied for 4 dogs from different rescues they wouldn't adopt to me because I worked durring the day or because I lived in a condo. so I bought a puppy. She is paper trained, completely and we walk 1 mile every day and play ball and groom. it takes my entire evening. she also sleeps with me so she is not alone at night as well as all day. Bailey is happy and healthy she has lots of stuffed animals and toys. It takes alot of my energy and more time than I'd like but in the end it will be worth it. You just have to be really really commited. To bad one of the little rescue dogs didn't get to benifit from my commitment and love.
I know how hard it is to get a rescue dog and i'm home all the time and have a nice country home and i had to jump through hoops to get my two rescues.I think as long as you can take care of the dog and give it a loving home that's what's important,if there's a way that maybe you could have someone stop in and check on your pet that might also work.I don't know what your life style is as i know people who have friends or family members who go and check on their animals and spend a little time with them.Hope you have luck in your search,i wish you well.