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    Default Small dogs and small houses..

    Does anyone live with a small dog in a unit?

    I'd love to get a small dog for myself and DS and I can apply to have a small dog in my unit..but I wanted to know if anyone has done this successfully?

    I realise I would have to take the dog out everyday for a play and walk, and that I'd have to toilet train it... but just wondering what the pros and cons are of having a small inside dog in a unit??

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    I had a rottie in a unit so I don't see why not. To be honest I live in a large 2 storey home with a massive backyard and my dog doesn't utilize any of it. I don't believe a dog needs to live in a large home to be content.

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    We only have a unit with a tiny yard and I have a staffy and a schnoodle... They are fine. We walk most days and they have off leash time at the beach. They pretty much stay with me all the time anyway... Sitting at my feet

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    It really depends on the breed.

    Most people believe that small dog means small energy....not at all.

    Most small dog breeds were bred for the purpose of hunting, the terrier breeds such as the Parson's {Jack Russell}, Fox, and Manchester were bred for ratting and still keep with those needs and desires for lots of high burst energy.


    It depends what you want from your dog. Do you want a daily jogging companion? A lap dog? A snoring machine or a dog that is constantly dropping balls at your feet? A dog that you want to spend every day training or a dog that you will scrape by with the bare minimum?


    If you choose the correct purpose that you're after, you can have any breed in any size apartment, as it's needs and yours will be the same.

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    I have a ****zu x maltese x poodle. My house is small & has a small backyard & no grass at all - just garden beds, concrete & scoria. She is happy as. Doesn't get walked every day either. She causes no trouble whatsoever. She prefers to be inside the day & often I leave her inside & she can go all day without weeing. If you go for a lapdog type dog you should be fine.

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    Exactly what tough love said!

    I have a dog, she's little. A Maltese x Lhasa apso (she was a pound dog so not entirely sure). We live in a villa, no back yard. She sleeps on the deck, plays on the deck while we're at work. I walk her daily and play with her daily. Trips to beach on the weekend. She spends rest of time inside with us. She's not a high energy breed but daily walks are very important. And she's perfectly happily or balanced or whatever you call it for a dog.
    Research breeds and if you can rescue from a local shelter. Usually you can meet them, play with them etc. you'll know their temperament and they usually offer a trial period in case it doesn't work.
    Good luck. Having a dog is a wonderful experience!!!!

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    I have a Jack Russell. Do not get one if you only have a unit! He goes stir crazy even in a decent sized yard. In fact he even went a little nutty om a 1/4 acre block lol.


 

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