Need Assistance from the many Pet owners here :)

  1. I have wanted a puppy for 6 years but my landlord wont let me. In May, I will be graduating, and will be moving to a "pet friendly" condo/townhouse complex. So, I am trying to research and find a pet that will fit my lifestyle. I love cats, but I am extremely allegic to them, fish are pretty, but they dont like it when you pet them

    I am looking for a small/miniture breed of puppy that doesn't have an extremely high activity level since I will be living in a fairly small home. I will be working 7pm-7am, 3 days a week. But my fiance will be home to take the puppy on a walk at night.

    Any help would be appreciated

    Thanks!
    BrandyBSN
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  2. 41 Comments

  3. by   psnurse
    I am a retriever lover. Have a golden retriever. May not be the best choice for someone looking for a small dog.

    I also have a miniature red poodle. Very smart little dog. Small, doesn't shed. I didn't know that about poodles until I inherited one by marriage.

    Problem?? Barks when the wind changes direction.

    But again VERY smart. Compact. NO SHEDDING!! Does require a haircut about every 3 months or so.
  4. by   psnurse
    Also about the poodle.... when he was younger had a problem with hip dislocation. The breeder said it was a breed trait. Easy to relocate. Just pull straight out and set back into place.

    He has learned to manage himself and hasn't dislocated his hip in many years. Always happened while sliding across the kitchen floor.
  5. by   nicola
    ... but what about a dwarf rabbit? I really want one (apt isn't pet friendly) because you can litter train them, like a cat, if you get a kit and handle it, they get really friendly like a dog. They can be put in a cage when you aren't home and run free in the apt when you are. No barking!

    The down side is that you need to keep the nails and teeth clipped.

    My sister had a rabbit and I had a guinea pig - I personally love the larger rodents!
  6. by   Hooligan
    Brandy,

    I'm sorry to hear that you are allergic to cats. I'm a big fan...My husband and I have 5. Cats are great because they are lower maintenance you can actually leave them home alone and not worry that they are tearing the place apart!!

    If you want a dog here are some considerations...

    1) if you and your fiance have limited time to actually spend with the animal consider adopting an older dog (1-2 years). It doesn't have to be really old...just not a puppy. Puppies need a lot of attention. They're just as bad if not worse than children.

    2) Smaller dogs are yappers so if you're moving into an apartment you may want to take this into consideration. Your neighbors may not be too receptive.

    3) Adopt from a shelter...don't buy from a pet store!!! Adopted dogs (esp. mutts ) usually make better pets. Pet store and private AKC breeders' animals are too overbread and are usually crazier and much more high strung. This is at least my experience.

    I don't want to discourage you from getting a puppy...talk to your local shelter. They are experienced with different breeds and their needs. Also, they are probably really familiar with the tempraments of the animals they have.

    It's a shame I can't talk you into a kitten!! I just recently save a 10 week old from an untimely death! I already have 5 and really just can't take a 6th! I'm looking for a good home for him!!! He's so cute and had such a rough start. I found him at my friends house stuck in an outdoor drainpipe 6 ft. underground. They thought he was just a stray under their deck and fussing 'cause of the rain. He was there for at least 3 days!!! Poor thing was almost dead!! But 4 days and $310 later I now have a healthy, frisky kitty who desperately needs a home!! Any takers out there? I live in the south suburbs of Chicago...I'm willing to drive some distance.

    ~Bean
  7. by   BrandyBSN
    I would love to have a rabbit but, i am allergic to them too. I sneeze and break out in hives.

    Not much fun
  8. by   kaycee
    I totally agree with bean 76. Puppies need alot of attention and when you're working long shifts it's really hard on them.
    There are so many older dogs in shelters that need homes. They are usually already housebroken, you know what size they are, and the folks at the shelter can sometimes already give you an idea of their personalities.
    Small dogs are usually more high energy then the larger breeds. They also as already mentioned tend to yap alot.
    A medium size heinz 57 variety is your best bet. The dog I had when I lived in an apt was toy collie/terrier mix. He was about 35lbs. He was the sweetest best friend anybody could have.
    Whatever you decide, dogs are alot of work they're just like kids. They are worth it though.
    Good luck in your choice!
  9. by   mopsi
    I have a PUG!!! They are well adapted as a compainion dog. Require limited exercise.Kind of like me..LOL..Short hair, very little shedding. Very high loyalty level. Very loving as a breed. I do recomend a femalw verus a male if you choose this breed. The males tend to have a problem with marking(lifting their leg and giving a squirt of pee) even after neutering.I am lucky to have several animal shelters in my area and have had excellent luck with pet finding...You can go and become a frequent visitor..Just like dating all of a sudden...POOF...you're in love.I have read where if you pray and make a concious effort to find a pet..one will find you..Good Luck to you on your quest....By the way I'm really sick of the NO PETS policy of so many places..They give such joy to people in this lonely world..Again another example of the corporations dictating to the little people..
  10. by   betts
    They are family first,then pets;
    Foxfire Pom 'Baby' small breed,intelligent,affectionate,lap breed.
    Miniature Lab 'Starr' newer breed,22 to 28lbs,intelligent,affectionate
    Tabby 'Tigger' Resourceful,curious,stubborn but learns with patience
    Cockatiel 'Jocko' Trainable,loyal,curious,repeats whats said if repetitious(husband has him whistling Dixie)
    Parakeets 'Pete&Repete' ,talkative
    Love Birds 'Dean&Betty' Constantly tearing up paper on bottom of cage,messy,singing? i don't call it that!

    Yes, husband says hes' married to Ellie Mae Clampett...lol
  11. by   mopsi
    I have a PUG!!! They are well adapted as a compainion dog. Require limited exercise.Kind of like me..LOL..Short hair, very little shedding. Very high loyalty level. Very loving as a breed. I do recomend a femalw verus a male if you choose this breed. The males tend to have a problem with marking(lifting their leg and giving a squirt of pee) even after neutering.I am lucky to have several animal shelters in my area and have had excellent luck with pet finding...You can go and become a frequent visitor..Just like dating all of a sudden...POOF...you're in love.I have read where if you pray and make a concious effort to find a pet..one will find you..Good Luck to you on your quest....By the way I'm really sick of the NO PETS policy of so many places..They give such joy to people in this lonely world..Again another example of the corporations dictating to the little people..
  12. by   betts
    OOPS! Forgot my Beta Fish Fred...........lol
  13. by   nicola
    I also have a betta - named Fish. He lives in a vase with 3 bamboo shoots - very pretty and people think it's cool.

    I still wanna rabbit!
  14. by   Ortho_RN
    Hey Brandy...

    I post mainly on the student board.... However before my career change I was/am a Certified Vet Tech (nurse to the animals)... I don't think a puppy would be the best choice... especially the fact that noone will be there to train the puppy not to use the house as his toilet... They need to be taken out several times a day so that they learn that outside is the potty, not inside.... Unless you want to try and get them to use the doggy litter... But I think you should check into a humane society shelter and see what kind of younger dogs they have... They have dogs from 6mos up that have already been housebroken... And that would be perfect for you and your hubby, cause I am sure he doesn't want to clean poop when he comes in.... And even though I am a fan of pure breeds.. Mutts tend to make GREAT pets and have LESS health problems...

    I wonder if you would even be allergic to the hairless cat... They are ugly, but cats are 100x easy than dogs... Good luck, and if you have any other questions you can email me a vettech@ipa.net or post to me on the student board..


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