What is the best dog for new owners

what dog would be best for some one who has never owned a dog and lives in an apartment?

Asked by Member 1003837 on Sep 11th 2010 Tagged breed, dog, apartment, newowner in Breeds
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Winnie Mae

We'd need lots more information. How long do you plan on living in an apartment? Do you have any other pets? How big is the apartment? How much training are you willing to do? How much exercising? How long will the dog be alone during the day?

If you re-post your question and include more details, or post in the forums, we'll be able to help you more :*)

Winnie Mae answered on 9/11/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


I would consider your landlord's policies on dogs and then consider how much time you are willing to spend on walking, care, food, and expenses of day care for the dog while you are gone.

Dieta answered on 9/11/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


If you live in an apartment, you need a quiet dog. You probably work full time, so a lower activity dog too.

I highly recommend spending time talking to rescue groups in your area that have dogs in foster care. Let them know the limits of your apartment building (size/weight), and activity level. Have them help you find the perfect adult dog for your situation.

Mutts are always a good bet, they are super grateful.

Snickers answered on 9/11/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Add some more details. Do you have the time to groom, train, and care for your dog? I would not recommend a herding or hunting breed.

Jet answered on 9/12/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Keep in mind all dogs are going to need consistant training on hard work regardless of the breed. Do your homework before deciding for sure if your able to commit. The shelter also has tons of already house trained adults if you don't want to go through potty training a puppy and dealing with teething. There are lots of websites that give you information on requirements for breeds. Almost any dog can live in an apartment as long as it gets walked everyday. most smaller breeds require less excersise. Although others, Like a jack russle terrior bounce off the walls. just be sure you're ready for
-Constant training and time spent
-dealing with potty accidents
-chewing and teething
-whining at night at first
-lots of walks
-vet bills
-food, toys, bedding, crate
-years of commitment
-possible trainer bills
-Having to take it potty once every hour when it's young(Not exaggerating!) lol
-and remember, all dogs are hard work regardless of the breed. Some easier than others though.

Sig answered on 9/14/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer