|Barked: Wed Aug 29, '12 7:02pm PST |
|For what you want, I disagree with Howard completely.
A Beagle would not fit. You want good recall? It may come with training, and yes, some Beagles are the exception when it comes to off leash training, but for the most part, their ears TURN OFF when their nose turns on. For everything else, the Beagle could work....
One problem... You want a dog that doesn't need a lot of mental stimulation? What kind of mental stimulation are we talking here? I understand a Border Collie would need too much... But a Beagle WILL get bored without mental and physical stimulation and a bored Beagle = a destructive Beagle. ANY dog will - so how much can be provided? If you want a dog with energy, it's going to need mental stimulation too.
I'll give an example. I got my Beagle at eight months old. He went to doggy daycare(I worked there), with me from 7:30am to 6:30pm(playing constantly), then we went home for dinner, then out again on a two hour walk, a stop at the dog park during said walk, and home again for bed and then we'd be up and starting over the next morning. And yes, we walked to and from my work to boot. This on top of training him, and teaching him tricks.
He's five years old next month, knows over forty commands and is only now at the point where he can be happily lazy on the couch all day, or hiking for several hours. And he's the exception to the breed! My foster dog required A LOT more, although he was only two years.
Really, more info is needed in order to suggest a good breed. How much exercise CAN and WILL be provided? How much mental stimulation can be provided too? It sounds like a good, older rescue may be the best route for your uncle.
Edited by author Wed Aug 29, '12 7:03pm PST
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