|Barked: Sat Jul 10, '10 12:46pm PST |
|I have never not reccomeneded a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier to someone who wants a medium non-shedding dog, but since you are living in an apartment, it wouldn't be the best choice. Wheaten Terriers are an have an endless amount of energy and love to play. It actually really puzzles me on why they are considered good apartment dogs. I know my two Wheatens would just hate living in an apartment. I've had Buckeye for four years and Brutus for one. I know Wheatens. They love a yard and a bigger area. And plenty of excersise. Wheatens are known for acting like puppies for their entire lives.
Be aware that some Wheatens can live in apartments. If you are planning on getting a female Wheaten, it may turn out okay. Female Wheatens shouldn't reach over 40 pounds. We know a family who has a female who weighs only 30, and another family who had a Wheaten weighing around 30 as well. All of the male Wheatens we know weigh over 40 pounds, including our dogs Brutus and Buckeye. I couldn't tell you yes or no whether you should get a Wheaten or not. Its pretty iffy because some Wheatens are more laid back than others. Some don't mind apartments, but others wouldn't bare to live in one.
This probably isn't much help! I just don't know what to tell you. I don't think it would be ideal to get a Wheaten as an apartment dog, but if you want one, by all means.. go for it! I would look in to the Miniature Schnauzer. I think you'd like this breed. Miniature Shnauzers are actually pretty similar to Wheatens, but are smaller and more laid back. They come in various coat colors, mostly ranging from grey to black, or both. They can be very smart if you train them well. This breed will probably need lots of brushing or grooming, but they do not shed a lot. They may be a little competitive, and are always alert, but they make great pets. They can be very affectionate. Please know that these dogs do need a pretty decent amount of excersise.
If I could I would give a million thumbs up to the Wheaten, but I wouldn't know about one living an apartment life. They are very high energy, but when they are relaxed, they are very sweet and fun. I love them so much, because of how people and dog friendly they are. If I were going to get a Wheaten and I lived in an apartment, I would totally consider the female Wheaten.
You can also check out Poodles or Portuguese Water Dogs. If you do decide to get a smaller breed, look out for Malteses, Coton de Tulears, Bichon Frises, Lhaso Apsos, Shih Tzus, Bologoneses and Lowchens. Please paw mail me if you have any more questions, as I'll gladly answer them. Good luck with finding the perfect pooch!
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