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jlyko23 asked in PetsDogs · 1 decade ago

What are the best dog breeds for adopting if I will be at work all day?

I am seriously considering adopting a dog but I am having reservations because I will have to leave him/her at home for 8-9 hours a day during the week and I live in an apartment in NYC. Are there any breeds that are best for this situation or any ideas? If its not good for the dog, I won't adopt.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    A cat,fish,or small animals would be a far better choice until there will be someone home more often. =)

    Quite honestly,a cat or small animals (ferrets,guinea pigs,rabbits,gerbils,hamsters,chinchillas,etc) would love you for being gone so long and leaving the house quiet.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Dogs are social animals and need to spend time with their humans. The situation you describe is not ideal but some dogs will adapt. Terriers and working breeds would not be your best choice. A small spaniel usually adapts well. Can someone exercise the dog at least once during the day? Most importantly remember to get your dog protected with shots and teach him as you would a human chilld. Lastly, try a rescue society. Many of these dogs are anxious for someone to love.

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  • 1 decade ago

    If you work all day it is best you don't get a small dog. Chihuahua's have small bladders and need to be taken out frequently. A good quality to look for in a dog is their energy level, you do not want a dog with lots of energy to tear apart anything while you are at work. Puppies are not a good idea they need to be watched and trained. To potty train them you have to take them outside very often.

    A great book that helps you find the right dog for you is called THE RIGHT DOG FOR YOU by Daniel F. Tortora, Ph.D.

    Another option since you work a lot is a cat.

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  • VAgirl
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    If you can get a dog walker or come home during the day (lunch) then maybe an older dog. Honestly, you may want to get a cat. Maine Coon Cats are large cats with dog like personalities. Maybe a good choice.

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  • fails
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    you particularly can no longer guarantee something some canines, even breeds that are meant to be one way, nicely there is often that canines who's merely itself, the perfect subject i will assert is to speak to the rescue human beings and spot in the event that they have paid interest to which canines barks alot, looks a sprint hyper, or needs alot of coaching, yet massive rescue communities infrequently comprehend the character of the animals, the no kill centers pay extra interest, from journey i will inform you greyhounds are magnificent in residences, i comprehend their massive yet maximum are actually not barkers are aready crate knowledgeable and are settee potatoes, mine like to take a lond walk, yet are actually not probable into working or strolling, in case you do want to enable them to run it must be in a fenced section, they are sight hounds and can't be enable off the leash in an open section, additionally steps could be a topic, mine have been effective in a million day, yet i do no longer think of they might do nicely on non-carpted, they have those long legs and mine had on no account considered steps in the past, yet my 1st one lived in an house for 2 yrs and all and sundry enjoyed her, they do shed yet no longer plenty merely brush them. You coud continually confer with the rescue & they are able to tell yu if the canines could be suitable for you national Greyhound Adoption software(NGAP). Mine does no longer be chuffed in a crate all day as quickly as I have been given them, now the crate has been saved away for years.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Thank you for wanting to adopt, and yes, you can still have a dog if you have to work all day. Just not a puppy by any means!

    Go to your shelter and look for a senior or overly quiet dog. Or check out www.petfinder.com and look for a retired racing greyhound.

    There are some young dogs of certain breeds which would also be okay, but you just cannot be sure.

    But do check out petfinder and scroll through the dogs in your area that are listed as senior or older adult

    Thank you for rescuing!!

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  • 1 decade ago

    You shouldn't adopt a dog at all until you have more time. He/she is going to need time to get used to you and if your never around it never will. But if you want to adopt, never, never, ever get a yorkshire terrier under those circumstances. My sister has one and when no one is around it will just pee on the floor or leave droppings everywhere. Like the others said get a different pet. Or go to a pet store or a breeder and ask for advice.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    if you're set on getting a dog, an older (as in, not a puppy, full grown, already trainned) is a better choice, and it should be a smaller dog, maybe a pug or peikense sized thing since its going to be an apartment dog. but be sure that you have time to take it out and for walks, and to spend lots of time with it on the weekends and after work.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Bad for you, bad for the dog and bad for neighbors. Not only can't you be with the dog all day but it will tie you down if you want to go out all night, the dog will take revenge (soil things, chew things, bark or howl) it's know as separation anxiety.

    I had a dog for 12 years in a house with a large yard and it was still a problem. Never again while i'm single.

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  • 1 decade ago

    you need to do some serious consideration if you really want a dog, but you need to pick a very small breed that can be in a crate all day, if you walk the dog before you leave and when you get home you sould be fine.

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