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Choosing Between Large and Small Breeds for Your Home

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Many factors go into the decision about which breed of dog to choose for your family, including disposition, trainability, and hereditary issues. The size of a breed is the decisive factor for many dog owners, however, because each person has a different lifestyle that affects their ability to care for different sized dogs, particularly when it comes to where a person lives and the size of their home.

Generally speaking, people who live in cities and apartments tend to choose smaller breeds of dogs because they live in smaller spaces with less room, while people in suburbs and rural areas tend to have more space for larger dog breeds that often need more indoor space and exercise outside. On the other hand, city dwellers sometimes choose large dog breeds for protection (no one wants to break into an apartment with a rottweiler waiting on the other side of the door), while suburbanites may choose a smaller breed of dog for a variety of reasons.

Regardless of where you live, some of the issues to consider when choosing the right breed of dog for your particular lifestyle include

·         The breed’s disposition

·         The breed’s ease of training

·         The size of the breed

·         The size of your living space, family, and vehicle

·         The amount of time you have to devote to exercising the dog each day

·         Your work schedule and the number of hours you work

·         Your own activity level

·        The reason you are considering getting a dog in the first place (companionship, as a walking or running partner, for protection, etc.)

Of course, some people prefer to adopt mutts or mixed breeds in order to avoid problems that come along with inbreeding and the homogenization that sometimes comes with purebred dogs. Conversely, some dog owners choose purebreds because they’re more likely to know what they’re getting themselves into before they bring the dog home. And it’s important to keep in mind that the personalities of some mixed-breed dogs will still be dominated by only one of the breeds in their blood.

Apartment Living with a Dog

Apartment living presents several additional challenges for dog owners, chief among them the inability to send your dog out into the yard to relieve himself on his own. Instead many owners rely on a indoor dog potty or frequent walks outdoors. While people who live in smaller apartment complexes or close to the first floor have fairly easy access to the outdoors, residents of high-rise apartment buildings are forced to contend with long hallways, elevators, main lobbies, and sometimes nothing but concrete for blocks once they get outside. These situations don’t give Fido a lot of time to reach the outdoor bathroom when he really has to go, and training a puppy to go strictly outdoors can be nearly impossible.

Indoor Dog Potties

The difficulty of getting a dog outdoors to use the bathroom has not prevented millions of apartment dwellers from enjoying the companionship of dogs as pets. Many cities have wonderful dog parks, exercise areas, and other pet-friendly facilities that make owning a dog in the city a pleasure. Still, your dog may need to relieve himself as soon as you get home from work (or sooner), not thirty minutes later when you reach the dog park or his favorite patch of grass.

Newspaper and doggie pee pads have been popular for potty training puppies and for older dogs who are left alone inside for long hours, but indoor dog potties take this concept one step further by giving your pooch an appropriate place to go indoors without making him feel guilty or leaving a stinky mess for you to clean up when you get home. Indoor dog potties are as easy to clean as a cat box and can leave both you and your dog worry-free while you’re away from your home.

Indoor dog potties are ideal for apartment living, puppy potty training, or any home in which a dog must be left inside for extended periods. They are built for both small and large dog breeds, so dog owners are less limited by their living space in the breeds and sizes of dogs they can own. Indoor dog potties are more cost-effective and more environmentally friendly than doggie pee pads, because you don’t have to continually purchase a product that gets thrown in the trash after every use.

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