Adopting a dog. Is it too soon? And what Breed is best?

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  1. Unshifted

    Unshifted New Member

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    Hello.

    I recently posted that I had to put my dog, Tinder, down

    It hasn't even been a week (although it feels like it's been months) and I am missing having a dog like crazy. I never, ever knew it was going to be this hard. I have had a dog for almost my entire life, and it feels so extremely empty to be without one. I feel guilty that I am "replacing" Tinder Although that isn't what I am doing at all, because I know no dog will ever be able to replace him. I just miss having a dog to spend my time with and love. And there are so many dogs out there that need homes.

    I am on Petfinder.com searching like crazy for the perfect dog. I am trying to research breeds and their temperaments and health issues so I can make the best decision possible. I really love mixed breeds so that's what I'm aiming at, but I'll find a dog that's a mix and I'll obsessively research the two breeds that he's mixed with.

    My question for you guys is...what breed do you think would fit my lifestyle best?

    My boyfriend and I really want a dog that's more laid back. But when it comes time for a walk, can go for a while. I don't want a lethargic dog, but I would prefer a more laid back one. The one thing I'm really afraid of is breeds that are prone to epilepsy. I watched Tinder suffer from seizures, and while I know it's treatable, it terrifies me. One other thing is dogs with smaller, more squished in faces are absolutely adorable...but their breathing problems make me nervous so those are out for me.

    A breed with a long lifespan would be amazing. The last thing is I really want a smaller dog. Smaller as in 15-25lbs, nothing bigger. I like dogs on the bigger end of that scale, but they're all good. The apartment we live in only allows dogs 25lbs or under so that's a pretty big requirement.

    I know, I sound picky. I am just trying to get the best possible dog, so I don't have to go through losing it in a few years I know absolutely nothing is for sure, and anything is possible. But I really want to try to do this as best I can.

    I found an absolutely *adorable* Miniature Pinscher, Chihuahua mix who is 15lbs. What do you know about these breeds? Do they fit my requirements?

    Thank you guys *so* much for your help I appreciate it a ton.
     
  2. bubbatd

    bubbatd Moderator

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    It's never too soon to fill an empty heart ... I found Ollie the day I had to put my Chip to sleep . I did type in Golden , but Ollie popped up and he was IT .
     
  3. elegy

    elegy overdogged

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    It is good to be picky! You're choosing a dog who will hopefully be with you for years and years. What I would do is find a rescue or a shelter that really does know their dogs, and talk to them. Tell them what kind of personality you're looking for, and see if they can point you toward a dog.

    You're not replacing Tinder. Tinder can never be replaced. We all know that. It's perfectly fine to be looking for a new dog. There is no universal "right time". You have to follow your heart.

    Good luck!!
     
  4. gallopingaround

    gallopingaround New Member

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    agreed. :D
     
  5. SmexyPibble

    SmexyPibble Blow. Me. Away.

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    I agree with elegy completely!

    Good luck and THANK YOU for adopting!

    Welcome to Chaz, BTW. I'm Breawna.
     
  6. noludoru

    noludoru Bored Now.

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    Elegy gave you great advice that most here will agree with. :) The right time for one person is often very different than the right time for another person, and if this is the right time for you, then it's right.

    I don't have any particular recommendations.... I think just about any breed would suit you fine. Have you considered hounds? Many hounds (coonhounds, bloodhounds, foxhounds, etc) are overlooked because people think they are "plain looking" or "too drooly" (in the case of some that can be true.. most aren't more drooly than a lab) or don't like baying. A lot of them get euth'd. It sounds like a hound could be a great dog for you.
     
  7. Ratboy

    Ratboy New Member

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    When my last dog, Gus had to be put down, I had planned on putting a deposit on two Greater Swiss Mountain Dog pups about a month later, from a litter planned for late June, about 4 months from when Gus died. I made it two whole weeks before agreeing "just to look" at the litter King and Molly came out of. I knew as I agreed, that I was "dead meat" and unless there was something wrong with them, that I would be getting two pups the next day. When my old Beagle died, I didn't make it a week before I got my Lab, Joe. I should have waited, he was the only dog I really spent any money on, and he was by far the most unhealthy one I have ever had.
     
  8. Renee750il

    Renee750il Felurian

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    When your heart is ready, it's time :)

    Just look with your heart.
     
  9. Bahamutt99

    Bahamutt99 Dafuq?

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    What about something like an Italian Greyhound? MinPins are neat dogs, but very willful, and they love the sound of their own voice, which might be an issue in an apartment. Chihuahuas are probably similar.
     
  10. JustaLilBitaLuck

    JustaLilBitaLuck New Member

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    I'd go to a rescue group that has animals in foster homes, so you can find the most out about their personality, temperament, and requirements - you can find the perfect mutt for you!

    As far as breeds go, I'd look into Whippets or Italian Greyhounds. Most fall under 25 lbs, they're quiet, calm, and easily trainable.
     
  11. Jared.

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    I would second the hound notion, although the only ones that come to mind that would be remotely close to the 25lb mark would be beagles.
     
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    No, it's not too soon if it feels right. You can never, ever replace Tinder ... but another dog will help fill the great void that's in your life right now. Don't rush though, make sure you choose well.

    Hound breeds are great, but some can be difficult to housebreak ... so if adopting get an adult that already has proven itself as housebroken. If you specifically want longer life then a smaller breed is your best bet, as generally speaking the larger the dog the shorter the life span. To research breeds try http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/

    From that site, click the words "All Breeds" at the top of the page. It has short capsules of information on most breeds and is a good starting point. A mixed breed is a possibility as well. Although many can be generally healthier than purebreds, it can also go the other way. Some mixed breeds unfortunately inherit health problems from both (or more) breeds that comprise their mix ... "hybrid vigor" sometimes works and sometimes doesn't! Say away from poodles and poodle mixes if you want to avoid epilepsy.
     
  13. bubbatd

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    Agree .... you'll know if it's meant to be . I swear my Goldens at The Bridge sent Ollie ..... he was my one and only search . You'll know !
     
  14. Lilavati

    Lilavati Arbitrary and Capricious

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    It is not too soon. You are ready when you feel ready. That might be the same day or next year. Its different with every person, and every grief. Sometimes there are external reasons. When one of my cats, Bago, had to be put to sleep, we were at the shelter that afternoon, looking, because we had another cat who was elderly and territorial, and we didn't want her to be used to being an only cat. I felt a little bad about it, but the adoption counselor at the shelter said something like: "We don't judge. There's no too soon, if its what you need and your heart can take it. And you're saving a really nice boy." And we did. Shadow is a lovely cat.

    I don't know alot about small dogs, but people have given some pretty good advice. I'd definately consult petfinder . . . you may find the perfect new companion, who needs you as well.
     
  15. Georgygirl

    Georgygirl Uffda!

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    I'd ask about the personality of the chi/min pin. I fostered a min pin for awhile in my apartment and it was pretty difficult. They have quite the bark and they like to use it. They are kind of bossy dogs too. My foster had been moved around a lot so she had quite a few issues. She was a sweetheart, but she really hated the noises and environment of an apartment. She got a home with a nice family now that has a big yard where she gets all the attention as an only dog. They love her to death and I couldn't be happier for her. Of course each dog has their own personality and it would definitely be worth it to ask!!

    The only other small breed I have personal experience with is the boston terrier. They fit your size requirements pretty well. I know you are worried about breathing problems. It's usually only a problem on very hot and humid days (as long as the dog doesn't have an elongated pallet or narrow nasil passages) Since you are thinking about adopting I think those problems will be already known with the dog. I usually just make sure to walk my dog in the morning or the evening and I haven't had any problems. In fact, he pants less than my parents beagle on a walk. Of course, with short faces there's usually snorting, snoring, and various other odd noises. I think they are cute, but if they aren't something you will be able able to tolerate a boston definitely wouldn't be for you. I usually go for a two mile walk with Joey everyday, but he could definitely go longer if I wanted too. That and a playing session usually leaves him pretty laid back during the day. He does like to pull out his toys and play or chew on his cow hooves, but he isn't pestering us. And if we're sitting down he loves to curl up next to us and nap. Again, this is my experience with my boston. Each dog has their own personality and if you go to a breed specific rescue (or even some regular rescues) that has a foster program the foster family will be able to tell you all about the dog's personality.

    Good luck in your search!
     
  16. msm4

    msm4 Bostons rock!

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    WHat about Boston terriers? I have had won and are great dogs! Mine enjoyed long walks too.
     
  17. Boemy

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    Italian greyhounds are buggers to housetrain, though.
     
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    I can so relate to you. When we lost our dog about 6 weeks ago, I became obsessed with getting another one. I have searched and searched on craigslist and petfinder also. I am too feeling guilty for replacing mine but I know I can give another one so much love.
     

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