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I also have a greyhound.

They're pretty good apartment dogs. Pretty low energy, quiet, don't get bored as easily as many breeds. I had mine in grad school, lots of 12+ hour days and he was fine with a walk at lunch.

Mine is lazy as fuck, can barely get him to jog a half mile. Others are higher energy, sounds like you'd want one of them.


I doubt he'd really suffer, but the greyhound people don't recommend it. That's a long time to leave him outside alone. Mine loves anything from 40-80, hotter than that and he barely wants to go outside. Most of them don't like to jump too much, not really escape artists.



Greyhounds, having grown up around a bunch of other dogs, are pretty good about the "dog rules." Mine gets along with basically every dog that's even vaguely sociable. He's played with mastiffs and other huge dogs before no problem.


Greys are kind of weird in general though. Very hit or miss, people that are looking for the usual big dumb super enthusiastic golden retriever type probably wouldn't like them. I love 'em though, and I've had other dogs.

Yeah, I doubt he'd suffer, but they're just not outdoor dogs like that. Especially if its humid, or theres lack of shade. Plus, they need something soft to lay on so they dont get sores. I mean, in a pinch, it might work, but I wouldnt recommend it. Just need 5 minutes in the middle of the day to let him out and pee is all.

You can see in the picture on mines leg, he got a cut there. I think his was something equally as stupid. I don't remember though.
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Ever consider a small terrier? Westies and Cairns are great dogs, though Westies in my experience need more exercise than Cairns.

I had a Cairn terrier growing up. Great dog. Loved affection, didn't bark much, though we lived in a house so not sure how neighbors would react in your situation. He loved to play fetch more than go for walks, but we did plenty of each with him.

Dunno if there's a lot of rescue terriers in your area but it's definitely worth a look.
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No. Do not leave the dog outside. It really would only need to go out during that 8-12 hours for 5 minutes max, just so he can pee. If your roommate could take him out, thats golden. And if you let him out before you leave, odds are he can hold it until you get back in a pinch, just i wouldnt make him do it all the time. As with any dog. if your roommates dont suck, i cant imagine they'd mind taking him out for 5 minutes before they leave, if say they leave 3-4 hours after you - that would be fine too.

As for the mastiff playing? If its not an aggressive dog, it shouldn't be a problem. Just have to be careful as to how they play. Some dogs will play rough, not a bad thing, but the mastiff may unintentionally hurt the greyhound - they have really thin skin, and cut easily. Greyhounds don't roughhouse really, they're more likely to play tag. I've seen greyhounds and all sorts of dogs play together, it won't be an issue, just keep an eye on them is all.

Dogs lived outside since the fucking ice age.

It's not a problem.





Anyway my best advice for someone without their own back yard "living in a flat" etc is don't get a dog.

Just don't do it. There problem solved. People always think of the time spent with the dog, but in reality you will be out with friends, at work, doing homework and so forth while the dog will chew it's own feet raw because you never go running with it and it's bored and depressed.

Please think of the dog.
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If you MUST get one and it will spend a lot of time outside (as it should) get one that is appropriate for the climate. A malamute can sleep in 30F weather and not give a shit. As long as it's not getting wet.

So read about each breed on the wiki. Beats asking around here. I don't buy that Greyhounds are good apartment dogs for example. That's personal experience advice with one dog who may be old or fat or retarded or all of the above. Dog that are made to run will want to do just that. Pretty much most dogs are made to travel long distance every day in search of food. They get very restless and sad if you leave them alone in a small space for weeks.
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If you MUST get one and it will spend a lot of time outside (as it should) get one that is appropriate for the climate. A malamute can sleep in 30F weather and not give a shit. As long as it's not getting wet.

So read about each breed on the wiki. Beats asking around here. I don't buy that Greyhounds are good apartment dogs for example. That's personal experience advice with one dog who may be old or fat or retarded or all of the above. Dog that are made to run will want to do just that. Pretty much most dogs are made to travel long distance every day in search of food. They get very restless and sad if you leave them alone in a small space for weeks.

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Dogs lived outside since the fucking ice age.

It's not a problem.

Anyway my best advice for someone without their own back yard "living in a flat" etc is don't get a dog.

Just don't do it. There problem solved. People always think of the time spent with the dog, but in reality you will be out with friends, at work, doing homework and so forth while the dog will chew it's own feet raw because you never go running with it and it's bored and depressed.

Please think of the dog.

There's so much stupid in here that it's hard to figure out what is worth responding to.

There are a lot of different types of dogs, with wildly different temperament and physiology. Some require a lot of activity, some don't. Some are fine being outside in harsh conditions, others aren't. Modern dogs were "made" by breeders to fit highly particular roles, they are not in any way equivalent to something from the fucking Ice Ages or a modern wolf.

As far as the greyhounds, it's not just one guy saying they're good apartment dogs. Most greyhound adoption sites will confirm that. I've had one for years in an apartment/townhouse, my grandparents had one, and I know quite a number of other greyhound people who have done the same. Give 'em a couple decent walks a week and they're fine. No "chewing their feet off" or any shit like that. On the track they race for a few minutes a couple times a week. I can't get mine to jog a mile to save his life. He's a lazy bastard.


The one good thing you said: think of the dog. Get a dog suited for your lifestyle and environment. Don't get a Collie if you live in an apartment and work a demanding job. Don't get a dog if it's a passing fancy and you can't commit to taking care of it every fucking day for the next decade or so. Don't be the lazy asshole whose dog barks all day because it's bored and restless.
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i have a shar pei and i recommend them for everyone

perks:
-in the pittbull family, but the aggression has been bred out so you dont have to worry about the wrong people being bitten..... totally scare the shit out of a trespasser though
-mine grew out of most of her wrinkles ones with heavy wrinkles will build up yeast infections in their rolls and smell like a bag of dirty socks and she gets a bath every 3 months without any odor

-shar pei will see your home as "their cage" which means as early as 6 weeks old you will see them asking you to take them outside so no training necessary there i have to take my dog 3 houses down just to get her to pee and a block down to poop

-they are shortish hair and don't shed unless its their winter coat
-extremely smart and wonderful with children

negatives:
-they don't live very far past 10 ;-;
-they are very strong so walking them can be a work-out
-they have some genetic issues, but they have been bred out of them such as the wrinkles on their face can drag their eyelids down and can make them go blind... its a few hundred to have their eyes stitched up
and some odd skin diseases

favorite dog i have ever had and ive had great danes, rottweilers, dobermans, pomeranians, labs, retrievers, terriers
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There's so much stupid in here that it's hard to figure out what is worth responding to.

There are a lot of different types of dogs, with wildly different temperament and physiology. Some require a lot of activity, some don't. Some are fine being outside in harsh conditions, others aren't. Modern dogs were "made" by breeders to fit highly particular roles, they are not in any way equivalent to something from the fucking Ice Ages or a modern wolf.

As far as the greyhounds, it's not just one guy saying they're good apartment dogs. Most greyhound adoption sites will confirm that. I've had one for years in an apartment/townhouse, my grandparents had one, and I know quite a number of other greyhound people who have done the same. Give 'em a couple decent walks a week and they're fine. No "chewing their feet off" or any shit like that. On the track they race for a few minutes a couple times a week. I can't get mine to jog a mile to save his life. He's a lazy bastard.


The one good thing you said: think of the dog. Get a dog suited for your lifestyle and environment. Don't get a Collie if you live in an apartment and work a demanding job. Don't get a dog if it's a passing fancy and you can't commit to taking care of it every fucking day for the next decade or so. Don't be the lazy asshole whose dog barks all day because it's bored and restless.

What did i say that is wrong? Many breeds ARE fine outside, like malamutes. You basically reiterated what i said with the whole "breed traits" thing, good job I guess.

As for a couple decent walks every week, that's what i meant - most people won't do that. It's more like one walk every two months, if that. My neighbors and friends are like that, so are many people I meet.

If you don't live an active lifestyle that involves outdoors and your dog, don't get one that needs it. Which are most dogs. Except maybe those Shitsus and Maltese and similar, i don't know much about small dogs. Never had any and they seem like an inferior choice to a cat frankly.
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