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Planning to get a Dog, but no idea, please help?

Hello people ! Guys, I am planning to get myself a dog (Pet) but honestly I don't have any idea which breed I should go in for. I live in an apartment in mumbai. So, considering the climate and also the apartment life which breed should be ideal for me. I don't want an overtly active dog. Also, the dog has to be obedient and friendly.And as I am gonna have a kid at home, I think I also have to keep in mind about possible problem of their fur. So far i have shortlisted Pug, Labrador, Dalmation, Boxer, Dobermann, Beagle, Rottweiler... Generally speaking How much a puppy will cost? (I don't want to sound rude when I ask abt the price) What will be an approximate monthly expense for nurturing a healthy dog? Can anybody help me with this ! I will really appreciate your honest opinions and/or first hand experiences....any other additional information will be really helpful.Hope to hear from you all very soon
By Rahul · 23 May 2009 12:54 am


By MAVI KENNEL · 23 May 2009 5:30 pm
Hi rahul
you can go for pug begale as you are saying you live in flat so you can also opt for other small breed dogs . after consult which breed . Price for these breed depends breeder wise
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By Praniti · 23 May 2009 11:15 pm
Hey! :)

Some of the breeds suitable for apartment life include basset hounds, beagles, pugs, poodles, chihuahuas, lhasa apsos, maltese, miniature pinschers, poms etc. Please take into accout that ALL dogs do need some amount of activity but every individual puppy is different irrespective of the standard breed definitions. Most of the breeds you have listed are larger dogs which can do well in apartments if exercised sufficiently. However, for every dog "sufficient" has a different meaning. I'm not trying to confuse you but just trying to say that do study about the breeder you get from, the pup's parents, pup's activity in the litter etc. to give you an idea about his/her temperament. This will also help you know how the pup is with children around.

Prices vary drastically from a couple of thousand to lakhs, depending on the breed lineage, and the type of breeder, a puppy mill or backyard breeder or showdog breeder. Please avoid pet store or people who are just breeding for money. You can get a good pup at reasonable prices from ethical breeders. Look for a person wo specializes in 1-2 breeds rather than 50! Early puppy socialization is not given much emphasis in our country but it makes a difference in the lifelong growth of the dog. I regret not knowing about my pup's first few weeks since he was a gift from someone who knew nothing about what a good breeder is. It is evident that he was not socialized and something I haven't been able to change despite constant effort. :(

Also, think about adopting from a local shelter. There are many pups who would make the greatest pets and are just waiting for a chance.

Expenses vary from dog to dog, depending on breed and individual needs.
Basic expenses include:
-Good quality food
-Medical treatment (and regular vet visits, particularly in the 1st year)
-Toys and treats
-Boarding charges if you go out
-Replacing everything s/he chews as a pup!!

These are just basic outlines. Add to this, time and love which I don't think can be compensated monetarily.

As far as obedience and friendliness goes, good puppy socialization and how you bring him up will determine that. :)

Read this link for more info. Don't rush trying to buy the first pup you see. All puppies are cute!!!
http://www.raisingspot.com/int ro_bringing_puppy_home.php

All the best. :)

Oh! and it really is more than worth it to add a dog to your family!!
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By Dinkar Singh · 24 May 2009 10:18 am

After reading what you have to say, I would recommend only toy/ small breeds only.

But most importantly you will need to look at other things like:
1. how much time can you spend with the dog, training, grooming, walking it etc.
2. Who will mainly look after the dog and where will it stay (open in the aprt or tied up or in a room etc)
3. How old is your child
4. Does everyone in the family loves dogs and can take care of it.
5. Will the dog have to stay alone at times in the day and how long
6. How often does the family take holidays and during that time will there be someone in the aprt or not.
7. How much are you willing to spend on purchasing the dog/ pup and how much are you willing to spend on a monthly basis.

Based on the above I can suggest you the breed and if a dog would be suitable or not.

Frankly it is a very attractive idea of having a dog, but it is a lot of responsibility and time required for the next 12 odd years. At times owners have to change their life style in order to accomodate the dog and its needs. No dog is born obedient and has to be trained and in the begining it will be dirtying your house and also chewing all that it can get. I am not discouraging you but only if you are prepared to go through with it should you actually get one. Another dog idea would be to get a friends dog for a week and see all that one has to do from feeding to walking to medicines and removing ticks etc. If you last out a week 10 days and think you can do it for the next 12 odd years then go ahead.

Choosing the breed is not that difficult answer my questions and I can suggest the breed. But keep in mind all dogs do shed specially in humid climate, apart from some breeds but then they need to go to groomers on a regular basis to get their hair cut etc.

I beliebe in responsible dog/ pet owners and have good happy lives with their pets/ dogs.

Looking forward to hearing from you.
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By Dinkar Singh · 24 May 2009 10:19 am
that word is believe above
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By shilpa · 28 May 2009 7:39 pm
Hi, I would rather suggest you that you go for adoption. I can gice you 10 reasons why you should adopt a dog. And go for a street dog. Do you know what when you buy a dog, you take it for granted and generally make business from it but if you will adopt a dog you will love it from your heart. A good breed will alwaz be dependent on you but a stray dog will never be. If your good breed will have have a wound, he would like you to take him to doctor but a stray dog will lick his wound and cure it himself. A stray dog has genes of living in all types of weather but a good breed will feel very hot in summers and cold in winters and they are the only one who gets ill very easily.
Rest is upto you, If you want to have more informations you can.
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By PAWAN KUMAR · 28 May 2009 8:29 pm
Pug and Labrador are very good for your home. pug price is 18000 and labrador price is 7500, pug approximate monthly expense is 2000, labrador monthly expense is 3500 for adoult dog. they are best for you
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By DoggieDawg · 29 May 2009 11:16 am
Beagleare great wih there short hair ideal for hot humid weather and they dont need much exercise . OR simply adopt a stray considering all of the above pros shilpa just pointed out .
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By Saugat Sanyal · 29 May 2009 11:28 am
Just wondering, why dont you get your self an Spitz, it small good for a small flat, very good gaurd dog (in terms will bark in case of strangers outside your home) its easy to groom him, it does not shed much. I have not seen many people promoting this breed on this website.
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By Anupama Vinayak · 04 Aug 2009 6:03 pm
To know all about Dog Breeds, their Characteristics and those suitable for apartment living in Mumbai check out this link for all information http://www.petvacations.in/dog selection.php
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