If you live in a city apartment and are considering adopting a dog, there are several factors to consider, including upkeep, training, space issues, and family consent.
Dogs definitely need a lot of time with their parents to bond, be trained, and feel loved.
“Each breed is different and may require more or less space and exercise depending on their size. Pet owners should keep in mind the size of their home, the time they can invest in the breeding a particular breed of dog and their ability to pass on their pet,” Kushal Chipkar, dog training manager and dog behaviorist, told DH.
During the pandemic, many people have adopted Indie dogs left to fend for themselves during lockdowns. And they found that they are not only easy to train, but also cheaper and less prone to disease than thoroughbreds. They are also fiercely loyal, loving and perfectly suited to the temperament and size of Indian households.
It is best to choose a small to medium-sized dog as a pet.
Keeping large and extra-large dogs in small city apartments is not recommended, grooming manager Madhura Sharma told DH.
“If you live alone in a spacious 3 or 4 BHK, or in a house with a garden or on a farm, only then should you consider adopting large breeds of foreign dogs like the Saint Bernards, Mastiffs and Great Danes.”
“They need immense care, have big appetites and need lots of space and exercise. They shed and drool a lot more than other dog breeds,” Sharma said.
Here are some breeds that are suitable for compact city apartments:
Small to medium sized long haired dog breeds
The Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso, Bichon Havanese and Maltese can be excellent companions. However, they have long hair, specific dietary needs, and are high maintenance. They need a bath once a week or every 15 days, and professional grooming is needed once or twice a month. They can also be brushed daily for 15 minutes with a small slicker brush and comb. They are easy to train, but their training should begin as early as possible. Although dogs don’t need too much exercise, you should play with them regularly to use up their energy. In terms of behavior, they are friendly and affectionate.
Small to medium sized short-haired dogs
If you are someone who cannot meet the grooming requirements of a long-haired dog, you can adopt small to medium-sized short-haired dogs like some Indies, Beagles, Pugs, and Chihuahuas. Although they are low maintenance in general, they shed a lot when the season changes and therefore brushing for 15 minutes each day with a mitt or small slicker brush is a must. Their dietary needs are standard, and they can stay fit and healthy even on home-cooked meals.
Nevertheless, they tend to be hyperactive dogs and therefore need a lot of time from their parents to learn the right behavior. Their training should begin the day the puppy comes home. They don’t need a lot of exercise, but they do need lots of playtime. Since they are smaller, they can fit in well in apartments as long as they have some room to run around. .
Medium to large dogs
If you have slightly larger housing, you can consider breeds like Indies, Cockers, Labradors, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Dobermans, and Boxers. While Cocker Spaniels can be high maintenance due to their need for regular grooming and haircuts for their long hair, Indies, Labradors, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Dobermans and Boxers need of regular brushing to reduce the amount of shedding. Ideally, a large slicker brush, an anti-shedding glove and a steel comb are necessary for their grooming. They thrive on homemade food and coconut oil and coat supplements for their hair.
Medium to large dogs are some of the friendliest and clumsiest dog breeds. These intelligent breeds are easily trained if you start from day one. If you have space issues with them, take them to dog parks, your company garden, or any nearby park to give them some time outside.
One of the primary behavioral concerns of any breed of dog is being pampered. “Small and medium-sized dogs should not be carried as companion dogs or lifted. Dogs tend to carry on this habit well into adulthood, which later creates a problem for pet parents. animals,” Sharma said.
“Once an animal becomes aggressive, correcting that behavior can be difficult and can only be corrected with the help of a canine behaviorist or by having them undergo behavioral sessions to address it,” Sharma said.
(Gurpreet Kaur is a journalist who writes about lifestyle, entertainment and culture)