I was reading a website with dog breeds and dogs suitable for apartments. One of the suggested breeds for apartments was the Greyhound. Now, the website said that it is suitable for an apartment because of it lounging around mostly and not causing much damage in the house by being too enthusiastic. I have heard that before, so I'm willing to let it pass. What I hadn't heard before was what the website said about the Greyhound not needing much exercise. I could be mistaken, since I'm not a dog expert (I'm more of a cat person too), but it doesn't make sense to me how a large and athletic dog (a hound, duh) wouldn't need much exercise. Anybody can tell me if it's true or false? Even if it's suitable for apartment life, I wouldn't seal a dog like that inside my apartment with no exercise whatsoever, it seems far too cruel. It can sleep inside (it should, since it doesn't have a thick coat to protect it from the cold), but I'd give it a lot of exercise.
7th December 2003
Not a Greyhound expert, but those dogs are bred for running, so I really doubt that they'd be happy in a flat. Large dogs generally need exercise, if they don't get it they'll make their own (e.g. by taking apart your furniture). If the are intelligent (and greyhounds supposedly are) they can develop issues which generally forces inexperienced owners to bring them to a shelter.
I don't think any type of dog is really suitable for small enclosed spaces, except maybe for chihuahuas and similar dogs. Also keep in mind that apartments with stairs are unsuitable for most dogs (they'll develop back issues after a few years).
That being said, a lot of people keep dogs of all sizes in apartments. If you invest time into training your dog and provide enough exercise it'll probably work. The bigger issue is that dogs live for 10-15 years. Are you sure you want to exercise a dog daily for that time? Can you afford the food, medicine etc.? Can you leave him with someone if you want to travel? Won't your job interfere (many dogs can't be left alone for more than a few hours)? Do you plan on having children any time soon (dogs can get jealous)?
I am not looking into buying a dog, I was merely asking a question since I got curious. But if I ever got a pet for an apartment, it would probably be a cat. Cats are lazy (the ones I have now are anyway) and not too much trouble. Unless they're a bit crazy.
7th December 2003
Sorry, it sounded a bit like it. But yeah, cats are definitely easier to keep. I prefer dogs though.
I have always had cats. I'd like a pet that likes to play with me eventually though, my cats either yawn or give me glares/blank stares when I try to play with them. I hope I can get a dog someday, if I can provide for it.
28th July 2004
After having both, I am growing attached to the dog as she learns not to nip me, but I still vastly prefer my cat. The dog is the fiance's anyway so I'm not worried. We all bond though :). Cats I feel a little less guilty leaving for the day :p