Originally Posted by AlisonL
Go to a shelter and let a dog choose YOU!
Our German Shepherd mix came from Watermelon Mountain Ranch and I highly recommend WMR. They will take the time to help you get matched with the right dog. Since you are going to be in an apartment, you will want a low energy dog, and possibly one on the smaller side. Check out mixed breeds, they need love just as much as purebreds.
As for Labs, we only ever had one that was not active; and that was only because she had gotten old and stiff in her joints. Sure, they are not as hyper as a Heeler, but they are quite energetic and I wouldn't keep on in an apartment simply because they need more space.
Do not get a herding dog for apartment living as they definitely need a job and you will never tire them out. Had a guy one time insist he could tire out our Border Collie. Two hours later he was collapsed in a lawn chair and she was just getting started. LOL
So true. I own four herding dogs (and a mutt that found us in NM
)- two corgis (one of each color) and two heelers (one of each color) and three of the four working breeds live in the house. I have three children and various neighbor and friend's kids. Need I say more?