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Old 12-26-2007, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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What about a beagle?

The cons of a beagle - they do have a tendency to howl (but can be trained to keep it down to a dull roar) and they may be too big for your apartment's lease terms.

However, the pros of a beagle are multiple - they are very good with kids and can be a decent watchdog in that they will bark at the door when the doorbell rings (mine will bay at the doorbell and then give kisses to whoever comes in though! LOL) My beagle does shed a little bit but needs very minimal grooming. He is energetic and goes with us on long hikes (we did close to 10 miles with him once!) but at other times is content to curl up with us on the couch and snuggle in for a movie.

Our beagle came from BREW Beagles (rescue) in Virginia (you can google them to learn more about the breed as well as see lots of pictures).

I 100% agree with the poster who suggested calling a few different rescues. Ultimately, adopt from the group that tries to learn about you and your family's needs while you are learning about the dogs they have up for adoption. They will probably provide support to you as you and your dog adjust to each other, which is sure to come in handy.

Good luck and let us know what you decide!
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Old 12-26-2007, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Kingman AZ
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A 20 lb American Eskimo......fantastic dawg but an unabashed flirt......and the biggest thief in the world.
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Old 12-29-2007, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Sunny Florida
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I'd suggest going on Petfinder.com and see what's available and to your liking. I have a maltese and he is the most gentlemanly dog you'd ever want. He's non-shedding, small, good with everyone, and does bark if someone steps on our property. We researched dog breeds for two years before we got him. All in all a great dog!

I also have a shihtzupoo who is bigger, sturdier, more playful, and more doglike than the maltese. He's ten pounds of happiness. He's like a big, happy kid - kind of Gomer Pyle-ish. My DH prefers him because he is more doglike.

There are a lot of great dogs out there waiting of a loving home, so I'm sure you'll find one to your liking if you look around.

P.S. If you don't like sweeping floors everyday get a nonshedding dog. It makes your life so much easier and you don't have to worry about dog hair on your clothes either.
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Old 12-29-2007, 09:44 PM
 
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A 20 lb American Eskimo......fantastic dawg but an unabashed flirt......and the biggest thief in the world.
I have a 12 lb American Eskimo (or at least mostly Eskie, got her at the shelter, not 100% sure...) Although my dog is great with the kids she has been around, I would NOT recommend this breed to someone with a child that is timid around dogs because they are typically NOT good with kids.

Mine's a thief too, but that's because I spoil her and can't stop giving in to the begging
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