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Old 10-26-2013, 02:57 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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No place is too smal for a dog ...depends on the Love an attention s/he recieves!
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Old 10-27-2013, 05:25 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Adopt from a shelter. After a 4x8 enclosure, anything will seem big!
okay-now go fetch your dog!


and post pictures!
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Old 10-27-2013, 06:28 AM
 
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We recently downgraded to a smaller 1,200 sq. ft. home with a lot size of a little over 7,000 sq. ft. I have been thinking about getting another dog (we just lost our yellow Lab to cancer last year).
A 7,000 sq. ft. home is not big enough for a dog. Dogs don't care how big a home is, because a dog wants to walk on a trek. Even a little dog needs to go on a walk.
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Old 10-27-2013, 04:56 PM
 
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I live in a 1200sq.ft. house, and don't use the upstairs, so essentially have a 900 sq.ft. one-bedroom apartment with a large fenced yard. I currently have seven dogs, although must admit that six are seniors.
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Old 10-28-2013, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Louisiana
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I've been seriously considering it. After we lost our Ben, our lives just seem a little emptier. He was our baby. I just want to make sure another big dog would be comfortable in our little Hobbitt house. From the replies, it sounds like we have nothing to worry about.

Your Isabella Grace is beautiful!
Thanks Day. She is my baby!! My last Lab was named Ben. I just love labs!!
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:50 AM
 
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My former dog would have been miserable in a small space. Our best guess is that she was a shepherd/border collie mix.

She preferred to be outside during the day (inside at night or during rainy weather). We live on a corner so she had a great view of what was going on outside our property. I would toss countless tennis balls to her (and yes, I walked her regularly too).

While your house is small, sounds like you have enough yard space to accommodate a large breed (or do you live in one of those areas where yards are not fenced?)



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We recently downgraded to a smaller 1,200 sq. ft. home with a lot size of a little over 7,000 sq. ft. I have been thinking about getting another dog (we just lost our yellow Lab to cancer last year).

I love bigger breed dogs, especially Labs and Goldens, but worry that our current home would be too small for them to be comfortable.

There are 3 very nice dog parks close by, and our neighborhood is very walkable, so exercise won't be a problem.

I have tried to do some research on this question, but have found out there are differing views. Some say larger dogs need a larger space, while others say large dogs do fine in smaller spaces.

Is there anyone here who owns a large dog in a smaller home? Can it be done?
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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I had two pitbulls in my 800 sf home and they were happy as clams. (I ran a rescue). If you give them enough exercise with walking them and running around in the park, it should be fine.
All these dogs really wanted was a kind word, a bowl of food and a skritch behind the ears. They needed a forever home where they wouldn't be abused. The square footage didn't matter to them.
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:40 PM
 
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I don't think you have anything to worry about. I raised a Rottweiler and 2 Cane Corso together in our home that is a around 1200 SF.
They always had lots of exercise on over 80 acres though. In the house, they pretty much just lay around.
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