Advice, London

How to live in an apartment and have a dog

Many people think the biggest downside of living in the city is the inability to have pets. However, some dogs are especially suited to apartment-style lifestyles (and wouldn’t do well in the country). The most important thing is to get the right breed of dog. My retired greyhound, Olive, was the best apartment dog. She snoozed most of the day and only needed two 15-20 minute walks a day.

Greyhounds are clean, shed little, and don’t smell like a lot of other dogs. It is easy to share your cramped quarters with them. They are super sweet, gentle dogs, and many of them are fine on their own during the day while you’re at work. Because they are larger dogs, they have bigger bladders so don’t need to pee as frequently as tiny dogs. Greyhounds also live a long time, 10-14 years, unlike other big dogs. Whippets are also a good choice, which are bit smaller, and have a similar personality to greyhounds. Italian greyhounds are smaller, but need a lot more people attention than greyhounds.

If you do get a dog, you need to make sure that you’re not away for more than 5-6 hours at a time. A dog-walker is the perfect solution for those of us who work a normal 9-5. Another option is to have two dogs to keep each other company. I also recommend working from home a few days a week and on the weekends, taking your dog with you on your adventures. Their single desire is to spend as much time with you and your food as possible.

If you live in an apartment with no backyard, you should live next to a park or some greenspace. This is essential for all those potty-breaks and quick walks in the rain! Greyhounds do not like cold or wet. They also need to wear coats and pjs in the winter because they have little body fat and get cold easily.

A day in the life of an apartment greyhound (Olive).

Greyhound adoption in the UK

Greyhound adoption in New Zealand (they match your personality with the right dog — it is like a dating service!). There is also a lot of info on the breed here too. Sonja and Irene can answer all your questions and provide super friendly advice. Highly recommended.Follow their blog too.

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4 thoughts on “How to live in an apartment and have a dog

  1. I once knew someone with a greyhound. When he passed gas you looked for an exit. Unfortunately, he didn’t have the bladder capacity you described, but he was a gentle soul. I’m glad to see you suggest having 2 dogs if you’re away for long hours. It makes a world of difference for your canine companion.

    • Yes, they can have sensitive stomachs as they are used to a strict raw-meat diet on the tracks. All of our treats and other foods are very exciting for them, but to be given in small doses! Two dogs are best, they are pack-animals, and used to living with lots of other dogs at the track. They really are the sweetest and gentlest dogs, which are not given enough homes after their careers finish when they’re only 3-4 years old.

  2. I completely agree with the above – my dog is quite greyhound like and has become the absolute perfect apartment dog with an incredible bladder to boot – It’s late morning and due to rain outside she is still snuggled up on the sofa with absolutely no desire to go outside – despite having not even having been out yet today!

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