A dog is a man’s best friend. But not all members of the canine family are suitable for apartment living. Find out which breeds are categorically unsuitable for apartment living.
The list should begin with dogs that are potentially dangerous to humans. This category includes the following breeds:
- Wolf-dog hybrids;
- Turkish Akbash;
- certain types of bulldogs: alapah purebreds, ambuldogs;
- bulli kutta;
- gul dongs;
- North Caucasian dogs;
- American Bandogs.
These breeds and their individual hybrids are not well studied. They have inherited from their ancestors a sometimes uncontrollable aggression, which can be directed both against other animals and towards humans.
Fact! Some cynologists do not agree with the above list, because they believe that aggression develops when it is encouraged by the owner. That is, with a competent education, it is possible to suppress and control this feature of temperament, but this requires knowledge, firmness of character and persistence. If you do not have them, you should not take the risk.
Large breeds that will be cramped in the apartment
Some breeds are large, and their size requires that they be kept in a large area, such as a large enclosure or free-range format in a yard fenced with a secure fence. All such types of dogs are considered below.
Alabais or Central Asian sheepdogs are bred for protection, and their impressive size corresponds to the security functions and really scares away any intruders. But it is best to keep an Alabai in a large cage.
Caucasian shepherds are also large in size and suffer in a typical apartment because of the cramped space and lack of free area for walking and release of energy.
The Saint Bernard is calm, good-natured and peace-loving, even if it looks intimidating because of its impressive size. And although this breed seems to be slow, it just needs to be active regularly and conquer new territories.
The Tibetan Mastiff can be intimidating just by looking at it. But it does not tolerate loneliness and requires care.
The Irish Wolfhound is a large representative of the Greyhound, bred to monitor herds. In addition to its large size, it has an unwillingness to sit still and an acute need for regular walks.
Dogs whose energy can destroy an apartment
Huskies feel great in northern regions even in critically low temperatures. This is a sledding breed, which is able to cover impressive distances in a sled, maintaining vigor even after such exertion. Therefore, even after a walk, the Husky may well make a mess in the apartment.
Alaskan Malamutes are similar to Huskies, they too have always been used as sled dogs, so they need long and fast runs outdoors.
The Jack Russell Terrier is a ball of energy, the wave of which sweeps away everything in its path. The breed is egocentric, hyperactive, stubborn and temperamental.
Border Collies are great shepherds who can start herding and chasing all the housemates in the apartment. Without activity, exercise and walks they can become depressed.
Dogs with complex characters and special needs
Akita Inu. It has long been used for hunting, so among the prevailing character traits are aggressiveness and squabbling. One shouldn’t expect tenderness and loyalty, and also Akita-inu doesn’t get along well with children.
Rottweiler. Without proper training and regular outbursts of energy such a dog can become uncontrollable, dangerous and destructive everything in its path.
Dachshund. Although she is small and looks cute, she is actually a great hunter with all the consequences. Also, dachshunds are quite selfish.
Staffordshire Terriers. They need not only regular professional training, but also socialization and regular and very active walks, which an average homeowner can hardly provide on a regular basis.
German Shepherd. It is able not just to protect the territory, but also to serve, and perform complex commands, if it is trained and skillfully handled. But it’s not suitable for an apartment as an affectionate and easy care “German” pet.
Pit Bulls. They were at the peak of popularity in the ’90s, but now they are not so popular, because many have realized how difficult it is to live and get along with such a breed. Pit bulls can be extremely aggressive, disobedient and incredibly stubborn with no training and no way to release their energy.
Spaniels. These hunting dogs need to fulfill their potential and require walks that can turn into adventures. Also, spaniels are very emotional and can take loneliness badly, pestering all the neighbors with their howls.
Labradors. Although they make excellent guides and helpers, these dogs just need to be needed all the time. In an apartment with inexperienced owners, the Labrador can become a curious child, constantly pulling out new surprises in the form of tricks.
If a dog is hyperactive: what causes it
Sometimes breed peculiarities are not always the main cause of uncontrolled hyperactivity. Other factors may include:
- lack of proper training;
- lack of exercise;
- irregularities of the day;
- hormonal disorders;
- lack of attention from the owner;
- unsuitable atmosphere or surroundings;
- frightening or irritating factors: noises and noises from appliances, arguments between owners;
- inadequate care;
- discomfort as a result of illness;
- psychological pressure, physical abuse by the owner;
- unbalanced diet;
- parasitic infestations;
- imbalance of wakefulness and rest.
Dogs should not be trained, but brought up
How to deal with dog hyperactivity?
To deal with your dog’s hyperactivity and unwanted personality traits, follow these tips:
- Monitor your own behavior and avoid displays of aggression.
- Allow him to express his energy.
- Be aware of your dog’s upbringing and training.
- Stand up for your position and make it authoritative: speak clearly and calmly, and don’t raise your voice.
- Don’t encourage or support active games at home.
- Provide your dog with special toys such as balls, sticks, bones or harnesses.
- Choose appliances that are as quiet as possible and don’t make loud noises.
- Take care of your pet’s health.
If you do not want to turn your apartment into a zone of chaos and destruction, do not get dogs that are not suitable for apartment living.
And remember: only humans are responsible for the dog’s behavior!