Why is an Apartment Not an Ideal Place to Live for Hunting Dogs?

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Hunting dogs – they're sleek, strong, and fast creatures that are the most beautiful specimens of the canine species. But they're not for everyone. Especially not for families who're living in small apartments.

Here’s why:

  • They’re very energetic and require lots of room to play and run

Hunting dogs like retrievers, hounds, and spaniels are super energetic. After all, they were bred to run for hours on end, to hunt down the game. In fact, of all dogs, hunting dogs need the highest amount of exercise. Lack of exercise leads to pent-up energy, which the dog then displays through irritation or aggression.

That's why it's recommended that only families living in homes with big backyards rear hunting dogs in the city. A hunting dog in an apartment spells trouble; because its exuberance and high energy in a matchbox apartment can become a recipe for disaster. Your hunting dog is very likely to overrun your apartment, overturn furniture and chew through carpets and pillows purely because it doesn't have anything else to do.

  • They’re outdoor dogs, through and through

Hunting dogs are very physical dogs. They love to walk, run, and chase. In fact, their very health depends on the amount of fresh air and exercise they're getting. The more exercise and outdoor access your hound or retriever get, the healthier and happier he/she will be.

Keeping your fur baby locked in your city apartment, where it has no legroom and no opportunity to walk around (let alone run), can be suffocating for the dog. Not just this, but apartment living can restrict the usage of certain muscles in the limbs of your dog, and it may even lead to your dog developing muscular-skeletal problems. They may lose their stamina, speed, and endurance and may experience behavioral problems as a result.

  • They’re intelligent and need to be kept engaged

Hunting dogs have one trait that very few dog species can boast of – the ability to function perfectly on the least instruction. That’s because they have unparalleled intelligence. Their smartness also makes them very independent and fearless dogs. But, it is this very intelligence that can be a cause for concern.

Smart dogs need more mental stimulation than other dogs. Fail to give them this stimulation, and they'll become easily bored, irritable, and may even lose their respect for you. If this happens, it becomes very hard to control your dog and establish authority and discipline.

But the truth is, there's only so much you can do in an apartment, to keep your hunting dog occupied and engaged. After a point, your dog may not find your games interesting. Add to this the lack of physical exercise, and you have yourself a very unhappy dog. This is when problems like excessive chewing, scratching, barking, etc. manifest. So, in the best interest of the dog, avoid getting a hunting dog like setters, pointers, hounds, retrievers, waterdogs, dachshunds, terriers, curs and feists for your apartment.

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