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