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So I live in an apartment and am very busy with my work but would love an addition to my solitary lifestyle. I was considering a Maltese or a Westie. I would prefer a small dog that doesn't require lots of grooming and is intellegent. I have time on the weekends to walk around the park and enjoy life with a dog but the week days are filled with long hours of work so I will be separated from my dog for hours at a time. I do not want an aggressive dog or a difficult dog to train. Im not picking dogs based on looks alone however I do want something to brighten my day instead of adding a beauty and the beast parody to my life.

Any suggestions on breeds or a comment/suggestion on the two breeds I am thinking about would be appreciated.

Thanks

(oh, lastly, please spare me the theatrics if you dont think my lifestyle is "ideal" for a dog.)
 

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I would go with a more independant breed if you are going to be away from the house a lot. Maltese need a lot of grooming, and some bloodlines of westies are very grooming intensive too.

Would you consider something like an Italian Greyhound? They are couch potatoes, they are typicaly easy to train, they are a low shedding breed, and they are typicaly a very quiet breed. But they also enjoy a good daily run.
 

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If you can't devote ANY exercise during the week, don't get a dog.

I'd honestly recommend a 5 or 6 year old dog from a shelter. You don't sound like you'd have enough time to raise a pup!
 

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I think a cat would suit your lifestlye better. Cornish Rexs and a few other cat breeds are known to have a "dog-like" personality.
If you're heart set on a dog though, I would also suggest a retired greyhound or whippet, an older dog as opposed to a puppy. You could also look into breed rescues, or breeders that have older dogs.
I would not recommend you get a terrier like a Westie as they require a lot more exercise and stimulation than you can spare.
 

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I definitely don't think a puppy is going to fit into your lifestyle very well... Puppies require almost constant supervision while they're awake, they need to be taken out to new places for regular socialisation, they have to be let out to pee every two hours, etc. It just wouldn't work.

Realistically speaking, how much time do you think you can devote during the week? I'd say the minimum daily requirements for a small adult dog would be: a 40-minute walk, 15 minutes of training and then all the remainder of your time at home would have to be spent around the dog, even if you're not actively interacting with it. Probably a grooming session once or twice a week, because most toy dogs tend to have long coats. If you don't think you can provide this, a dog is not for you.

Not being dramatic here, but have you considered a cat?
 

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I would reccommened an adult dog too...and if I was you I would definitly look around at doggie daycare.If you are working that much during the week any animal you get would need some interaction during the week.

And actually both breeds that you listed need to be groomed on a daily basis (my grandmother bred and showed maltese and they are a high mateience dog that require a devoted human).Westies need to go to a groomer on a regular basis and inbetween they need to be brushed ect..
 
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