Before you start critizizing me for being cruel to animals remember that is why i am asking this question because i get that alot. I live outside of houston texas. i just have one simple question will any of the following dogs do well living outside for the majority of the year. I WILL bring the dog in on hot days…
Why does it matter if the dog smells or sheds? Considering he/she will only be inside on hot/cold days.
Besides, any dog will smell if you leave it outside long enough.
– “This is a breed that is known to love being “part of the family” in every sense of the word. They love to be part of the action, likes to know what is going on at all times, and who loves nothing better than lying with the family watching tv.”
“Basenjis are well known for having a total dislike of wet and cold weather. No basenji wants to be left outside on a cold night, or do they like to be separated from their family.”
Also another thing to consider is that they are sighthounds. If something catches that dog’s attention on the other side of the fence, s/he will try his/her hardest to get on the other side to get it.
Italian Greyhound (really now? These dogs are *tiny*!)
– Italian Greyhounds are too small to be left outside….unless your hoping your dog becomes hawk bait.
Furthermore they are another sighthound.
Unless you are planning on providing a flock of sheep for the BC to herd, then you are going to have an aggressive, neurotic dog that digs and will try to escape and destruct as much as s/he can.
They are amazing dogs but not dogs that should be left outside alone for extended periods of time with nothing to do.
“If you put your Vizsla outside, he will sit on the doorstep begging for you to come out with him.”
“The Vizsla is totally unsuited to being kept outside, since unlike most other breeds, it does not have an undercoat. This lack of undercoat makes the Vizsla susceptible to the cold so it must not be kept in a kennel or left outside for extended periods of time. ”
And they are also another highly active highly intelligent breed – like the border collie.
So if you do leave a Vizsla outside all day, don’t expect him to still be in the yard when you come back.
The Harrier is a rather “rare” breed nowadays. Seldom seem outside of hunting packs.
Regardless they along with the beagle and American Foxhound are scent hounds.
Because of this they are very inclined to follow their noses, which again will lead to escape attempts if something smells good on the other side of the fence.
Another aspect of them being vocal. A lonely or upset example of these breeds will “bay” and their baying tends to be much louder and much longer than a regular dog’s “bark”
“German Pinschers do not like to be left outside, they prefer to be inside interacting with people. When you leave them outside and alone a lot, they become aggitated and very unhappy”
They are also a very thin haired breed and should not be left outside overnight.
And they are another quite vocal breed, with a high prey drive.
Another breed that has a short coat.
“The dog has average tolerances for heat and cold, and is capable of living outside in fair weather. However, this devoted family dog is much happier inside with its loved ones. ”
But another quote to take into consideration
“a poorly trained, mistreated or unexercised Doberman can be a dangerous Doberman. ”
You’ll need to be spending a heck of a lot more time than 2 hours a day with the dog.
“Can a Rhodesian Ridgeback live outside?
Probably, but with Rhodesian Ridgebacks it is advisable not to. They are very much a family orientated, inside dog breed and enjoy human contact and life style. They are “people” dogs and like to be where you are, possibly curled up on the couch if permitted.
What about sleeping outside?
The Rhodesian Ridgeback prefers the comfort of a bed inside somewhere near the owners. And will most probably prefer to be IN the bed of its owners. As with any dog, he can sleep outside if required.”
This breed is unheard of enough. Why would you waste your time/money on getting such a “rare” breed only to interact with him/her for 2 hours a day? And good luck finding a breeder that will sell to you with your intentions
Regardless “Beaucerons seem to be equally at home inside or outside. However, they cannot be put outside and ignored. They need constant human companionship, socialization, and training.”
I cannot find any information on them living outside. But would assume it’s a bad idea due to them like the first few breeds being sighthounds.
I don’t have a problem at all with outside dogs. Outside isn’t the problem
Working Border Collies are hardly ever let into the house. They are also rarely left by themselves. They would be a terrible choice. Beagles are pack animals through and through. If you want to see a dog that goes crazy leave a Beagle by itself most of the time. Physically speaking all the breeds except the Italian Greyhound can survive outside in the conditions you mention.
What are you expecting out of your dog? Here is the problem, if you want a friend and companion then the dog will have a very difficult time being alone. If the dog is able to handle being alone then it won’t give two hoots about you. Unless you plan on spending four or five hours a day every day working the dog all those working breeds in your list a Trouble with a capital T. Chances are quite high they will start showing aggressive tendencies, they will work to escape, they will be dangerous if they do escape. All those working breeds were created to work with a human partner. No human partner and they get unbalanced.
The hound breeds can be ok with other hounds instead of humans for company BUT they will be very loud and work very hard at escaping. They will climb over and dig under just about anything you can imagine. The Basenji can climb like a cat, difficult to contain and really couldn’t give two figs about what you want. Mentally speaking the Basenji might be able to handle your plan. I don’t know the Saluki enough to say one way or another. They strike me as “aloof” which is the primary characteristic I’d look for in a dog I planned to leave alone most of the time.
I think they will be fine all of those dogs are very good outside I have had a lot of those dogs before and they were mostly outside dogs and they did fine BUT a lot of those dogs have longer hair then others which makes some variables so you might want to take the longer hair ones such as the border collie as an example should go inside for a little while on days that are 82 degrees and above and some of your dogs have shorter hair like some Basenji’s for example have shorter hair than others so i would say bring those shorter hair ones inside on like days 73 degrees and under and as long as they get along with each other and go and get a long walk at least once a day each and neuter/spade them all so they don’t breed and make more little puppies for you to take care of 🙂 and i hope they are in a fence because that would be good for them
Basenji are very adaptable and would do okay with that environment. Italian greyhound are out as they need to be indoors most of the time. The rhodesian ridgeback would be okay also. The other breeds I’m not sure about. Both the Basenji and Ridgeback are easy to groom and aren’t big shedders. They shouldn’t smell too bad unless they’re getting wet and dirty. A weekly bath should keep them in shape.
okay i would say NO to the border collie because there so high energy it needs alot of excersise. And definately no to the doberman because if you dont get it proper socialization than it wont make a good pet. I would say your best bet in that would be a beagle.
Salukis are NOT outside dogs, they need tons of running space and there to bony to be on a hard ground all the time. I have a saluki mix. There babies, and expensive and rare
Rhodesian Ridgeback Houston
It can be because he likes you. But I do know of a dog that does this as an intimidation/dominance behaviour. Hard to know without seeing the dogs body language when he is following you etc.