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I am 22 years old, I live in an 1,100 square foot two story townhouse, and I am allowed one pet. I have had quite a few dogs growing up, but they have always been small dogs and I think I would like to get a larger dog this time around. I am concerned though, about the size of my place which is of course rather small. I have a front and back patio, but those wouldn't be able to provide any real exercise for the dog, just a place for him to crap.
My front patio does open up to a huge grassy park though, which would be awesome to let the dog run around in except for the 'dogs must be on a leash' rule (which...many of the dog owners around here ignore). However, I don't think I could get away with it so easily because I live next door (one on both sides of me) to two board members who are constantly complaining about dogs being off leash. I am on great terms with them right now, and I would rather not ruin that but I miss having a dog.
I also live just a couple of blocks away from a dog park, and a mile or so from another park that allows people to let their dogs off leash in the mornings. And there is a dog beach only a few miles down the road as well.
I have a few questions actually, so here they are:
Is it reasonable for me to seek a larger dog? Will daily walks be enough for a large dog if I don't have a huge space for him to run around in at home?
I am thinking of a Vizsla. Do you have any suggestions for other medium to large sized breeds I might be interested in?
Should I talk to my neighbors about the possibility of me playing ball with the dog in the community park area of the complex?
Puppies are really rambunctious, so knowing that I don't have a huge area for them to run around at home I was considering going to a rescue and getting an older dog. Anyone have any thoughts or advice on that?
Thanks in advance guys, I want to do this thing right.