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A pet for your flat

Delhi may be a breed-conscious city, but it is sensible to have a dog that is easy to handle. We recommend you five breeds that are suitable for your suburban apartments.

entertainment Updated: Nov 18, 2010 01:39 IST
Shruti Dargan

Delhi may be a breed-conscious city, but it is sensible to have a dog that is easy to handle. As most of us live in apartments and have long working hours, it gets difficult to give much time to our pets. Providing them with a large space to navigate is also a challenge.



We recommend you five breeds that are suitable for your suburban apartments. We spoke to pet shop-owners, vets and of course, people with pets to make this list. While describing each of the five breeds, we point out exactly why they are good for your kind of space, and where you can get them. This list will help you in pet shopping.



LabDachshund

It is elongated as a... well, hotdog. Sometimes long-haired, a dachshund is small and short-legged. They are playful but have a loud bark, and must be trained well. If you have children, ask them not to tease it. It may just get difficult to handle.



Available in various pet stores including: The Pet Point, G99, Back Lane, Main Market, Rajouri Garden Ph: 9999601148

Price: Rs 9500 onwards



Pomeranian

Small and sturdy, it bonds quickly with its owner and suffers from separation anxiety. If you have long working hours, train it so that it could also enjoy its own company. It is generally a happy dog and won’t snap at your next-door neighbour, unless you have it trained to do so.



Available in various pet stores including: Pethouse, D138E Street No 6 Laxmi Nagar; Ph: 9910869076

Price: Rs 3000 onwards

Chihuahuas
This tiny Mexican breed is a good choice if you live in an unsafe area as they get aggressive when provoked. Running around the sofa is enough exercise for them. Also called lap dogs, you can carry it in your shopping bag.

Available in various pet stores including: Windsor - The Pet Shop, 60A Arcade, Khan Market; Ph: 9810699979; Price: R40,000 onwards

Pug
A playful Chinese breed, its small size is perfect for a flat. It has less tolerance for heat, so make sure you have a cooler or an AC in summer. Available in black, silver and fawn colours, it doesn’t need much exercise. It is prone to obesity. So a regular walk in the neighbourhood park is important.

Available in various pet stores including: Puppy Pet shop, Masood Pur Market, Vasant Kunj; Ph: 9818126454 Price: R18,000 onwards

Labrador Retriever
Even though a lab is large, it is manageable in apartments because of its calm temperament. It is friendly, devoted, obedient and intelligent. It needs lot of exercise, for a bored labrador may chew your sneakers. It is available in black, golden, off-white and if lucky, in a chocolate shade.

Available in various pet stores including: PupsIndia, Near Metro Station, Pitampura, New Delhi; Ph: 9911042741. Price: R8,500 onwards