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We all know the perpetual war between cat and dog owners or, better said between cat and dog persons. The world seems to be divided between these two categories, and there rarely seems to be an in between. Well, as a person who has owned both cats and dogs I believe that I am more than qualified to settle this argument once and for all.

The important thing to know is that both cats and dogs are amazing pets. They both have some clear upsides. To begin with, the great thing about cats is that they are incredibly independent. This should be understood in the most literal way possible. Cats do not depend on you and the sooner you get this, the better your relationship will be. They don’t necessarily need your attention, they don’t need you to walk them and, at some extent, if we are talking about cats that are also allowed to go outside, they don’t even depend on you when it comes to food. This is the main reason why cats are perfect for people with a busy schedule, who don’t have time to deal with all the drama of the walking and petting. For instance, I even had to go away for a couple of days and couldn’t find a sitter for my dear cat, so I just had to leave it home. I left it with a reasonable supply of food and water and two days later when I came back, she didn’t even seem to notice that I was gone. Of course that at first I was a bit offended, but I soon realized that this is just how cats work.

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When it comes to dogs there are really not enough positive things to say about them. People who say that their dog is a part of the family are definitely not kidding. And let me tell you this, dogs are truly amazing. The way they cheer you up and all the love they are capable of giving is just unbelievable. They are always willing to play and make your day better. Not to mention the fact that a dog is really great around the house in case someone uninvited decides to drop by. The fact that they are extremely territorial will surely come in handy in case some thief sets your house as a target. They are great for people with disabilities, for depressed persons or simply for the ones that happen to feel lonely.

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All in all, as hard as it may be to believe, there really isn’t a winner when it comes to cats versus dogs. The important thing is to find a pet that best suits your needs, and most importantly, your schedule. As I said before, cats are great for busy people, whereas dogs make a better fit for persons who love the outdoors and like being active all the time. But no matter what pet you choose, they will surely love you if you treat them right.

 

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Let’s be honest, dog lovers have it rough in the city. There are so many downsides to owning a dog that it’s really a hard thing to handle. Living in a crowded area automatically means that you are forced to live in a small apartment. Finding a place to live that also allows pets is an incredibly hard thing to do. Finding a landlord who is okay with dogs is almost impossible. Almost!

So you’ve managed to find a great place and a great landlord that lets you keep a dog, so now you are doing the research, to make up your mind exactly what breed to get for your tiny place. The obvious answer is a small breed, of course. But if you are anything like me then you can definitely agree that owning a small dog is no different to owning a cat, and cats are no fun at all.

So you want a big, fluffy, hairy, mess of a dog to fit in your limited space. Believe it or not, there are actually some breeds that fit the description. You basically need a big dog that doesn’t need a lot of space and a lot of exercise.

The German Boxer would definitely be a good fit. The great thing about it is that although it’s a big dog, it’s incredibly lazy. This means that it’s levels of energy aren’t through the roof, so two walks a day (one in the morning and one in the evening) should be enough. Another great thing about these dogs is that they are incredibly smart and training will take less than you would expect. They are also very loving, extremely protective of their owner and great with kids. There are actually few breeds that can care for kids better than Boxers.

Another great choice would be the Great Dane. This isn’t just a big dog, it’s a giant one. Just like the Boxer, the Great Dane is incredibly lazy. The thing about them is that they have really short hair and can’t live outside on cold weather. They are highly sensible to colds, so an apartment would be the right place for them. You just need to walk them twice a day, and you are set. And given the fact that they are so lazy, they will most likely never have the urge to chew anything or damage things around the house.

However, the downside of both of these breeds is that they need a strong owner. If you can’t assert your authority with them, you will turn them into the alpha males/females and they will be impossible to handle. If you don’t manage to get them to respect you, and to understand that you’re the boss, then you may as well give up and try to find a more docile, smaller breed.