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Is apartment OK for a hav?

I currently live in a very big house with a huge fenced back yard. Which is perfect for my future hav. But I am considering, as I am retired, within the next few years moving to an apartment and getting a place in Florida to spend winters (I live in Michigan--winter=brr). All with my hav of course. I would pick an apartment with large areas for walks. He would also meet a lot more people and pets at these places. I would feel bad he wouldnt have a spot to just run and play though.
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There are lots of people on this forum with Havs in apartments, they do fine. We have a small bungalow with a small yard, but I like to walk, and plan to do it daily, weather permitting, so even though we don't have much running space, we'll make up for it with walks, and some running play indoors. We do have one long-ish hallway for fetch (if that game is a hit), but it's all hardwood. I'm not a fan of runners, but I may get one for "traction," maybe something I can roll out at playtime and take up again.

My yorkie could get a fair amount of exercise just running around the house. I could totally wear her out with a fetch game that way.
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As long as your hav is with YOU, the hav is happy.
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The hav is happy to live with you in a mansion or an apartment. That is how they are.
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I live in an eleven hundred square foot condo with a small yard. Stella has to be tied up outside to do her business but she gets along just fine. In warmer weather I do walk her but in the winter, she finds her own ways to excercise inside. She does the RTH for longer periods of time to run off excess energy and if my 4 year old grandson hasn't come over and run her through the house lately.

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I've got 2 Havs an an 800sq ft condo. They are the perfect size. They've made a racetrack out of my coffee table and couch.

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I lived for a year with the pups in 777 sq foot in LA. I would say they need more walks but ideally if you can walk your dog each day, I think it really helps them mentally and physically regardless of what size home you have.

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Thank you for all your replies. I don't feel so bad now. There is an AKC facility close to where I would probably move so should be lots to get him involved in.
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As long as they can run in a circle for RLH I don't think it matters how much space you have! Scooter is with us in the downstairs of the house the majority of the day but he's also happy when we're at the beach in a 1200 sq. ft. condo. I agree that they're happy wherever you are!

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