Am I crazy? Don’t answer that.
There are a number of things to consider when having a dog in Dubai.
- The heat
The weather is Dubai is pretty much boiling. Id even say once I almost melted. It is a never ending summer, and some dogs don’t like the heat. Walking during the day isn’t really possible as the floor is too hot and can burn their paws. Morning and evening walks are perfect as its much cooler.
2. Living arrangementI live in an apartment so that certainly is something to think about. I have a Juliet balcony so there isn’t outdoor space for a dog. Also with a balcony, if they’re too small they can fit between the bars and too big, they can jump over the top. I don’t recommend letting a dog have unsupervised access to a balcony. Personally I wouldn’t have a big dog in Dubai but I know many people do. If they find it manageable and their dogs are getting plenty of exercise then great, but for me it wasn’t an optionn. I have found a small dog in my apartment is more than enough space.
At first I was wary of work situations, I was concerned that if we got a dog he would be left alone a lot. After much research, i found a few breeds that enjoy their own company. This for me was very important. Not only for the dog, but also for the people living next door to us. I didn’t want to have a loud dog barking all day to cause problems. As I am away half the time out of the country, I wanted to ensure we chose the right breed.
4. Cost and maintenance
Maybe money isn’t an issue, but its worth it to work out what the costs would be for food, possible vet bills, upkeep such as hair grooming (if needed), accessories such as leads and toys, day care for holiday times etc.
After much thought, i decided on a small, fluffy and calm breed. Not too much maintenance. Firstly i came across a French Bulldog, this breed seemed quite perfect. After some more research i found they don’t cope very well with the heat, making it hard to breathe as their faces are squashed. I then came across the chihuahua. Maybe this dog was just slightly too small for us, plus the few we visited were very loud, so not for us. Finally I came across the Yorkshire Terrier, they cope well with apartment living and are very adaptable. I saw a Teacup Yorkie, which is a smaller version basically. He was fluffy, confident, had the most gorgeous face. The internet told me they are quiet, playful. I was sold, and fell in love immediately.
6. Buying a dog in Dubai
Be careful where you buy any pet in Dubai. Firstly i was looking on different websites where private sellers were advertising puppies. I were slightly sceptical as what if something happened once i brought a pet and i couldn’t get hold of them? I decided to go to various pet shops instead, where i thought i could have more advise when purchasing a new pet. I brought our puppy from a pet shop in JLT.
I named him Twix; the chocolate bar brand. Mu first night of having him, i soon discovered he was scared of the dark, but slept the whole night. He was so small i had to get cat toys and a cat harness as the XS was far too big for him. The first two days was fun, I had days of work so I loved playing with him. I noticed he slept a lot, but I assumed that was because he was so small and still a baby. The third day something didn’t seem right, he wouldn’t leave his bed, was coughing a lot and seemed to be struggling to breathe. I picked him up for water and he collapsed. After a visit to the vets, x rays and examinations confirmed Twix was very sick. He has Bronchineumonia, a condition where fluid is built up in his lungs making it hard to breathe. As Twix has such small lungs and a tiny windpipe, the fluid cannot escape, making it harder for him to receive oxygen.
I have now had twix a month and a half, and he has only just stopped taking medication. The vet told me he was hours away from dying. He can’t meet other dogs yet as he’s not allowed his final injection. I feel so relieved that we got Twix when we did, we saved him. I have no idea how the other dogs in that pet shop are health wise, but be careful. Do lots of research, take the animal to the vet before buying him. We still have a long way to go, and he may not ever be fully recovered but at least he is on the right road now.