Q&A: What dog breeds are good with climbing stairs?

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My mom has always wanted a dog. The problem is, we live in a townhouse with three floors, and we’ve heard that all those stairs can hurt some kinds of dogs’ hips.
So, are there any breeds of dogs which are okay with stairs? No teacup breeds, please. (We have young kids in the house, and while they aren’t ill-meaning, they are a bit clumsy.) Also, if possible, dogs who are known to have calm dispositions and long life spans.

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Answer by mithaca
medium to mixes, this will take the genetic side of hip problems, and medium to large dogs are good for stairs. buy a lab mix 10-13 years of pleasure, smart, calm disposition, if a mix not as many gene problems. do your research that’s all. the worst thing is to buy a dog and then get rid of it

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Comments

    • fuzzmiles
    • July 12, 2012

    kewl

    • celeb1crush1machine
    • July 12, 2012

    that first one was a golden retiever

    • Borderline Collie
    • July 12, 2012

    My dogs do just fine with stairs.
    The only concerns I would have is a large breed *puppy* going up and down those stairs (could possibly harm their growing joints, but should be fine with stairs later on in life).
    Or long-backed breeds -Basset Hounds, Dachshunds, Corgis etc.

    Other than that, I’d say you’ve got a pretty wide range of breeds that’ll be just fine with stairs.

    -btw, there are no “teacup” breeds. Anything labelled as teacup is an ill-bred runt. AKC has no listings for any “teacup” dogs. You may have meant toy breeds?

    Add:
    I did not say that you cannot teach a long-backed breed to do stairs. I simply stated that they would be at higher risk for harm from excessive *improper* use of stairs. I have met my share of doxies that have little to no use of their back ends, it is simply precaution.

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