Which breed would fit our lifestyle and schedule?
My fiancee and I just purchased our first home and would eventually like to add a dog to our family. We want to find the best dog for our lifestyle. I would be the "primary caregiver" of the dog, and I currently work from 7 am - 3 pm, 5 days per week. There is a chance that I would be able to leave work for a half hour each day to let the dog out. Are there are recommended breeds, or breeds we should avoid, for our current lifestyle and work schedule? I plan on walking the dog prior to starting work and again when I'm home each day.
on Aug 1st 2011
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Could you add more information? What size of dog do you want? How much hair can you handle? How much shedding can you handle? What size yard do you have? Do you have a fence? Do you want a dog with a low, moderate or high activity level? How much time are you willing to train your dog a day? Are you wanting to start out with a puppy, young, adult or senior dog? How much barking can you handle? Have you done your research on dogs? Are you interested in any dog breeds, if so, what breeds?
Answer these questions and repost your question and ask again.
Howard answered on 8/1/11. Helpful? / 1
I think you should mosey over the the "Forum" section and post in "Choosing the Right Dog" because there's nothing some Dogsters like more than helping someone choose a breed- it's like a puzzle!
I think honestly almost any breed would work for what you've described. It's the nitty-gritty (like how much grooming do you want to do? How do you feel about drool? Are you a jogger? Do you have cats or other small pets?) that really matter, which breeds will make you happy and which would drive you insane.
Bruno CGC answered on 8/1/11. Helpful? / 1
Yes definately more info needed..such as you say 2 walks a day. Are these 15 min walks or 1+ hour walks...big difference. And be realistic when thinking about your lifestyle. Will you walk in the rain,cold,etc. Money is also another biggie. Research the expenses such as big/small dogs. Puppies cost alot of money in their first year so maybe an older dog would be your best bet. My personal favourite breed is "adopted". You can adopt just about any breed/age/sex.
Cupcake answered on 8/3/11. Helpful? / 0
Go to a rescue and rescue the one that grabs your heart - it will all work out in the end! :)
Scooby Doo answered on 8/3/11. Helpful? / 0
Do some research, think about what things are the MOST important, but really, go into it with just a loose idea. Size is a good place to start. Do you have a big house? Small house? Can you imagine a 90lb dog in your house? Are you capable of controlling a dog that big? Vet care is size-based. Bigger dogs cost more to medicate, eat more food, shed more fur and leave bigger poops. You can research yourself silly and say you want a dog that sheds X, needs X grooming, etc, and you'll end up throwing all your research on bulldogs out the window when you visit petfinder and realize you absolutely HAVE to get that scrappy little terrier! And just remember that while breeds have general characteristics, not every dog is that way. (You want a dog that will someday be good with kids, you don't have to rule out every breed that's not recommended. Some breeds bark a lot, but not every single dog of that breed will.) Meeting an individual will be more important than researching a breed.
Zoe answered on 8/4/11. Helpful? / 0
Go the a reacue and tell them a little about u and your life style. They can help u and U Can SAve a life.
Porsha Sophia answered on 2/5/12. Helpful? / 0