|Barked: Wed Dec 6, '06 2:34pm PST |
I'm thinking of adding another pup to our family, preferably a big active one, and I need some help choosing a breed.
Here's my dog ownership/training background:
-first dog was a VERY high energy GSD cross (high energy meaning she made the average border collie look like a couch potato) and I trained her in agility and advanced obedience, as well as lots of tricks
-second and current dog is a purebred Chinese Crested, Monty, and we're working on our second set of obedience classes, a few silly tricks, and looking into conformation showing, therapy work and maybe lure coursing when he’s a bit older.
So I guess you could say I like to keep my dogs busy, BOL! I'm a pretty dominant person (not aggressive, I just don't take any crap) and I'd like a dog with the potential to go to a high level in some type of sport--either obedience or agility which I've already tried, or something totally new like herding or flyball.
I’m not afraid of “scary” looking dogs, and the BSL in my area is pretty minimal (and weird—you have to pay for a dangerous dog license if your dog LOOKS like a pit bull type, but not if he’s registered or eligible to be registered).
Grooming isn’t really an issue, though I do tend to prefer either dogs with short smooth coats or really long beautiful ones, not so much in between.
Now for the bad stuff... I do live in a small apartment and I work between 4 and 8 hours every day, and the walls aren't exactly thick, so a breed that tended to be yappy or very protective probably wouldn't suit my lifestyle. There is the possibility of doggie daycare, but part of why I want a second dog is to keep Monty company, and he stays at home all day already.
That’s about it! Any suggestions?
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