|Barked: Thu Sep 22, '11 11:31am PST |
|I was thinking that my next dog would be at least Rowan-sized, probably larger, but now I'm thinking that maybe a smaller dog is the way to go for now - easier to rent with, less food to buy, etc. I want to do agility and flyball. I don't expect a top tier competitor but I'd like a dog who, with training of course, do relatively well.
Physically, I don't want a tiny dog because Rowan plays fairly rough and although he usually tempers it with smaller dogs, I'd rather not take that chance. Between 15-30 lbs is ideal. I'm also not big on dogs that need professional grooming; I grew up with poodles, love 'em, but the grooming, oh the grooming! It's not a dealbreaker exactly, I could learn to use clippers, but I'd prefer it not be an issue.
As far as temperament, I want an active, drivey dog, a dog that will be eager to work with me and enjoy doing so. I have a cat so I need a dog that can be ok with cats when raised around them. Prey drive toward cats/other animals outside is ok as long as the dog distinguishes between family pets and prey. Rowan is like this; he's very good with Saffron but anything outside is fair game.
I love a cuddly dog but am thinking it's best if the next dog doesn't feel the need to be in my lap all the time, because that's how Rowan is and I don't want to put him out by giving too much competition I do want a velcro dog though. I like a dog that always wants to be with me.
I like what I know about Miniature Schnauzers. We took a training class with one and he was a bright, active little guy. But again there's the grooming, which I'm iffy on. I could overlook that if they're a good match otherwise though.
I would love a Papillon but they're just so small. I'm really interested in Border Terriers, too, although I'm not much of a terrier person; they just sound so fun! I've also considered going to the shelter and picking up some energetic scruffy dog, but I would kind of like to go through a good reputable breeder for my next pup.
I appreciate any ideas and suggestions Thanks!
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