|Barked: Mon Jan 14, '13 6:54am PST |
|Ok, soon the boyfriend and I will be getting a place together.. And eventually, when we have the money together and everything sorted a puppy will be on the horizon! His puppy is going to be first, with my GSD to follow a year or two later . He already has his heart set on a breed but i'm curious as to what you guys think would suit him
He would most likely be working full time, but I will be working part-time and then doing dog walking in my free hours, so the puppy would be alone at most for 5 hours maybe twice a week- other than that I would be able to pop in on it every couple of hours.
He wants a big dog, anything less than maybe 60lbs would be too small. He prefers a shorter coat however that isn't necessarily a deal breaker.
He enjoys playing with a dog- he will happily get on the floor, roll around, pull on a tug toy ETC.. He would be bored with a dog that wasnt interested in playing with him a lot!
A naturally dog friendly dog is important, I have dealt with dog issues in the past and could not cope with that again.. Obviously socialisation will play a big part in that but a dog that tends towards dog aggression is NOT something we want.
We have two cats, so high prey drive/chase drive may not be the best of ideas.. Of course I know if brought up with cats a lot of dogs can be just fine. The kittehs are both good with dogs.
As far as exercise is concerned, we usually do 3-4 miles a day with Trix off-leash. Would be willing to increase that for a puppy and, with my dog walking, there will be plenty of time to include puppy on walks with clients! Basically energy needs can be accommodated for but I don't really think he wants a bouncing off the walls, nutcase of a dog. Roxie was that type of dog and while he had fun with her, he would also get frustrated when she wouldn't settle down after 8 miles offleash walking, play time, training AND zoomies .
I don't think he would enjoy having a particularly aloof dog but at the same time, i'm fairly sure he doesnt want a dog that adores EVERYBODY. Some middle ground where that is concerned would be nice.
If I have missed any important information, feel free to point it out!
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