|Barked: Mon Jul 22, '13 12:01pm PST |
|I want to start researching breeds that would fit well in our life. At the moment we can only have one dog, and that is okay, but once we get into a house I want a second dog, and I want to be prepared.
I guess I'll give the rundown of what we are looking for...
Energy Level:Medium, we would like a dog that is up for anything we are up for. If we are feeling pretty active one day I'd like a dog that would be active with us, but also a dog that can mellow out indoors and chill when we are chilling.
Playfulness: Pretty playful. Hades isn't very playful. I could probably count on one hand the number of times he had played since we got him. I never realized how much I was looking forward to playing fetch, and tug, and adorable doggy play bows.
Exercise needs:We should always be able to give an hour or more of exercise a day. Justin is able to jog a few times a week with any dog we own and of course daily walks are a must.
Grooming:We prefer short coats, but if all other conditions are right we could handle a long coat, or a dog that requires shaving (poodles.)
Trainability: I'd like the dog to be pretty trainable, but this is something my husband and I differ on. I don't mind a naughty dog (my definition of a naughty dog is one who knows the basics and knows when its important to listen, but knows that if he goofs around a bit I'll have a good laugh about it.) My husband would rather not have a naughty dog lol.
Size:Lots of variety in the size for us. Anything from medium to giant. We have discussed at length that our next dog probably won't be a giant because of Hades' small size and we worry about play or clumsyness of a giant with him, but again, with the right dog it could work.
We clearly want a dog that can get along with other dogs. I know some breeds are prone to same sex aggression, if that is the case we would just get a female, as Hades is male. We don't have any children, and aren't planning on any thus far, but there are children in the family so a dog that will tolerate them would be best. And finally I like a dog is not immediately friendly with strangers. I'm not super trusting so I don't want my dog to be either, but that's not to say that I want a dog that is going to try to protect me from everyone on the street.
I've taken several breed selector quizzes, which I fully believed were pretty inaccurate, but interestingly enough most of them spit out a lot of the same breeds. But I figured I'd bring this to the DF experts before I get too far into researching.
I took several breed selector quizzes (I know, not very reliable) and either all of them or about 5 out of 6 of them shot our similar answers so I would like to know if you all think they would be compatible?
Smooth Coat Collie
German short or wire haired pointer
Standard or Miniature Bull terrier
I also want to note that I've been pretty thoroughly scared off of puppies so we will probably adopt an adult dog.
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