|Barked: Tue Feb 5, '13 2:29pm PST |
|As others said, you didn't mention how old she is. The young puppy stage, pre-six months, is not the most difficult part of most puppyhoods. The adolescent phase where their energy goes through the roof, everything you taught them seem to drop out of their head, and they become willful and often destructive is the stage where most people start to wonder what they've gotten themselves into.
Definitely keep up with the daily training through adolescence, even if it's just reviewing known commands, as obedience is going to be very important for a dog like that. Agree with looking into an obedience class to enroll in. Doing a sit in the calm, relatively distraction free environmental where she lives is much different than doing it in a strange area with 15 other dogs. Sports would be a very good thing for this dog as they offer both physical exercise and mental stimulation, and teach impulse control.
This mix is likely to yield a dog with demanding exercise requirements, high prey drive, and possible dog aggression at maturity. Like Charlie said, I wouldn't leave her alone with any other pets, even if she seems great with them. And do socialize as much as you can, keeping in mind that socialize doesn't just mean introducing her to other dogs. Take her as many places as you can, around as many kinds of people (age, ethnicity, handicapped, wearing strange hats, using umbrellas, ect.), animals, onto different surfaces, expose her to crowds and loud/strange noises, ect. Basically you want to teach her what normal is, so she can be calm in new environments. Socialize as much as possible, but also recognize the power of genetics, in that even with proper socialization with other dogs, she may still end up dog aggressive by the time she turns two. So again, not a dog I would leave unsupervised with other dogs.
I don't have a problem with keeping most any breed in an apartment if done correctly. It's not necessarily ideal, but it can be done with a dedicated owner. As others have said, walks aren't going to meet this dog's needs for long. I'd start looking into places you can take her where she can safely run off lead and consider biking/rollerblading with her when she's done growing.
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