My boyfriend and I are considering getting a puppy in a year or two after we buy a new house together that has more space and room to build a secure dog run. We want to plan ahead and make sure we get just the right dog for us!
A few things of note:
- We both work full time, standard hours, meaning that Monday-Friday the dog will be left alone either in a penned in area of the house or in the dog run on nice days for 9-10 hours.
- We intend to pay for doggy daycare / training while we are at work for the first 1-3 months.
- His mom and sister are both allergic to dogs and neither of us like having a house and clothes covered in fur, so we'd like something hypoallergenic or at least with minimal shedding.
- We live in a climate that gets hot in the summer (+30 Celsius) and sometimes very cold in the winter (-30).
- We're both healthy and active and we tend to go on a lot of walks together already. It's only the super cold days it'll be an issue.
- We have no children or plans to have children. Very few of our friends/family have children and very rarely are there children in our home.
- We don't want a yappy annoying little shit, but we do want something small or on the small side of medium.
- We love to go camping and hiking in the summer and would love a dog that will enjoy those activities. Other dogs that might be around on some camping trips include a golden doodle, a golden retriever and a newfoundland dog.
Most Helpful Guy
What size do you prefer? (You said something small... how small? Medium or like cat-sized small?)
Do you rather want a family dog or a protector?
How much activity do you have in mind aka how much endurance is the dog supposed to have (just walks, bike trips, hiking, etc)?
Do you want the dog to be completely anti-allergic with fur or rather just barely losing fur but still possibly causing alelrgic reactions is fine as well?
How much training do you want to invest into the dog?
Do you have prior experience with dogs?0
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Most Helpful Girl
I would say a beagle, dachshund, or a corgi (either Pembroke or Cardigan Welsh) would be good fits for you. 9-10 is a long time to leave a puppy alone, but it's not unmanageable. They have small bladders and a fast metabolism so do keep that in mind. Maybe for the first few months try and make arrangements to go home at lunch to just take your dog out for a minute so they can pee and poo.
All dogs shed to some degree, especially in the spring and fall. Make sure you get a good slicker brush and have a good quality vacuum that can withstand frequent usage (if you have carpets or rugs). Do not allow the dog on the couch, the bed, or any other upholstered furniture except their own doggie bed. That will reduce the amount of fur that collects on the furniture.
About children - it's really important to socialize the puppy with children and other dogs during the first year or two of life. You may not have your own children or many children in your family, but you will encounter children in the neighbourhood or in parks. Many kids love dogs and will want to meet yours when you're out. While it is the parent's responsibility to teach the child not to pet strange dogs without asking the owner first (don't be afraid to say no if your dog isn't exactly friendly), you want the dog to be used to the unpredictable behaviour of kids. Dogs are easily excited and can also be scared by loud, rowdy behaviour or kids who just reach out to touch the dog, and that can result in scratches or bites if the dog hasn't been around kids often enough. As a dog owner, you are responsible for everything your dog does, good and bad. You don't want to get sued if something happens, like a child getting bitten.
That's all I can think of for now. I've owned lots of dogs in my lifetime and have been training and teaching dogs since childhood. I'm not an expert, just a lifelong dog lover and owner. If you have more questions don't hesitate to message me.1