I’m pretty seriously considering getting a dog (it’ll be from the Dumb Friends League, or one of the <breed> Rescue orgaizations) but I’m not sure what kind to consider. I want as good of a chance for the dog as possible, so here are the issues/concerns/questions I have regarding breed choice:
(And yes, I know that breed temperments are generalizations, but it’s still a good starting place)
#1) I have two cats. Any breed that tends to not get along with other pets (for example: Hhodesian Ridgeback) is right out.
#2) I’m at work 8-9 hours a day. (The dog’ll be an indoor dog). Trainability (aka Bladder control) is important.
#3) I want a “medium” sized dog, say: beagle to lab (Labs might be a little too big). I just don’t like little dogs, and I don’t have room for a truly huge one.
#4) Given a choice between a “mellow” breed or an “energetic” breed, I’d prefer “mellow”
#5) Given a choice between a dog for a companion and a dog for security purposes, I want a companion…I don’t care how good a guard dog it is.
#6) I’m going to get a grown-up dog, not a puppy.
#7) I’ve heard there are personality differences between male and female dogs (territoriality, etc). True? False? Which, if either, do you prefer, and why?
I hope this doesn’t come across as too calculating, but this’ll be my first solo dog and I’d rather do the research first.
I’ve already been bitten (pun intended) when I called the Beagle Resuce Society/Organization with some questions: the bitch (pun not entirely intended) who answered the phone, rather than answering my questions, grilled me (which, if I’d been ready to get a dog, rather than asking about breed information, would have been fine) and when she found that <gasp> I work(!!!) 8-9 hours a day, she said that these dogs “don’t need any more abuse” and asked why I’d even want a dog since I wouldn’t be able to “spend any time with it” (8 hours a day?). I can’t be the only single person who’s wanted to adopt a dog. I’m feeling a little hesitant about calling Rescue Organizations at the moment. (I will start calling again though)
Anyway, advice, comments, ancecdotal evidence, etc appreciated.