|Barked: Mon Nov 12, '12 2:26pm PST |
|I am having an "identity crisis" on choosing my next dog, can anyone help? Especially hoping Tiller will chime in but I would love to hear with anyone who has suggestions/ideas as well... Also want to mention, it will be a while before I get another dog so there is no rush here.
Fair warning, this is going to be a long post... I might even break it up into two.
I think a lot of the reason I am having trouble was losing Bianca so suddenly and so young has shaken me... I am starting to worry a lot more about health and longevity, although of course that was always a concern with picking a dog, now I am finding myself looking up the most long lived large breeds, or the healthiest large breeds as the basis for my searching. I know that there is no guarantee of longevity, Bianca was proof of that since she was from good healthy lines, from a kennel known for longevity and I lost her at 8 years old...but it doesn't hurt to try to stack the deck in your favor anyway.
Unfortunately I am also finding myself in a different situation than I expected as well so the breeds I had been considering before, I thought would be in the future, not soon, since I was thinking I would probably get a small dog as a second dog and then another large dog sometimes in the future after I lost Bianca when she was an old lady I had hoped.
So my plans have changed now. I am thinking now I will probably get a large dog first, then a small dog in the future as a second dog, I like to have two dogs preferably one large and one small at the same time, but not too close in age.
The problem is the breeds I am finding myself drawn to or the breeds I was considering as possibilities for my next large dog are not necessarily right for me at this time, but then again I am not totally sure what I want so it's hard to say... I tend to be drawn to the working breeds.
Before all this happened I was looking at possible a Beauceron, Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, or maybe a long-coated German Shepherd Dog. Now after losing Bianca I don't think I want another GSD, at least not right away, which is sad because I wanted one for so long (since I was 10 years old basically, I actually started researching breeders when I was about 12...) but also the health issues scare me. The lifespan of the Swissies also concerns me.
When I was looking for healthier large breeds, I was looking at the Hovawart, and some others that didn't pan out. The Hovawart seemed like they may be too "hard" and anti-social for me, same thing with the Beauceron, not sure... I also looked into rescue a little, even looked at getting a pit bull rescue from the court case dogs program here...but, I think maybe that would be in the future. I am thinking most likely I want to get a puppy from a breeder for my next dog.
I've been trying to find breeds that do not tend to have a lot of health problems and have longer lifespans than the average large breeds.
I will try to write my list of things I'm looking for in a separate reply, so this is more manageable to read. Some of it is similar to what I had been thinking about before, but some things have changed...
So below is some ideas of the type of dog I am looking for, although I can tell I forgot to include some things, so please ask any questions to help narrow it down or give a better idea!
Edited by author Mon Nov 12, '12 8:41pm PST
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