|Barked: Wed Sep 11, '13 6:18am PST |
|What I can offer:
- Studio flat with a small garden (hence quiet).
- 2-3 30-45 min walks a day
- Consistent mental training (I am very new to dog training, but I want a dog for obedience trials and clicker training).
- Doggy day-care 2-3 times a week.
- Live with elderly people and get constant visits from nephews and nieces a few days out of the week. Plus friends have dogs.
- Rarely away for more than 4 hours.
What I want:
- A dog that can walk for more than 10 minutes in the heat. My friend has a Frenchie and she is just exhausted after 5-10 minutes while I was just getting started. I am trying to get fit and active, I want a friend who will hold me accountable, not tempt me back into the couch.
- A dog with an off switch, especially when indoors.
- A dog that won't explode if we miss a day or two of walks (heat and dust storms can be brutal here).
- Relatively quiet. Not a yapper or barker.
What I can't offer or don't want:
- Again, elderly people and young children, the dog can't be too boisterous indoors. Outdoors they can be the Flash on RedBull for all I care.
- No large fenced area. There are technically no dog parks around here. My garden and the size of the doggie day care is the most I can offer.
- No real agility/flyball/obedience clubs near me. I hear one MAY be built an hour's drive away but not sure when its done.
- Hot. I live in a very hot place, summers are around 45-50 C. The dog will live indoors but it is still not ideal for brachy dogs or many of the spitzes.
Dogs I am considering:
- Cavalier King Charles, great dogs but a tad too small. I want them in a bigger package.
- English Cocker Spaniel, perfect size but I heard they have anger issues and a nightmare to groom.
- English Shepherd, a border collie without the neurosis! Love them but they are too big and I worry I wont be able to match their activity level.
- Whippets/Greyhounds, **LOVE** their aloof nature and energy, **HATE** their look. Its their whip-like tail they always tuck in that freaks me out. Always makes me think they are scared and abused.
- Shiba Inu - love their catlike nature, but not always so responsive to training...
- Mini poodle. Heard they could be quiet yappy. Not a fan of the coarse fur/hair and the intense grooming requirements.
- Corgi (Pems), because, well, Corgi.
Any help or more information would be greatly appreciated! And before anyone suggests it, adopting a mix from a shelter isn't an option. I already foster and volunteer occasionally but would rather have a documented puppy this time around. Thanks!
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