|Barked: Fri Oct 18, '13 2:30pm PST |
|The thing about getting a puppy and then leaving it with your mother after two years is that many dogs still have lots of energy at 2 years old, are still boisterous, and still need plenty of vigorous exercise (i.e. more than a leashed walk). A lot of large breeds don't settle down until they're 3-5 years old. With a puppy, it's much harder to know what you're going to get when the dog is grown. Even within one breed, there can be a lot of variation. With an adult, it's much easier to assess the dog because it's already mature.
If you're set on a puppy, I would consider a small breed, as it sounds like most 2 year old large dogs might be too much for her to handle. Small breeds tend to mature faster than large, so by 2 years old, a small dog should be easier to manage. Some small breeds that tend to be lower on the energy scale you could look into: Shih Tzu, Tibetan Spaniel, Pug, Japanese Chin, French Bulldog. Some of them do have grooming requirements, but if she's willing to brush occasionally or go to a groomer, it shouldn't be too difficult to keep up with on a small dog.
The other thing about choosing to get a puppy is where you're going get it from. Are you planning to rescue or buy from a breeder? Shelters do get puppies, but you won't have a great idea how large the dog will be, the kind of temperament it will have, or its energy level as an adult. If you decide to go the breeder route, if you find a good breeder, the parents will have been health tested for genetic problems and the breeder will be able to match you with the puppy most likely to fit your lifestyle, but you'll be looking at paying anywhere for $1000-2000 for a well bred puppy of most breeds. There are, of course, breeders who sell puppies for much less, but there will be no real health guarantees or temperament assessments from the breeder.
Again, more information would be helpful. Does she have a size preference? How much grooming is she willing to do? How does she feel about shedding? Does she want a cuddly dog, or something more aloof? Has your family had a dog or puppy before?
Edited by author Fri Oct 18, '13 10:49pm PST
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