Hello fellow doglovers,
I want to get a dog, but I have pretty specific ideas/ requirements and my research so far has not led me to any breed thats suitable. So Im hoping that someone could give me either a new direction with my search (or specific breeds that may be suitable) or advise me, which of my requirements I should abandon first...
This is my situation:
I live on a large piece of land in Queensland and we grow vegetables and sell them in a little shop at the front of the property. We have freerange chickens, so any breed with a hunting instinct would be bad. We are going to start a family soon, so a dog would have to get used to a baby when its not a puppy anymore. Also there is people coming to the shop all the time, so I cant have a dog thats aggressive towards strangers (at the same time I would like it to be somewhat protective of the family if there was ever an intruder). But Im not really interested in having a golden retriever or something like that.
Visually I like medium sized dogs (or large ones), preferably short hair. Im not interested in grooming all the time or getting a dog that needs eyedrops every day or something weird like that. Longer hair would be ok, but I dont really like poodle-style fur.
My husband would really like to have a basenji, because of their personality (reserved and a bit cat-like. My husband is generally not into dogs a lot, so if I can find a breed that he is happy with, that would probably save me some arguments in the future...), but the problem is that they have a strong hunting instinct, so I would probably sadly rule it out.
Oh yeah, the other thing is that because of the shop, there is always an open gate and even though we have a fence around the whole property, it may not be dog-proof. And because the property is so big, I cant build a whole new fence either.
And I basically live in the middle of nowhere, so the selection of breeders is somewhat limited, so it probably cant be something very exotic.
I found a breed called Lagotto Romagnolo, which I like the sound of personality-wise (and there is breeders around here), but I just dont like the look of them at all. And I dont know how important the look is, really. I mean, wouldnt I love the dog anyways if its my dog and I knew it and raised it? But then again, I just cant imagine cuddling and frolicking with a dog that I - sorry - find a bit ugly. I would really appreciate some opinions on this topic specifically, because I ruled out so many breeds without even reading about them just becuse of their looks!
Ok, this is too long already, so thanks for reading and I would love your opinion (even if it is: "stop worrying about every last details and get a dog already"