I've done my head in with research on dog breeds - and am so interested in them I've bought an encyclopaedia on them (arriving soon ) . I'm really keen on getting a pup in the next year or two and I keep looking at purebreds. I haven't left crossbreeds out of the equation though, but it'd be cool to have a specific one-breed dog. I'd love to get your opinions!
A little history: I'd looked after a friends 4 dogs for over a year (now sold and some passed on), one was Pit x Mastiff x, the other Staghound x Dane, another a pup from the latter two, and the third was Sharpei x (something something).
After I stopped looking after those, I ended up with my own dog about a year or so later, a 18mo female Staffy who I had for 3 months before selling her as I wanted to give her a family with kids where she had space to run (I currently rent a unit w/ courtyard) - even with daily walks, she always would lie and stare at me with sulking puppy eyes making me feel guilty for not playing with her (instead of studying) or otherwise turned her back on me when I called her over as if to say 'stuff you'
My next dog about 6 or so months later was a mixed breed from a rescue. He was 10 months old and the staff at the rescue said he'd suit my living conditions and would be fine with a short walk (had a hip problem) in the morning and another in the afternoon as well as bones and toys during the day. Well that didn't work out either. He chewed up a blind, cords, wood, chewed up TWO beds, dug holes under the fence line sharing his bones with the neighbours dogs, and the last straw was when he tore a piece of my backseat arm rest off while I was driving (he normally loved being in the car). He had a 10 day cooling off period, so I got my money back after having him for 9 days.
After all these dogs, I've finally decided that I won't be getting another dog until I live in a decent sized home WITH A YARD at least AND I'm making sure I've done as much research as possible on breeds AND I'm going to raise my dog from puppyhood to as long as he/she lives. I'm also fully aware of the work involved in raising a puppy and have filled my brain with as much information I can on the process.
So here I am, trying to decide what breed to get that suits my lifestyle (and that I can raise with my 6mo cat) OR whether to just settle with a mixed breed. I live on my own and currently work as a casual (fingers crossed will be getting a full time traineeship/job soon) so I need to watch the budget. For example, I probably won't pay over $1000 for a purebred (limits my options), but I will probably spoil my puppy with toys and the best dog food I can get. I'm not exactly a first time dog owner, but I don't think I could handle a breed that is notorious for being stubborn or hard to train or that needs a very strong leader. Regarding the latter, will the dog automatically see me as a strong leader if I raise them from a pup? Or will the dog test me time and time again?
Just to add to the immense waffling on I've done (sorry!), I do prefer medium - large breeds, but would be happy with a small dog (don't like yappers). Have been interested in the Pharaoh Hound, Great Dane, Staffy, Greyhound and molosser breeds.