I don't currently own a dog, but am hoping too in the near future. I've been doing my own research but I wanted to get some advice from some people with a bit more knowledge than me as I feel as though my head is about to explode lol. I also want to ensure the dog we get is going to come home to us and be in it's furrrrever home, which is why I'm investing so much in finding the perfect pet for our situation. Might be easiest is I list the main bits in list form!
*suited to apartment living, we currently live in a small house with a small front yard that is not secure - so future pup will be an indoor dog although will of course be taken for walks and to my sons soccer etc.
*O.k to be left alone, I work 4 days p/week, although my mum will usually be able to doggy sit on one of those days, but at her house.
*GREAT WITH KIDS! I have a 5 year old son, who has mild ASD.
*low to no shedding - or not difficult to prevent. Am happy to brush at night while watching telly, but I don't want dog hair everywhere.
*quiet. I share a common wall with me neighbours who do not want a barking pup.
*relatively low energy, as we are low on space, but still able to keep up and play with my son.
I grew up with a lab and loved her to bits, we had a few other family dogs after her, but my son has never had a pet dog (which slightly kills me!). So that being said, Im a big dog girl at heart although I realise with all our constraints we will likely get a smaller dog.
I have been wanting a dog for about 5 years haha, but due to renting have found it difficult to commit. We have found a stable rental now (been here 2 years) and our landlords are considering allowing us to have a dog. which is great!! But am going to have to take their wants into consideration.
I would ideally like to adopt a dog, but no older than 7 as I need to take my son into consideration (i don't want him to get attached and then have to say goodbye a year later). I have been trawling through rescue pages but have found it difficult to impossible to find a rescue dog that will be happy in our home. And those dogs deserve to be happy!!!
If we do have to go for a puppy, i'm happy to spend up to $1,500 although obviously the less the better! I do not want a puppy farm dog, or one the remotely resembles a puppy farm, no matter how many rolling green hills they are surrounded by! I'll admit that I have slightly fallen in love with the cavoodles, but the risk of puppy farm has made me seriously reconsider.
I've also read up on boston terriers, but have had conflicting accounts on barking and their health concerns. Great danes have also entered my mind but I'm not sure if quite believe the 'suited to apartment living' comments! haha (we dont have an apartment.. 2 bedroom house with two large living areas.. well its a house that got divided into two and we have the front bit)
I hope I've not annoyed people, please point out any ignorance of mine! And if I've posted this in the wrong area.. my apologies!
Thanks for any and all advise!!!!