I'm wondering if I could borrow some of your experience and expertise to help me find the right dog.
Some background, I've grown up in a family that adores animals, we have and have had dogs, cats and rabbits. While growing up I had a border collie Sheba (an absolute angel, most well behaved dog I've ever known) and when she passed we rescued a kelpie x sheltie Zoey (not so much of angel, crazy barking and escaping, but loved her anyway). We then got a jack russell x ???? Toby (he's big!! Think blue heeler with JRT colouring and hairy eyebrows), so we had the two dogs. This year I lost my Zoey to old age (she made 18!!), so my parents decided to get themselves a border collie puppy Jess, as I am moving out soon. So mum and dad have Toby & Jess, but when I move into my new house I won't have any dogs
I will however have a beautiful tortie Cassidy (8 months old, recently rescued) and 2 bunnies Baloo & Maggie (one pure, one rescue).
The whole reason I saved and built a house was so that I could have a dog, because I couldn't have a dog while renting. But now I'm thinking maybe I shouldn't have a dog because I won't be home enough I work in the city, so my commute is about 1.5hrs both ways, and I work about 8 hours a day x 5 days a week. I'm worried this is too long to leave a dog home alone, especially a puppy.
So what I would like is your experience and advice on should I get a dog, if I did get a dog what sort of breed might be good for me to look at, and whether I should look at male, female, rescue, breeder, older dog or a puppy? Also any advice on how to support a dog who spends a lot of houses alone? I was thinking of employing a dog walker for at least once a day.
My preference is a puppy, though I'm open to the idea of an older dog. I love working dogs, retrievers, spaniels, basically large fluffy dogs!! Although I'm worried a working dog might be too high energy (our BC puppy is definitely a lot of energy, and there's three adults to entertain her). I also need a cat & bunny friendly dog, as my bunnies are indoor and have free range of the house (though they may have to spend more time in their enclosure in the future). I sort of see myself taking the dog for walks, playing in the park, cuddled on the couch, drives to the beach, to see my friends & family (pretty much when I'm not at work I'd like them with me). Not sure I want to do agility, showing or anything like that, as I have social anxiety so group things are hard for me.
$$ is no object (if it means a happy dog )
Anyway, would love to hear from people, as I've been thinking about this for 3 years and have come to no decisions.