I'm new to this forum and also new to dogs. Quite serious about thinking about getting a dog as a friend and companion but at the same time don't want to jump into it without carefully considering all the issues. So I'm hoping to get some advice on what kind of breed would be suitable for myself.
Off the top of my head I guess I'm wanting a dog who can be kept indoors, doesn't shed much and doesn't have a strong odour. I live by myself and have a decent sized backyard. Also prefer a breed that doesn't need much maintenance and can be a good companion. I am willing to take the dog for daily walks if necessary.
I've researched a bit on the internet and it seems to point at breeds such as the French Bulldog, Poodle, Beagle, Maltese, Bulldog and some others. The French Bulldog does look like a breed I'd enjoy having the companionship of however from what I've seen, pure breds are quite expensive.
The main issue holding me back from getting a dog is that I don't want to be unfair to the dog by not being able to give him/her the time it needs. I'll be having classes at university 5 days a week for possibly up to 7 hours a day.
So I guess the breed will also need to cope well with me not being around during the day.
Any advice would be much appreciated.