First post so be nice
I've been reading through this forum for the last few days and it has provided some great knowledge but I was hoping to ask a few questions. A bit about my self first though. I've been wanting to get a dog for quite a while now (atleast 5 years) so it's not a decision I'm going to rush into. I think I'm finally in a position where I can give a dog a good home and be a responsible owner. I live on my own and work full time, so I am looking for a dog that can be alone for about 9 hours a day during the week. My place has a big back yard and is also opposite a large park (though I may move house in the future). I'm prepared to spend 30-45 minutes during the week exercsing the dog and an hour+ on the weekends (im a reasonably active person, and I think it would be a good way of getting outdoors more). The dog will be outside when I am at work and to sleep, but I would like it to be an inside dog when I'm home.
So, onto my many questions:
Breed? I think I'm pretty set on getting a staffy or staffy cross, though I am open to other suggestions. My dad had a staffy x bull terrier when I was growing up and it was the most amazing dog I've ever known. Other than appearances, what sort of differnces can you expect between getting a bure preed or something which is a cross?
Male or Female? Does it make much of a difference to the dogs temprement? I am leaning towards a female as I have heard they tend to be more loyal and bond stronger with a male owner, not sure if this is always the case though.
Puppy or older dog from shelter? I really like the idea of giving a dog a 2nd chance of life. If I could get one that was a year or two old,
I think it would be good to skip the puppy stage and get a dog that is a little more settled down and already trained (as I have never owned a dog before). Just a bit worried getting a dog that you havent raised, that it may have some behavioural issues.
I'm in no rush to get a dog, so I want to take my time and make sure I'm well and informed and get a dog which suits my lifestyle.
Thanks in advance for your replies.