Hi, my friend is looking for a dog. He just graduated college and is going on to graduate school. The graduate school is only about 45 minutes away from his home, so he is planning on keeping it there with his family or bringing it to school with him. He wants to get a husky, but fears that it may need more attention than he will be able to give it. Does anyone have any suggestions as to a type of breed that would be good for a graduate student?
Huskies are likely NOT a good choice- as the Northern breeds tend to be extremely energetic dogs who thrive on attention and work.
I think your friend would have a GREAT chance of finding the perfect dog for him- by contacting a local all breed rescue group. They likely foster dogs in fosterhomes- where the temporary caregivers learn a LOT about the dogs' temperaments and behaviors. Many adult dogs would be great with this kind of life- but puppies are probably more than he should think about taking on.
My friend has a husky and a 6 foot fence & an electric fence and the dog still gets out. She climbs she digs, she is high maintenance. I do know a college grad that got a mini dachshund for her graduation
I think an older dog might do well for him as well. Puppies need a lot of attention. He might look into some lower maintenance breeds, like bassets, they're pretty laid back. Something that's not going to require a lot of extra attention, sense it sounds like he's going to spend a good amount of time driving. Doxies are good and fun little dogs. I guess too it depends on what his family is willing to give to the dog when he's away at school, if he's going to leave the dog with them. There are great websites that he can do a questionaire that will help him find a breed that would fit well into his lifestyle. Good luck to him! I hope he finds the perfect fit!
I tried out the animal planet one and it took me 3 pages to get to the sheltie - which is my breed and I wouldn't trade it for another ever. In fact, my first 3 pages are terriers and I wouldn't own a terrier if paid me to as I've never met a terrier that suited ME as a person. Although, I will say that the sheltie had a 95% match rate with me. So the selector isn't bad.