My wife and kids have finally broken me down. I've been resisting getting a dog for years for several reasons. One is we like to travel alot (mostly by car) so we would need a dog that travels well. Another is that my wife (and possibly my son) are allergic to some dogs. Another is that we like to take long brisk walks so we would need a dog that likes to walk. Another is that our house is well kept with hardwood floors and nice furniture so we would want a dog that could be trained not to destroy the house. So, I am asking which dogs would be good for us. If there are none, then I win and we do not get a dog. If there are dogs that fit my somewhat selfish criteria, then my wife and kids get their dog.
Sounds like a schnauzer might be a good bet do a little research though. Every dog goes through a puppy stage where they chew so if you dont want your house destroyed maybe get an adult. Just a suggestion :c)
Please be aware that even the best behaved dog will have disasters, and disasters never happen on tile. Dogs get sick and throw up on the couch. They get bladder infections and pee on the new rug. They get muddy and rub up against a chair. If you're not prepared to cope with some mess, you probably shouldn't get a dog.
Yeah, even well behaved dogs will make your house a lot more crazy. Drips from water bowl, farts, nails that may scratch up the floor...I can go on, but you get the point. There are a lot of things that non-dog owners may not be aware of when they first get a dog.
I like the poodle...there are many sizes and they are good for allergy sufferers.They come in many colors and they are very smart.They are happy go lucky and all around great dogs.
This is my personal experience with the Schnauzers.....we had 2 of them,they were hyper,shed more than your avergage schnauzer,not very smart,and this was due to bad breeding from a BYB.I know alot of schnauzer that are ntohing like this...just make sure you get one from a good breeder.
With any breed of dog for you I would get an adult.
Basically it's give and take, just as it is with children. You have to work hard at making your pup or dog a socially acceptable, loving part of your family. No toddler ever got it right the first try, neither will your dog. Not unless he/she is neurotic by the end of it all.
Crate training helps in most cases, lots of love and attention also works wonders along with good, solid, basic obedience training.
Never the less, there WILL be accidents and you will have to have patience with any pet you bring into your home.
First off good luck in finding that perfect dog! Like someone mentioned, it is a give and take. You can train your puppy to be a perfect dog but you have to go thru the puppy stages and that means chewing, housetraining (that doesn't happen over night and there will be accidents:)! It is a lot of hard work and commitment on everyones part. If your material things mean that much to you and it sounds like they do (that's not a bad thing) then you probably don't want a pup but an older dog. Either way there will be things you have to deal with. Since you seem to be the one with issues you really have to think about this and decide that either you will be able to handle it if the dog has an accident or you can not. If you can not it is best to discuss this with the family because you don't want to get a dog and then end up yelling at it all the time and making your family afraid that if the dog isn't good Dad will be mad. If the dog isn't the right pet for you perhaps you could get something else the kids and wife would like look for alternatives. I'll be honest, when I read your post so many things went thru my mind I didn't know where to start. I am the dog lover in our family and my husband prefers cats well I went 8yrs without a dog because my husband didn't want one and finally I told him we had to get another dog as our boys were becoming afraid of dogs and I didn't want that, he agreed. He got a mix pup from the Humane Society we had him for 13 yrs. and had to put him down, we got another pup a Bichon/WEstie mix and have had him a year now and my husband adores him. He takes him for walks, he carries him if another dog is bothering him, he treats him like another child. This type of behavior really surprises me but it is wonderful. I hope your post has a happy ending too.