I am looking for a dog. But I don't know what to look for or what breeds to look for. We are going to rent a house,apartment, or townhouse, not quite sure yet, but we are renting. I want a larger dog...but I pretty much like all size of dogs. I don't have time to walk 5 miles a day....so I want a less active dog. Couch potato. Lol! No, but really a less active dog that will be good with a walk (or two) a day. We live in Southern California, if that matters...but I want a shorter haired breed that doesn't need much hair maintenace.
I want a loving family dog...a companion. But I also want to do agility or (maybe) Rally. We are going to rescue a dog, ideally a dog that has basic training and housetraining.
Um...I don't know what else, if you have any additional questions and advice please do tell. :)
***Edited By: Iwantmypup on 7/16/2008 9:42:54 PM*** Reason: because I double copied
Try checking out bullmastiffs. They are a larger breed dog, but they are big goofy critters who will love to lay in your lap on the couch. They also do not require a lot of grooming because they are short haired. They make great companions and are good in apartments because they don't require a lot of exercise. Also, they are good with children and good guard dogs as well. There are several in rescues that are trained and they make great agility or rally dogs. If you would like more information contact me privately using the private messaging.
"No matter how little money and how few possesions you own, having a dog makes you rich." - Louis Sabin
I would wait until you find a home first so that you can be sure what your landlord will allow and what facilities are available. Many condos also have rules beyond whatever the landlord would allow. I have a 65 pound mutt and I lived in a townhouse condo. I bought it because it backed up to some woods and I had a great place to walk him. There was no issue with rules, because I owned it and the association had no size or breed limit. But let me tell you that walking a large dog rain or shine 3 times a day gets to be a huge task. And I'm just referring to the potty walks, not lengthy hikes. It doesn't matter how you feel that day or how horrid the weather is, the dog has to go out. And I had a lot of issues with the other people who lived there that had unruly dogs. I would want to take Max out and if a certain person was already out there, we would have to wait. I just bought a house with a fenced in yard for Max so all my issues are over, but I just wanted to point out the things that you might not think about ahead of time. I would get settled in to your new home for a while and see what goes on in the neighborhood before you decide what type of dog is right for you.
Yes Bullmastiffs are what you want I have a 6 months old one myself they require little exersize and dont need much room to call there own. They are great family dogs and are good with other pets if they are brought home as pups. I have 4 cats another small dog and a guinue pig and he loves them all. Good luck!