I have been looking at a few breeder sites and Petfinder.com. I am not ready to bring a dog home in the immediate future, but I am trying to learn as much as I can. I am looking for a small dog. Many of the questionnaires ask, "Do you own other pets and what breed are they?" As a Rottie owner I'm a bit leary of this question. Breeders and Resues can be so picky about who they send a dog home with and I don't want to be ruled out simply because of Harley's breed. I would never lie, but it bugs me that they don't ask about the individual dogs personality. Harley is very submissive and super gentle with Bailey(a 10lb Maltese)as well as every other dog he has ever met. Should I automatically add that, when asked what other breeds I own. Are rescues and breeders just as ignorant as the general public. People who I consider knowledgable when it comes to dogs, have told me that my dog will turn on me. Even more people are predjudice about pits. I know this is complete and total B.S., but they are in control of the situation.
I would put is as you have a "rottie whos best friend is a 10 maltese". That way you are putting the info where they can see it. I hate sterotypes of all kinds. Also, try calling rescues that have breeds you are interested in. If you call and say you are looking for a small companion dog, and you are not sure what you want. Just let them know you are looking at different breeds and you were wanting more info to see if that breed will fit your lifestyle. We do it at poodle rescue all the time. good luck, and thanks for looking into a rescue first.
For me, I ask that question HOPING the person will give me more info that "I have a rottie". I WANT you to say "and a maltese - and they are best friends". On those questionnaires - there is NO such thing as too much info. Ramble on for 1/2 a page if you feel inspired to!
I made the mistake of placing a large Sheltie puppy (the breed has a HUGE natural size variable - and size is one of our bugaboos - this guy was like 7 lbs at 9 weeks and was easily going oversize) in a home with a Chihuahua. The lady called me irrate several days after the puppy went home because the puppy wanted to play with the Chi and was bigger than it (which I made clear he would be before she got him). Sometimes, it just doesn't work to put a small breed puppy in a home with a large breed dog and visa versa - but I wanted to open that line of communication. If it's a GSD who has been raised with a smaller dog and does great with them - wonderful. But it's scary for me as a breeder to introduce a small dog into a home with a large dog whose never had exposure to a small dog.
I also ask if people have a fenced yard. I don't REQUIRE one, but I want to open up the conversation on the importance of keeping a puppy on leash and not letting it run loose.
A good breeder, or an intelligent person with rescue is going to be THRILLED for you to give as much information as you feel fit.
My questionaires for both my personal pups and our rescues both ask about other pets as well. I ask about temperament regardless of the breed they have. My questions have no right or wrong answer, I only ask they be honest. I have some questions that turn peole off, but I figure if they choose to not answer, then they dont want a pup from me.
Answer in length. I wouldnt simply say...Rott and leave it at that. Like Abby said, write a half page per question if you feel the need, we dont mind. In fact I prefer it :)
People are like slinky's, not really good for much. But its still fun to push them down the stairs.
I raise a toy breed and my questionnaire also asks about other animals in the house. I want to know not only about other dogs in the house but cats, hamsters, ferret, birds, whatever too. I want to know about all of it and the more detail the better. I love to see a full questionnaire in my inbox rather then simple yes no yes no answers.
I wouldn't rule out someone with a large breed dog but if they didn't give me the extra details on their own i would ask myself when i replied to their questionnaire. I would want to know if the large dog had any experience with small dogs or cats and we'd discuss it from there. This spring i placed a pup in a home with a GSD and they get along great despite a 50+ pound difference between the two!