ok so i am a senior in high school, and me and my friend are moving out to a city. We are going to be roommates in a house with a pretty small yard, but a relatively large house. I have owned dogs for my whole life, i've had a german shepherd dog since kindergarden, shes super old and might die soon . My friend is thinking about getting a doberman pinscer, and i am wondering if i should get either a rottweiler, another german shepherd, a dobey as well, or a smaller dog. The only problem is that we will be at school all day, and if not school, at work. I will be good for giving the dogs walks everyday. I just dont know what breed i should get some help please?
The first thing I belive you need to think about is how many hours will you have to spend with the dog. All working dogs, doby, shepherd, rottie, etc. will need a lot of excersize. If you are going to be at school or work, do you really have the time to properly care for an active dog. Then you have to think about study time on top of the school and work. You guys might want to wait and see what kind of schedule you have before getting a dog.
If your dog is very old ,most of the hard work of training it when it was a puppy was probably done by one or both of your parents. Pups need a lot of time and attention paid to them and there is also the cost of trips to the vet, good quality food, and dog toys. You may not be able to afford all the costs of properly caring for a dog as well as paying living expenses for yourself. I would hold off on the purchase of a dog for a couple of years until you have more experience of being on your own. You could always volunteer at a local animal shelter or the Humane Society so you could spend time with dogs.
hmmm while money isnt an issue, the time is... would anybody suggest me adopting a more mature dog, 1 year or so, so i dont have to go through the puppy's needyness stage? ehh maybe college life isnt for a dog
I was glad to see that you are rethinking your plan to get a dog. All dogs are needy (not just puppies) and deserve to have a stable home where people are around to give them attention and exercise. Dogs left alone can develop many behaviour issues. As a student do you really have the financial resources to care for an animal, especially if it gets sick? You will be starting a new life and with classes, studies, work and a new social environment, you really do not have the time to give to a dog. I understand your sense of loss having always had one but you are embarking on a new adventure and should look forward to having some freedom. When the right time comes there will be a dog waiting for you.