I'm looking for some ideas on what kind of dog to get. I live in a house with a small yard. The dog would have to be in the house when I'm not home. I would be away at work for up to 10 hours 5 days a week, and would take the dog for a walk/run before and after work. I'd like one where I can throw the ball/frisbee around. I'd like the dog to be medium to large size. I've been looking at Australian Shepherds and Border Collies. But they are extremely hyper. Would 2x 1 hour walk/runs a day be enough with my living conditions. Also what about a Chesapeake Bay Retriever? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
I'm so partial but I always recommend a Boston Terrier ...LOL! I know they are not right for everyone but they love to play ball and they are very good companions (not to mention smart )
Take into consideration that if you get a puppy s/he is going to need to be let out during the day and will not be able to hold their potty for 10 hours. They need lots of love and attention in order to get close to you and bond. Will there be any way that you or someone you know can come home and let them out? Older dogs can hold it longer but not for 10 hours (that length of time also increases risk for UTIs.)
Sorry I couldn't be of more help but hope this gives you some insight. Best of luck!
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I wouldn't call Border Collies and Aussies hyper, just very active. They both need jobs to do to be happy. Having said that, if you are committed to giving a dog enough attention and 'jobs' to keep him happy, then go for it. In the beginning, if there is anyone who could let him out and feed him during the day, that would be good. As well, leaving him with a Buster Cube (a cube in which you put treats so the dog has to figure out how to get the treats out) or a puzzle when you are at work will keep your dog busy. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are great dogs as well. Boxers, labs, and nova scotia duck tolling retrievers are also great dogs. Just make sure you find a good breeder - especially with labs which have been so overbred due to their popularity.
In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog. ~Edward Hoagland