I'm ready to get my first dog after moving out of home. I did have a border collie a few years ago but I don't think a border collie is the right match right now. I'm living with my boyfriend in a smallish house in the suburbs it has a medium sized backyard but it's close to the beach and parks. My patenter already has a rottie called Punchy and he's about 6 months old. I want to get a dog of my own as he got Punchy as a friend to exercise with. I had some ideas I was thinking maybe a Boston Terrier or a Pug or Frenchie. I live in Australia and the only problem is the heat. I'd really appreciate some ideas and comments even if they're not anywhere close to what I'm thinking. I don't do too much exercise but I would if I needed to (one of the reasons for getting a dog :P) and I'd prefer short hair and a smaller dog. Thanks guys :D
How about a tenterfield terrier,whippet or if you like the pug look the puguliars sorry about he spelling the puguliars shouldn't suffer from the heat as much.I used to have a tenterfield terrier and they are playful and full of spunk.
You need to consider your daily activity level, how much walking you do, what activities you may want the dog to take part in with you, etc. Also, you mentioned short coat...is this due to a shedding factor? Curious as Pugs shed heavy year round. Takes alot of brushing to keep your clothes and home from not being fawn from the coat, lol. Pugs are a double coated breed, so shedding is a given. If you decide on a Pug, you may want to consider a black, as they are single coated and do not shed at nearly the rate a fawn will.
Your boyfriend is the one w/ the Rottie right? If so, I think you should focus on him for the time being. He may be bf's dog, but you both live w/ him. Rotties need a lot of training and are very slow to mature. Adding another dog of any breed at this point would be a set back for him. The very experienced folks on the Rottie forum I belong to, say bring in another dog before the Rottie is 2 is a big mistake and if you can wait until 3 or 4, it's even better.
Not sure if there are Bichon Frise in Austrailia but they don't shed, they don't have the heat issues like the pug and they have a lively personality. They have to be brushed often but other than that, really, they are a good companion dog. Part of the reason I suggested the Bichon was I remember viewing a house and there was a bichon and a rottie living there. The Bichon was definitely the 'boss' in the house which I thought was really cute and funny. But seriously, they are quite the sweet, versatile and lively dogs. Another dog could be the Mini Schnauzer too.
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
A Bichon is a good idea or even a Boston. Bostons do not shed and are great companion dogs and they can get along with other dogs; provided they are properly introduced and socialized (just as with any other breed.)
Frenchies are very stubborn and difficult to train. I have been told that by many people and after years of wanting one, I got one for Christmas. She is adorable but sheds a lot and I have to exercise great patience with her potty issues.
Good luck with whatever you decide and hope all works out well.
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We had a border collie once -- Jasper was his name. AWESOME and smart dog. He would 'herd' our nieces/nephews when they came to visit, ha! Right now we have a sheltie, the love of our lives (besides each other, ha!) -- I call him "the bestest dog on the planet", love him so much. Totally loyal and just wants to be with you, sticks by your side when you're sick and is just the BEST dog ever!!