Ellee is an 8-pound, 5-year-old female maltipoo. Although she has been our only pet for the past 5 years, it appears she is getting to the stage where she seems to need "more". She does NOT play with other dogs....never did and doesn't like it when small dogs get in her face. We take her on long walks in the morning and evening, for a total of about 3 miles. She also goes out for small potty walks. She seems to becoming "antsy" and I think having a quiet, calm companion would be wonderful for her.
After months of research, it seems to me that a retired Greyhound would be a very good match. They are laid back and their exercise requirements would most certainly be taken care of with our walking routine. I've located several websites for retired greyhounds in the Tampa Bay area and the foster families provide great descriptions about the dog's temperament, exercise needs and how the dog gets along with small dogs and/or cats.
People advised me to get a male dog, not another female because of dominance issues.
Please give me your opinions about this idea. Thank you very much.
What I consider to be "antsy" behavior is that she seldom seems to relax and chill out. When outside on the patio, she is either barking at neighbors, at bicycles, trucks...anything or anyone on our street. If not that, she is constantly looking around the patio to find a gecko to chase, or she looks at the screening surrounding the patio and if she sees a dark spot on the screen, she barks continually. If she sees an animal on the TV, she jumps up and barks. When the phone rings, she barks. When she comes inside, although she will rest at times, the rest period is of very short duration.
I think a Greyhound would be good for her as a companion, not a playmate. Since most retired Greyhounds are laid back, I think he would have a calming influence on her, not to mention just having a pal to hang out with.
the other thing that could back fire on you is the fact she may not like a companion. Her behavior has nothing to do with not having another dog, she is simply being a maltipoo. Barking at things and wanting to chase small creatures is what they do. You have to train her when it is ok and not ok to bark. She is simply telling those things this is my house and my space, back off.