1. New apt. is much more friendly for larger dogs. Our current building allows up to 30 lbs. or something if you're on floors 2-4, and we're on 3. Our new place itself will be larger, (woo hoo to 100 extra sq. feet!!) and the building's management company allows up to 100 lbs. We are definitely thinking a dog in the mid-range.
2. We would probably like a dog that I could run with (for no further than 4-5 miles at a time probably), and that would enjoy going on long walks around the park with us. So an active breed!
3. However, I have always wanted a pup that is large and fun, but also thinks he is a lapdog. I hope when we have a house that we will end up with two pups-one true lap dog and one bigger dog! But for now, we would both really like a more active dog.
4. There are certain breeds that our building won't allow-even if the dog is half of one. I know pit bull, rottweiler, doberman, and a few others are on their no-go list. Not our rule, so no snark on the comments please, we love all dogs!
Here are some of the breeds & mixes we are really into:
|german shorthair pointer puppy via|
|lab/collie puppy via|
|grown up pointer via|
|fin the day he came home--imagine walking into this puppy ambush surprise!|
|posing for pics after a Christmas haircut|
|2 years old!|
We love Finley, and I think one day we would love to have one pup just like him from the same (very reputable) breeder.
Does anyone have any breed suggestions? Tips on adopting a dog? We are planning to pay our pet fee and deposit to our management company before we even start looking at physical locations (& not like crazy people online), so that when we fall in love with a dog we won't have to scramble to get that all taken care of! If you've adopted a dog in the Houston area, what shelter did you work with?