posted on Oct, 10 2011 @ 01:52 PM
I'd be lost without my pets. Brought up with dogs, had at least one 'of my own' since I was 14.
Couple of things I would consider would be how much time you have and how much exercise any particular breed will need. If you and your GF are out
working all day and pooch is home alone, will it do its business everywhere/chew everything out of boredom or become depressed?
If you have plenty of time, space and the inclination towards plenty of walkies then the breeds suggested would be great. Of course, all dogs need
plenty of all of those things, but mostly, not exclusively, the smaller the breed the less of the above you will have to provide.
Labradors and Retrievers are lovely breeds IMO. My little dog is a Toad In The Hole (Yorkie X Dacshund). She weighs 7lbs and at 8 years old doesn't
want to be on her stumpys for more than around 1/2 hour 2 - 3 times a day on walkies. My brother has a gorgeous 18 month old black lab that weighs 7
stone and doesn't like to rest for more than around 1/2 hour 2 - 3 times a day!
There are also big differences in the mess to be cleaned up betwen the two, and the cost of feeding them per month, more things to consider. And
don't forget to factor in medical/vets costs. Getting insurance is a good way to make sure that if the worst should happen and your pet gets sick or
hurt that you don't have to find the money to pay for treatments which can be VERY costly.
Plenty of breeds to choose from, and one probably ideal for you. Just thought I'd offer my 2 pence worth.
Please keep us informed as to your choice