I am totally desperate for a dog at the moment. I think it's even fair to say that I have dog envy. It's not a decision that I am taking lightly but I think I am going to take the plunge soon and finally get a dog, I just have to decide what kind? I don't know where to start, how do you know which dog is for you, and should you get a male or female?
Some friends of mine Jason and Hannah have recently got themselves a new addition to their family, a Bichon Frise called Billie. He is a gorgeously soft haired pup, and not only is he naturally hypoallergenic but he doesn't smell at all! He is a very happy go lucky lap dog.
I have toyed with getting one but is he too small, do I need a more substantial dog who is a good guard dog too? Another friend of mine Dave has two dogs that are a rarer breed called Sheba Inu (pictured above). They are an ancient mini Japanese mountain dog who have a good temperament. I spend lots of time with Manuel (who looks like a fox) and Miffy (who is naughty) walking in the park and playing by the river, could they be the dog breed for me?
I am toying with adopting a dog too, there are plenty of rescue dogs in the UK who are desperate for a happy loving home. Last week I took a trip to Battersea Dogs and Cats, it's a great place to go for a rescue pup. It provides temporary home for a variety of breeds, and each dog has their own little enclosure. As you wander around the dogs poke their little faces through the bars looking at you as if to say "please pick me, I am a good dog", it really breaks your heart.
When you take dogs to the park for a walk, all the owners tend to chat to one other when passing by and they become familiar faces. Even though I usually take my friends dogs to the park, I have recently found myself popping there dogless and chatting to the owners about the breed and the temperament of their dogs. I now regularly visit the park as part of my ongoing research regarding dog breeds and which would be good for my home, lifestyle and if I can cope with the needs of the dog. I just hope the dog owners in the park don't think I am the local dog stalker!
I really want a dog with a good temperament, who's loving, medium sized and low shedding. I'm open to advice so what kind of dog should I get and why?
Love Chloe x