Next year I'll be moving to Bangkok where I will be attending University and possibly spending the rest of my life. I leave behind my beautiful Malamute, my dorky Dalmatian and my cheeky DSH tabby who will be sorely missed.
I'm planning to obtain one or two dogs. Mainly as companions since my Thai (even though I'm a native) is horrendous and it's so comforting to hug and talk to a pet.
If I get two, one will be my companion and the other will be more of a guard and family dog. If I only get one, it'll have to be a mix of both. I'll love to have a Malamute but the extreme heat there will be cruel.
Guard dog is essential as my family there are quite wealthy and my grandma is not on good terms with her ex husband (Who has tried to kill her once).
What I'm looking for in both dogs:
Intelligence - A mix of collie intelligence (blind obedience) and independent thinking and cheek of Malamutes (I find it endearing even though it can be a right pain)
Coat will be able to cope with the heat - German Shepards and Goldens seem to be able to stand the Bangkok summers pretty well
Temperament - Must be able to put up with 4 rowdy kids (who will be supervised and warned not to annoy the dog)
Loyalty and protectiveness - Won't be inclined to wander and will protect the home and family members
Size - I prefer large dogs, you can hug them properly and I love large dogs personalities and surprising gentleness
The companion dog will be my best friend. I plan to take it every where I go so it will learn to travel. I hope it will like water (since my Mal and Dal hate it...) I'm planing to clicker train it, teaching it obedience and would like to do agility trials with it. It'll sleep at the foot of my bed and will be wary of strangers. I'm going to love it to bits
The family dog must be a protector. It will get along with or tolerate the kids. It will be gentle with my grandma and will be taught not to be rough around her. It will also be loved by me but it will be shared with the family. It must be a large dog, around 40-50kg.
Both dogs will have plenty of room to run around in and must get along with each other. Breed does not have to meet all the requirements.
Breeds I'm considering:
First and foremost, German Shepard (my grandma loves these) Intelligent and highly trainable as well as protective
Doberman - Good guardians and I love their sleek look
Akita - Great guardians, loyal and protective but are as stubborn as a mule
I think that's all... Anyway, breed suggestions and some examples if you happen to own the breed I'm looking for.