Hey everyone, for the past 3 or 4 years I’ve really been wanting a dog. But I’m having trouble deciding if one would fit into my lifestyle. I’m currently working 4-10 hour days, meaning I’m away from home for about 11 ˝ - 12 hours Monday to Thursday. Friday to Sunday I’m off. I’m pretty active and usually walk/ run for an hour to 1 ˝ hours during work days, and on my weekends I have a lot of free time. I own my own home which sits on about a Ľ acre fenced lot. I live alone with no children. The dog would be indoors while I am at work.
I’ve considered Viszlas, Dobermans, Weimaraners, Boxers, and Rhodesian Ridgebacks. From what I’ve read, I don’t know if any of these dogs would do very well on their own for that period of time. (I’ll likely have someone come over to let the dog out midday to use the washroom/ get a quick run in the yard) I am pretty stuck on the types of dog I want; medium to large, short hair, no shedding, fairly energetic.
I’ve been around dogs, so I’m aware of the time and life commitment I need to make. I’ve been involved with raising a puppy before. I’m just not sure what to do. I’ve been getting a lot of conflicting information from owners/ breeders.
Is there some other breed I’ve overlooked?
Is dog ownership even realistic for me?
Please feel free to comment and ask me any other questions I’ve overlooked.