Miss Mutt's thread made me curious, what breed do y'all think would fit me best? =D I don't plan on getting a dog anytime soon, though, just.. maybe within the next three years or so? XD
Here are the requirements
1, Have to get along with Basil, my 1 and a half year old Papillon. Basil loves playing with other dogs and tolerates the energetic ones pretty well, but he's VERY mellow, and I don't think he could handle a super neurotic dog. Boyfriend's sister's aussie comes over all the time, and she's always jumping on him, mouthing his head like it was a tennis ball, and body-blocking him and herding him so he can't get to me when he's stressed, which stresses him out even more. She's a VERY hyper, anxious, neurotic dog, and that wouldn't work out for me. However, he's proven to be a pretty patient dog, he just needs his space every once in a while.
2, I'm fixing to move to Dallas with my boyfriend, semi-close to downtown. We'll be in an apartment, but the complex has SO MANY cool walking trails and stuff. The place is honestly huge. It's like a dozen or so sub-complexes within the whole thing, and there are all sorts of cool wooded areas, trails, creeks, lakes, etc. inside. It's like a little oasis in the middle of a very urban area! But yeah, needs to fit inside the apartment at the end of the day XD And, no BSL breeds and such, since it's an apartment.
3, I'd prefer a dog under 40 lbs or so. Medium to small I suppose, but it's not too important. Over 70 lbs is a little excessive for me, though.
4, I'll be going to school two days a week, for about 8 hours a day, with a long lunch break in the middle for potty breaks. I'll also be working most of the other days, about 6 hours, in the morning. So basically, all my afternoons are free. I also don't go a lot of places, unless it's somewhere I can bring my dog =3 I go to a LOT of dog-friendly places!
5, Gotta be willing to get up and "explore" with me every morning an evening, lol. I don't really run, but I LOVE walking all over the flippin' place. Basil and I walk in the mornings and the evenings, sometimes more if I feel like it. And that's just around the neighborhood walks, I'm not even counting when we go out places and do some more "exploring." I'm also not opposed to playing fetch with a ball and a long retractable leash, either. Oh, and we go to the dog park several times a week. Let's just sum this up as.. I want a dog that's willing to have fun and keep up with me, but not wear me out, either XD
6, Oh yeah, my boyfriend's really bummed out that Basil doesn't fetch, so a fetching dog would be a plus XD
7, Since I take Basil with me like.. EVERYWHERE, I want a friendly, polite dog, that doesn't jump up and slober people, but doesn't get freaked in crowds, either. Basil is my little "social butterfly" (Lol, get it, butterfly, Papillon? XD) He's a wonderful little gentleman, who gets excited to meet people and other dogs, but doesn't jump up or start whining and pulling, and he's also very tollerant of new places, crowds, children, car rides etc. Another dog like that would be nice =D
8, Grooming doesn't bother me much at all. I bathe Basil once a week, brush him every day (Sometimes twice, it's fun XD), I'm in the process of getting him used to the Peti-Paws thing, so I briefly graze his claws once a day. I'm REALLY partial to super floofy dogs, the poofier, the better! I'm not that fond of harsh, short, or "hair" coats, though. Oh, and shedding doesn't bother me.
9, I love Basil to death, but he isn't exactly the brightest crayon in the box. I'd really like a dog that's smart, willing to learn, and picks up on tricks easilly. With Basil, it's a struggle to get a reliable sit out of him! Though I remember training my boyfriend's sister's aussie.. it was a breeze, when she could sit still for a second!!
10, Oh yeah, one more thing! I REALLY like having a dog that follows me around from room to room. I tend to get lonely pretty easilly, and it's so nice to have that little furry ball of company curled up at my feet in the evening. I think I'd be pretty sad if I were to get a really independant dog that didn't really want much to do with me.
So, based on that info, what dog do y'all think I should get within the next few years or so?