Puppy Update & Help Needed
So, I’m back to one of my favourite topics – puppies.
We are getting one for sure this spring! Little MPB is not allergic to dogs and my dog allergy isn’t bad enough to worry about, so the immunologist gave us the green light to get whatever dog we want. (More on our immunologist appointment later this week).
So, moving forward on actually getting the puppy means we have some decisions to make. Our puppy criteria is rather simple:
- must be kid friendly.
- ideally a larger breed – around 50-70lbs full grown would be ideal. (Our last dog, whom I miss so dearly, was almost 90lbs, so we are completely good with large dogs).
- must be a female.
- ideally not black like our old dog (we think it’ll be too hard for us). But for the right dog we’d be totally okay with black.
- less shedding would be nice.
While our last dog was a rescue dog, this time we’ve decided not to get a rescue. We’ve spent a lot of time debating this and have decided that we really want to maximize the chances of having a positive relationship between the dog and the toddler, so a kid friendly breed is our first priority.
We HAD narrowed down our dog choice to 2 breeds – Old English Sheepdog (OES) and Sheepadoodle. But, before making a true committmemt I decided to stop in and talk to our vet about dog breeds and now we have no idea what to get! Our vet gave me some good things to think about:
- Local OES’ tend to be aggressive. She simply wouldn’t recommend getting one with a 2 year old in the house. So, we’ve removed OES from our list completely.
- She thinks the poodle in a sheepadoodle would probably help balance out the OES aggressiveness. But, she’s not sure as there are no guarantees.
- As for doodles in general (goldendoodle, labradoodle, sheepadoodle, ausiedoodle, etc.) she worries about their ear health – apparently a lot of them have ear infection problems and can require a lot of money to treat and maintain the ears.
- She strongly recommends a retriever/hunting dogs as they tend to be great with kids as they are motivated by making their people happy.
So, we are back to thinking golden retriever or chocolate labrador retriever or yellow labrador retriever. Maybe a flat coated retriever if we find a breeder. Mr. MPB and I both grew up with golden retrievers, so we know the breed and we both like them, we just always wanted to get a different dog breed. I’m not sure about the flat-coated retriever, but for non-registered golden or lab we are looking at paying around $800. And they are rather easy to get, so I don’t have to pre-register and wait months and months for one. Of course, with any of the retrievers we are also looking at having more fur around the house.
So, maybe a goldendoodle or a labradoodle? Less shedding. Priced at about $1200ish. But maybe still have ear infection issues.
But here’s the problem we are currently on the list to pick out a Sheepadoodle puppy in a few weeks which we would bring home at the end of March. So, do we keep going with the sheepadoodle, knowing there could be some behavioural risks? And pay $2500? I love the look of the sheepadoodle, but I’m just not sure anymore. The possibility of aggression has made me really increadibly hesitant. $2500 seems slightly crazy for a dog.
Does anyone have any thoughts or words of advice? Mr. MPB is leaving it completely up to me, and I’m now just so confused that I have no idea what to do!
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