Looking For A Dog
So I'm considering getting a dog. Mostly for protection (not watchdog capabilities) and, yes, I fully intend to go through some intense training with whatever one I end up getting.
Unfortunately, most excellent watchdogs are of the larger or harder-to-find breeds. I need a small-medium dog, preferably easy to groom, and great guard dog capability. It has to get along with other animals, I don't particularly worry about children or ease of training. I also need a dog that can keep up on hikes, go camping, and not freeze to death in -40 weather.
Unfortunately, I might be stuck with a purebred puppy. I really wanted to rescue an adult mutt but realized I would have no idea if it's safe around my smaller animals or how well socialized it was, etc.
Now, for the breeds I was looking at:
Probably the only medium guard dog. Does well if socialized at an early age, easily trained, minimal shedding, doesn't do too well with cold.
Australian Cattle Dog:
Medium herding dog (natural watchdog) but is suspicious of strangers as well. Needs lots of energy draining activities, easily trained, minimal grooming, and might not do too well in cold.
Absolutely adorable small hunting dog. Good watchdog, suspicious of strangers but not TOO much of a guard dog. Is high energy and tough, doesn't like other dogs, may attack smaller animals but usually gets along with cats. Not easily trained, very stubborn, minimal grooming. Does well in cold.
So far those are the breeds, which are all over the map. I reeeeeally want a Shiba Inu but the 'attack other animals' is kinda... erk. I have read that if they are raised, socialized, and trained right (and if you let the puppy experience species displeasure) they get along just fine. They are also the smallest and considering I live in a small detached house...
Anyone else have any suggestions? Other dog breed choices?
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