So, I'm looking at potentially adopting a dog in the near future and would love some advice. A little about me as far as dog ownership is concerned:
- 27, live by myself, have had a dog from birth till about 7 years ago
- Live in a ~1000 sq. ft. apartment in downtown Seattle, pet friendly
- Gone 9-11 (mostly 9ish) hours during the week, I'd bring the dog to daycare (I do work in a dog friendly office, but I question whether the dog would simply get bored there)
- Live next door to a reasonably sized(for a city) park (not off leash), nearest off-leash park is ~10 minute walk
- I hike on the weekends and really want a dog that would be a good hiking buddy
My main problem is what breeds of dog I should be looking for. I feel like the dogs that are suitable for an apartment in the city are not the same dogs that would be good for hiking/camping/outdoorsy stuff. Any suggestions re: breeds? In general I like medium-large dogs, since I'm a pretty big guy myself (6'3"). I'd like something that would be pretty comfortable in the water as well. Sadly, I sold my kayak moving across the country earlier this year, but I'd like to keep the option open for a kayak buddy if possible. I've have had (rather large, as in well beyond breed standard large) Shelties for most of my life, and love the breed. Aussies as well. Again, my problem is these things all seem to conflict quite a bit with living in a city/apartment. Realistically, I'll probably wind up with some sort of mix, because I'll be going to a shelter anyways, but it'd be nice to have some general ideas.
I'm also conflicted re: my work hours. Is it feasible to have a dog and not have anyone home during the day? Like I said, I'd be taking the dog to daycare, and occasionally to work, but I don't want to be a bad dog owner either, and wonder if that is a reasonable solution.
On a related note, anything I else I should be doing right now? Obviously down the road a bit further there is a ton to do, but this is very preliminary at this point. I'm currently looking in to local shelters/rescues as well starting to look at daycare options. I suppose I should start looking at vets too.