We are not looking for a second dog at the moment, but I'd like to plan ahead so we can make the right decision when the time comes. I'd love to get your input.
We have a 9.5 yo female lab/border collie mix. She is super tolerant, loves everyone, is playful in spurts several times a day, but is content to lay around too. Her only behavior issue is that she is a big food beggar, and we can deal with that. We think she's the perfect dog. We want all our future dogs to be like her! (Is that too much to ask???)
I have a few questions:
1. Do you think it's best to have more than one dog (because they are pack animals), or is just one okay?
2. What are your thoughts about adding a dog to a home with a senior dog who doesn't like puppy antics?
3. What breeds or breed mixes would you suggest for the following criteria?
--loves kids and is super tolerant of them (my son is 11, but I want dogs who love kids of all ages)
--relatively low energy, but likes to play in sessions (daily play time, but not a high energy breed)
--is smart enough to learn basic training and dog manners, but has a calm, slightly goofy personality
--easy to housetrain
--doesn't have a tendency to be dog aggressive and isn't overly prey-focused
--isn't an excessive shedder or drooler
--doesn't have a tendency to run off (so we can go on off-leash walks or hang out together in the front yard)
--enjoys petting and being with people ( we don't mind dogs that follow us from room to room--we like it, actually)
Basically, we like calm, friendly, tolerant dogs who just mesh with family life.