We have a 10 year old female lab mix who we love so much. She's calm (and was even when we adopted her at 15 months old). She's super friendly and tolerant of kids. She's affectionate. We wish we could clone her!
She was really sick this summer with a mystery liver ailment (she's better now). Her illness made me think that maybe it's time to add a second dog. She was sick again last month (not the liver this time). She's been healthy all her life. I can't imagine losing her. I especially can't imagine it without a furry, snuggly couch buddy to help us through it.
My husband has requested no small dogs. He wants a big, dopey, calm, sweet, friendly dog. Which means we aren't looking for a puppy! The dogs we're considering are between 2 and 4 years old. We've applied and have been approved at both boxer rescue and lab rescue.
Any input about which breed sounds better for us? Things to consider to help us decide?
My only concern at this point with boxers is that they don't seem to have as long a life expectancy as labs do. And with labs, we'd have double the dog hair tumbleweeds. What else should I be thinking about?