The idea of adding a second dog this year is still swimming around in my brain, I can't seem to drop it. With the idea of moving to a different city next year for school, Duke will lose his BFF Boomer. The only thing that is causing me to pause is that Duke is a bit of a curmudgeon. He takes awhile to warm up to other dogs (read - actively dislikes strange dogs) but still does enjoy his close friends. He loves all my friends dogs now despite wanting nothing to do with them in beginning, so he does come around eventually. I have this nagging feeling that maybe he'll never warm up to a new addition. While unlikely, it's the only thing kinda halting me.
Anyways, I'm weighing which breeds would be best suited. I would really like another lab; a black female preferably. However I don't think that would be the best choice because finding a place with one large dog is hard enough. Two large dogs might be even harder. So I think a dog under 25lbs would be ideal. Here's a quick list of what I like in dogs:
-Again, under 25lbs.
-No intense grooming needs. I don't like curly coats, period. I don't in general like wire haired dogs.
-No husky-type shedding
-Not prone to being shy, loves people.
-Active and handler orientated.
-I like goofy dogs, ones who don't take themselves too seriously.
-I don't mind barking, as long as it's validated. (playing, guard barking) Not because the fridge made more ice cubes.
-Preferably not a "soft" dog.
I think those are the main points. Thanks for your time everyone!
Duke - 3yr old Labrador Retriever