So did I and for like 6 years I managed to keep it that way! But then the Rigby happened...then Ruby happened.
:rofl1: "2 dogs is enough...oh but I'm moving and taking Cobain...better get this shelter dog to keep him company when we move" *move back home* "Oh but this little dog is cute better take her so Oz isn't lonely when I leave again...."
:dunno: if I went logic over gut, Rigby probably wouldn't be alive right now, and Ruby would still be in a home where she got no exercise, no training, and chewed door frames.
Anyways, I feel you can still combine gut and logic here. Sure Shelties fit your wants/needs in a dog, but they're not the *only* good fit for you.
So gut does cross them off the list for now, but logic can bring in a whole new breed?
I don't think it is nearly as cut and dry as "Logic = sheltie, gut = OtherDog". I don't think I've seen a single post from you about getting another dog that didn't include a lot of logic supporting the breeds you were considering. Just because other people think a sheltie is right doesn't mean it is the only logical choice.
Get what you want. The posts from people who regret choosing the dog they did, or got the dog they thought they should but aren't happy about, are some of the saddest on the forum to me. Sad for the dog, sad for the owner. This is your dog. Get what is going to make you happy. I fully believe that you will be successful with what you chose.
I think it has to be a combination of the two. Logically, it has to fit somewhat into your life or I think you'll be miserable in the long run. Having said that, I think the best connections are with breeds that you are just drawn too.
Our shih tzu delights me on a daily basis. Her attitude and personality are hilarious. I was drawn to the breed, with good reason
I'm a gut + logic person. When I was picking a breed I sat down and made a list of dogs who would work well in my home. After that, it was down to gut feeling on which dog I was most drawn to physically and personality-wise.
In your case, I think you have the logic down, and you have a list of breeds you would be very happy with. At that point, it's about your gut feeling and which one of those breeds calls to you. If shelties don't call to you right now, then go get the breed of dog that does.
This has happened 3 times this week. I'm at a dog thing. We're talking about stuff/I'm petting a puppy/etc. Somehow I mention that I'm planning on bringing home a puppy this spring.
'Yep. Not 100% sure what breed yet but that's the plan!'
'Oh, I just assumed it'd be a papillon!'
'Yeah no, I think I want something a little bigger.'
'You know, you'd do really well with a sheltie.' or 'Thinking about a sheltie?' or 'Have you considered a sheltie? I think you'd really like them'
'Well actually I've had 3 shelties...'
I almost feel like I should listen to them. Every time I look logically at Nextdog shelties are the perfect breed. They fit well with papillons. A bit bigger but not too much of a size difference to worry about. They fit my lifestyle and agility goals very well. I like them a lot. I think they're pretty, smart, fun. I like the temperament a lot... I know some fantastic sheltie people and I know where to get a great one that could probably far surpass my goals.
I just... don't have much draw to them. Is that bad? Is that enough reason to not get one? I wouldn't mind another one day for sure. I probably will have at least one. And I know the folks I train with know me and my dogs well so part of me thinks 'Your gut is telling you this is the smart choice. Your friends are telling you this is the smart choice.' Am I just being stubborn? It's just since being an adult I've never had a dog that wasn't a sheltie or papillon. I'd really like something a bit different.
So... do you tend to go with the logical choice or do you go with maybe the less intelligent choice that you have more draw to?
I like a combination of both! With both Ned and Quinn I/my mom and I made the decision to go for a brand new breed we'd never met before. Research gave us a pretty good idea that the breeds would probably be a good fit for us, but ultimately it was a gut feeling that led us to their breeds vs. one we were comfortable and had lots of experience with, such as Aussies (both times it was "do we get another Aussie or try this other breed?!).