So our lease in our townhouse is up and we plan to move into a rental house, then purchase our first property.
So I believe the time has come to purchase our first furry family member. I'm just not sure which breed to get.
I want a dog that is medium to large sized, will not kill my chickens and can get along with my DD (currently 14 months). I also want it to deter people from coming into our yard, as we live in a low socio-economic, high crime area. We live in an outer suburb, so a block with a large backyard (600-1000sqm) is within our price range.
i'm reasonably active, and would be able to walk the dog everyday (or almost every day).
I understand every breed has its pros and cons and every dog is different, based on personality and training, regardless of breed.
At the moment i'm considering a Maremma, great with other pets and good protectors. My parents had a maremma from when i was about 10 and he was great with us. The one they have now seems fine both with my daughter and my niece. However i know the breed can be aloof and hard to train.
As my experience with Maremmas is limited to two dogs, i was wondering if anyone else had personal experience or recommendations?
Also any suggestions for other breeds that fit my criteria?
I'm not in a hurry to buy and i want to choose the right dog for us. I was thinking of waiting until after the christmas period (february) and getting a dog from the pound. I've heard this is the time they get a huge influx of unwanted pets from christmas.