Hello From California.
For the last 6 months I have been searching for the right dog to become my service dog. I have read and read and read about too many breeds to think about. I have jumped from full breed to mixed breed from small dog to big dog, from adopting to purchasing form breeder and I am at my wits end.
A little about my lifestyle, I am pretty much a homebody. I like relaxing at home in front of the tv, going for walks at the park and just being at home. I love dogs, any dog really. I have gone to so many shelters in the last 6 months they know me by name. Visited tons of events with rescue groups and it is draining, both physically and emotionally.
I was "prescribed" (is that what its called) a service dog by my primary care doctor after a year and a half of being medicated for PTSD, Anxiety and Depression. I had bonded with a dog that would visit our office everyday. She was so attached to me and I to her that the owner had agreed to rehome her to me. Once I had her trained and had fallen in love with her, the owner changed her mind. That was devastating and really took me down a rough patch in my recovery.
Now every time I think I have found the right one something goes wrong. I fell in love with a little Maltipoo mix that was up for adoption at a shelter here but when I tried to spend some time with him he wanted no part of training. The shelter said he wasn't a good candidate for me. Luckily he was adopted quickly by another family.
More emails and reading and research later and I absolutely connected with a 5 month old Poodle-Pomeranian mix. But by the time my application was submitted there where 12 applications for him. I went to the shelter this weekend and met an Australian terrier mix that was such a sweetheart, but was over 6 years old, according to the PTSD service dog program that is too old to start training. I went to an event over the weekend for adoptable dogs and there was a sweet and calm spaniel, she was such a sweetie, but she is 8 years old. Then I met a little spunky 3 year old Maltese-Shih tzu mix. I spent a good 2 hours with him. And towards the end, I was told he has food aggression issues, which the program told me it was a BIG no, no for service dogs.
I get really depressed leaving any animal at a shelter let alone one that looks at me with such sweet sad puppy eyes.
So my question is, what would you suggest I research more, as in what type of breed. Adopt or purchase a puppy, (I would rather adopt but its hard to find a dog with the required temperament)
I live in a 2 story apartment, its not small and not large but cozy. I have had and trained an Alaskan Malamute before as well as a poodle. I know Alaskan malamute is out of the question, too large for an apartment with no yard and they have their own mind and if they don't want to train...they wont! lol Love that breed.
I have looked at small due to living space, but cannot have a dog that is prone to barking too much. I am leaning towards middle sized. Maybe Sheltie, Poodle, Basset Hound.
Sorry for the long post, thanks in advance for your suggestion and advice.