Well, I'm a newbie here. While I'm personally set on the doggy front (Thats my Corgi/Chihuahua mix CJ and my Swedish Valhund Keelan in my avatar) I've been looking around for the perfect dog for my mother and father. Both are in thier late fifties.
The house has been dog free since the family dog I grew up with (a lab, ACD mutt) passed of old age a few months ago
. They'd like a new dog rather quickly, but I think they need something specific.
What I'd like for them-
an overall low maintenance dog- though my parents are still relatively young now, I don't want my mother to have to deal with a high groom or high energy dog when shes almost seventy
Train ability- My mother has had dogs all her life and does know how to handle herself with one, but something that doesn't challenge her every movie would be nice.
Moderate exercise needs- We have a small yard and my brother lives close by and is willing to take the dog on a long walk/jog every weekday. He used to do this with our old dog emy.
Guard/watchdog- They live in a relatively small town area, but there have been more and more problems with kids vandalizing things and robbery's there. I mean, I don't go to bed at night worrying to death over them, but they are getting up in years and having a dog that can at least LOOK intimating to ward off the shady sort would be a plus.
Generally good with cats and other dogs- I visit them with my two fairly regularly and they have two cats.
Of course I know there are no certainties on behavior, dogs are individuals after all, but having a few breed suggestions would be nice. I've already looked into a couple of options but haven't hit on an exact fit yet, heres hoping you guys can help!