I saw this topic while lurking on a dog forum, and the idea really intrigued me. The topic being: Are You Happy With Your Dog Breed Choice? It was a twofold question: the first being would you get the same breed knowing what you know now, and would you stick with your breed when/if you were to add to the family. I'm so curious to see people's thoughts on this!
I feel like I have to make a note before someone gets their panties in a twist.
The question is not "are you happy with your dog".
I'm not asking if you are or are not happy with your individual dog, and I'm not saying I am unhappy or regret my dogs. I don't, at all. The query has to do with your breed, not your dog/s themselves.
Knowing What I Know Now, Would I Still Have Gotten My Breeds?
The short answer is yes, I am happy with the breeds I've chosen. They all mesh well together and mesh well into my life. They both fit what I was looking for, and they still fit with my life now.
The longer answer is the each fill a perfect place in the family, both in the human regards and in their own little dog-clan.
Nola is a miniature Dachshund, and is damn near perfect for me. She was made for me in every way, and my only wish is she was a bit more active (and the vast majority of people would consider her crazy busy! I'm just a bit, ah...
spastic, hyper, ADHD energetic). She is my scary smart, wickedly mischievous, sweet, silly, loves to train, in tune, confident, ballsy, go anywhere and do anything heart dog. She's the boss around here, and she knows it.
If I want to go somewhere, Nola is the dog that accompanies me. From off leash beaches or woods, to stores, to walking around the little beach town, to photo shoots to training sessions, she is up for anything and takes life in stride. If I'm anxious or upset, she's on me to calm me down. She's so sensitive to my emotions, and is always ready to offer support. She is my first dog, and I couldn't have struck gold more thoroughly than with her. She's also the favorite. Clearly.
Pike is a mini Aussie, and he's the weird one. ;) He's quirky, he's fantastic with kids, he's sensitive and melodramatic as can be. He is insane for any and all toys, and will fetch for hours (literally, hours). He's the one always wiggle-butting around with a toy in his mouth, dancing at your feet for you to throw it. He's the one that seems pretty stupid, until you watch him open a ziplock bag (open, not tear. Open it like a human would.) to get his tennis ball out.
If I want to smile and shake my head at crazy antics, Pike's the dog for it. If I want to play, he's my dude. Seeing the pure joy on his face when he's engaged with play is priceless. He's the "special" one, and for all his many, many quirks, I wouldn't trade that ugly mug for the world.
Olivia is a miniature Dachshund, and she's the slug. Or the furniture, depending on the day, haha. She's incredibly sweet, quiet, gentle and so laid-back. She's great with kids, and is so enthusiastic about everything she does. She is the laziest dachshund I've ever met, and between busy buzzing Nola and bouncy-bouncy-bouncy-boucey-boucey Pike (that's how he is!), she really does mimic the furniture sometimes.
If I want a cuddle or a dog to sit by my feet as I read or groom another dog, she's the one for that. She's the calm, quiet one that can remind me why in the hell I have dogs if Nola and Pike are having a crazy moment. If I want to see a dog light up with the simplest of training exercises, she's the dog I go to. Nola's haughty, and deals with training as "seriously, is this what you consider a challenge? I can do that with my eyes closed.", so she keeps me working to keep up. Olivia thinks she figured out the cure for cancer when she simply sits. It's adorable!
This post was written pre-Lucky, and while I would have never in a million years picked a Great Dane mix of my own accord (and more than likely won't go for the breed or a mix again in the future), I'm very happy with the sweet girl. Such a gentle, loving dog.
So the group is The Bitchy Superior, The Quirky Ball-a-Holic, and The Slug Puppy. Oh, and now the Giant Pseudo-Xolo (Xolos are a hairless dog breed, so I've saddled her with that nickname for the time being).
Will I Have These Breeds Again?
The short answer: maybe, but probably not any time in the near future.
The longer answer is I might consider another (larger) mini Aussie waaaay down the road (as in, after Pike passes. And he'll be 2 in February.), but I don't think I'll have another Dachshund.
To be perfectly honest, Nola has set the bar too high for any other dog in the breed. I was seriously struggling with Olivia a few months back because I kept subconsciously thinking that she should be like Nola, when in reality they couldn't be more different. Once I finally figured out what my problem was and accepted that she isn't like Nola, and no dog ever will be, the problem went away and I'm happy with her as her, rather than a second Nola. In reality, two Nola's would be enough to make anyone's head spin. ;)
So, what are your thoughts? Are you happy with your breed? What breed will/would you get next?
- Dachshund Mommy